ISHM Code of Professional Conduct

The Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM) is a voluntary, non-profit, professional credentialing organization. ISHM certifies qualified safety and health managers who have met the professional knowledge and experience standards established by the Board of Directors. The ISHM Code of Professional Conduct serves as the minimal ethical standards for the professional behavior of candidates for and holders of documents of certification conferred by ISHM as well as the organization’s leaders, volunteers and staff.

General Guidelines

ISHM certificants and candidates as well as leaders, volunteers and staff must give priority to health and safety interests related to the protection of people, and maintain high standards of integrity and professional conduct as described in the certification standards and responsibilities listed below. As professional safety and health managers, ISHM certificants and candidates have the obligation to accept responsibility for their actions; continually seek to enhance their professional capabilities; practice with fairness and honesty; and, encourage others to act in a professional manner consistent with accepted moral, ethical and legal standards.

I. Responsibilities to ISHM, the profession and the public.

  1. Comply with laws, regulations, policies and ethical standards governing professional practice of safety and health and related activities.
  2. Continue professional development by acquiring and maintaining competence through continuing education, experience and professional training.
  3. Provide accurate and truthful representations concerning all certification and recertification information.
  4. Maintain the security of ISHM examination information and materials, including the prevention of unauthorized disclosures of test information.
  5. Cooperate with ISHM concerning ethics matters and the collection of information related to an ethics matter.

II. Responsibilities to clients, employers, employees and the public.

  1. Deliver competent services with objective and independent professional judgment in decision-making. Recognize the limitations of one’s professional ability and provide services only when qualified.
  2. Maintain and respect the confidentiality of sensitive information obtained in the course of professional activities.
  3. Properly use professional credentials, and provide truthful and accurate representations concerning education, experience, competency and the performance of services.
  4. Recognize and respect the intellectual property rights of others.
  5. Maintain the highest standards of integrity and avoid compromise of their professional judgment by conflicts of interest.
  6. Follow appropriate health and safety procedures, in the course of performing professional duties, to protect clients, employers, employees and the public from conditions where injury and damage are reasonably foreseeable.
  7. Act in a manner free of bias with regard to religion, ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability.
  8. Seek opportunities to be of constructive service in civic affairs and to share knowledge and skills for the advancement of the safety, health and well-being of the community and the profession.


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