Principles and Practice of Ethics for Professionals in Mining

Principles and Practice of Ethics for Professionals in Mining

AREAS OF STUDY: Mining | Geotechnics | Exploration and Geology | Management | Environment and Community | Mineral Processing

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  • Audience Level: Professional | Technical | New to Mining Tool Tip
  • Dates: Unscheduled Tool Tip
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  • Enrollment: Included Tool Tip
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  • Location: Live Webcast Tool Tip
  • Duration: 2 sessions of 2 hours each
  • CEUs: 0.4 (4 PDHs) Tool Tip

Course Summary


Ethical behavior includes having the specialized knowledge associated with one's profession, acting and using that knowledge responsibly, and carefully and consciously avoiding harm to others by one's actions. Acting ethically is a mark, indeed, requirement, of being a professional. To be ethical is a mandate of licensure or registration as a professional engineer. Accredited engineering education requires ethics as a learning outcome.

In the licensed professions, ethics are defined by codes as written by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) and Engineers Canada. Those who offer financial evaluations of mineral deposits must follow the codes for SME Registered Members or the standards of behavior embedded in National Instrument 43-101. Legislation is catching up to the concepts of ethical behavior; for example, insider trading, which was once unethical, is now illegal.

Ethics requires a professional to identify situations of harm or mismanagement, particularly when other employees' lives or livelihood are at stake. If this warning is ignored, a responsible professional will go to someone else in the organization. Such a jump is called whistleblowing and can have all manner of repercussions.

This course was developed for professionals who work in and around the mining industry. The course introduces several definitions of ethics and why professionals need to operate ethically. It proceeds to summarize the principles of ethics and gives a variety of codes of ethics to which engineering professionals must adhere. With a review of the history of ethics, the course shows how the principles of ethics arose over time as a codification of the concept of reciprocal altruism, often known as the "Golden Rule." The course discusses the difficulty in choosing the best ethical path when designing, operating, or evaluating mines. And with today's world that is rife with examples of whistleblowing, the course discusses why and how someone might blow the whistle along with the consequences of doing so. The course finishes with a number of examples of mine failures that can be traced back to unethically produced designs or operations.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this webcast, participants will have a deep appreciation of the importance of ethics in the mining profession. Participants will:

  • gain knowledge of the basic principles of ethics and the rudiments of the history of ethics,
  • learn how to find codes of ethics—particularly those to which one must adhere,
  • appreciate the benefits of working ethically,
  • have a starting point to deal with ethical uncertainties,
  • understand the ethical implications of whistleblowing, and
  • have a better understanding of ethical lapses that may have caused past disasters.

Who Should Attend?

  • Licensed and registered professional engineers
  • Evaluation experts deemed to be "qualified persons"
  • Mine engineering designers
  • Mine managers and executives
  • Mining financial managers
  • Anyone interested in ethics and how this pertains to mining professionals

Pre-Course e-Learning

Prior to the course, registered delegates have access to the online e-learning material on Edumine. Students are strongly encouraged to work through the online course titled Applied Ethics in Exploration and Mining.

Certificate in Mining Studies

This course qualifies for a half day of short course credit for the Certificate in Mining Studies (CMS), a continuing education program of accredited short courses, webcasts and online courses for lifelong learning in mining, supported by University of British Columbia, University of Arizona and University of Concepción. more details »

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Registered participants who attend the entire webcast and complete an evaluation at the end of the course will receive a Certificate of Attendance, confirming the Professional Development Hours (PDH)/Continuing Education Units (CEU) earned. Please confirm with your employer and/or professional association that this course qualifies for CPD.

Lee W. Saperstein

Dr. Saperstein has a B. S. in Mining Engineering from the Montana School of Mines and a D. Phil. in engineering science from Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He has been a mining engineering faculty member at The Pennsylvania State University, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Missouri-Rolla. He was Dean of the School of Mines and Metallurgy at UMR for 11 years. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and is an expert in the environmental impacts of mining. He has also served ABET, Inc, the recognized accreditor for engineering, as its President. He is a Distinguished Member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc. (SME), a Fellow of ABET and holder of its Grinter Award, and recognized as a Distinguished Alumni by Montana Tech.

Provisional Schedule

This webcast will be held from 8:00am to 10:00am PST/Vancouver, Canada time.

Check the exact time and date in your city.

This webcast is divided into two sessions, one per day, with following topics:

Session 1: 8:00am to 10:00am Pacific Standard Time

  • Introduction
  • Principles of Ethics
  • Ethical Origins and Benefits
Session 2: 8:00am to 10:00am Pacific Standard Time

  • Ethical Dilemmae and Dealing with Shades of Gray
  • Whistleblowing and Its Consequences
  • Examples and Case Studies

How to Register

To register yourself, click the ‘Register Now’ button and complete the online registration form.

To register on behalf of someone else, or to register groups of 2 or more, please contact us; discounts may apply.

Questions? Please contact Edumine: +1 604 683 2037 or [email protected] and we will get back to you during regular business hours, Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm Pacific Time.

Registration Deadline

Online registration ends 15 minutes prior to the webcast; however phone registration can be accepted up to the start of the webcast. Please call +1 604 683 2037 ext. 259 for last-minute reservations. Webcasts fill up quickly. Early booking is advised!


The fee covers the lecture, access to electronic course notes, Pre-Course e-Learning and a certificate of attendance.

Early Bird: there is a 10% discount if you register at least 30 days prior to the course start date. A 10% discount is offered for groups of 5 or more OR if you provide your Annual Edumine subscription User ID at time of registration. The maximum discount that can be applied is 20%.

This webcast is designed for both individual and group participation and would make an excellent company-sponsored in-house training event. If you have a group of twenty or more who would like to attend this course from one location, please contact us at +1 604 683 2037 for special pricing.

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System Requirements

To attend this webcast, you will need a computer with a high-speed internet connection (DSL or cable). You will also need a phone line or integrated microphone in your PC or a headset. For your comfort, it is recommended that you use a speaker phone or headset to connect to the webcast. Our system will support both PC and Apple computers using Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox or Safari browsers.

Accessing the Webcast

One day prior to the webcast, you will be emailed a link for the webcast. About 15 minutes before the scheduled starting time, simply go to the website provided in the email. You should be able to simply click on the link in the email; however, some email programs may require that you copy the address and paste it into your browser's address bar. You will be asked to enter your name and email address, and you will need to enter the password that was sent to you in the email. Once you have logged in, a screen will pop up with the Voice over IP option or a toll/toll-free telephone number to call. Of course, our team is available to help if you have any questions about accessing the webcast: +1 604 683 2037 ext. 259.

Terms and Conditions

By submitting the webcast registration form, you agree to pay the associated fees in full before the course start date.


Notice of cancellation must be given in writing by letter, fax or email and action will be taken to recover, from the delegates or their employers, that portion of the fee owing at the time of cancellation.

If a delegate submits written notice of cancellation 10 or more business days prior to the first day of the webcast, Edumine will refund the cost of the webcast.

If a delegate submits written notice of cancellation prior to the webcast but within 9 business days of the first day of the webcast, Edumine will refund the delegate's payment less a 10% administration fee.

If a delegate submits written notice of cancellation after the webcast has started, or misses all or a portion of the webcast without notice, no refund will be granted.

Edumine reserves the right to cancel an advertised course on short notice. It will endeavour to provide participants with as much notice as possible, but will not accept liability for costs incurred by participants or their organisations as a result of the course being cancelled or postponed. If a course is cancelled, fees will be refunded in full. Edumine also reserves the right to postpone or make such alterations to the content of a course as may be necessary.

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