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Criteria for Interpretation
QEI SERVICES LLC. CRITERIA FOR INTERPRETATION OF THE CODE OF ETHICS (CONDUCT)
The criteria for interpretation of the Code of Ethics (Conduct) are guidelines and represent the objectives toward which QEI Inspectors and Inspection Supervisors should strive. They are principles that an Inspector and Inspection Supervisor can reference in specific situations. In addition, they provide interpretive guidance to the Dispute Resolution and Applicant Review Teams of QEI Services LLC.
(1) Inspectors and Inspection Supervisors shall recognize that the lives, safety, health, and welfare of the general public are dependent upon fair, objective, and independent judgments, decisions, and practices incorporated into inspection protocol, procedures, and methods.
(2) Inspectors and Inspection Supervisors shall not approve equipment that is not safe to the public health and welfare and not in conformity with accepted safety code standards.
(3)Whenever the Inspectors’ or Inspection Supervisors’ judgments are overruled under circumstances where the safety, health, and welfare of the public are endangered, the Inspector or Inspection Supervisor shall inform their clients and/or employers of the possible consequences.
(4) If Inspectors or Inspection Supervisors have knowledge of or reason to believe that another person or firm may be in violation of any of the provisions of this code of professional conduct, they shall present such information to the proper authority within QEI Services LLC. in writing and shall cooperate with the proper authority in furnishing such further information or assistance as may be required.
(b) Inspectors shall perform services only in areas of their competence.Inspectors and Inspection Supervisors shall undertake to perform assignments only when qualified by education, training, experience, and/or certification on the specific equipment involved.
(c) Inspectors and Inspection Supervisors shall continue their professional development throughout their careers, and should provide opportunities for the professional and ethical development of those Inspectors under their supervision.
(d) Inspectors and Inspection Supervisors shall act in professional matters for each employer or client as faithful agents or trustees, and shall avoid conflicts of interest or the appearance of conflicts of interest.
(1) Inspectors and Inspection Supervisors shall avoid all known conflicts of interest with their employers or clients and shall promptly inform their employers or clients of any business association, interests, or circumstances that should influence their judgment or the quality of their services.
(2) Inspectors and Inspection Supervisors shall not undertake any assignments that would knowingly create a potential conflict of interest between themselves and their clients or their employers.
(3) Inspectors and Inspection Supervisors shall not accept compensation, financial or otherwise, from more than one party for services on the same project, or for services pertaining to the same project, unless the circumstances are fully disclosed to, and agreed to, by all interested parties.
(4) Inspectors and Inspection Supervisors shall not solicit or accept gratuities, directly or indirectly, from contractors, their agents, or other parties dealing with their clients or employers in connection with work for which they are responsible. Where official public policy or employers’ policies tolerate acceptance of modest gratuities or gifts, Inspectors and Inspection Supervisors shall avoid a conflict of interest by complying with appropriate policies and shall avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.
(5) When, as a result of their inspection, Inspectors believe an elevator or other equipment covered under the ASME A17 codes and standards will not be safe or comply with applicable safety standards, they shall so advise their employer or client.
(6) Inspectors and Inspection Supervisors shall admit their own errors when proven wrong and refrain from distorting or altering the facts to justify their mistakes or decision.(e) Inspectors and Inspection Supervisors shall build their reputations on the merit of their services and shall not compete unfairly with others.
(1) Inspectors and Inspection Supervisors shall not falsify or permit misrepresentation of their, or their associates’, academic or professional qualification or certification. They shall not misrepresent or exaggerate their degree of responsibility, authority, or competence in or for their assignments.
(2) Inspectors and Inspection Supervisors shall not maliciously or falsely, directly or indirectly, injure the professional reputation, prospects, practice, or employment of another inspector or inspection supervisor, nor shall they indiscriminately criticize another’s work.(f) Inspectors and Inspection Supervisors shall associate only with reputable persons or organizations.
(1) Inspectors and Inspection Supervisors shall not knowingly associate with or permit the use of their names or clients’ names in business ventures by any person or firm that they know, or have reason to believe, are engaging in business or professional practices of a fraudulent or dishonest nature.
(2) Inspectors and Inspection Supervisors shall not use association with non-QEI inspectors, corporations, or partnerships to disguise unethical acts.(g) Inspectors and Inspection Supervisors shall issue public statements and reports only in an objective and truthful manner.
(1) Inspectors and Inspection Supervisors shall endeavor to extend public knowledge and to prevent misunderstandings of the achievements of the elevator industry.
(2) Inspectors and Inspection Supervisors shall be completely objective and truthful in all reports, statements, or testimony. They shall include all relevant and pertinent information in such reports, statements, or testimony. They shall not misrepresent or overstate factual information resulting from their inspections, nor shall they misrepresent or overstate the scope of their inspection.
(3) Inspectors and Inspection Supervisors shall issue no statements, criticisms, or arguments on safety or code matters that are inspired or paid for by an interested party or parties, unless they preface their comments by indentifying themselves, by disclosing the identities of the party or parties on whose behalf they are speaking and by revealing the existence of any financial interest they may have in matters under discussion.
(4) Inspectors and Inspection Supervisors shall be truthful in explaining their work and merit, and shall avoid any act tending to promote their own interest at the expense of the integrity and honor of the inspection profession or another individual.(h) Inspectors and Inspection Supervisors shall consider environmental impact in the performances of their professional duties.
Inspectors and Inspection supervisors shall concern themselves with the impact of their activities on the environment. When the impact is a clear threat to health or safety of the public, then the guidelines for this criterion revert to those of criterion (a) above.
(i) Inspectors and Inspection Supervisors accepting QEI Certification from QEI Services LLC. by this action agree to abide by the QEI Services LLC. Policy on Ethics and Procedures for its implementation