The risk management department’s purpose is to provide resources and procedures to protect the people, programs and properties of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Southeastern California Conference. This is done by creating and promoting quality risk management practices which promote safety and accident prevention. This is achieved by managing the protection of the churches’ and schools’ assets, both human and financial, by minimizing legal liabilities and complying with environmental and safety regulations.
Highlights of the Last 5 Years
- We continued to implement background screening for all volunteers for our schools within the conference. We also did background screening for all children’s ministries which included Adventure and Pathfinder volunteers. The screening included a National Criminal Database and Sex Offender Search, and if they drove on behalf of our schools, or churches a Department of Motor Vehicle check was completed to make sure that we were compliant with North American Division working policy.
- Continued implementing a comprehensive loss control program for the churches and schools within the conference.
- The churches and schools have an appointed safety committee to review all activities, and accidents that occur on the church and school properties, and report their recommendations to the local board for review and make the appropriate corrections when needed.
- By reducing losses over the past five years, the institutions of the conference have experienced minimal increases to insurance premiums.
Goals for the Next 5 Years
- We will continue to implement a background screening process and program for volunteers at our churches who have direct contact with children. These include Pathfinder and Adventurer leaders, and we are currently implementing screening with most of the Children Sabbath School teachers. The screening search’s the National Criminal and Sex Offender Databases.
- We also have plans to provide child safety training that focuses on the recognition and prevention of child sexual/physical abuse. These will be provided through an online resource and will be required for all who have direct contact with children.
- We will continue to promote quality risk management practices to assist in the prevention of human, physical and financial losses which result from our organizations and/or activities. We meet twice a year at the Church Treasurer Workshop, and now with every new pastor through the new worker’s orientation process.
- We have begun to implement safety training for all employees and volunteers to maintain full compliance with Cal Osha requirements. This will be provided through online training.
- In conjunction with Adventist Risk Management, we plan on providing more online assistance in providing forms, risk control resources for disaster preparedness, risk control plans, videos and much more.
We will continue to strive to make sure that all of our churches have an appointed safety officer who is nominated by the local churches and schools to serve on the church and school boards to review all issues dealing with safety and insurance.