Enterprise Risk Management

A key component of UCR’s Enterprise Risk Management system will be a Safety Culture Change Initiative which will implement a comprehensive safety culture change aimed at readying UCR for safety and risk preparedness as well as prepare the campus for growth and expansion of academic research operations anticipated in UCR 2020.

Story/Background

As Business and Administrative Services (BAS) continues to realign in order to maximize efficiencies, a new Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) division was established in FY15-16. This new division will be responsible for identifying, analyzing, mitigating, preparing for, responding to and recovering from the multitude of risks UCR faces each and every day. An integrated ERM structure will be a critical component of an overall safety, risk and preparedness program for the campus by providing a continuous improvement framework that will allow the campus to prepare for and respond to both anticipated and unanticipated events. The ERM division also aligns with BAS operational objectives to use industry best practices, eliminate the duplication of efforts, create opportunities for collaboration, implement enabling technologies, and most importantly, prioritize institutional responsibility for safety and risk management.

The Executive Director of ERM will report directly to Vice Chancellor Ron Coley and will oversee the following areas:

  • Continuity Planning
  • Emergency Management
  • Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S)
  • UC Police Department
  • Risk Management

Previously, these units would work together only in times of crisis. By bringing these interdependent units under one organizational structure, the division will be able to move from a traditional risk management model to one focused on predictive analytics. The integration of these units will also yield synergies and efficiencies beyond what would be achieved if these units continued reporting into multiple management structures.

A key component of this division will be a Safety Culture Change Initiative which will implement a comprehensive safety culture change aimed at readying UCR for the planned growth and expansion of academic and research operations anticipated in UCR 2020. The initial phase of this initiative will begin to focus on key areas such as:

  • Manuals
  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • Lab Inspections
  • Chemical Inventory
  • Hazardous Waste Removal
  • Personal Protective Equipment

If you have any specific questions regarding ERM, please contact:

Erica Healander
Director of Risk Management
(951) 827-8224
erica.healander@ucr.edu