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Examining uncertainties in government risk communication: citizens' expectations. Health, Risk & Society. Jun2013, Vol. 15 Issue 4, p313-332.
Risk communicators and managers need to consider ways in which discussions of uncertainties can empower citizens. [Taylor and Francis, Routeledge]

Your Employee Leaks Confidential Information: Now What? Lockton Companies (PDF, 1.9MB) June 2013
Companies that perform work for or on behalf of government are likely examining the potential implications to their businesses if one of their own employees intentionally discloses top-secret or confidential information.


Corporate culture. Managing change and building a positive risk culture. Management Services. Summer2013, Vol. 57 Issue 2, p9-13.

Discusses how business in the private and public sectors can manage change and create a positive risk culture to identify and prevent possible strategic and operational risks. [EBSCOHost online BSP]

Milliman research report, 2013. (PDF, 2.2MB) This report investigates existing operational risk assessment frameworks around the world, as well as current methods and emerging practice in this area.

Navigating the cloud
By CRI | 8/04/2013 The use of cloud technologies can bring numerous risks, which can have implications for security, reliability and business continuity

BYOD entrenchment brings risks
Due to the popularity of BYOD, these devices present weak spots that render corporate networks vulnerable to attack

Workplace alcohol and other drug programs - July 2013
Alcohol and drug use is costing Australian businesses $5.2billion a year, according to a new paper from the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF).

Facilities Management

Oversight and Status of Implementing a Risk-Informed Approach to Fire Safety GAO Reports; 11/26/2012, preceding p1-36
Report of a study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) regarding the progress of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in resolving fire safety concerns.

Can facility managers impact the expected budgetary outcomes of robust asset management programs? Facilities. 2013, Vol. 31 Iss: 1-2: 56 – 67
Presents a conceptual risk assessment technique to aid facility managers with developing robust asset management programs. [Emerald]

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Innovation and the perception of risk in the public sector. International Journal of Organizational Innovation. Winter2013, Vol. 5 Issue 3, p21-34. 14p.
A critical impediment to increasing innovation in public sector organizations is aversion to risk by both individual actors and by public organizational culture.

The role of public sector asset managers in responding to climate change: Disaster and business continuity planning. Property Management.  2010, vol 28 no 4, 245-256
Paper discusses current climate change predictions and the likely consequences for building assets, and  the delivery of public services, in the face of extreme weather events. Public sector asset managers need to mitigate and prepare for future events. However, current practice, shows that little risk assessment is currently undertaken.

Joining the dots with care by By Andrew Jepp, 1 October 2012
No service is an island, particularly in the increasingly interconnected public sector.

Zurich risk and response reports
. Increased vulnerability to major incidents is occurring at a time of extreme financial pressure, with budget and workforce cuts potentially reducing public sector resilience.

Read reports on US government operations regarding Strategic Human Capital, Managing Federal Real Property, Contract management and so on. Every two years at the start of a new Congress, GAO calls attention to agencies and program areas that are high risk due to their vulnerabilities to fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement, or are most in need of transformation.

Governance, privatization, and systemic risk in the disarticulated state Public Administration Review. Nov/Dec2012 Supplement, Vol. 72, pS36-S44
Authors explore systemic risk in privatized service implementation networks in the USA. [Blackwell. ProQuest ABI/Inform]

The Messy (and Risky) Ways That Governments Try to Manage Risks. Scientific American March 1, 2013.
What’s the difference between risk-based and hazard-based approach to risk management and why does it matter?  This article that uses the Bisphenol A as an example to explore the differences and the way policy development if affected.

Top trends in public sector risk management: Public-Sector Cyber Exposure a Growing Concern. National Underwriter / P&C. 6/6/2012, Vol. 116 Issue 19, p21.
Three brief columns highlighting top trends in public sector risk management.

Top trends in public sector risk management. Infrastructure Option: Public-Private Partnerships Offer Unique Benefits, Risks.
National Underwriter / P&C; 6/6/2012, Vol. 116 Issue 19, p16-21.

Top trends in public sector risk management: Work-Zone Safety, Workers' Comp Programs Help Governments Stay Within Budget.
National Underwriter / P&C. 6/6/2012, Vol. 116 Issue 19, p21.

