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Risk Control Track Courses


RC-1: Regulatory Aspects of Safety & Risk Control Management


This course surveys federal and state laws, regulations, and standards that impact occupational safety and health and the environment. Emphasis will be given to OSHA (VOSH), EPA (DEQ), CPSC laws and regulations, and state building codes, as they affect workplace safety. If you are responsible for risk management, workers' compensation, or safety/loss-control management you will find this course useful.

RC-2: Incident Investigation & Analysis


This course reviews various conceptual and analytical models used in accident/incident investigation and analysis; topics include investigation strategies and reporting systems, report formats, data collection methods, causal inferences, problem identification, and data analysis; in-depth case studies and epidemiological reviews of recent events will be emphasized. Special emphasis will be given to evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of your present reporting/ investigation system.

RC-3: System Safety


This course addresses proactive and upstream safety management practices. Concepts and practices of system safety; included are basic system concepts analysis are reviewed, including flow-block diagramming, what-if analysis, risk assessment codes, and practical hazard/threat ranking based on loss severity, probability, and cost to eliminate/control. This course offers practical training and practice in planning system-wide hazard identification, hazard analysis, hazard ranking, and identifying most cost-effective strategies for controlling risk exposures. This course may be especially useful to those agencies or personnel who periodically engage in highly hazardous operations. Agency planners and architects will also find this course very useful.

RC-4: Ergonomics


The topic of study will be Ergonomics and the assessment of Ergonomics standards and programs. Content will address the history, scope, and mechanics of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) which currently account for one-third of all occupational injuries and illnesses reported to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) by employers every year. MSDs constitute the largest job-related injury and illness problem in the United States today. Program design, development, implementation, and monitoring techniques and procedures will be discussed. Participants will evaluate the need for and applicability of ergonomic intervention within their agency and/or work setting.

RC-5: Benefits and Costs of Safety Programming


This class examines methods used to document and evaluate an organization's past, present and future safety and loss problems. Students will learn to calculate and use various types of rates and prepare risk maps to benchmark loss patterns. Trend analysis, moving averages, and other statistics will be used to perform impact analyses and to forecast future loss levels. Behavior sampling and other upstream loss indicators will be discussed and students will examine the use of accident cost accounting and TVM analysis techniques in completing safety program ROI, benefit/cost, and bottom-line assessments.

RC-6:  Industrial Hygiene
   This course will examine industrial hygiene (IH) issues, chronic problem areas and problem solutions applicable to agency operations. The course is oriented toward providing students with: an understanding of basic IH principles and current best industry practices; working knowledge to recognize and identify potential
adverse health exposures in the workplace; common control and preventive practices for occupational health exposures such as when
to use personal protection equipment versus systemic or engineering controls; measurement, monitoring and evaluation skills for determining IH exposure, minimization and avoidance.

February 13 and 14 (Richmond)
March 18 and 19 (remote)
April 9 and 10 (remote)
May 6 and 7 (Richmond)


Risk Management / Insurance Track Courses


RM-1: Property and Liability Insurance


This course will address basic principles and legal aspects of property and liability insurance, including such topics as: property insurance coverage and forms, commercial general liability, crime insurance, boiler & machinery, inland and ocean marine insurance, commercial auto, risk of e-commerce, workers' compensation, and miscellaneous coverages.

RM-2: Insurance Law 


This course will address the basic principles of 1) insurance law: insurable interest, indemnity, good faith, subrogation, contribution, 2) insurance contracts: formation, warranties and conditions, cover, claims, brokers and agents; 3) special topics: public sector coverage, and 4) changes effected by relevant legislation. Topics will include: interpreting insurance contracts, liability insurance, liability insurance: defense & settlement, handling coverage disputes, causation in insurance litigation, automobile insurance , estoppel, exclusion of intentional acts (sexual harassment and discrimination), Other topics (relevant to class members' needs). A seasoned expert in the area of insurance law teaches this course.

February 12 and 13 (Richmond)
March 12 and 13 (remote)
April 16 and 17 (remote)
May 14 and 15 (Richmond)

RM-3: Risk Management for Public Entities


Understand the unique nature of the public sector.  Risk management is an increasingly important aspect of public administration. Completing the Risk Management for Public Entities course will help the student understand the differences between public and private sector risk management. Areas to be covered include: public sector risk management administration, risk control, exposure identification
and analysis, pooling for risk financing, managing distinctive liability exposures, claims and litigation, risk financing, establishing risk management programs, disaster planning and emergency response. Upon completing the course and the ARM designation, you will earn the Associate in Risk Management for Public Entities (ARM-P) designation.

RM – 4 Managing Cyber Risk


This course will introduce cyber risk in the context of enterprise risk management; understanding first and third party exposures; explore risk control techniques; gain insight on various insurance products and cyber legislation; discuss and address business continuity and business income issues; improve understanding of insurance underwriting and claim handling of cyber exposures. The course is designed to provide a fundamental understanding of this challenging risk exposure.

RM- 5: Legal Environment of Risk Management


This course addresses the principles and doctrines of contract and tort law, with special emphasis given to legal problems and issues affecting state government service. Students will explore current state practices, defenses and immunities as they relate to the state's contracts, property losses and torts.



(Note: Course dates are subject to change)