FOUNDING PRINCIPLES ABOUT US

The world’s future rests with technical education instructors educating the future of professionals

Over forty years after OSHA was founded we have employees who do not understand the basics of safety. IASHEP was founded to provide the workforce with the knowledge to WORK SAFE. Every day the news has a story about a worker injured or killed on the job. We see work place safety as our responsibility. 


By offering courses to management, supervisors, and employees we strive to improve the safety of the work environment. From onsite instruction, safety, health and environmental audits, to creating courses that are current and relevant; IASHEP is committed to sharing knowledge. Knowledge is power and our students will be empowered.


The IASHEP experience does not end at the conclusion of a course. Our instructors are available to support our students by email or phone and can provide resources to them.Our goal is that IASHEP’s students have the ability to research and utilize the classroom instruction and translate resources to the work place. 


Peggy S. Podojil,
Founding Director

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IASHEP BOARD OF DIRECTORS - NAMES & pICTURES

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IASHEP BOARD OF DIRECTORS RESPONSIBILITIES

  

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SAFETY, HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL PROFESSIONALS BOARD OF DIRECTORS (IASHEP) RESPONSIBILITIES


Being elected to serve on the IASHEP Board of Directors is a high honor and privilege, but one that carries with it a serious responsibility to serve the interests of the International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP) and its members. It is the desire of the International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP) that all Board members should conduct themselves and perform their duties in an exemplary fashion, commensurate with the position of leadership that has been bestowed upon them by the membership.


Board members must always abide by the legal duties of care, loyalty and obedience pertaining to their role as Directors of the International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP) As fiduciaries of the International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP) resources and guardians of its mission, each Board member has basic responsibilities that derive from these legal duties:


· To support the mission and purpose of the International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP), as reflected in its Articles of Incorporation, and to abide by its Bylaws and policies;

 

· To be diligent in preparation for, attendance at, and participation in Board meetings and related activities on behalf of the International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP);

 

· To ensure that the financial and business affairs of the International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP)  are to the best of the Board member’s awareness, managed in a responsible manner;

 

· To act always in good faith and in the best interests of the International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP), above any personal interest; and

 

· To maintain the confidentiality of sensitive or proprietary information obtained as a result of Board service.

Board members must also recognize that the Board acts only as a collective entity. Success depends on the contributions of all Board members and their ability to work well together. With the goal of embedding these core principles into the culture of the Board, this Policy establishes standards of conduct expected of each Board member.

STANDARDS OF CONDUCT
 

1. INDIVIDUAL CONDUCT: To properly serve the International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP) and its members, each Board member must at all times act with dignity and integrity, both inside and outside of Board meetings, reflecting the International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP) high standards for ethical behavior and professionalism.

 

a) Each Board member sets the tone for the International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP) members and volunteers by acting as a leader and serving as an example of dedication, integrity and professional conduct.

 

b) A Board member should take no action that could discredit the reputation or credibility of the International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP).

 

2. FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: Each Board member serves as a fiduciary of the International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP) resources and is accountable to the members for prudent management of the International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP) financial and business affairs.
 

(a) A Board member should read and understand the International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP) financial reports, committee reports and other documents pertaining to the operations of the International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP).
 

b. A Board member should actively engage in decisions relating to the allocation of resources and monitoring of financial performance.

3. CONFLICT OF INTEREST: Each Board member must act in good faith and in the best interests of the International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP)above any personal interest or the interests of any particular con­stituency.
 

Each Board member is subject to, must be familiar with, and must follow the International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP) Conflict of Interest Policy (Appendix B of the Policy Manual).
 

It is not a conflict of interest for Board members to be advocates for their areas of practice or geography. Board members should, however, be open to the views and needs of all areas of practice and geography, and should act and vote based on the overall good of the Society, without partisanship.

4. BOARD COMMITMENTS: Each Board member must devote the time and resources reasonably necessary to fulfilling his/her commitments to Board activities.

(a) A Board member should demonstrate due diligence in preparation for and attendance at Board meetings and other activities on behalf of the International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP).

(b) A Board member should, to the best of his/her ability, be informed about the needs and opinions of the International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP) membership, and should ask any questions necessary to be fully informed about the issues being addressed by the Board, before making decisions.

(c) A Board member should give open and fair consideration to diverse and opposing viewpoints.

