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SCO Code of Ethics

The Safety Codes Council has developed the Safety Codes Officer Code of Ethics to clarify the ethical standards and responsibilities that apply to safety codes officers, and to align the occupation with the many other professions that are subject to a formal code of ethics.
This code of ethics was developed through a collaborative process that involved a project working group and all nine technical sub-councils representing the technical disciplines governed by the Safety Codes Act. Each sub-council consists of representatives from municipalities, industry, safety codes officers working in each discipline, learning institutes, and labour organizations.
This code of ethics sets out fundamental principles intended to guide safety codes officers in carrying out their duties and exercising their authorities. It does not specifically address potential situations that safety codes officers will encounter, but it is expected that all will act in accordance with the spirit and intent of the code.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the Safety Code Officer (SCO) Code of Ethics needed?
The code of ethics provides clarification of the existing expectation of ethical behaviour among safety codes officers. It helps clarify ethical behaviour and lays out the fundamental principles that should guide SCOs’ actions. Although this code does not mention specific scenarios an SCO may encounter, all SCOs are expected to act according to its spirit and intent.
Why was the code of ethics introduced?
SCOs have always been expected to act in an ethical manner; however, the expectation was not formally or consistently communicated and it was not clear that all SCOs were aware of the stated policy. For that reason, the Council formalized and clarified this expectation by introducing the code of ethics as an appendix to the Council’s Certification Policy to ensure that SCOs are aware of this requirement.
How do I acknowledge that I have read and agree to the Code of Ethics?
In 2015 each certified SCO in Alberta was mailed a copy of the code of ethics document, along with contact information to address any questions about interpretation of the code of ethics. Since then, all new applications for certification or renewal of certification contain an acknowledgement that you have read and agree to comply with the code of ethics.
My employer and/or professional association also has a code of ethics that I am bound by. Which takes precedence?
The Safety Codes Officer Code of Ethics is not intended to conflict with any other code of ethics an SCO is subject to. Please discuss any potential conflicts with the Administrator of Certification.
What should I do if I think an SCO has breached this code of ethics?
The Safety Codes Council has a complaint investigation process to resolve concerns about the conduct, performance, or competency of an individual or organization that has authority, powers, or duties under the Safety Codes Act. Please read the Complaint Investigations web page for detailed information.