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Code of Conduct

The Institute expects that all members will uphold the following principles –

Principle 1 – Honesty and Integrity

  1. The Institute of Explosives Engineers expects all Members to act with impartiality, responsibility, and truthfulness at all times in their professional and business activities.
  2. Members should not allow themselves to be improperly influenced either by their own, or others’, self-interest.
  3. Members should not be a party to any statement that they know to be untrue, misleading, unfair to others or contrary to their own professional knowledge.
  4. Members should avoid conflicts of interest. If a conflict arises, they should declare it to those parties affected and either remove its cause or withdraw from that situation.
  5. Members should respect confidentiality and the privacy of others. They should discharge their professional responsibilities with integrity, particularly with regard to safeguarding information and materials of value to criminals and others less well intentioned than the member
  6. Members should not offer or take any illegal payment in connection with their professional work.

Principle 2 – Competence

  1. Members are expected to apply high standards of skill, knowledge and care in all their work. They must also apply their informed and impartial judgment in reaching any decisions, which may require members having to balance differing and sometimes opposing demands (for example, the stakeholders’ interests with the community’s and the project’s capital costs with its overall performance).
  2. Members should realistically appraise their ability to undertake and achieve any proposed work. They should also make their clients aware of the likelihood of achieving the client’s requirements and aspirations. If members feel they are unable to comply with this, they should not quote for, or accept, the work.
  3. Members should ensure that their terms of appointment, the scope of their work and the essential project requirements are clear and recorded in writing. They should explain to their clients the implications of any conditions of engagement and how their fees are to be calculated and charged. Members should maintain appropriate records throughout their engagement.
  4. Members should keep their clients informed of the progress of a project and of the key decisions made on the client’s behalf.
  5. Members are expected to use their best endeavour to meet the client’s agreed time, cost and quality requirements for the project.

Principle 3 – Relationships

  1. Members should respect the beliefs and opinions of other people, recognise social diversity and treat everyone fairly. They should also have a proper concern and due regard for the effect that their work may have on its users and the local community.
  2. Members should be aware of, and when reasonably practicable minimise risk to their colleagues, employees, and others not in their employment as well the environmental impact of their work.
  3. Members are expected to comply with good employment practice in their capacity as an employer or an employee.
  4. Where members are engaged in any form of competition to win work or awards, they should act fairly and honestly with potential clients and competitors. Any competition process in which they are participating must be known to be reasonable, transparent and impartial. If members find this not to be the case, they should endeavour to rectify the competition process or withdraw.
  5. Members are expected to have in place (or have access to) effective procedures for dealing promptly and appropriately with disputes or complaints.

It is expected that a member follow the overarching and guiding principles published by the Engineering Council:-

  • Contribute to building a sustainable society, present and future
  • Apply professional and responsible judgment and take a leadership role
  • Do more than just comply with legislation and codes
  • Use resources efficiently and effectively
  • Seek multiple views to solve sustainability challenges

Engineering professionals have a duty to abide by and promote high standards of leadership and communication. They should –

  • Be aware of the issues that engineering and technology raise for society, and listen to the aspirations and concerns of others
  • promote equality, diversity and inclusion
  • promote public awareness and understanding of the impact and benefits of engineering achievements
  • be objective and truthful in any statement made in their professional capacity
  • challenge statements or policies that cause them professional concern

  • Conduct themselves in a manner that does not bring the Institute into disrepute;
  • Abide by the Constitution, procedures and decisions of the Institute;
  • Comply with the Institute’s Code of Conduct.