(d)  A Board member should exercise independent judgment, and should not hesitate to express dissenting opinions in an appropriate manner during Board deliberations.


5.RELATIONS AMONG BOARD MEMBERS: Each Board member must foster an environment of respect, cooperation and collegiality. A Board member must not unduly disrupt the Board from operating in an efficient and effective manner.
 

A Board member should treat other Board members with courtesy and allow other members of the Board to express their views.
 

A Board member should respect the differing opinions of others. Board members may disagree on issues, but disagreements should be directed at the issue; personal ad hominem attacks are not acceptable.
 

A Board member should never undermine, sabotage or falsely impugn another Board member. This is not intended to preclude a Board member, acting in good faith, from reporting a suspected violation of this Policy under the compliance provisions described herein, or from separately filing a disciplinary complaint with the International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP). or other appropriate disciplinary body) regarding an alleged violation by another Board member of the International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP).
 

International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP) or other applicable) Code of Professional Conduct.


6. CONFIDENTIALITY: Transparency in governance and having input from International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP) membership are both important considerations for the Board. Board members must, however, balance those considerations against their legal and fiduciary obligations to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive or proprietary information obtained as a result of Board service.
 

In addition, maintaining the confidentiality of the Board’s deliberations (especially those held in executive session) is essential to having full and frank discussions necessary for effective decision-making. Therefore, subject to Standards 7 and 8 of this Code of Conduct and the exceptions noted below, a Board member may solicit input from the International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP).
 

The International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP)members on matters being considered by the Board, and may informally share with International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP). International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP).
 

International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP) Board of Director shall inform the International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP) members the actions taken and the issues considered by the Board in reaching its deci­sions.
 

However:

a)  A Board member may not disclose any matters addressed in executive session to any­one not entitled to participate therein.

b)  A Board member may not disclose confidential or proprietary information obtained as a result of Board service to anyone outside the Board or authorized International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP)
staff.

c) A Board member may not, in disclosing anything about the Board’s deliberations, discuss or disclose the votes of the Board or of individual Board members (including his/ her own) unless the Board has made these votes public, or negatively characterize the positions of the Board or the points of view taken by any members of the Board.

d) A Board member may not disclose anything about Board actions or deliberations if the Board has determined to defer announcement of that action or to control the dissemination of that information.


Compliance With This Policy


1. Board members are expected to use good faith efforts to comply with this Policy. A Board member who is unsure about the interpretation of a particular Standard of Conduct should consult with the President of the International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP) or a member of the Leadership Team. If a Board member is unable to carry out the material responsibilities of his/her position or to conduct him/herself in a manner consistent with the Policy, the Board member should consider voluntarily resigning his/her position on the Board


2. A Board member or members who wish to bring a complaint under this Policy must do so in writing, addressed to the President of the International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP) or a member of the Leadership Team. The Leadership Team (excluding any member who is personally involved in the complaint) will then, with the advice of the General Counsel and any investigatory panel it may appoint, determine a course of action for handling the complaint, including:

a. Determine that the complaint does not warrant further action. If a Board member who reported the complaint is not satisfied with that decision, he/she may submit the written complaint to the Board for further consideration.

b. Mediate between the Board member(s) who reported the complaint and the alleged violator(s), with an outcome agreeable to all parties.

c. Refer the complaint to a discipline committee in accordance with Article XIII of the Bylaws.


3. Any complaint made under this Policy, any and all proceedings of the Leadership Team, the Board, investigatory panel, discipline committee or appellate tribunal involved in investigating and resolving it, and any outcome of such proceedings – other than a public reprimand, suspension, expulsion or other outcome that necessarily involves disclosure – shall be considered confidential.


4. Notwithstanding paragraph 3 above, if the Leadership Team and/or any party or persons involved with or aware of the matter determine that the alleged conduct is additionally a potential violation of the International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP) Code of Professional Conduct (or other applicable professional code), they may refer the matter to the International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP) or other appropriate disciplinary body). 



5. If a discipline committee determines that a Board member has violated this Policy, corrective measures may be required of the offending Board member and/or discipline may be imposed as provided in Article XIII. Corrective measures or discipline should be appropriate to the facts and circumstances of the violation and, subject to the Bylaws and applicable law, may include the following:

 

a. Admonishment or reprimand, whether privately by the Board or publicly by the International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP).

