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Difference between Authority, Responsibility and Accountability

1) Explain the differences between authority, responsibility, and accountability as they apply to OSH program management.

2) Manuele recounts two serious incidents where inadequate management leadership and employee participation were major causes

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1) Explain the differences between authority, responsibility, and accountability as they apply to OSH program management. In your discussion, provide examples of how your current organization (or a past one) implements these concepts. Is it effective? How can you tell? What recommendations do you have for improvement?

Authority, according to Z10, refers to the person or persons who are in charge. These are the individuals who make decisions, set policy, and are enabled to act. They are instilled with the power to see that a process and its duties are carried out. This is different than the person who is responsible for a given outcome. This individual or group is obligated to fulfill and given task and is often designated to do so by the person or group in the position of authority. Responsibility contrasts with accountability, which defines the individual or group who is obligated to fulfill a task TO A STANDARD and is legally liable for the outcome meeting such a standard.

In the previous healthcare facility where I worked, the CEO was a physician and was give authority to set policy, determine the direction the facility would take, and make changes to structure. He, in turn, delegated responsibility for enforcing policy to the heads of what were termed "institutes." These institutes and the leaders of them were tasked by the CEO with meeting his guidelines for patient safety, quality of work, income, etc. The facility as a whole and its stakeholders were accountable to the patients, but the individual doctors carried ultimate accountability in terms of the safety of individual patients.

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The expert explains the differences between authority, responsibility and accountability as they apply to OSH program management. Two serious incidents where inadequate management leadership and employee participation were major causes are determined.

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