Center for Risk Management

Center for Risk Management

2016 Fall 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

Walking/Working Surfaces

Friday, October 28, 2016

8 am- 5 pm

Slips, trips, and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents. They cause 15% of all accidental deaths, and are second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities. The OSHA standards for walking and working surfaces apply to all permanent places of employment, except where only domestic, mining, or agricultural work is performed. Upon completion of the lesson, participants will be able to; define the terms: floor hole, floor opening, wall opening, standard railing, and standard toe board, discuss requirements to consider in order to avoid walking/working surface hazards, and follow recommended practices for using ladders and scaffolds. This course will be taught by George Njoku.

Dr. George Njoku has over 20 years in the Environmental/Occupational Safety and Health field. Dr. Njoku has earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Safety from Capella University, with a specialization in Emergency Preparedness and a Master of Science in Geology, from Texas A&M. His experience spans both private and public sectors. He was the Environmental/Safety Coordinator for the City of Dallas for over seven years. Currently he is the president and CEO of GS Health and Safety Training Inc in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Njoku is an OSHA authorized Outreach Trainer. He is also a National Safety Council Licensed Instructor for Driving Safety and First Aid/CPR. Additionally, he is an authorized Food Safety Instructor for the National Environmental Health Association.

Accident Investigation

Friday, November 11, 2016

8 am- 5 pm

The purpose of this course is to learn about different ways to investigate accidents. You will determine the root causes and develop corrective actions. Participants will use a variety of techniques to analyze accidents and help prevent future accidents from occurring. After completing this course, each student will be able to: Understand the theory of accidents, including the domino theory and multiple causation, use interview techniques to collect data, determine causal factors and recommendations, perform an events/causal factors analysis and cause and effect chart. This course will be taught by Jeff Oakley.

Dr. Jeff Oakley, CSP, has previously worked as a safety engineer for the Department of Energy (Nuclear Weapons) and Boeing (NASA) on the International Space Station Program. He previously taught college courses in Occupational Safety and Health as a professor, researcher, and/or department chair at the University of Tennessee, San Jacinto College, College of the Mainland, and University of Houston. Dr. Oakley has over 20 years in Occupational Safety and Health, with degrees in Safety, Industrial Engineering, and Public Health. He is currently the Department Chair of the Occupational Safety and Health Program at College of the Mainland and owner/consultant for The Safety Edge, LLC.

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,

October Registration Form:

November Registration Form:

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 back 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

Risk Management for Safety 12/02/16 D.Loyd

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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