Code of Ethics Comparision

Code of Ethics Comparision - Zachary White 22, 2010 Codes...

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Zachary White Oct. 22, 2010 Codes of Ethics: IEEE and ASME Many notable professional societies have a code of ethics in which it is the society’s guidelines to making ethical decisions. I would like to think that we live in a world where every professional and person knew what was right and what was wrong, but without a strict set of “rules” people would have their own opinions about everything. By having a code of ethics there is less grey area in making tough ethical decisions. In this paper I will compare and contrast the similarities and differences in two different codes of ethics: the IEEE code of ethics and the ASME code of ethics. The ASME and IEEE codes of ethics both start with safety. Even though the order of each canon is not important, mentioning safety first says something about these societies. It says that they care about the safety, health and welfare of the public. In fact, both canons use the same phrase: “safety, health and welfare of the public”. The difference between these two canons is the disclosure of information that may alarm the public. In the IEEE code, canon 1 it states that the professional must disclose any information that may be harmful to the public or the environment. There is no mention of informing the public of hazards in canon 1 of the ASME code of ethics. But that is not to say it is not part of their code of ethics. This disclosure of information will be talked about further when canon 7 of the ASME code of ethics is compared to the IEEE code of ethics. Canon 2 of the ASME code of ethics is similar to canon 6 of the IEEE code of ethics; it states, in short, only undertake challenges that you are qualified for. I think this is a very important canon. I believe this is along the lines of “know your limits”. If you are not competent in a particular area, you should not be giving advice about it. There could be major consequences to this action. If you were to perform actions that you were not familiar
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with, you may end up doing something that could harm the public, therefore breaking the first canon in both the IEEE and ASME code of ethics. A small difference; although It should not be overlooked; between the IEEE canon 6 and ASME canon 2, is that the IEEE states that you may contribute to a topic of lesser knowledge as long as you thoroughly let all other parties involved know you are not qualified for the current challenge. I’m not sure I agree with this “loop-whole” in the IEEE code of ethics. I feel that this can be of negative
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