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About Risk Management and Safety

The mission of Risk Management and Safety (RMS) is to protect people, the environment, property, and financial and other resources, in support of Auburn University’s teaching, research, outreach and student services. This is accomplished by:

  • Understanding the needs and priorities of the university community and partnering with key stakeholders
  • Developing materials and resources to provide guidance to the university community
  • Providing education through training and consultation
  • Assisting the university community with regulatory compliance by identifying opportunities to improve the safety of the university community
  • Leadership through integrity, credibility and technical excellence
  • Providing quality services in a professional and responsive manner

RMS is comprised of several safety departments, including Environmental Health and SafetyLaboratory and Radiation SafetyRisk Management and Insurance, and Safety and Health Programs. For questions, concerns or help finding what you need on our website, please visit the RMS Staff Directory.

Program Areas

Environmental Health & Safety

The Environmental Health & Safety Departmentis dedicated to ensuring a safe, healthful environment for the Auburn University community.

Our mission is to responsibly foster an atmosphere in which human health and the university environment are safeguarded through education, regulatory compliance, and natural resource preservation and management. In this way, the department helps move the university toward achieving its sustainability goals. A few of our key services include:

  • Chemical, biological and pathological waste management
  • Stormwater management
  • Environmental compliance management
  • Hazardous materials spill response
  • Dangerous goods shipping

Laboratory & Radiation Safety

The mission of the Laboratory & Radiation Safety Department is to support and advance the instructional research and outreach programs of Auburn University by promoting a positive safety culture, and helping to create safe and healthful conditions for students, employees and visitors.

We are a resource for safety policies, procedures, training and education, technical consultation and compliance assistance for biological, radiological and chemical safety. A few of our key services include:

  • Lab safety services
  • Hazardous chemical management
  • Research compliance support
  • Academic accreditation support for university academic units

Our particular program areas include Biological SafetyChemical SafetyLab Safety and Radiation Safety.

Risk Management & Insurance

Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) manages Auburn University’s property and casualty insurance needs and requirements. This includes insurance pricing and procurement; structuring of self-insured retention and excess insurance layers; plus claim adjudication. Additionally, RMI works closely with each university entity in the identification and mitigation of risks in general, including risks such as personal injury, crime and property loss. Other RMI responsibilities include administration of the University’s On-The-Job Injury Program (OJI); oversight of Threat Assessment issues; and collaboration with the Office of International Education on international risks to overseas safety for all AU travelers.

The mission of the Risk Management & Insurance Department is to provide support for education, research and outreach while reducing risks and minimizing the impact of loss to Auburn University. Some of our key services include:

  • Risk assessment and consultation
  • Risk financing
  • Claim management
  • Risk management services to affiliated AU entities, such as Auburn University Montgomery campus; Alabama 4-H Center; student groups, interns and students traveling abroad; Auburn University Foundation; Tigers Unlimited Foundation; and Auburn Research & Technology Foundation

Safety & Health

The mission of Safety & Health is to create a culture where safety and health are core values adopted and practiced throughout all levels of the university. We accomplish this mission by providing high quality consultation, program development, information and training, and periodic reviews of safety and health practices, as well as, compliance regulations. A few of our key services include:

  • Providing general campus safety under such areas as fire and life safety, worker protection, industrial hygiene, animal safety, and student and visitor safety
  • Compliance and accreditation support for campus departments
  • Occupational safety
  • Indoor air quality recommendations
  • Special event safety to include such areas as on-campus athletic events, concerts and graduation, and protocols for food safety handling.