Student Travel: Developing a Risk Assessment Tool

Student travel is often conducted without the same administrative controls as other school activities. Pressures from staff, students and parents as well as existing school traditions make oversight difficult. Overnight trips, foreign trips and service-related travel are becoming more popular and thus there is a need to develop a risk assessment protocol to evaluate proposals […]


Student Athlete Head Injury Prevention

At the 2016 PRIMA Annual Conference, Brett Carruthers from Wright Public Entity and the NYSIR and Neda Saric from Munich Re discussed the significant challenges in the prevention of student athlete head injuries. In the public entity world, this is a huge concern for school district administrators, athletic directors and coaches. One of the biggest […]

Personalized Emergency Preparedness for the School Professional

The biggest security threat to any organization is not a lack of cameras or access control – it’s the people. In a crisis, every school professional must engage in a specialized role. However, there may be temp employees or substitutes who may not know your crisis response plans. In this session at PRIMA 2016, Dana […]

Addressing Municipalities’ Workers’ Compensation Challenges

This session at the PRIMA 2016 Annual Conference featured a panel of public entity risk managers discussing their biggest workers’ compensation challenges and how they are overcoming them. Presenters included: Mark Walls, Safety National Kimberly George, Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc. Marilyn Rivers, CPCU, ARM, AIC, City Saratoga Springs, NY Dan Hurley, CSP, ARM-P, MS, […]

Mitigating Costly Excessive Force Claims

Excessive force claims are costing cities and municipalities millions of dollars each year. While the issue of police misconduct is not new, the advent of social media is helping to make this issue headline news. In this session at the PRIMA 2016 Annual Conference, presenters discussed strategies and tools that can be applied to mitigate […]

Creating Sustainable Results with Workers’ Compensation Metrics

At the 2016 PRIMA Annual Conference, Frank Altiere from PMA Management Corp and Lori Gray from Prince William County, VA discussed how using data effectively is vital to improving your program and proving its value. In workers’ compensation you can significantly impact your results and metrics are the key to doing so. They can help […]

Police Body Cameras: The Future is Now

The presenters for this 2016 PRIMA session were Richard A. Spiers, CPCU, ARM, Are, Genesis Management and Insurance Services and Attorney Samuel C. Hall, Jr., Crivello Carlson, S.C. Currently, over 3,500 law enforcement departments use police body cameras and that number is expected to more than double over the next five years. Body cameras can […]

Creating Controls for Five Root Organizational Risks

Police officers, firefighters and emergency medical services personnel continue to get in trouble for the same things over and over again. This ‘trouble’ does not just impact them as employees, but also the employer and the management in a public entity. In this session at the PRIMA 2016 Annual Conference, Gordon Graham from Lexipol, LLC, […]

The Whole Enchilada: Comprehensive School Climate Change

This PRIMA 2016 session was presented by William Grace Frost, Director of Strategic Relations, Community Matters. Community Matters is a national leader in student‐centered school safety programs and school climate improvement since 2000 Founders of the evidence‐based Safe School Ambassadors Program implemented in over 2,000 schools nationwide and in Canada, Puerto Rico and Japan. The […]

Selling Your Risk Management Program

At PRIMA 2016, a session discussed why it is important that risk managers are among the best marketing and sales professionals. The speakers were Zachary Gifford from California State University and Cindy Parker with Sedgwick. Programs are only as effective as the willingness of employees to follow them. Risk managers must persuade people to wear […]

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