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10 ways to improve risk management. Internal Auditor. Apr2013, Vol. 70 Issue 2, p56-61.
10 common dysfunctions and how to address them to improve risk management. [EBSCOHost online BSP]

Black Hat Handed CIOs Plenty to Think About. By: Lundquist, Eric. eWeek. 8/5/2013, p2-2. 1p.
Information about several topics discussed at the Black Hat hacker conference in the U.S. in 2013 is presented. Topics include cyberterrorism, computer network security and technological risk assessment. It also discusses the responsibilities of the chief information officers (CIOs) on technology security.

IT Risk Management: Drivers, Challenges and Enablers for Australian Organisations. ISACA White paper.
There is a common misperception in the industry that IT risks only include security-related IT risks, despite there being a range of different scenarios and potential IT issues that should be considered.

On Climate Change, a 'Do-Nothing' Strategy is Not Risk-Free. Property & Casualty 360. Apr2013, Vol. 117 Issue 4, 58.
Beyond mitigating climate change, green technologies can even reduce conventional risks. [Online via EBSCO BSP]

Corporate Australia ignores climate change risks
Australian businesses give little thought to the risks of climate change, despite recognition internationally that they require urgent attention

L.A. STORY Managing Risk in the City of Angels. Property & Casualty 360. Apr2013, Vol. 117 Issue 4, p24-56.
The article focuses on Victor Parker, risk management director for the City of Los Angeles, California. It discusses his  responsibilities and efforts to manage exposures and insurance coverage needs of the city since he came to the office. [Online via Ebsco BSP]

Risk and Innovation. Public Management Review. Feb 2013, Vol. 15 Issue 2, p186-208.
Innovation is linked to positive risk-taking, yet little attention has been paid to its governance in the public service innovation process. [Taylor & Francis, Metapress OCLC]

Using Nonfinancial Measures to Improve Fraud Risk Assessments. Current Issues in Auditing; Jun2012, Vol. 6 Issue 1, pC28-C34.
Nonfinancial measures (e.g., number of employees, square feet of operations, independent customer satisfaction, number of customer accounts) can be helpful in assessing the risk of revenue frauds. [EBSCO Business Source Premier, Proquest Central]

Innovation risk. Harvard Business Review. Apr2013, Vol. 91 Issue 4, p48-56
Assessment of the risks involved with an innovation requires a careful modelling of consequences. But our ability to create models that capture all dimensions of risks is limited: 5 rules of thumb presented. [EBSCO Business Source Premier]

Organizations Struggle to Implement Unified Records Policies. Information Management Journal. Nov/Dec2012, Vol. 46 Issue 6, p18
Many organisations have a single policy for paper and electronic records in the face of the continued growth of new record sources; social media, wikis and collaborative technologies

Top 10 Pitfalls & Tips for Improvement Professional Safety. Dec2012, Vol. 57 Issue 12, p28-34
Well-executed risk assessments enable organizations to make the right decisions, protect their assets, and properly manage their risks as they operate, grow and improve their businesses. [EBSCO host]

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The four questions risk managers must ask themselves  (PDF, 340KB)

Help now available to reduce risks - 18 January 2013 (PDF, 81KB)

SICorp-Supported Seminars for Agencies 17 February 2014 (PDF, 732KB)

90% of execs plan to reorganise risk management, but are risk managers being overlooked?  (PDF, 206KB)

Aftershock: Adjusting to the new world of risk management (PDF, 2963KB)

Business continuity: How risk managers can turn challenges into opportunities. CRI, 6 March 2013.
Inaugural awards for Business Continuity.

Public entity risk managers play key role in recovery. By: York, Bradley. Business Insurance. 6/4/2012, Vol. 46 Issue 23, p12-13.
In the current economic downturn, risk managers may have to take on additional roles such as HR and Finance. 

Risk Management for Risk Managers. By: Chordas, Lori. Best's Review, Apr2012, Vol. 112 Issue 12, p18-22.
This article presents 5 high stakes exposures that need to be covered by risk managers; computer security, environmental risks, supply chin exposures, D&O exposure, and social media.

