It is the goal of the UW System to provide a safe and healthful higher education environment for students, faculty, staff, and others utilizing UW programs and facilities.

The Office of Risk Management strives to meet this goal with:

  • proactive loss prevention, health, safety, and environmental management;
  • quality property, liability and workers compensation claims management; and
  • protection of UW assets.

No job or course of academic study is so important and no request so urgent that one cannot take time to perform that function safely and in compliance with overall environmental regulation.

Throughout the UW System, the respective functions of Workers Compensation, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety and Risk Management should coordinate to provide comprehensive technical and responsive service.

Administration, faculty, and supervisors are responsible for demonstrating leadership in developing proper attitudes toward environmental health and safety, and providing necessary resources to conduct activities safely and ensure environmental compliance.

Employees and students are responsible for the continuous practice of safety while performing their duties. This requires cooperation with all aspects of environmental health, safety, and risk management policies and guidelines.