Safety Program


The mission of the Risk Management Department is to plan, develop, coordinate and maintain the UW-River Falls safety and risk programs. The purpose of these programs is to provide a safe and healthy work environment for university employees and reduce the number, severity and costs of workplace injuries and other types of losses. This mission is being accomplished by the following activities: 

  • Developing proactive loss prevention and control programs and techniques that will eliminate or reduce the risk of a workplace injury or illness.

  • Developing, coordinating and sponsoring responsive health and safety training programs for employees, supervisors and managers.

  • Providing resources and technical assistance to enable UWRF to comply with applicable Department of Commerce/OSHA health and safety regulations and the Governor's Executive Order #194.

  • Developing positive relationships.

  • Coordinating loss prevention surveys and hazard assessments. Identifying the risk factors that contribute to losses and the strategies and resources needed to eliminate or control these risk factors.

  • Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of safety and risk programs and activities to insure that those program goals are achieved.

Goals – 2014   

  1. Perform 12 safety walkthroughs of main campus buildings and at least 6 walkthroughs of residence halls during 2014.

  2. Draft action plans for addressing safety concerns.  (The results of this effort will be reported to the Chancellor's cabinet as a component of the Division of Business and Finance dashboard.)

  3. Participate in at least one safety walk sponsored by Student Senate.

  4. Identify at least one safety process or program on campus that needs improvement and research a "Best Practice" model.  Implement the Best Practice model at UWRF.  (This year's focus will be on Fall Prevention and Protection with tie-offs for new construction.)

  5. Based on OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) analysis performed in 2012, update or create Job Hazard Analysis sheets for certain positions in departments  This year's focus will be on Res Life, UC Custodial, and the Campus Farm.

  6. Leverage aspects of health and safety to justify at least 4 campus projects during 2014.

  7. To continue with active shooter response procedures, develop an information campaign related to door wedges.

  8. Critique new web page resource for students living off campus to assure it provides the information needed for those interested.

Contact Us

Connie Smith, MS
Director of Risk Management
25H North Hall
FAX 715-425-4980

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