Center for Risk Management

Center for Risk Management

2016 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 December - Click Here

Call for Speakers - Click Here

Electrical Regulations Governing Safe Workplaces

Friday, August 5, 2016
8 am - 5 pm

This course trains individuals on electrical safety work practices and mandated requirements under OSHA 1910.331 through 1910.335. The class will reference the NFPA 70E standards. Topics include employer and employee responsibilities, OSHA penalties and noncompliance, how to identify electrical hazards, lock out/tag out procedures, GFCIs, insulation and grounding, understanding arc flash labels, selection and care of personal protective equipment, and safety and health culture. This class will be taught by Bill Smith.

Bill Smith, P.E., is a Registered Texas Professional Engineer and a Texas licensed Master Electrician. He completed his electrical apprenticeship at Union Carbide in Texas City before returning to Texas A&M University where he graduated with an Electrical Engineering degree. Smith has been an instructor for over 30 years and specializes in Electrical Safety and Process Safety Management (PSM) regulations in regional industries.

Nuts & Bolts of Industrial Hygiene

Friday, August 19, 2016
8 am - 5 pm

By definition, industrial hygiene is the art and science of the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, communication and control of hazards in the workplace that may result in injury or illness. In practice, industrial hygiene is how we measure whether or not people might get sick or hurt at their jobs. This class will cover the fundamentals of industrial hygiene and how to determine what an industrial hygiene program should look like at your facility. This class will be taught by Toby Holowaty.

Toby Holowaty is a certified safety professional and industrial hygienist with more than 30 years’ experience. Holowaty currently serves as the Safety, Health and Environmental manager for the Bio-astronautics Contract at NASA's Johnson Space Center. Not only is Toby a professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and American Industrial Hygiene Association, he has all assisted OSHA Region VI Special Government Employee on Voluntary Protection Programs site evaluations.

To Register:

Contact SeAlice Hemphill at 409-933-8365 or download and print Registration Form. Form opens best with Internet Explorer or Safari and can be returned by fax, 409-933-8027 or email,

Class is limited to 56 people. Walk in registrations will not be accepted.

For more information, please contact SeAlice Hemphill at 409-933-8365 or email, CEU certificates will be awarded to all participants who complete these courses.

To Find Our Location:

From Houston - Take 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 2nd entrance to the Glenway Plaza Mall. There is a "College of the Mainland" sign on the fence on each side of the driveway.

The doors open at 7:30 a.m. for class check-in. The class will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. and late arrivals will not be admitted after 8:15 a.m. Please enter the building at the black door located on the dock side of the building.

Cancelation Policy: Please give at least 24 hour 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 day of the class, please contact SeAlice Hemphill at (409) 933-8365 or On the day of the class you can get assistance by calling (409) 933-8162.

Upcoming Safety Classes

How to Create and Manage an Effective Back to Work Program 8/22/16 Dr. Sandesara
Are You a Team Player or a Player? 9/16/16 D. Baker
Fleet Safety & Risk Mitigation 9/16/16 L. McGaha

Download Class Schedule through December 2016 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 15-year partnership, Texas Mutual Insurance Company, the state's leaning worker's compensation insurance company, has give to fund safety and health classes taught by experts at the Gulf Coast Safety Institute. 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 Dr. Beth Lewis, COM President; Cindy Lewis, Director of the Gulf Coast Safety Institute; SeAlice Hemphill, Program Assistant at the Gulf Coast Safety Institute; and Jeremy Hanson of Texas Mutual Insurance.

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 Friday's 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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