AIHce Indianapolis



PDC 203
Case Studies on Ethical Decision Making

intermediate | .67 CM Point/ 4 Contact Hours/ 0.5 CEU/COC Point | Saturday | 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Limit: 60


Ethics, Legal, Regulatory, Guidelines and Standards

This PDC sets out a step-by-step practical approach that IHs can use for identifying, analyzing and resolving situations that present ethical dilemmas. The focus is on understanding, and then applying, the criteria and recommendations included within professional codes of ethics – including the ABIH Code of Ethics.

The PDC is intended to be interactive and includes small-group discussion of case studies that have been developed to highlight several ethical dilemmas that are commonly encountered by IHs. The case studies are based on real-life situations faced by fellow H&S professionals and have been drawn from media reports, legal cases and the instructor’s personal experience.

Value Added:
Provides a practical methodology for identifying and options when faced with an ethical dilemma.

Learning Aids:
Participants must bring 4+ (blank) printed copies of the Ethics Evaluation Worksheet that is included in the handout.

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify codes of ethics applicable to IH practice and analyze them to determine the type of code and specific requirements that need to be met.
  • Describe and assess situations that present ethical dilemmas in order to decide on an appropriate PDC of action using a step-by-step approach.
  • Identify the four paradigms that commonly impact ethical decision making.
  • Formulate approaches for dealing with ethical dilemmas that are commonly encountered in industrial hygiene practice.


  • What is “Ethics”?
  • Understanding professional “Codes of Ethics”
    • Disclosure case study
  • Ethical principles related to competency and truthfulness
    • Truthfulness case study
  • Ethical principles related to conflict of interest and confidentiality
    • Conflict of interest case study
  • Ethical principles related to loyalty and protection of “the public interest”
    • Public protection case study

Transfer of Knowledge:
Instructors will evaluate participants understanding of the materials presented based on:

  • Practice exercises

Important PDC dates:

  • May 18 — E-handout download instructions are e-mailed.
  • June 1  — Contact the AIHA if you have not received your e-handout e-mail.
  • June 1  — AIHce 2012 online communities for collaborative learning open.
  • June 15-17 — AIHce 2012 PDCs are presented. Participants must bring a printed or electronic copy of their PDC handout.
  • August 31 — AIHce 2012 online communities for collaborative learning close.
  • August 27 Educational transcripts updated and available for download