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Health / Safety

Risky Business: Manage your workplace risks

November 8, 2013

What risks do you encounter in your daily work?

man in suit balancing on a tight ropeDid you know that if you travel to other countries to conduct research, you may be “exporting” information that could land you in legal hot water if you take your laptop? Do you ever wonder about online security?

The Office of Risk Management and Insurance is hosting a risk-management week to help Colorado State University faculty and staff better understand and manage risk at work.

The week includes helpful workshops.

Monday, Dec. 9

Hidden Export Controls: Protecting your technical research, buying and storing departmental equipment, and safety in international travel and transactions
Noon – 1:30 p.m., Lory Student Center Room 222
Brown-bag lunch (dessert provided)
When do principal investigators need to regulate who participates in their research, and when must principal investigators protect their project information? What are the necessary safeguards for purchasing and storing technical equipment in your department? How do you avoid illegal international purchases and exchanges of information while traveling abroad?  What you don’t know can hurt you.  Come learn to spot the risk areas for both individual researchers and departmental administrators in the technical research areas. Registration required.

Reception for Overseas Security Advisory Council University and College Health, Safety and Security Seminar
6 – 8 p.m., Zquila Old Town, 230 S. College Ave
Hosted by the Office of International Programs. Registration required.  

Tuesday, Dec. 10

Overseas Security Advisory Council University and College Health, Safety and Security Seminar
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Hilton Fort Collins, 425 W. Prospect Road
Hosted by the Office of International Programs

The seminar examines how to prepare and carry out safe and effective education abroad programs and employee international travel. It is open and intended for international educators, faculty members and risk managers, and is free of charge. Sessions and panels examine critical issues facing universities, including leading students to less common destinations, cross-campus collaboration for physical and mental health, mentoring appropriate conduct abroad, and using resources for personal security. Registration required. 

AED and CPR training
12:30 – 4:30 p.m., General Services Building Room 340
Sponsored by CSU’s Office of Risk Management and Insurance, this session is free and space is limited to 12 participants. First come, first served. Registration required. 

Thursday, Dec. 12

Assessing your IT security
Noon – 1:30 p.m., Lory Student Center Room 224-226
Brown-bag lunch (dessert provided)
Steve Lovaas, CSU’s IT security manager, will discuss IT risk management. Lovaas says that IT security can be a complicated and arcane topic, filled with acronyms, equations and advanced computer science. But there’s also a level of risk management that every computer user can relate to: We can ask what tools and activities that we see and use on our computers and on the internet are more risky than the rest. What are the top areas of concern that we ought to be on the lookout for? What can we do to limit our exposure to danger?

Lovaas will discuss current threats and common tools that are under attack. He will share advice on how to evaluate everyday computer risk, and will offer some suggestions on tools and techniques to keep yourself safe online, whether sitting at a desk at CSU, surfing the web at home, or checking email on your smartphone. Registration required. 

Friday, Dec. 13

Future Changes in Lab Safety at CSU
Noon – 1:30 p.m., General Services Building Room 340
Brown-bag lunch (dessert provided)
Jim Graham, director of Environmental Health Services, will discuss laboratory safety standards at CSU and future changes to safety requirements with lab personnel, building proctors, researchers and administrators. Registration required.

More information about risk management

For more information about these events or risk management at CSU, contact Erin Rezac at (970) 491-5110 or Sally Alexander at (970) 491-7726.

Risk Management Week is sponsored by the Office of Risk Management and Insurance and the Department of Policy, Risk and Environmental Programs. The Department of Policy, Risk and Environmental Programs, called PREP, formalizes the existing relationship and collaborations between the Office of Policy and Compliance, Office of Risk Management and Insurance, and the Department of Environmental Health Services to coordinate risk management of policy and compliance, institutional and operational risk, and environmental health services. These offices protect and promote safety for the university community and provide strategies for legal and regulatory compliance. PREP is headed by  Bob Schur, executive director, with support and collaboration from Sally Alexander, chief risk officer and director of the Office of Risk Management and Jim Graham. director of Environmental Health Services.