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Code of Ethics

For the Professional Practice of Industrial Hygiene

In 1995, the boards of the AAIH, ABIH, ACGIH and AIHA adopted this joint Code of Ethics to which members of these organizations shall conform, and to which every applicant attests by signing his or her membership application.


These canons provide standards of ethical conduct for industrial hygienists as they practice their profession and exercise their primary mission, to protect the health and well-being of working people and the public from chemical, microbiological and physical health hazards present at, or emanating from, the workplace.

Selecting one of the canons will show you the associated interpretative guidelines.


Industrial Hygienists shall:

1. Practice their profession following recognized scientific principles with the realization that the lives, health and well-being of people may depend upon their professional judgment and that they are obligated to protect the health and well-being of people.

2. Counsel affected parties factually regarding potential health risks and precautions necessary to avoid adverse health effects.

3. Keep confidential personal and business information obtained during the exercise of industrial hygiene activities, except when required by law or overriding health and safety considerations.

4. Avoid circumstances where a compromise of professional judgment or conflict of interest may arise.

5. Perform services only in the areas of their competence.

6. Act responsibly to uphold the integrity of the profession.

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