Here are some thoughts and questions following the recent launch:
1 – The late George Orwell once proclaimed….The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection. Pornography is pornography and irrespective of how zero harm or vision zero is portrayed, it relentlessly advocates excellence. Moreover, the ideology is frequently promoted and remains endorsed by the AIHS. This denies fallibility and eventually dehumanises people. Its corrosive impact destroys communities of practice and extirpates incidental learning. How can it possibly be ethical and align with the AIHS BoK Ethics and Professional Practice guidance material
2 – How can any corporation that embraces the Friedman doctrine be ethical if its only social responsibility is to make a profit?
3 – The primary object of the WHS Act is to secure the health and safety of people at work. However, the AIHS vision runs the production v protection gauntlet and advocates safe and healthy people in productive workplaces and communities. What is the AIHS position on the pervasive practice of linking extraordinary performance bonuses to unrealistic production targets? It generates many undesirable consequences, which often forces senior executives to step down for family or personal reasons but they are typically rewarded via a golden parachute or even bestowed with an order of chivalry. Meanwhile many bereaved dependents are left chasing smoke in a quest for justice.
4 – What is the AIHS position on revolving doors, which exacerbates the risk of regulatory and policy capture? (Australia Institute Graham Readfearn – Too close for comfort October 2015)
5 – What is the AIHS position on the widespread use of contingent labour hire and exploitation of vulnerable people, which includes the federal government Job Active Program and its work for the dole scheme?
6 – What is the AIHS doing regarding the ineffectiveness of the JAS-ANZ and self-insurance auditing schemes?
7 – The AIHS recently endorsed the Boland review which claimed the objective of harmonisation remained strong. It is like a dog’s breakfast and will be further exacerbated by the introduction of industrial manslaughter. What is the AIHS doing regarding harmonisation and ratification of the following ILO Conventions:
- C139 Occupational Cancer
- C148 Working Environment (Air pollution, noise and vibration)
- C167 Safety and Health in Construction
- C170 Chemicals convention
- C176 Safety and Health in Mines
- C174 Prevention of Major Industrial Accidents
- C190 Violence and Harassment
8 – What is the AIHS position covering the sinister practice of executive indemnity against criminal liability penalties pertaining to work, health and safety legislation?
This makes a mockery of law and the standard of justice much like health care will eventually be determined by bank balances or credit card limits.
9 – The ethical decision making process in the AIHS BoK Ethics and Professional Practice (Figure 4, Page 49) could easily have been lifted from an IKEA instruction manual for assembling a bedside cabinet.
It is rather like a clunky mechanistic event tree logic diagrams which are often littered with binary and/or gates. The Skinner black box psychology disguises that the brain does not make decisions, it merely hosts conversations (Guy Claxton). Life very rarely resembles a clinical assets and liabilities statement from an accounts ledger detailing withdrawals or deposits. It is thankfully far more messy, uncertain and complicated.