 

b. Requirement for remedial action to be taken.

c. Removal from certain Board-related assignments and/or loss of certain Board duties or privileges.

 

d. Actions initiated to seek removal from the Board or as an officer.



6. If the offending Board member does not cooperate with the decision of the discipline committee and/or the appellate tribunal, the Board may take such further action as it deems appropriate. Repeated or willful violations of this Policy, or a Board member’s disregard for or refusal to comply with remedial actions specified by the discipline committee or the Board, may be regarded as a violation of Precept 1 or Precept 12 of the International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP) Code of Professional Conduct or comparable provisions of other applicable codes of professional conduct.

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IASHEP Is A non-profit organization

Non-Profit Organization

IASHEP is a certified non profit 501 C-3 organization and works closely with business communities to develop a safe and healthy workplace where no worker is ever injured and they return home safely at the end of the day to be with their families.  IASHEP also is willing to to work with communities around the world to protect the environment.

OUR CHARITY


IASHEP provides support to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.   

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.

Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.


About the Founder Of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.   Unsure of his life’s direction, a young Danny Thomas sought guidance from St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless causes. If the saint would point to the path he should take, Danny vowed to build a shrine in his name. Success followed Danny’s plea and soon after, the legendary entertainer set about fulfilling his vow to St. Jude. The result was St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 


To learn more about our charity, please follow this link.


 https://www.stjude.org/about-st-jude/history.html?sc_icid=us-mm-history 



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Committment To Diversity

                                 
The International Association of Safety, Health and Environmental Professionals (IASHEP) is dedicated to providing our courses and certified credentials to everyone with a desire to learn. We highly value diversity in students, faculty, and staff and we are committed to non-discrimination.


Program and scholarship decisions are not made on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, or disabling condition.

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IASHEP ANTI Discrimination Statement

   

IASHEP’s Anti-Discrimination Statement

IASHEP endorses the principle of equal opportunity and applies equally all eligibility criteria for examination and certification under the IASHEP program, regardless of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ethnicity, veteran status, age, marital status, or disability.

IASHEP is committed to providing a certification process that is fair and free from discrimination International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP) makes all reasonable efforts to ensure that IASHEP has based examinations on job-related knowledge and tasks. In addition, during item-writing training, editorial review of individual items, and exam review situations, IASHEP provides documentation, in either written or verbal form, on how to prevent bias and stereotyping.

IASHEP and its test development vendors comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and strive to ensure that no disabled individual is deprived of the opportunity to take an IASHEP examination solely because of that disability. On request, IASHEP makes special testing arrangements. 


All testing sites shall comply with all federal, state, and local laws regarding use of public buildings, ensure accessibility required under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and accommodate applicants with disabilities on an individual basis without additional cost.

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IASHEP’s IMPARTIALITY POLICY

IASHEP’s IMPARTIALITY POLICY
 

In order that all stakeholders can have confidence in our certifications, it is essential that International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP) conducts its certification business in a fair and impartial manner, and with avoidance of undue influence arising from conflicts of interest. International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP) therefore applies the following principles so as to maintain impartiality between our certification business and our other commercial activities:  
 

· objectivity  
 

· independence  
 

· neutrality  
 

· fairness  
 

· open-mindedness  
 

even-handedness
 

The International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP) also recognizes the following potential threats to impartiality: 


· financial factors  
 

· conflicts of interest  
 

· self-interest  
 

· self-review  
 

· bias  
 

· prejudice  
 

· familiarity  
 

· intimidation, internal or external  
 

· financial or other inducement


The International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP) has therefore established a ‘Committee for safeguarding impartiality’ whose primary function is:  
 

· To assist in developing the policies relating to the impartiality of our certification activities,
 

· To counteract any tendency on the part of International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP) to allow commercial or other considerations to prevent the consistent objective provision of our certification activities,  
 

· To advise on matters affecting confidence in certification, including openness and public perception, and to review the impartiality of the audit, certification and decision-making processes of the certification business of International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP).
 

