The latest edition of Engineering Insight offers some relevant insight into the re-modelling of engineering profession’s Code of Ethical Conduct, which comes into being on 1 July. Steve Abley (FIPENZ) chaired the Code of Ethics Working Group on behalf of IPENZ. The top priority was to address the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission’s recommendations and bring the code up to current public health and safety requirements, as well as making it relevant and easy to interpret. The new code’s focus is on behaviour not rules, “having a code that reflects standards of behaviour is part of what it means to be a professional” (Steve Abley). In the current era, the profession is held accountable for its actions and as a result engineers strive to meet expectation by setting appropriate standards of practice and conduct and providing a robust complaints process. The new Code reflects this by providing a supportive framework for engineering professionals to act within. Engineers are now required to report concerns and significant breaches of the code by other engineers. In addition, new health and safety duties in line with the new Health and Safety at Work Act (2015) are incorporated. Read more about the new Code of Ethics for the engineering profession here.
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