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Risk Management and Safety has three new additions

Ohio University Division of Risk Management and Safety has recently added Workers' Compensation, Occupational Health and the Return to Work functions to its operation.

The University decided to combine the departments under the division of Risk Management because most of the services they offer serve a similar purpose. The departments recently moved to University Service Center at 49 Factory Street in Athens to be housed in the same building as Risk Management and Safety.

Workers' Compensation was previously located in the Human Resources and Training Center, while the Return to Work program and Occupational Health was housed at the Hudson Health Center.

The Risk Management and Safety division comprises different departments such as the Ohio University Police, Environmental Health and Safety and other emergency programs.

These departments are dedicated to protecting the university from unnecessary harm and risk.                                                 

The new additions to the Risk Management and Safety division allow the people working on both sides of risk management, the people who prevent incidents from happening and the people to resolve issues after they occur, to work in the same office.

"There are two aspects of risk management, reducing the number of accidents and reducing the value of that loss by getting people back to work," said Adams, associate vice president of Risk Management and Safety. "It makes sense to have these people working together."

Adams said he was pleased with the change, calling it appropriate.

"It allows the accident prevention people to work with loss control," said Adams. "They logically go together."