6027 - Safety and Risk Management

It is the policy of Piute School District to faithfully fulfill its safety and risk management responsibilities both as a matter of professionalism and public trust.

This policy applies to all pure risk (risks which can cause losses and whose undertaking involve no possible profit) such as fire, liability suits, theft, workers compensation, product recall, and other risks of property and liability losses, both direct and indirect. It does not apply to deliberately assumed costs of employee benefits.

The Risk Manager has responsibility for directing and coordinating all risk functions. The Risk Manager shall be directly responsible for: risk analysis, purchase of insurance, claims, adjusting, selecting of insurance agents or brokers, and development of risk charges to operating entities.        

A Risk Management Safety Committee will be established. It should meet on a periodic basis to review potential hazards or trouble spots, and to ensure equipment and facility inspections are properly documented and the results evaluated.

The Risk Manager will coordinate information and act in an advisory capacity with regard to fire protection, safety, security, and risk aspects of contracts or other legal documents.
Each employee shall be responsible for conducting operations in accord with district standards and statutory requirement. The Risk Manager will determine the degree of protection incorporated in new projects but only after thorough review of the plans by the Risk Management Safety Committee. The Risk manager shall report all losses, or claims, regardless of size, to the designated claims agency.

The Risk Management Safety Committee shall be responsible to keep informed of school activities and to advise proper safeguards to protect students, employees, and the public.

Legal advice may be sought for contract wording. However, contracts which involve insurance, indemnity, or other risk provisions shall be cleared with the Risk Manager and the Risk Management Safety Committee prior to execution.

It is important that both the Risk Manager and the Risk Management Safety Committee be continually conversant with all district operations.

Each principal and supervisor shall be responsible for keeping the fixed asset file current and by reporting new property values, disposal of assets, and significant changes in operations to the Risk Manager.

Authorization for funds shall be routed to the Risk Manager prior to final approval.

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