Members of the WSO, by virtue of their acceptance of membership in the WSO, are bound to the following Code of Ethics regarding their activities associated with the WSO:

  • Members must be responsible for ethical and professional conduct in relationships with clients, employers, associates, and the public.
  • Members must be responsible for professional competence in performance of all their professional activities.
  • Members must be responsible for the protection of professional interest, reputation, and good name of any deserving WSO member or member of other professional organization involved in safety or associated disciplines.
  • Members must be dedicated to professional development of new members in the safety profession and associated disciplines.
  • Members must be responsible for their complete sincerity in professional service to the world.
  • Members must be responsible for continuing improvement and development of professional competencies in safety and associated disciplines.
  • Members must be responsible for their professional efforts to support the WSO motto, “Making Safety a Way of Life…Worldwide.”

Any individual, member, officer, employee, or representative of any outside agency/organization may file a complaint against any member, officer, or employee of the WSO. Once a complaint has been filed, a thorough and confidential investigation will be completed by the Ethics Committee Chairman. If the charges are found to be true, the punishment shall range from:

  • Informal counseling by a member of the WSO Executive Action Committee;
  • Formal counseling by a member of the WSO Executive Action Committee;
  • Written letter of Admonition placed in the member’s file for one year;
  • Written letter of Counseling placed in the member’s file for one year;
  • Written letter of Reprimand placed in the member’s file for one year;
  • Written letter of Reprimand placed permanently in the member’s file;
  • Individual being placed on a formal probation that could result in removal from the WSO and suspension and/or revocation of membership and credential privileges;
  • Permanent disbarment from the roles of WSO and revocation of credentials.