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The RADICAL framework for implementing and monitoring healthcare risk management. Clinical Governance: An International Journal. 2013, Vol. 18 Iss: 2, pp.165 - 175.
Presents a  framework comprising of  the following domains in an integrated grid: raise awareness, design for safety, involve users, collect and analyse patient safety data, and learn from patient safety incidents. The aim of the framework is facilitate an integrative approach to the implementation, monitoring and reporting of risk management in healthcare settings. [EMERALD online]

Reducing serious fall-related injuries in acute hospitals: are low-low beds a critical success factor? Journal of Advanced Nursing. Jan2013, Vol. 69 Issue 1, p112-121
This paper reports a study of the associations between the occurrence of serious fall-related injuries and implementation of low-low beds at The Northern Hospital, Victoria, Australia. [Blackwell Scientific, OvidSP]

Reason's accident causation model: Application to adverse events in acute care. By: Elliott, Malcolm; Page, Karen; Worrall-Carter, Linda.  Contemporary Nurse: A Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession. Dec2012, Vol. 43 Issue 1, p22-28.
By using an accident causation framework such adverse events may be analysed in a way that allows for the underlying causes to be isolated thus helping to improve care quality and patient safety, and prevent future adverse events. [EBSCO Academic Source Premier, Informit Health Collection.]

The RADICAL framework for implementing and monitoring healthcare risk management. Clinical Governance: An International Journal. 2013, Vol 18, no 2, 165-175.

Organizational risk management of resistance to care episodes in health facilities Journal of Advanced Nursing 68(9), 1933–1943.
Risk management of resistance to care can increase safety in the workplace. Preventive strategies in response to these situations are suggested such as increased staff, training and security should be focused on high risk clinical areas. [Wiley online]

Integration of patient safety systems in a suburban hospital Australian Health Review 2012 (in press)
Public awareness of hospital misadventure is now common. An integrated hospital safety system is described. [CSIRO Publishing, Australian Public Affairs, Proquest 5000 International]

What do radiology incident reports reveal about in-hospital communication processes and the use of health information technology? Studies in Health Technology Informatics. 2012: 178, 213-8.
Incident reporting systems provide a portal for staff to catalogue adverse events which occur within a hospital or department. Communication breakdown and health information technology systems can contribute to error. These systems need to be monitored and flaws addressed. [IOS press]

Patient safety analysis linking claims and administrative data International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance. 2012, Volume: 25 (8), 698 – 711.
Report of an Italian study of clinical errors. Proposes that administrative data can shed light on the more problematic, error-prone areas. [EMERALD]

Medical Malpractice

Legal Disputes over Duties to Disclose Treatment Risks to Patients: A Review of Negligence Claims and Complaints in Australia PLoS Medicine. Aug2012, Vol. 9 Issue 8, p1-6.
Disagreements between patients and doctors about whether a particular risk ought to have been disclosed are analysed. [EBSCO, PLOS medicine]

Mandatory Caps on Medical Malpractice Could Doom Patients. By: SVORNY, SHIRLEY. USA Today Magazine. May2012, Vol. 140 Issue 2804, p68-69.
This article discusses the benefits of medical malpractice insurance for patients in the USA. Cost containment through capping is not the answer. Rather it is argued that States require public reporting of malpractice coverage and should not assume malpractice liability for their physicians.

Malpractice litigation and the spine: the NHS perspective on 235 successful claims in England. By: Quraishi, N.; Hammett, T.; Todd, D.; Bhutta, M.; Kapoor, V. European Spine Journal, Apr2012, Vol. 21, p196-199.
Reports a study to evaluate the overall incidence and total burden of successful litigation as it relates to the management of spinal disease in the UK National Health Service

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Modelling the risks of extreme weather events for Australasian hospital infrastructure using rich picture diagrams Construction Management & Economics. Dec2012, Vol. 30 Issue 12, 1071-1086.
The risks posed to hospitals by extreme weather events cannot be considered in isolation from the surrounding infrastructure. Discusses governance and policy implications for agencies responsible for ensuring that hospital infrastructure can support the delivery of effective health services during extreme weather events. [Taylor and Francis, Ingenta select]

Addressing Public Risks: Extreme Events and Critical Infrastructures. Review of Policy Research. Mar 2013, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p139-159.
The case of critical infrastructure protection in the United States is used to illustrate risk-reduction policy design and implementation challenges and as a basis for policy study.

