Explain the five key areas of loss control Pondicherry University 2015

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Explain the five key areas of loss control? - Pondicherry University - 2015

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Let's start this article by being honest with ourselves and ask the question "When do you take action with loss control issues?" When I have asked this question, the typical answer was "when an accident occurs or a problem develops."

Now let's be realistic -- to take action after an accident or problem surfaces does not support the principles of either good management or common sense. This is reactionary management or crisis management. The accident has occurred, the problem has developed, the loss has occurred, and the resource is lost! To best manage resources, you must be proactive in your approach.

There have also been a number of significant changes in recent years which have increased the financial exposure and impact upon fire departments. These changes within the legal and social systems have forced us to change the way we operate our fire departments. Legislative trends first in the Occupational Safety & Health Act of 1970 and related subsequent legislation on the state and national level are most significant. These have transcended into labor agreements, employee liability lawsuits, and expansion of insurance agreements and premiums. The risk of accident and loss therefore is one of the most significant issues facing the fire department today. This is both a moral and financial exposure. As a result, it is no longer important, but now mandatory that fire departments take the necessary steps to prevent accident and loss, which result in loss of budget funds or other drains on municipal resources. To the fire department, this instills you to develop, implement, and maintain a comprehensive loss control program.

Loss Control has long been recognized as a functional part of the Risk Management Program of business (and let's face it, the Fire Department is a type of business). We saw in the last article that there are seven elements which are necessary for a loss control program. Each of these elements must be integrated into the comprehensive risk management system of the fire department. The risk management process has five steps. At each step, the various elements of the loss control program play a role in managing risk and loss.                                                               


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