Center for Risk Management

Center for Risk Management

2017 Spring Schedule Now Available

The Center for Risk Management (formerly the Risk Management Institute) at College of the Mainland invites you and your staff to attend health and safety classes held at our facilities with no enrollment fee. We have received generous support from the Texas Mutual Insurance Company to educate workers about occupational safety. These classes provide related materials to keep for future reference. The courses are excellent for organizations to update or include in their own internal training.

Class Schedule through May 2017 - Click Here

Call for Speakers - Click Here

Legal Aspects of Safety

Thursday, April 20, 2017
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This course will discuss two primary types of legal claims that affect all safety professionals. The instructor will discuss some of the best defenses and other legal consequences to consider when deciding to contest a citation. Beyond the fine amount, employers may need to consider the cost of abatement and whether the citation could result in a repeat or willful citation in the future. The course will then cover the discovery process and trial stage of an OSHA case and give examples of effective trial techniques. This course will be taught by Matthew Deffenbach.

Matthew Deffebach leads the Labor, Employment and Immigration Practice Group and co-leads the Litigation Department at Haynes and Boone. Having tried, as first chair, six matters in just the past four years, he is often entrusted with significant trial matters. While his employment and litigation experience is vast, Matthew’s passion is handling OSHA disputes. He has appeared in more than 22 states handling OSHA matters and is entering his 11th year as National OSHA counsel for The Home Depot.

How to Use OSHA's Resources to Develop a Compliant & Effective Safety Program

Friday, April 28, 2017
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

OSHA’s main mission is to prevent the occurrence of workplace illness, injury or death by creating safety and health regulations that most businesses must follow. In this workshop you will learn how OSHA is organized and how to use the resources supplied through their website and publications to structure your safety and health programs and management systems. This course will be taught by Jim Christy.

James B. Christy has a Bachelor of Science in safety from University of Houston-Clear Lake. Spanning 30 years of EHS experience, he has over 20 years in corporate staff positions. His current duties are safety, quality and environmental manager for L&M Technologies at Johnson Space Center and L&M’s Corporate Safety Officer.

An ASSE member since 1989 and a CSP since 1992, key assignments have included: corporate EHS auditor and incident investigator, area EHS manager (for 43 sites in 10 states), EHS function lead supporting multiple business units, safety representative on corporate-level committees (domestic and international) and safety officer for the Astronaut Training Facility. He has developed corporate and site-specific EHS, quality and security programs for multiple contracts and facilities, given HSE guidance during start-up/transition phases, helped sites achieve VPP Star, ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001 certification, and provided general counsel and executives with in-depth technical support in regulatory compliance, emergency medical response training and planning, and disaster preparedness.

To Register:

Contact SeAlice Hemphill at 409-933-8365 or download and print the registration form. The form opens best with Internet Explorer or Safari and can be returned by fax to 409-933-8027 or email to

The class is limited to 56 people. Walk-in registrations will not be accepted. The doors open at 7:30 a.m. for class check-in. The class will begin promptly at 8 a.m. and late arrivals will not be admitted after 8:15 a.m. Please enter the building at the back door located on the dock side of the building.

CEU certificates will be awarded to all participants who complete these courses.

Cancelation Policy: Please give at least 24 hours' notice if you are not able to attend class so we may add other registrations from the student wait list. If you have any questions before the class, please contact SeAlice Hemphill at 409-933-8365 or For assistance on the day of the class please call 409-933-8162.

To Find Our Location:

From Houston - Take I-45 South to the Century/Delany Road Exit (Exit 13). Turn right onto Delany Rd. The Gulf Coast Safety Institute is located on the north side of the road (right side) in a large white metal building with a loading dock. The driveway is located across from the second entrance to the Glenway Plaza Mall. There is a "College of the Mainland" sign on the fence on each side of the driveway.

Upcoming Safety Classes

5/05/17 Fire Safety in the Workplace S. Wilson
5/19/17 Introduction to Environmental Regulations S. Laughlin
6/02/17 New Trends in Safety B. Morales

Download Class Schedule through Spring 2017 Here

Who can benefit from these classes?

  • Safety trainers/personnel
  • Physical plant directors
  • Health personnel
  • Office personnel
  • All workers
  • Human resources personnel

Comments from evaluations:

  • "This was a much-needed course for safety professionals!"
  • "I wish more of my co-workers would take this course!"
  • "Well organized! Speaker was very knowledgeable of subject at hand!"
  • "These classes are a great resource for my business!"
  • "We will not miss a single offering!"
  • "Great hospitality! I'll be back!"
  • "Great course materials, and the refreshments were a nice addition. Thank you!"

Continuing a 16-year partnership, Texas Mutual Insurance Company,
the state's leading worker's compensation insurance company, has given $100,000 to fund safety and health classes taught by experts at the Gulf Coast Safety Institute.

Safety Resources Website

Launch a feature-rich safety resources website provided by Texas Mutual Insurance Co. For more information about the Center for Risk Management at College of the Mainland, contact SeAlice Hemphill at 409-933-8365 or email

From left: Mary Amelang, Vice President for Institutional Advancement; SeAlice Hemphill, Program Assistant at the Gulf Coast Safety Institute; Cindy Lewis, Director of the Gulf Coast Safety Institute; Dr. James Templer, Vice President of Instruction; Woody Hill, Texas Mutual Insurance; and Wayne Faircloth, Texas House of Representatives.

Center for Risk Management Call for Speakers

The Center for Risk Management at the Gulf Coast Safety Institute is pleased to announce this "Call for Speakers" for future classes. The Center for Risk Management is supported by a generous grant from the Texas Mutual Insurance Company. The purpose of the Center for Risk Management is to provide free training in topics related to Occupational Safety and Health.

The call is open to safety and health professionals and those who have subject matter expertise in one or more topics related to occupational safety and health, such as OSHA regulations, safety management and best practices in the safety and health field. We are looking for instructors who can use a variety of instructional methods to engage the class - workshops, activities, and discussions should be included in the days training. To be considered, please complete the attached Call for Speakers Application and return it to SeAlice Hemphill, Program Assistant at or fax it to (409) 933-8027.

The classes are held at the Gulf Coast Safety Institute located at 320 Delany Rd., La Marque, TX 77568, in a classroom setting from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on select Fridays throughout the College semester. Class sizes range from 25-55 students with varying backgrounds and experience in safety and health.

Speakers who are selected to present will be compensated for their presentation time. Speakers are required to complete a background check through the College of the Mainland at lease one (1) month prior to the date of their presentations. Speakers will be responsible for creating all content and materials for the class and the materials for each class will be required to be submitted for review and reproduction three (3) weeks before the presentation date.

If you have any questions, please contact SeAlice Hemphill at (409) 933-8365.

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