California Professional Conduct provisions state this similarly.
However, there are laws on the books that conflict with this and that is
the point. It simply is not a clear cut issue when the Professional
Conduct codes are not searched when laws are inacted to protect lawyers
I'm sure that you have the same conflict in Arizona if you seek them
out. The issues have been brought into the open by people like Arnold
Bookbinder who was concerned with the conflict and wanted SEA to take a
position that would strengthen the engineers case to protect the public
foremost. I believe there was some change to the law, but there was
still a contingency in the law that did not lead to a clear
interpretation - in other words, it is still debatable.
Again I pledge to follow this up after the holidays when I can get hold
of Arnold and have him submit the documents to me.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Roger Turk [mailto:73527.1356(--nospam--at)compuserve.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, July 04, 2001 4:27 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Subject: Re: Ethical Responsibility?
> Arizona's Rules (www.btr.state.az.us) state:
> -----------------Begin Quote-------------
> ARTICLE 3. REGULATORY PROVISIONS
> R4-30-301. Rules of Professional Conduct
> All registrants shall comply with the following standards of
> 15. If a registrant's professional judgment is overruled or
> not adhered to
> under circumstances where a serious threat to the public
> health, safety, or
> welfare may result, the registrant shall immediately notify
> the responsible
> party, appropriate building official, or agency, and the Board of the
> specific nature of the public threat.
> [Remainder of Article snipped]
> -------------------End Quote------------
> If Florida's laws prohibit doctors from reporting contagious
> diseases, then I
> would think that Florida is unique. To the best of my knowledge, all
> contagious diseases have to be reported to the Public Health
> Service. While
> the doctor-patient confidentiality privilege may prevent the
> doctor from
> naming the person with the contagious disease, it does not
> prevent the
> doctor from reporting the disease. And, if the person with
> the disease
> conducts him/herself in a reckless manner, then I would think
> the doctor
> would be ethically required to report that person to health
> authorities. And
> if the doctor knows the source of the contagious disease,
> then that doctor
> should be obligated to disclose the source.
> A. Roger Turk, P.E.(Structural)
> Tucson, Arizona
> Fountain Conner wrote:
> . > Roger, that's the law here in Florida, and I believe in
> the rest of the . > country.
> . > I do not believe that *any* doctor, nationwide, is
> permitted to report a . > person who has AIDS.
> . > I took a class called "Peoples' Law" several years ago,
> and that is what I . > understood at that time.
> . > Correct me if I'm wrong.
> . > Fountain E. Conner, P.E.
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