Effective risk management
can improve safety and
BY DENNIS PIERCE
When Steven Stoeger-Moore was the risk man- ager at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), part of his daily routine was to walk around the college’s four campuses to see
where potential hazards lay.
One day, he might visit the parking lots to observe traffic patterns. Was there clear signage to help visitors navigate their way safely? Were the lots well paved, or were
there potholes or frost heaves that required attention?
Another day, he might stroll through the athletic facilities
to make sure there was proper supervision, equipment
was in good working condition and weightlifters were
“There is an old saying that the best supervision takes
place where the work is being done,” says Stoeger-Moore,
who is now president of Districts Mutual Insurance and
Risk Management Services (DMI). “Similarly, the best risk
management takes place where activity is occurring.”
A risk manager’s job is to assess what could go wrong on
campus, how likely this is to happen, and what the con-
sequences would be—and then take action to protect the
college, its people, and its assets. These steps might include
introducing new policies and procedures, training stake-
holders, instilling a culture of safety, and making sure the
college has sufficient insurance to guard against liability.
Assessing and managing risk plays a vital role on community college campuses. While some accidents or injuries
may be unavoidable, regardless of how safety-conscious an