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Human error: in the loop TCE: The Chemical Engineer. Aug2012, Issue 854, p39-41. 3p.
The article emphasizes the need to integrate human failure in holistic risk management. Bowtie diagrams are used to identify the initiating hazards and consequences of major accident events. [Palgrave McMillan, JSTOR, Proquest 5000 International]

The Fallacy of Quantifying Risk Defense AT&L. Sep/Oct2012, Vol. 41 Issue 5, p18-21.
The article discusses the author's views on the fallacy in attempting to quantify risks in the management of projects or programs at the U.S. Department of Defense. [EBSCO Academic Source Premier]

Cognitive mapping tools: review and risk management needs. Risk analysis: an international journal. 2012, Vol. 32 no 8, p1333-1348.
This paper reviews three methodologies for assessing and diagramming stakeholder mental models and assesses them with regard to their ability to address risk manager needs.

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Who’s in charge of risk oversight? Advisor Council delegates recommend engaging with specific members of management to ensure the right issues are reported to the board. 23 May 2013

Aversion Is Not a Form of Risk Mitigation. NACD Directorship. Mar/Apr2013, Vol. 39 Issue 2, p60-61.
Building a board and management team who have the ability to monitor, manage, and mitigate risks is overriding [Online via EBSCO  BSP]

Board Risk Committee Accountancy Ireland. Dec2012, Vol. 44 Issue 6, p40-42
The author discusses the development of Board Risk Committees (BRC) by corporations to oversee risk management.

Who owns risk management? (PDF, 241KB)

Governance, management and clinical risk Australian Health Review, Vol. 36, No. 3, 2012: 282-283
Observations of the work of clinicians, managers and governing bodies from a CEO’s perspective. [CSIRO Publishing, Australian Public Affairs, Proquest 5000 International]

Dysfunctional boards: today's greatest business risk. New Zealand Management. Jul2012, Vol. 59 Issue 6, p57-57
A short article in which it is argued that risk professionals must feel able to report and discuss what they find right up to board level.

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When to sponsor a cat Bond. Canadian underwriter. 2012, July, p14-15. This article discusses the response of re-insurers to the devastating earthquakes in Japan & NZ, floods in Australia and Thailand and severe tornado season in the US.

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10 tips to improve workers compensation claims outcomes  (PDF, 217KB)

No slip-ups Forging. May/Jun2012, Vol. 22 Issue 3, 22-23.
Simple, practical measures help to reduce slips, trips and falls in the workplace. [EBSCO host]

Developing objective-quantitative risk management information system. Proceedings of the World Congress on Engineering 2012 Vol. I WCE 2012, July 4 – 6 2012, London, U.K.
This paper describes the development of a risk management information system and the methods used to support its development.

Burst case scenario. By: Poole, Kevin. Utility Week. 6/29/2012, p19-19.
In this short column the author suggests that fault and event trees can help determine which actions are available to plan for service failure.

Integrated framework for earthquake consequences management. Disaster prevention and management. 2012, Vol. 21, no 22, pp 184-205.
Earthquake risk assessment needs to be linked to policies, plans and procedures to reduce human and monetary losses. This study suggests and integrated framework.

Title insurance and the “race to the bottom”. Property Management. 201, Vol. 30 issue 4, p 376-386.
Discusses title risk management strategies and conditions under which recourse to lawyers may be preferable to title insurance.

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Reporting, learning and the culture of safety Healthcare Quarterly 2012 Apr;15 Spec No:12-7
Properly designed and supported, a reporting system can be an important component of an organizational strategy to foster a safety culture.

A Framework for Translating Workplace Violence Intervention Research into Evidence-Based Programs. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. Jan2013, Vol. 18 Issue 1, p1-1
Addressing violence in health care requires very purposeful organizational processes conducted by very specific organizational structures. [Proquest Central]

Risk management: the next source of competitive advantage. Foresight, Vol. 15 Iss: 2, pp.117 - 131
This paper tries to identify the relationship between risk management capabilities and competitive advantage under different types of risks. [Online via EMERALD service]

Redesigning risk frameworks and registers to support the assessment and communication of risk in the corporate context: Lessons from a corporate risk manager in action Risk Management. 2012, 14: 222-247.
Lessons from a corporate risk manager in redesigning the risk framework and register for a water utility company in New Zealand. [EBSCO Business Source Premier]

