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Ethics and Skeptics : What Lies Behind Ethical Codes in Occupational Health.

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Journal of occupational and environmental medicine [JOEM]
: 2005, 47, n. 2 - February
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2005
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Journal Article
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Ethical codes, or systems, are conditioned and their enforcement is permitted by social processes and attitudes. In occupational health, our efforts to adhere to our own ethical frameworks often are undermined by forces and interests outside the field. Failure to acknowledge the profoundly social nature of ethical codes impedes our ability to anticipate consequences, to legitimate decisions based on utility and benefit, and to find social structures that support, rather than invalidate, our view of ethical behavior. This article examines three sets of social philosophies.
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