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Ethical Considerations of Collecting and Managing Data for Total Worker Health (AIHce EXP 2020 OnDemand)

Course Description:
Recorded at Virtual AIHce EXP 2020

As technological advances and changing workforce demographics shape the future of work, industrial hygienists are challenged with increasingly complex data collection and data management scenarios. Direct-read instrument output and data collected for routine exposure assessments may stand side-by-side with data from personal wearable devices and smartphone apps. What are the implications of this data stream for the holistic approach known as Total Worker Health? This interactive discussion will address the challenges associated with collecting and managing data from diverse sources while fulfilling responsibilities to workers and employers. The session will share insights and highlight considerations that enable industrial hygienists to make informed decisions consistent with the industrial hygiene code of ethics. The ethical landscape is likely to evolve as wearable technology and over-the-counter applications become ever more sophisticated and workers and employers find new ways to incorporate technology into daily life.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

  • Recognize the factors that impact total worker health.
  • Discuss recent history and applications of wearable technology and over-the-counter apps.
  • Identify the rise of the citizen scientist and contributions to total worker health.
  • Review considerations of privacy, consent, and data security.
  • Address potential benefits and risks of integrating data from diverse sources.
  • Anticipate potentially conflicting obligations to workers and employers.
  • Locate resources related to an ethical framework for data collection and management support.

Contact Hours:

Presentation Date:

Lisa Greene
RTI International
Research Triangle Park, NC United States of America

Donna Heidel, MS, CIH, FAIHA
AIHA Board of Directors
Fuquay-Varina, NC United States of America

Dr. Emanuele Cauda
Pittsburgh, PA United States of America