Revised Code of Ethics Effective January 1, 2016.

Date Posted: 
April 27, 2015

Code of Ethics Revision Effective January 1, 2016 written by Paula Campkin, MBA, CRSP, Governor & Chair of the Professional Conduct Committee

 

 

 

 

 

 

The BCRSP is committed to upholding the integrity of the CRSP®/PSAC® designation and an important part of this process is setting, reviewing and enforcing a set of Rules of Professional Conduct or Code of Ethics for certificants. As a condition to obtaining and maintaining certification, each CRSP®/PSAC® must commit to abide by the Code of Ethics as adopted by the BCRSP.

In 2014, the Governing Board initiated a review of the existing CRSP®/PSAC® Code of Ethics. The existing Code was last reviewed and approved in 2005. The review was completed in late 2014 and included an examination of Rules of Conduct/Code of Ethics documents from other credentialing organizations. The BCRSP document was rebranded Rules of Professional Conduct (the Code) to be consistent with the language used in the By-Laws and was reorganized into category headings such as; competence, confidentiality, integrity, etc. As a part of the review process, some supplementary points were added to the Code that were deemed to be missing in the 2005 version.

The revised Rules of Professional Conduct received final approval from the Governing Board in February 2015 and will be in effect as of January 1 2016. Please contact the BCRSP office if you have any questions regarding the changes.

 

Rules of Professional Conduct

The purpose of the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)®/Professionnel en sécurité agréé du Canada (PSAC)® Rules of Professional Conduct (the Code) is to provide guidance to ensure that each CRSP®/PSAC® adheres to high standards of integrity and professional competence.

Competence is “the ability to perform a task, function or role up to a set of prescribed standards. ”

Preamble: As a condition to obtaining and maintaining certification, each CRSP®/PSAC® commits to abide by the Code as adopted by the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP). Each CRSP®/PSAC® pledges to subscribe not only to the letter but also to the spirit of the Code in all their professional activities.

1. Competence

Certificants are required to:

a. Maintain competence in carrying out professional responsibilities and provide services in an honest and diligent manner.

b. Provide sound judgement in pursuance of their professional duties.

c. Recognize their professional limitations and perform only those services that may be handled competently based on one’s training and experience.

d. Ensure persons working under their authority or supervision are competent to carry out the tasks assigned to them.

2. Integrity

Certificants are required to:

a. Maintain honesty, integrity, and objectivity in all professional activities.

b. Protect and promote the safety and health of people, property and the environment above any consideration of self-interest.

c. Avoid circumstances where compromise of professional conduct or conflict of interest may arise.

d. Represent their qualifications and experience accurately and not knowingly make false or misleading statements.

3. Respect in the Workplace

Certificants are required to:

a. Support, promote and apply the principles of human rights, equity, dignity and respect in the workplace.

b. Recognize that discrimination on the basis of race, creed, colour, language, national origin, political or religious affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family relationship and disability is prohibited.

4. Professional Growth

Certificants are required to:

a. Continue professional development throughout their career and support and encourage fellow CRSPs/PSACs to develop professionally.

5. Confidentiality

Certificants are required to:

a. Protect the confidentiality of all professionally acquired information and disclose such information only when properly authorized or when legally obligated to do so.

6. Requirements

Certificants are required to

a. Keep apprised of all relevant laws, regulations and recognized standards of practice as it relates to their professional duties.

7. Support of the Profession and Other Professionals

Certificants are required to:

a. Uphold the honour and prestige of the profession.

b. Recognize and respect the original work, integrity and ability of their peers.

8. Support of the CRSP®/PSAC® Certification

Certificants are required to:

a. Comply with the relevant provisions of the CRSP®/PSAC® bylaws, policies and certification scheme.

b. Make claims regarding CRSP®/PSAC® certification only with respect to the scope for which certification has been granted.

c. Not use the certification in such a manner as to bring the certification body into disrepute, and not make any statement regarding the certification which the certification body may consider misleading or unauthorized.

d. Discontinue the use of all claims to certification that contains any reference to the certification body or certification upon suspension or withdrawal of certification, and to return any certificates issued by the certification body.

e. Not use the certificate in a misleading manner.

f.  Abstain from behaviour that will cause harm to the reputation of the BCRSP and its certificants.

g. Maintain the security of the BCRSP examination information and materials, including the prevention of unauthorized disclosures of test information.

9. Accountability (Adherence)

Each certificant will rely on the BCRSP to protect the integrity of the CRSP®/PSAC®. The Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) is tasked with ensuring that responsibility is fulfilled in a fair and impartial manner. The PCC will be solely responsible for ensuring BCRSP Policy is followed to investigate complaints or allegation of misconduct against certificants.

Complaints or allegations of misconduct against certificants found to be justified by the PCC will be referred to the Discipline Committee for review.

The BCRSP may disclose any disciplinary or enforcement decision/action against a certificant along with associated information, to other organizations including without limitation, organizations related to health and safety, law enforcement agencies, and regulatory bodies.

For questions and concerns regarding the Code of Ethics please contact the BCRSP office.