07Ch04Ethics-CH 4 - CEE 698 Construction Health and Safety CHAPTER 4 ETHICS AND SAFETY Chapter 4 1 An Ethical Dilemma Example Southland Prestressed

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1 Chapter 4 CHAPTER 4 – ETHICS AND SAFETY CEE 698 – Construction Health and Safety
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2 Chapter 4 An Ethical Dilemma - Example Southland Prestressed Concrete (SPC) company has been awarded a contract to build an ultramodern multistory shopping mall. “The University Mall” is the largest contract SPC has ever undertaken. In order to win the contract SPC’s Vice President had to a agree to a completion date, that if not reasonable, is at least going to be challenging. In addition, all exposed concrete surfaces must be sprayed with a specified paint that is highly toxic and difficult to apply. CEE 698 – Construction Health and Safety
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3 Chapter 4 An Ethical Dilemma - Example SPC’s subcontractor has never used this particular type of paint before. Personal protective equipment and other engineering controls can minimize the potential hazards, but all precautions must be stringently observed with absolutely no shortcuts. The manufacturer of the paint recommends 3 full days of training for all employees who will work with the paint. The recommended training cannot be provided soon enough to fit into SPC’s expedited CEE 698 – Construction Health and Safety
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4 Chapter 4 An Ethical Dilemma - Example In a secret meeting, SPC’s executive managers decide to purchase the necessary personal protective equipment, use the toxic paint as specified and forgo the recommended training. In addition, the executives decide to withhold from employees all information about the toxicity of the paint. Safety engineer was not invited to the secret meeting however the decision made during the meeting were slipped to him anonymously. CEE 698 – Construction Health and Safety
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5 Chapter 4 An Ethical Dilemma - Example Safety engineer faces an ethical dilemma: If he chooses to do nothing, employees might be inappropriately exposed to a highly dangerous substance. If he shares what he knows with the subcontractor, he might be called upon to testify about what he knows; a step that could cost him his job and threaten his career. CEE 698 – Construction Health and Safety
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6 Chapter 4 Definitions CEE 698 – Construction Health and Safety Ethics – the study of morality within a context established by cultural and professional values, social norms, and accepted standards of behavior Morality – the values that are subscribed to and fostered by society in general. Ethical behavior falls within the limits prescribed by morality. Ethical questions are rarely black and white. They typically fall into a gray area between two extremes of right and wrong. Personal experience, self-interest, point of view, and external pressure often cloud this gray area even further.
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7 Chapter 4 Guidelines for Determining Ethical Behavior CEE 698 – Construction Health and Safety Guidelines are needed when trying to sort out matters that are not clearly right or wrong.
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This note was uploaded on 08/17/2009 for the course CEE 698 taught by Professor Dabdoub during the Spring '09 term at University of Cincinnati.

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07Ch04Ethics-CH 4 - CEE 698 Construction Health and Safety CHAPTER 4 ETHICS AND SAFETY Chapter 4 1 An Ethical Dilemma Example Southland Prestressed

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