Ethics, NDT, and a Good Night's Sleep

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Learning Event: Webinar
Original air date: 9 June 2021
Duration: 1 hour
Contact Hours: 1
Valid for ASNT Level III recertification: Yes

  • Members: Free!
  • Nonmembers: $79

No one would publicly dispute the importance of ethical behavior. Ethical behavior is even more important in nondestructive testing, because the entire NDT industry makes only one kind of product: promises. Everyone in NDT promises that they properly performed the testing and truthfully reported the results. Anything which strengthens that promise—in the eyes of practitioners, managers, customers, and the general public—is a good thing.

So it’s worth our time to look at where our ethical standards in NDT come from, what happens when they are breached, and ways to make those standards easier to keep. This webinar will give an overview of:

  • Some of the origins of our ethical standards in NDT.
  • How those standards are described within ASNT
  • How those standards are applied including a few personal examples
  • Some practical techniques for making ethical behavior easier for us, as NDT professionals, and the technicians with whom we work and for whom we're responsible

Ethical problems in NDT are rare (as far as we know), but when they do happen, they can be catastrophic. We can and should make “doing the right thing” easier in our profession of creating a safer world.

Phil Trach has been an ASNT NDT Level III in Ultrasonic Testing at Laboratory Testing Inc. since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and has worked in other technical positions at two forging companies and two international manufacturers. He has made several presentations on a range of topics at ASNT conferences, written one feature article in Materials Evaluation, taught the Short Course on ethics which ASNT offered at the 2020 and 2021 Annual Conferences, and is currently the vice chair of ASNT’s Professional Program Committee.

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