Confidentiality / Non Disclosure / Conflict of Interest Statement
Confidential and Proprietary Information
For purposes of this Statement, “Confidential Information” means all information and materials, in whatever form, whether tangible or intangible, disclosed by the WSO or any of its authorized representatives to Volunteers, or to which Volunteers otherwise gain access as a result of volunteering for WSO. All proprietary information of the WSO that is not known generally to the public is considered Confidential Information.
Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the following are deemed Confidential Information:
- Ideas for research and development;
- Information submitted in the investigation of complaints or involving ethics cases;
- Computer records and software (including software that is proprietary to third parties);
- Any other information which WSO must keep confidential as a result of obligations to third parties;
- Information regarding the administration of components of the certification programs;
- Exam-related technologies and components;
- Item content, characteristics, development or other aspects of the examinations and their development, maintenance and administration;
- Identities of Certificants, candidates, customers, suppliers, or third party contractors, including without limitation any media, advertising, or public relations firms;
- The WSO’s e-mail distribution list(s);
- Human resources data and information about employees, contractors and other volunteers;
- Cost and other financial data;
- Any other information to which a volunteer may have access while involved in WSO’s activities.
The WSO’s officers, staff, and volunteers will not divulge any Confidential Information to third parties or copy documents containing any Confidential Information. In no event shall officers, staff, or volunteers use Confidential Information in a manner that is in any way detrimental to WSO.
The WSO’s officers, staff, and volunteers will maintain the confidentiality of all Confidential Information and not misuse, misappropriate, or disclose in writing, orally or by electronic means, any Confidential Information, directly or indirectly, to any other person or use them in any way, either during the term of this Agreement or at any other time thereafter, except as is required in the course of service to WSO.
The WSO’s officers, staff, and volunteers acknowledge and agree that all Confidential Information and similar items whether maintained in hard copy, electronically or on-line relating to WSO’s business shall remain exclusively the property of WSO and shall only be used by said individuals for the purpose(s) permitted by the WSO.
Conflict of Interest
The WSO’s officers, staff, and volunteers shall avoid personal and professional conflicts of interest in all matters pertaining to WSO’s programs. Conflicting interests may include but are not limited to such areas as financial, personal relationships, and/or professional relationships.
If a situation arises where it is unclear as to whether a conflict of interest exists, the issue shall be discussed with an Officer or employee of WSO.
Violation of this Agreement will be grounds for termination of service with WSO. In the case of a volunteer, a Committee Chair plus any two members of the Executive Committee may elect to remove a volunteer at any time. In cases where a staff member is involved of violating this agreement, WSO’s personnel policies shall determine the discipline or termination process.
The provisions of this Agreement and Volunteer’s obligations hereunder shall survive any expiration, termination, or rescission of this Agreement and remain even after Volunteer’s relationship with WSO ends. Except as provided herein, WSO officers, staff, or volunteers are prohibited from disclosing or using any Confidential Information in all circumstances, including but not limited to subsequent engagements or employment with third parties.
This Agreement shall be binding upon the individual and his/her personal representatives and successors in interest, and shall inure to the benefit of WSO, its successors and assigns.
A violation of the terms of this Agreement may cause damage and harm to WSO and that any such damage or harm will be difficult if not impossible to calculate in monetary terms and will be irreparable to WSO. Upon notice from WSO declaring a breach of this Agreement, the officer, staff, or volunteer shall immediately cease all further activities which are, or are claimed by WSO to be, a breach of this Agreement. WSO may also avail itself of any other remedies available by law.
If any of the provisions of this Agreement are found to be unenforceable, the remainder shall be enforced as fully as possible and the unenforceable provision(s) shall be deemed modified to the limited extent required to permit enforcement of the Agreement as a whole.
WSO Statement of Impartiality
The World Safety Organization, its Directors, Managers, Staff, and others involved in the certification process fully understand the importance of impartiality in undertaking its Certification Activities and is committed to keeping our certification process free from any conflicts of interest.
All personnel, internal and external, and committees are required to act impartially. We do not involve ourselves in any activities which might jeopardize impartiality or result in a conflict of interests, nor do any of our sub-contracted agencies or consultants.
In fulfilling this commitment, we carefully assesses the suitability of proposed members of the board of directors, committee members, staff, or sub contracted entities to ensure they are and remain free of any conflicts of interest.
In nominating members to be elected to Council, careful consideration is given to the impact it will have, should the nominee be elected, such that no single interest is predominant. In approving proposed members of other committees that have an interest in our certification programs, careful consideration is given to the impact it will have on impartiality.
If a topic is being discussed and a voting member of a committee has an interest that could impact on impartiality, the President or the Chairman of the committee will consider whether it is appropriate to suspend the voting rights of that member for the duration of the topic being discussed.
Annually all individuals involved in our certification process are required to update their Conflict of Interest Statement, attesting that they are free from conflict or identifying any possible conflicts which might arise during their involvement with our certification program.
The WSO is committed to providing a certification process that is fair and free from discrimination. All reasonable efforts are made to ensure that WSO examinations are based on job-related knowledge and tasks. In addition, during item-writing training, editorial review of individual items, and exam review situations, documentation on how to prevent bias and stereotyping is provided in either written or verbal form.
The WSO endorses the principle of equal opportunity. Eligibility criteria for examination and for certification under the WSO programs are applied equally to all applicants regardless of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ethnicity, veteran status, age, marital status, or disability.
The WSO and its test development vendor comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and strive to ensure that no disabled individual is deprived of the opportunity to take a WSO examination solely by reason of that disability. Special testing arrangements may be made for these individuals. All testing sites will comply with all federal, state, and local laws regarding use of public buildings, ensure accessibility required under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and accommodate applicants with disabilities on an individual basis without additional cost.