Loss Control and Prevention

The Office of Risk Management (“ORM”) is committed to creating, maintaining and continuously improving a culture that reflects the responsibility of the university to protect people, property, and the campus environment.

This commitment is reflected in part by the ORM Loss Control Unit objectives.  These objectives are accomplished through a Loss Control process focused on establishing standardized practices, policies, and procedures wherever the need may exist.  Theses primary objectives include:

  • Preventing and controlling loss of human, physical, and financial resources;
  • Achieving and maintaining compliance with applicable rules and regulations;
  • Assessment and identification of needs and measures to prevent loss exposure; and
  • Comprehensive investigation and determination of cause for loss or damage incidents.

The goals of safety, loss prevention, and risk management are consistent with the core values of our institution and contribute directly to the University’s foundation for excellence in education and public service.  Realized benefits are the protection of human life and physical assets, cost avoidance through prevention initiatives, and preservation of financial resources associated with recovery.

Freezer Maintenance Guidelines

The importance of maintaining a specified temperature cannot be understated. The risk of mechanical failure can represent both a reputational and financial impact for the university.  

Incidences at several prominent institutions across the country, including University Hospitals Fertility Clinic in Cleveland and Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center, demonstrate the need for risk mitigation efforts. The two most prominent risks are unanticipated power interruption and equipment failure. Ongoing considerations should include active temperature alarm systems and remote monitoring, power/generator backup, and a robust service maintenance program. Detailed guidelines are found at the link below.

Freezer Maintenance Guidelines

Property Inspections