Ethics in Risk Management – Complex, Prickly, Paradoxical

Date: Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020 - Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Event Type: Webinars, AIHA Webinars

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*Note: This webinar satisfies the 2-hour BGC Ethics requirement.

Member $ 195 | Nonmember $ 225 | Student $ 25

A core value for OEHS professionals is ethical behavior, as they work towards a shared vision of healthier workplaces and a healthier world. Achieving this requires assessing and managing risk through a multi-faceted lens.

Ethical anchors are at the heart of any consideration about what to do, if anything, about risk. Whether framed in qualitative terms (good versus bad, acceptable versus unacceptable) or quantitative terms (permissible exposure limit, recommended exposure limit) we are always engaged in judging ethics and morals in making decisions about risk.

This process is rife with complexity, tension, and paradox which arise from this arena’s values-dependent and subjective nature. A central question is, “to whom or what is something a risk?” Depending upon the context and the “who or what,” risk may be acceptable or not; however, the ethical and moral considerations are real and ever-present.

This webinar will explore a wide range of topics in regard to ethics in risk management while sharing experiences and real-life outcomes. Various scenarios will be addressed using the AIHA code of ethics as a framework for discussion.

The presenters have created a crossword puzzle containing important ethical concepts for OEHS professionals.

Who Will Benefit

Anyone who assesses exposure, renders opinions, provides advice, or administers training, either locally or globally, including those who work in the field, laboratories, management, or anywhere between. In short, ethics, decision-making, and their intersection is complex and affects all types of OHS professionals. The recent pandemic, the economic fallout, and social ramifications highlight this.

Learning Objectives  

  • Increase risk awareness beyond traditional occupational roots.
  • Expand ethical perspectives as risk profiles become more complex and interconnected.
  • Look at health more broadly than the absence of injury or illness.
  • Consider the ethical intersections between organization, community, workplace, personal, and environmental health.
  • Appreciate that managing risk requires making decisions (or not), which always implies ethical and moral imperatives.


Mr. Glenn Barbi spent much of his career at Becton Dickinson at their Franklin Lakes global headquarters. He served in numerous capacities, including Chief Ethics Officer, and Director of EHS/S. At the time of his retirement, he was the Vice President of Global Sustainability. Mr. Barbi has been active in AIHA's ethics-development efforts. He is active in numerous committees, including management, and, sustainability/product stewardship. Mr. Barbi is now a CIH Emeritus.
Mr. Fred Boelter is a thought leader and educator with over 47 years of experience in occupational hygiene, environmental engineering, and risk management. He is a certified industrial hygienist, a licensed professional engineer, and a board-certified environmental engineer. He is a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association and a recipient of the Edward J. Baier Technical Achievement Award, the Henry F. Smyth, Jr. Award, and the Donald E. Cummings Memorial Award. He was trained as an Environmental Engineer at Purdue University. Mr. Boelter has the expertise and extensive experience in defining, analyzing, characterizing, assessing, communicating, and managing occupational and non-occupational unacceptable risks to human health and the environment.
Dr. Mary O'Reilly received her doctorate in Human Anatomy and Cell Biology from the University of Michigan and is a certified industrial hygienist and a certified professional ergonomist. She performed quantitative human risk assessments for the US EPA as an environmental toxicologist at Syracuse Research Corporation is on the faculty of the SUNY School of Public Health and president of ARLS Consultants. She is a founding member of both WHWB (Workplace Health Without Borders) and WHWB-US. Mary has been a member of the AIHA Risk Assessment Committee since its inception in 1995 (chair, 2000), and is currently past chair of the Occupational Health and Safety Specialty Group at the Society for Risk Analysis. Mary is a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the recipient of the AIHA 2016 Alice Hamilton Award.
Dr. Charles Redinger, CIH is a thought leader and educator in risk management, performance measurement, and management systems. He has over 35 years of experience working with a wide range of public- and private-sector organizations. His models and tools are used throughout the world by regulators, standards developers, researchers, and private organizations. Dr. Redinger has received numerous awards, including the Warren Cook Award from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and AIHA’s Edward Baier Award. He has a PhD in industrial health from the University of Michigan, and an MPA in public policy from the University of Colorado. Dr. Redinger has served on the AIHA Board as well as the CDC/NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors.

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