· Membership of the ‘Committee for safeguarding impartiality’ is open for any IASHEP Board of Directors or IASHEP members of the International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP):
 

We invite and encourage individuals to apply for ‘Committee for safeguarding impartiality’ membership. Requests should be sent to the IASHEP Board of Directors
 

The members of the ‘Impartiality Committee for safeguarding impartiality’ have following duties:


· To assists International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP) in developing the policies relating to impartiality of its certification activities;  
 

· To counteract any tendency on the part of a certification body to allow commercial or other considerations to prevent the consistent objective provision of certification activities;  
 

· To advise on matters affecting confidence in certification, including openness and public perception;  
 

· To conduct reviews, as least once annually, of the impartiality of the audit, certification and decision-making processes of International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP);  
 

· To verify in terms of impartiality auditors, the audit team leaders and technical experts involved in the certification activity;  
 

· To monitor the financial situation and progress in business of International Association of Safety, Health & Environmental Professionals (IASHEP) in terms of impartiality;  
 

· To analyze in terms of impartiality the method of appointing the personnel in different functions;  
 

· To analyze handling of complaints related to certification activity , including impartiality in case of decision related to certification holders;
 

· To identify risks related to impartiality and approve measures to reduce or eliminate such threats.
 

The definition of impartiality is “not prejudiced towards or against any particular side or party.” On the basis of that definition, IASHEP seeks to attain the highest degree of public confidence and trust in rendering unbiased services.
 

IASHEP fully acknowledges the importance of impartiality in carrying out its certification body activities that are governed by the requirements of the International Standard ISO/IEC 17024.
 

IASHEP, and every member of its Board of Directors, certification body team, IASHEP members, employees, volunteers, and others commits to adhere to the following policies:
 

a. IASHEP shall act impartially, and its policies and procedures for certification of persons shall be fair among all its applicants, candidates and certified persons;
 

b. IASHEP shall not restrict certification on the grounds of undue financial or other limiting conditions, such as membership of an association or group;
 

c. IASHEP shall be responsible for the impartiality of its certification activities and shall not allow commercial, financial or other pressures to compromise impartiality;  
 

d. IASHEP staff shall not suggest or imply to imply that certification would be simpler, easier or less expensive if consultancy or training services were used;  
 

e. IASHEP offers training to prepare a certificant to prepare for taking an IASHEP examination but training is not mandatory as part of the certification process. Candidates may attend an approved training course offered by IASHEP Authorized Learning Partners or other sources that provide similar training in the program;


f. IASHEP’s corporate policies and practices ensure that the highest standards of integrity are applied to all certification and inspection body activities;
 

g. IASHEP’s personnel will not be influenced by financial, commercial, or other pressures when conducting certification activities, and will take action to address any situation that would affect impartiality.  
 

h. Personnel are required to disclose any potential conflicts of interest.
 

h. IASHEP shall not use personnel with an actual or potential conflict of interest and shall ensure that its personnel are free from commercial, financial or other pressures that might affect their judgement;  
 

i. IASHEP’s personnel taking part in certification activities, both internal and external, shall act impartially when executing their responsibilities;
 

j. IASHEP shall identify threats to its impartiality on an ongoing basis. This includes threats that arise from its activities, its related bodies, its relationships, or the relationships of its personnel;
 

k. IASHEP shall enter into legally-enforceable agreements with its clients and retain all authority and responsibility for certification activities, decisions and statements;
 

l. IASHEP’s management system has the necessary procedures, safeguards and tools to ensure that these policies are strictly upheld and enforced;
 

m. IASHEP recognizes that threats to impartiality include the following:  
 

· Self-interest threats - threats that arise from a person or body acting in its own interest to benefit itself;  
 

· Self-review threats - threats arising from a person reviewing the work that they have conducted themselves.
 

· Familiarity threats - threats that arise from a person being familiar with or trusting of another person, e.g. an examiner or certification / inspection body personnel developing a relationship with a candidate that affects the ability to reach an objective judgment
 

· Intimidation threats - threats that prevent a certification / inspection body or its personnel from acting objectively due to fear of a candidate or other interested party;
 

· Financial threats - the source of revenue for a certification body can be a threat to impartiality.
 

· IASHEP shall identify threats to its impartiality on an ongoing basis. 


This shall include those threats that arise from its activities, from its related bodies, from its relationships, or from the relationships of its personnel. The IASHEP advisory board will conduct an annual risk assessment on impartiality and conflict of interest and is responsible for ensuring that threats to impartiality and conflict of interest are reviewed regularly.


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