The engineer shall hold paramount the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Unless, of course…

TitleThe engineer shall hold paramount the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Unless, of course…
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsAarne Vesilind, P, Rooke, RL
Conference NameTechnology and Society, 2001. Proceedings. International Symposium on
Pagination162-167
Date Published2001
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsENGINEERING , HEALTH , professional , safety , welfare
AbstractEngineering codes of ethics commonly state in the first canon that the engineer shall hold paramount the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Although this is an unequivocal statement, engineers at times choose not to do so. In this paper the authors discuss five circumstances in which the engineer might choose not to hold the health, safety, and welfare of the public paramount: (1) if the engineers believes that the requirement is internally inconsistent, (2) if the engineer's religious convictions prevent adherence to the requirement, (3) if the engineer believes that the public does not know what is best for it, (4) if the engineer is forced to do otherwise, and (5) if the engineer believes that damage to the environment outweighs short term public interest.
DOI10.1109/ISTAS.2001.937734
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