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Risk Management

Furman University’s Office of Risk Management strives to make every effort to protect the health and safety of members of the campus community and the public. It is the responsibility of all members of our community to identify, analyze, and control the risk of loss. We encourage employee involvement in reporting hazards and unsafe conditions. All employees should report these conditions to their supervisor, who should take prompt and appropriate action to determine if a hazard exists and to correct the hazard. In addition, employees can report unsafe conditions to the Risk Management Office and remain anonymous if they choose. Our primary duties include insurance, safety, and health inspections and training, hazardous waste, laboratory safety, fire and life safety, indoor air quality issues, and ergonomic surveys.

Off-Campus Programs

University officials or employees who have responsibility for Furman programs, student activities, and courses that require an off-campus activity or event are responsible for assessing the risks involved and for collecting and maintaining files of Consent, General Release, and IndemnityAgreement.  The most recent copy of the student travel waiver form is available at the MyFurman portal.

[Policy 367.5]

Consent, General Release, and Indemnity Agreements are not required for faculty and staff travel, Furman employees are adequately covered by insurance and this coverage includes General Liability, Foreign Liability, Excess Liability, and Workers’ Compensation insurance.

Consent, General Release, and Indemnity Agreements are required any time a student leaves campus as part of some Furman related course, organization, or activity.  This includes, but is not limited to, internships, off-campus research, courses involved in service-learning, and class field trips.
Whenever an off-campus event or activity is required by a University official or employee, even though the event is not officially sponsored by the University, this requirement shall apply.

Emergency Alert

If an emergency alert is given take the following actions:

  • For an alert to take shelter, go to a safe place and remain there until given the all-clear by Police.
  • For a severe weather warning take shelter indoors in a central part of the building away from windows and exterior doors.
  • For a fire evacuation, evacuate through the nearest exit.  If anyone with disabilities is in your area, assist them to evacuate if possible.
  • Make sure to take an exit path away from any smoke or fire.  Assemble at a safe distance from the building and wait for safety officials to give you the all-clear to re-enter the building.
  • You should not use elevators during a fire alarm.

Fire Safety Services

The Risk Management Office provides Fire Safety services to ensure the safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors through the interpretation of fire protection codes and standards and the application of fire engineering principles. Our office provides training, reviews building plans, conducts building life safety inspections, and ensures the maintenance and inspection of building protection systems. For assistance with Fire Safety issues, contact Joe Surberat 294-3403.

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Workplace & Laboratory Safety

Risk Management provides general safety services to the University which includes hazard identification and analysis, and accident investigations.

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