The practice of risk management and the job of the Risk Manager are to help protect the University both internally and externally from things that threaten its integrity. That includes the property, the assets, and the people. The Risk Manager applies the risk management model of risk identification, assessment, measurement, mitigation and monitoring.
The work of the Risk Management is essential to our ongoing success and is thus an important University function. At Chapman University, Risk Management includes the vital function of Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S). The goal of EH&S is the prevention of incidents or accidents that might result from operating conditions, with the principal interest of protecting the members of the University community, the public, the environment and to comply with applicable laws and protect the Company’s reputation.
Chapman University is committed to developing and administering a comprehensive and professional risk management and EH&S program for the entire University community.
The University is a longstanding member of the University Risk Management and Insurance Association (URMIA.) This professional association was formed to promote the advancement and application of effective risk management principles and practices in institutions of higher education. We are also a member of the Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA), which supports and educates campus-based EH&S professionals to empower and to improve the EH&S profession in campus environments. CSHEMA has a long history of service to the college, university, and research communities.
The mission of the Chapman University Risk Management Department is to create a risk management culture throughout the University, providing resources that engage and empower community members in their quest to meet and exceed their educational goals and objectives of preeminence. This encompasses the vision that Chapman University will be a student-centered institution, recognized nationally and internationally as a center of academic and personal excellence that prepares our students to contribute to a global society. This includes the operation of a comprehensive risk management program that contributes to the health, safety and protection of employees, students and visitors, while also protecting the University's physical and financial resources.
Our goal is to minimize the adverse effects of unpredictable events. Toward this end, we utilize a number of processes and tools that include but are not limited to:
Allan Brooks, Director, Risk Management
Karen Swift, Environmental Health & Safety Manager
Jennie Evangelista, Environmental Health & Safety Specialist
Chuck Sohaskey, Ph.D., Lab Safety Administrator – RHSC
9401 Jeronimo – Office 118
Allan F. Brooks oversees the Chapman University Risk Management Department and serves as University Risk Manager. Mr. Brooks is an established industry professional, with over 25 years of risk management and insurance experience. He holds a Master’s degree from East Carolina University, Greenville, NC and key industry credentials including the Associate in Risk Management (ARM), Associate in Underwriting (AU), Associate in Reinsurance (ARe), and Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU). Mr. Brooks is a peer in the academic environment, with over 15 years of teaching experience at the college level.
Mr. Brooks is the primary contact for all general matters in the area of Risk Management and Insurance. He is responsible for identifying and evaluating risks associated with campus activities and recommending the best risk management techniques and practices to address and mitigate issues of risk and liability, as well as ensuring implementation of appropriate risk controls. He works with the entire campus community to develop resource documents and training programs regarding risk exposure and its mitigation. He is also involved in monitoring insured and uninsured losses, placing and managing insurance coverage’s and premiums, liability claims handling, loss prevention/control program development, and allocation of risk exposures.
Karen Swift, our Environmental Health & Safety Manager is a key member of our Risk Management team. With separate baccalaureate degrees from the University of California-Irvine (UCI) in Biological Sciences and Social Ecology, Karen brings to Chapman over 20 years of experience dealing with a broad range of issues in Environmental Health & Safety. Prior to joining Chapman University, Karen served as senior technical department resource/consultant to the UCI campus and Medical Center. Her work included the areas of Academics, Design & Construction, Environmental Health & Safety, Environmental Planning, Facilities Management, Housing, Police and Student Services Units on projects and issues concerning Environmental Compliance, Regulatory Compliance, and Occupational Health & Safety.
As Environmental Health & Safety Manager for Chapman University, Karen develops, implements and maintains Chapman’s policies adhering to local, state and federal environmental, health and safety regulations. She is involved in the design and development of facilities, work
Jennie Evangelista is an Environmental Health & Safety Specialist and a key member of our Risk Management team. Jennie earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from California State University, Fullerton, where she has worked since 2014 as an Environmental Health and Safety Hazmat Technician. She holds the OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER training and the 8-hour HAZWOPER Refresher training.
Jennie is knowledgeable in topics such as hazardous waste, fire hazards, radioactive waste, biological waste, confined space, emergency spill response, hazard communication, and decontamination. Over the years Jennie has successfully completed annual safety audits to identify deficiencies and develop corrective measures to control or eliminate associated high-risk hazards. Faculty and staff in science labs,
Jennie will conduct accident investigations and report on her findings with recommendations to correct any unsafe acts or conditions causing
Jennie will be serving as the primary individual tasked with managing our training programs, including the transition from Blackboard to the LearnUpon Learning Management System (LMS).
She has been a member of the Orange County Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (OCASSE), recipient of the 2017 Spring Scholarship Award, and served as Student President of California State University, Fullerton ASSE Student Section.
Chuck Sohaskey, Ph.D. is Biosafety Officer for the University and Lab Safety Administrator for the Rinker Health Sciences Campus (RHSC). Dr. Sohaskey is the principle Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S)
Dr. Sohaskey will support the activities of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), Science Safety Committee (SSC), and various subcommittees that support the colleges of
Dr. Sohaskey earned his Ph.D., Microbiology, University of Texas, Austin following his B.S., Microbiology, University of North Texas, Denton. Since 1998 Dr. Sohaskey has worked as a Health Science Specialist and Principal Investigator engaged in Tuberculosis research with the U.S. Veterans Administration at the Veterans Administration (VA) Long Beach Healthcare System, Long Beach, CA. During his tenure at the VA, his responsibilities including operating and maintaining a BSL-3
Each day many Chapman University employees go beyond the basic elements of their job and on their own initiative take actions that improve the safety and health of members of the Chapman University community. They identify risks, including safety hazards, and respond in a proactive manner, taking action to avoid or reduce the severity of an action that would be adverse to the best interests of individuals and/or the University overall.
This could be as simple as reporting a safety hazard, assisting someone who might have experienced an illness or injury, or being proactive and making recommendations in support of “reducing risks” in any area of University operations. Strategies to reduce risk and improve safety are not the single domain of the Risk Management Department. Our mutual success requires that all staff, faculty and students acknowledge their role in advancing this important goal, and accepting personal responsibility. The mantra “Everyone is a Risk Manager” is the key to this success.
We want to recognize the contribution of each individual who demonstrates this practice in their work on behalf of the University. The Risk Management Department encourages you to recognize those individuals who you observe demonstrating this action, congratulate them personally, and nominate them for formal recognition of their contribution to managing risk and safety for the University. By clicking on this link, we ask you to nominate any such individual(s), identifying who they are, and provide a brief description of their commendable action(s).
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