• What's Happening in Risk Management


    March 2019:  Joe Crelier and John Burnham, PhD, presented at the bi-annual Governor’s Conference on Occupational Safety and Health - the GOSH conference.  The presentation was titled, "Chaos to Order: Rebuilding Trust…Long-Term Communications in an Evolving Crisis."  Starting in May of 2016 and continuing to present, Portland Public Schools has faced an intense environmental crisis around lead content in drinking water.  Issues expanded and the crisis evolved; communicating challenges were constant.  This program was the story of that crisis and lessons learned in communications.

    Joe Crelier           GOSH-2019

     

    February 2019:  Last year Oregon-OSHA adopted a proposal that required schools to keep injury and illness records, effective January 1, 2018.  We have completed our first year of recordkeeping for all PPS sites.  In accordance with OSHA rules, a Form 300A was posted at each site with calendar year 2018's injury data.  These documents must be posted in each establishment in a conspicuous place or places where notices to employees are customarily posted.  The 300A must be posted from February 1st through April 30th of the current year, and then the form must be maintained onsite at each school for five (5) years.  Going forward, the Risk Management office will prepare and provide these forms to each site every year. 

    Please note that OSHA also requires that a copy of the Form 801 be maintained onsite for each work-related injury or illness.  Recordkeeping rules are outlined in OAR 437-001-0700.

     

    February 2019: Environmental Health and Safety Associate, Kenzy Sorensen, has earned her Lead Inspector & Risk Assessor certification through the State of Washington Commerce Office and Oregon State reciprocity program. This achievement is the product of weeks of training and studying, and well as a finishing exam. Obtaining this certification is a part of the District’s dedication to professional development of the Environmental Health and Safety team, as well as our efforts to continually push and improve upon PPS’s Lead Safety Programs.

     

    January 2019: Joe Crelier, Director of Risk Management, was invited to present at the 2019 NW Radon Coalition on January 30th.  One of several speakers, he presented on the topic of radon testing and mitigation in Oregon schools, and to answer questions in a panel of professionals from Portland State University, Oregon Health Authority, Environmental Protection Agency, American Lung Association, NorthBank Home Inspections, and Cascade Radon.  Watch for this event every January.

     

    December 2018: Portland Public School's Risk Management department recently became members of The Risk Management Society (RIMS).  Membership provides the District with access to a tremendous amount of risk management information, educational sessions, research reports and data, and connection to a global community of risk professionals.

     

    November 2018: Herb Wagner, assisted by Kenzy Sorensen, successfully led an initiative to replace a majority of the Philips Medical Systems brand AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) throughout the PPS schools and buildings. A number of the units were aging out of expected service life and some units were under a recall, which provided for a significant discount in this initiative.

     

    October 2018:  Last year Daedra Buntin, Risk Management Associate III, was appointed to fill an unexpired term on the Oregon Chapter of the Public Risk Management Association (OR-PRIMA) board.  This Fall, during the annual meeting, Daedra was officially voted onto the board by the chapter membership.  Daedra will fill this role, in conjunction with her regular duties at PPS, for two (2) years.  Portland Public School’s Risk Management department remains a member of national and Oregon PRIMA.  

     

    June 2018:  Please join us in congratulating Herb Wagner on 30 years (and counting) of dedicated work at PPS!  Thank you for helping to keep us safe!

    Celebrating 30 years down - thank you Herb!

    Pictured above (left to right):  Joe Crelier, Herb Wagner & Guadalupe Guerrero

     

    April 2018:  Director of Risk Management, Joe Crelier and Senior Claims Specialist, Philip March, presented "Transportation in Athletics" on April 19, 2018 at PACE Day in Salem, Oregon.  Their session was focused on school district liabilities and risk controls for transportation in athletics. 

     

    January 2018:  Please welcome Terra Wheeler to the Risk Management department. Terra joins PPS as an Environmental Health and Safety Associate II. Terra’s hiring represents the final step in rebuilding the PPS Environmental Health and Safety team.  She has a BA in Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College; an AAS in Environmental Safety and Sustainability from Mt. Hood Community College; and a MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Oregon.  Her areas of expertise include OSHA compliance, occupational safety, and construction project management support.  Before joining PPS, Terra worked as a safety professional at OEG and Daifuku America Corporation in a local semiconductor manufacturing facility.  She enjoys volunteering for local non-profits and has also served as an Environmental Practice Specialty committee member with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), as well as on the student chapter of the ASSE Columbia Willamette branch.

