Ethical issues for industrial hygienists: Survey results and suggestions

Laura A. Goldberg, Michael R. Greenberg

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All members of the New Jersey Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) were surveyed to determine their observations of unethical behavior, their perceptions of causes of ethical misconduct, and their reaction to methods of preventing unethical behavior. A total of 26.3% usable responses were received. At least one observation of deliberate overstatement of positive and understatement of negative results, refraining from reporting unethical conduct, failure to share credit on a publication, and holding back findings to avoid negative results were reported by more than 25% of respondents. Plagiarism, data destruction, and data fabrication—three clearly unethical behaviors—were reported by 23%, 15%, and 17% of respondents, respectively. More than 45% of respondents attributed these behaviors to on-the-job pressure, pressure caused by economic implications of the result, and lack of expe-rience. Respondents strongly supported educational programs and codes of ethics and opposed government regulatory pro-grams. Suggestions are offered to the industrial hygiene profession for managing professional misconduct.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-134
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Industrial Hygiene Association Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 1993

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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