Risk Management & Insurance


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Be Smart About Safety (BSAS)

Each year, under the Be Smart About Safety Program (BSAS), the Office of the President Risk Services uses a portion of its total budget allocation to fund loss prevention and loss control projects at UC campuses and medical centers. The intent is to fund projects that reduce the frequency and/or severity of potential losses in the workers' compensation, general liability, employment, automobile, and property insurance programs.

BSAS Program funded projects include the installation of seismic gas line shut-off valves, sidewalk repair, the campus defensive driving program, the purchase of safety equipment, ergonomic equipment, smoke/CO2 detectors, and various other safety initiatives.

If you are aware of general liability, automobile liability, property, or workers’ compensation risk exposures that might qualify, please apply for a BSAS grant by contacting Risk Manager Mari Tyrrell-Simpson at mari.tyrrell-simpson@ucsb.edu. Please include the following information:

  • Nature of risk
  • Any losses that have already resulted from the risk
  • Proposed solution
  • Cost Estimate

Risk Management evaluates BSAS applications from both a risk management and cost perspective. Funding is limited, so not all applications will be granted. In some cases, Risk Management may only be able to fund part of a loss prevention project. Applications are subject to the approval of Risk Management, the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services and the Office of the President-Risk Services.

Applications are reviewed from July through January. Applications for the Loss Prevention and Loss Control projects are due on May 1st prior to the next fiscal year. If the application is approved, funding usually arrives in June.