Public Risk Magazine


Public Risk, PRIMA’s 10-time-per-year magazine, is the flagship publication of the  association. This publication provides risk managers with timely, focused information  in an easy-to-read format. Public Risk features articles from risk management  practitioners as well as industry professionals. Articles range from current trends,  risk management procedures and guidelines, legislation changes, spotlights and  more that will engage your office while keeping them informed!

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February 2019


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Featured Articles

Succession Planning
Are YOU Ready?

By Sharon Harris

You’re in a senior leadership meeting when your director of risk management says, “I would like to announce my retirement!” The departure of an organization’s leader is not something we think about, but when the leader makes the big announcement… suddenly, it’s all we think about. 

It’s no surprise that the public sector has been experiencing a shift in their workforce as staff in the Baby Boomer generation (ages 53–72) move into retirement. So, are we ready? Are we purposefully engaging our organization in the process, or are we just reacting to every retirement notice we receive?

Succession planning is the process of identifying and developing internal people with the potential to fill key leadership and managerial positions within your organization. All organizations, regardless of their size, need some level of succession planning. It’s critical in today’s rapidly changing demographic environment, but many organizations are ill-prepared for the departure of their current leadership. There’s no time like the present to assemble a set of skilled successors so that your organization can purposefully maintain its operational success.

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Implementing a Safety Management System in the Public Sector
A Case Study

By Jose Inclan

When attempting to find a way to consistently reduce the number of preventable accidents and injuries in our municipality, the City of San Antonio, these questions came up: How can we establish a tool to address our day-to-day occupational reality as an organization, in order to consistently prevent illnesses, injuries and accidents from happening? Is it at least possible?

After brainstorming on these and other similar questions in our Office of Risk Management (ORM) team, we decided to address them by looking at external experiences, in both the private and public sectors.

What follows in this article is a description of how things developed for our City.

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What You Need to Know about Self-Evaluation and Transition Plans to Comply with the ADA

By Dana Barton

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the first federal civil rights law that provides for equal access to individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life. Signed into law in 1990, by President George HW Bush, the law prohibits
discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in mainstream life.

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