Ethical Decision-Making Tools

Ethical Decision-Making Tools for Enhancing Organizational Safety Culture

Recent investigations of several tragic events have repeatedly identified the absence of a culture of safety as a common contributing factor.  An organization’s safety culture is a collective reflection of individual decisions made by its workforce, each carrying with them ethical implications. Safety culture, good or bad, is the sum product of many individual ethical decisions, yet the notion of ethical safety decision-making is not often discussed. This presentation will describe ethical dilemmas safety professionals can encounter, and how the decisions that are made can impact an organization’s overall safety culture. A set of ethical decision-making tools will be presented, along with a suggested path forward for actually improving safety culture within an organization.

Presenter Robert Emery, DrPH, CHP, CIH, CBSP, CSP CHMM, CPP, ARM

Dr. Robert Emery is Vice President for Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Professor of Occupational Health at the University of Texas School of Public Health. Bob has over 30 years of experience in health & safety and possess master’s degrees in health physics and environmental sciences, and a doctorate in occupational health. Bob is unique in that he possesses national board certification and registration in all of the main areas of health & safety; health physics [Certified Health Physicist, CHP], industrial hygiene [Certified Industrial Hygienist, CIH], biological safety [Certified Biological Safety Professional, CBSP], occupational safety [Certified Safety Professional, CSP], hazardous materials management [Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, CHMM], security [Certified Protection Professional, CPP], and risk management [Associate in Risk Management, ARM].

While managing a comprehensive safety program, Bob has authored over 70 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and book chapters on health and safety issues and has provided media interviews to major media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, LA Times, NY Times, ABC, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, BBC, and NPR. He is a frequent presenter at the local, state, national and international level.

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