Photo by Paul Martens
Mark Colglazier is the coordinator of life safety for the
IU Office of Risk Management. His duties include building
inspections and fire extinguisher training. He is also a first
responder to the scene of any accident on IU's Bloomington
campus. The thing he enjoys most about his job is not being
confined to an office, and meeting and working with a wide
variety of other university employees. Formerly employed by
IUís Physical Plant in the Building Servicesí area of moving
and set-up, Colglazier has worked at IU for almost nine years.
What is the Office of Risk Management?
The Office of Risk Management (ORM) is responsible for purchasing Indiana University's insurance (with the exception of life and health insurance), loss prevention, loss control and related safety, emergency disaster planning, and adjusting all related claims including property claims, liability claims, auto claims, workers compensation, athletic injuries and others.
ORM administers the self insurance fund, which is a systematic means of using large deductibles or retentions to distance the university from the fluctuations of insurance markets and to control the cost of commercial insurance.
ORM employees stress loss prevention and control. Loss prevention means the loss never happens. Examples of loss prevention measures are good housekeeping and safe driving. Loss control means limiting the loss when a loss does occur. A good example of loss control is the use of sprinkler systems to control fires.
If a loss does occur, the ORM staff of adjusters investigate and adjust the claim. If the claim is large enough to involve commercial insurance carriers, the department acts as the interface with the carriers. University departments deal with ORM, and ORM deals with the commercial insurance world.
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