     

    December 2017:  Kristen Weiler has earned the professional designation of AIC™ – Associate in Claims from The Institutes™.  Earning this designation required completion of five self-study courses, and prometric exams over a period of a year and a half.  These courses covered claim handling principles, information specific to workers’ compensation, bodily injury claims, property and liability claims, and ethics.  Experience, combined with this professional designation, illustrates to peers that she is an industry recognized expert and brings great value to PPS.

     

    December 2017:  Daedra Buntin has earned the professional designation of CPDM™ - Certified Professional in Disability Management, from DMEC (Disability Management Employer Coalition).  Earning this designation required completion of 36 credit hours over a nine month period, which included team projects, presentations and exams.  The courses covered disability and absence management, program integration, tools, concepts, implementation, and sustainability.  Experience, combined with this professional designation, illustrates to peers that she is an industry recognized expert and brings great value to PPS.

     

    October 2017: Please welcome Peche Barteaux to the Risk Management department. Peche holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Environmental Safety and Sustainability from Mt. Hood Community College.  Her areas of expertise include hazardous materials, respiratory protection, and emergency response. Prior to joining PPS, Peche worked as a Hazardous Waste Technician at Metro South. Peche is a Portland native, a Central Catholic alumni and PPS parent.

     

    October 2017: Brett Borgeson was selected for our Senior Manager of Environmental Health and Safety position, and will lead the team of four EHS Associates in Risk Management. Brett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Oregon State University. His areas of expertise include regulatory compliance, asbestos inspections, hazardous building material surveys, hazardous waste operations, confined space entry, environmental remediation, and ground water quality. Prior to joining PPS, Brett worked as a Project Scientist with Landau Associates for 11 years. Brett is a Portland native and Grant alumni.

     

    September 2017:  Daedra Buntin, Risk Management Associate II, was appointed to fill a vacancy on the board of directors of the Oregon Chapter of the Public Risk Management Association (OR-PRIMA).  This is an elected board of directors, who are all employed in the field of risk management at an Oregon public entity, with the goal of promoting effective risk management as an essential component of public administration. Daedra will fill this role, in conjunction with her regular duties at PPS, until the next annual election in the fall of 2018. Portland Public School’s Risk Management department is a member of national and Oregon PRIMA. 

     

    August 2017:  Please welcome Kenzy Sorensen to the Risk Management department; she was hired for one of three openings for Environmental Health and Safety Associate.  Kenzy has been with PPS since November of 2016 as a contract employee. She has been the lead coordinator for safety committees across the district, and was the lead in developing this year’s Learning Campus course “Hazard Communication and Risk Management.” She has a business degree from University of Puget Sound. Prior to working at PPS, Kenzy worked in the Technology Transfer and Business Development department at OHSU handling technology disclosures.

     

    August 2017: The PPS Environmental Health and Safety staff became part of the Risk Management Department during the 2016-17 school year. As of November 2016, EHS staffing was down to one person. With board approved budget for FY18, and HR approved job description updates, the EHS staffing will be re-developed into a team of five staff during the 2017-2018 school year.

     

    During the 2016-17 school year, Kristen Weiler participated in the SMART Program at Arleta Elementary School by reading to a Kindergartner and a First grader. If you'd like to participate in the program as well, contact smart@getsmartoregon.org and let them know you’d like to volunteer at a PPS school. They’ll match you up with a location and time that fits within your schedule.

     

    March 2017: Director of Risk Management, Joe Crelier, presented in a panel discussion titled, “Rethinking Risk and Liability in Outdoor Spaces” at the Children, Nature & Schools Symposium on March 13, 2017 at the Oregon Zoo. 

     

    March 2017: Workers' Compensation Coordinator, Kristen Weiler, again presented, “Getting the Most Out of EAIP” in a panel discussion at the GOSH Conference on March 8th, 2017. 

     

    October 2016: The Finance Division would like to recognize Daedra Buntin for completing the Certificate of Risk Management program through the Oregon Chapter of the Public Risk Management Association (OR-PRIMA).  This Risk Management Certification required 40 units of focused risk management training through a mentored program. 

     

    October 2016: Workers' Compensation Coordinator, Kristen Weiler, co-developed and presented, “Getting the Most Out of EAIP” in a panel discussion at the Oregon PRIMA Conference on 10/6/2016.

     

    An article by Joe Crelier, Director of Risk Management, was published in the January 2014 edition of Public Risk magazine. See pages 18-20 for “Management Responsibilities in Respiratory Protection Programs” http://issuu.com/moiremarketing/docs/publicrisk_january2014-issuu