Why risk management fails in IT Network World. 10/22/2012, Vol. 29 Issue 18.
Discusses the reasons risk management is difficult in the IT sector. [EBSCOHost]

Strategically Thinking Canadian Underwriter.2012, Vol. 79 Issue 8, p26-28.
The C-Suite executives expect risk managers to be involved in organization's business strategic planning efforts instead of being insurance purchasers. [EBSCO Business Source Premier]

ANSI Standard Helps Utilities Manage Risk. By: Asplundh, Geoff Kempter. Transmission & Distribution World. Jun2012 Supplement, p4.
Discusses a new American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard for “tree risk” assessment and how it helps utilities manage risk.

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Accident prevention. Fatigue-Related Incidents Are Preventable. Professional Safety. May2013, Vol. 58 Issue 5, p16-16. 1p.
The article discusses fatigue risk management that includes adjusting work environment factors. [EBSCOHost online BSP]

Work environment. Is sitting down bad for your health? Some important advice for your patients. By: Clarke, Jeremy. Journal of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society. Jun2013, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p100-101.
What happen to the body when human beings sit? [EBSCOHost online  ASP]

How to reduce crippling workplace risks (PDF, 222KB)

Limited liability University Business. Jul2012, Vol. 15 Issue 7, 73-76.
Article discusses the move of several colleges and universities in the U.S in shifting their focus on risk management and safety efforts to prevent on-the-job injuries. [EBSCO HOST]

Prevalence and risk factors for musculoskeletal symptoms with computer based work across occupations Work. 2012, Vol. 42 Issue 4, p533-541.
Reports a study of musculoskeletal symptoms and risk factors associated with computer-based work between occupations in a sample of Australian public sector employees. [IOS Press]

The Pluses and Minuses of Safety EHS Today. Oct2012, Vol. 5 Issue 10, 36-41.
A positive approach to safety will influence the tools you use and are more likely to result in success. [EBSCO BSP]

Safety Focus Yields a Windfall in Workers' Comp Savings at Green-Energy Leader. National Underwriter / P&C. 8/20/2012, Vol. 116 Issue 26, p20-31.
Reports a highly successful workplace safety program at a US wind turbine company.

Implantation of an ergonomics administration system in a company: report of an occupational therapist specialist in ergonomics. By: Soares, Marcelo M.; Jacobs, Karen; Moraes, Berla; Andrade, Valéria  Sousa. Work. 2012, Vol. 41, p2637-2642.
Describes step-by-step the implementation of an ergonomics administration system in a company. Demonstrates the importance of professional input combined with company involvement in the design and implementation workplace systems.

Risk management in high hazard industries: An overview for contractors. By: Loughran, Ian. Loss Prevention Bulletin. Feb2012, Issue 223, p28-32.
Development of robust monitoring and measurement systems ensures that process safety performance can be maintained. This paper describes the overall management of major accident hazard risks in a process industry.

Keeping nurse researchers safe: workplace health and safety issues. By: Barr, Jennieffer; Welch, Anthony. Journal of Advanced Nursing. Jul2012, Vol. 68 Issue 7, p1538-1545.
This paper reports on an Australian study of nurse researchers and the consideration of their safety when undertaking research in the community. 

Human factors-focused reporting system for improving care quality and safety in hospital wards. By: Morag I et al. Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society April 2012 vol. 54 no. 2 195-213.
Error and incident report systems do not provide sufficient information about the factors that contribute to impaired safety and care quality. In this study work was undertaken to develop a reporting system for collecting human factors problem reports to establish a database.

Managing work health and safety: recent developments and future directions. By: Gallagher, Clare; Underhill, Elsa. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources. Apr2012, Vol. 50 Issue 2, p227-244.
This article provides a review of recent developments in workplace health and safety and suggests improvements to meet future challenges.

Safe or Safe Enough? Measuring Risk & Its Variables Objectively. By: Piampiano, John M.; Rizzo, Steven M. Professional Safety. Jan2012, Vol. 57 Issue 1, p36-43.
The article explores the concepts of objective safety risk assessment, including the severity potential of a hazard, the estimation of the probability of an incident, and the creation of a risk matrix.

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