Joint Industrial Hygiene Ethics Education Committee

The Joint Industrial Hygiene Ethics Education Committee (JIHEEC) is an educational resource to the industrial hygiene profession whose mission is to promote an awareness and understanding of the enforceable code of ethics published by the ABIH as well as the ACGIH, AIH and AIHA’s member ethical principles. It includes representatives from AIH, AIHA, ABIH and ACGIH. JIHEEC is not an enforcement group or resolution board, but serves the membership by bringing to its attention ethical dilemmas facing the industrial hygienist, and can also serve as a sounding board for challenges facing the professional. The Academy is the Secretariat of the JIHEEC and oversees their activities. 

For more information about ethics in the industrial hygiene profession or the committee’s activities and membership, select a topic from the following list:

Requesting a Presentation

If you would like to request a presentation by a member of the Joint Industrial Hygiene Ethics Education Committee, contact the current chair (link roster) or a member in your area.  45 minute to one hour presentations can be made at local section meetings.  Special arrangements can also be made for longer presentations that fulfill the new ABIH continuing education ethics requirement. 

Review Ethical Dilemmas

The committee routinely publishes descriptions of ethical dilemmas in The Synergist.  Following is a list of recent examples:
  • Nanomaterials—a case study about conveying risk information to downstream users of a toxic nanomaterial is featured in Bruce Lippy's Nanomaterials Case Study (available in the September 2009 issue of The Synergist).
  • Conflict of Interest—a two-part case study describing conflicts of interest when contracting services to a vendor and when moonlighting as a consultant is featured in Nick Rice's Conflict of Interest (available in the November 2009 issue of The Synergist).
  • October 2010 issue of The Synergist, Ethics by the Numbers by Glen Barbi
  • March 2010 issue of The Synergist, Intricate Measurements: Ethics and OEL's by John P. Burke

AIHA members can access the digital edition of The Synergist via the Member Center.

Resource Materials