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.

NEW* Update Class Schedule through August - Click Here

Call for Speakers - Click Here

Hazardous Material Handling - Regulations Not Usually Considered

Friday, May 6, 2016
8 am - 5 pm

The safe storage and handling of hazardous materials are subject to OSHA regulations on employee safety, EPA regulations for community safety, NFPA for state and local fire regulations, and the Department of Transportation for transportation of hazardous material. This class addresses important, but not usually considered, regulations and shows
how proper hazardous material handling plays a significant role in homeland security. After this training attendees will be able to explain what a TWIC card is and when it is required, determine how to develop a Hazardous Materials Security Plan, ensure an operation complies with shipping regulations and determine if an operation handles hazardous materials. This class will be taught by Jim Christy, CSP.

After 12 years of honorable service as a Marine, Jim Christy entered industry in 1985 as a Security Administrator with collateral Safety duties. He relocated to Houston as Safety Representative on the Shuttle program in January 1986, and got his Bachelor of Science Degree in Safety from the University of Clear Lake in 1989. Spanning 30 years of Environmental Health Safety (EHS) experience, he has over 20 years in corporate staff positions. Mr. Christy is currently a Safety, Quality, and Environmental Manager for L&M Technologies at Johnson Space Center and L&M’s Corporate Safety Officer.

Severe Weather Safety

Friday, May 20, 2016
8 am - 5 pm

Learn from a chief meteorologist how to spot severe weather including hail, damaging winds and tornadoes, and how to incorporate this information into your company’s emergency action plan to be “Storm Ready”. Participants will gain insight on how to spot severe weather and how to differentiate between severe and non-severe situations. The second portion of the course focuses on preparation for severe weather, safety procedures during severe weather events, and safety hazards during aftermath and recovery. The course objective is to increase awareness and knowledge of severe weather in order to decrease injuries, property damage and deaths. This course will be taught by Bob French.

With over 34 years of experience forecasting and presenting the weather on television, Bob French is a member of the American Meteorological Society and holds the AMS Broadcast Seal of Approval for Television. In 1981, he went to work for KFDM-TV in Beaumont where he stayed until moving to Bryan/College Station in 1990. During French's time at KFDM, he was able to fulfill a life-long dream of flying into the eye of a hurricane aboard an Air Force reconnaissance plane in 1985. Bob French is currently the Chief Meteorologist and weeknight weather anchor at KAGS.

To Register:

Contact SeAlice Hemphill at 409-933-8365 or download and print the 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

OSHA's Final Rules on Occupational Exposure to Crystaline Silica 5/27/16 M. Seymour
Ergonomics for Work 6/10/16 C. Major
Occupational Health Hazards 6/24/16 S. Wilson

Download Class Schedule through August 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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