The Whistle Blower Responsibility

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What is responsibility whistle-blower

A whistleblower is a person who raises a concern about wrongdoing occurring in an organization or body of people, usually this person would be from that same organization. The revealed misconduct may be classified in many ways; for example, a violation of a law, rule, regulation and/or a direct threat to public interest, such as fraud, health/safety violations, and corruption. Whistleblowers may make their allegations internally (for example, to other people within the accused organization) or externally (to regulators, law enforcement agencies, to the media or to groups concerned with the issues).

An employee is more justified in blowing the whistle and may even have an obligation to do so when the wrongdoing concerns matters over which the employee has direct responsibility.

Professionals have a greater obligation to blow the whistle under some circumstances and are restricted or prohibited from whistle-blowing under others.

Whistle-blowing is a corrective mechanism through which our practice is adjusted from time to time. The challenge is how our industry could benefit from those individuals whose criticism, when well founded and addressed, leads to significant improvements. A whistle-blower tries to bring light to a murky environment marked by fear and intimidation, in which there is usually a conspiracy to cover up incompetency, mistakes, and possibly criminal behavior. When the safety, health, and welfare of the public is involved, there is much at stake, and how we as a professional organization address this issue is important. A progressive method for addressing the grievances of whistle-blowers is achieved in private industry. Among some of the Fortune 500 companies, managements have developed self-policing mechanisms that have proved to be successful. Whistle-blowing is a courageous act; however, it is an act of wisdom that determines how we listen to the whistle-blower’s challenges. ASCE should...
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