In the interview with Kim Grady conducted by Andrew Milroy, VP & Head of Research at Focus Network, Kim explains the concept of critical risk strategy, and its importance at the university due to its broad risk profile. The strategy focuses on identifying and mitigating risks that can seriously harm or kill individuals, highlighting the necessity of understanding and avoiding high-risk activities.

Topics in this interview include:

  • Specific Critical Risks: Kim elaborates on specific risks, such as international operations, where academics and students face dangers abroad. She mentions recent incidents, like a hostage situation in Papua New Guinea, to illustrate these risks. Other common risks include chemical hazards and construction-related dangers.
  • Developing Risk Frameworks: Developing a risk framework is in the early stages, aiming to distill key risks and controls into practical measures integrated into university procedures and systems. Challenges include the diversity of risks and resistance from experts who may feel their detailed knowledge is being oversimplified.
  • Technology in Risk Management: Technology plays a crucial role in managing risks, especially through upgraded incident management systems and tracking tools for international travel. These systems enable the university to monitor and respond to incidents effectively.
  • Advice for EHS Leaders: Kim’s advice is to stay curious and humble, acknowledging that the best solutions often come from those directly involved in the work. Understanding and engaging with employees’ everyday experiences is key to effective risk management.