One of the reasons the Internet is growing at such a breathtaking pace is the vast scope of research tools that are available online. And since risk management can encompass such a broad range of professional interests, it's not surprising that a number of World Wide Web pages promise to provide risk managers with information and links to relevant sites. But because so many Web pages seem to offer potential value, Internet research can appear daunting at first glance.
To help identify the most useful Web sites, we asked several risk management professionals to pass along their recommendations. One of the common characteristics of the sites they suggested is that most of them offer far-ranging collections of links to varied information sources that are useful to risk managers.
An excellent starting point has been organized by Richard Lowther, the risk manager at Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. Mr. Lowther's RiskList site, mentioned in this column in December 1995, offers a wide range of potentially valuable research tools for risk managers. The site, which can be accessed at http://pages.prodigy.com/KY/ rlowther/risklist.html, provides a comprehensive series of risk management links related to breaking news, resources, risk financing, disaster recovery, regulatory risks and research. A link to the U.S. Geological Survey provides instant earthquake reports that are available within a minute of seismic activity. Safety professionals will be interested in the University of Vermont's email exchange and Web sites hosted by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety. The Americans With Disabilities Act Document Center, the Environmental Protection Agency's Web site, the U.S. Federal Courts Finder and other resources will help risk managers research just about any issue from computer viruses to mad cow disease-all of which (and others) are only a mouse click away from the RiskList page.
Similarly, RiskWeb, home of the popular RiskWeb e-mail forum that is distributed daily to more than 2,000 risk management and insurance professionals around the world, provides a series of professional and academic links. Managed by James R. Garven, a vice president at InsWeb Corporation and a former faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin, the RiskWeb site (http:/ /www.riskweb.com) allows users to sign up for the e-mail service and conduct online research. …