Center for Risk Management

Center for Risk Management

2015 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.

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NEW COURSE JUST ADDED! Get updated with recent regulation changes.

Confined Spaces in Construction

This course will cover the changes involved in the new regulations. The rule provides construction workers with protections similar to those manufacturing and general industry workers have, with some differences tailored to the construction industry. These include requirements to ensure that multiple employers share vital safety information and to continuously monitor hazards – a safety option made possible by technological advances after the manufacturing and general industry standards were created. OSHA estimates the confined spaces rule could protect nearly 800 construction workers a year from serious injuries and reduce life-threatening hazards. This course will be taught by Greg Smith at the Gulf Coast Safety Institute on September 18th from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Greg Smith, CSP, is a principal and co-founder of Vector Risk and Safety, LLC. Greg has more than 30 years of experience in the safety field working in both construction and general industry environments. He holds both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Hygiene and Safety from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and the designation of Certified Safety Professional from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

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Upcoming Safety Classes (At No-Cost)

Introduction to Environmental Regulations

Friday, Septemeber 11, 2015, 8 am - 5 pm
Gulf Coast Safety Institute, Room 112

This course covers the basics of core regulations such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund), Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Safe Drinking Water Act and Toxic Substances Control Act. This course will be taught by Steve Laughlin.

Steve Laughlin has over 20 years of experience in the Environmental Health and Safety Industry. He began his career working for a small solvent recovery firm and then moved to a full service Part B permitted facility where he assisted customers with assigning waste codes, shipping names, reporting, disposal technologies, and compliance issues.

For the last 20 years, Mr. Laughlin has been conducting training programs in the areas of OSHA, EPA, DOT, CBRNE-Bioterrorism, as well as, customized programs spanning a wide variety of topics. His background and experience provide participants numerous examples of the regulations in a practical light increasing retention of the material. His engaging style and presentation create a program that is both enjoyable and educational.

Introduction to Process Safety Management

Friday, Septemeber 25, 2015, 8 am - 5 pm
Gulf Coast Safety Institute, Room 112

Process Safety Management requires a systematic, comprehensive management program that integrates technologies, procedures and management practices to evaluate the risk that chemical process present. This course will cover the elements of process safety management found in OSHA 29 CFR 1910.119. This course will be taught by Sharon Jackson.

Sharon Jackson is a Senior Safety Specialist/ Industrial Hygienist and is also the founder of Global Industrial Hygiene & S. With over fifteen years’ experience, Ms. Jackson can analyze operations, conduct site assessments, provide direction in the planning and execution of workplace exposure assessments, pinpoint areas for improvement and redesign, and implement plans that generate profitable results. Her experience spans a wide variety of industries including: pharmaceutical, chemicals, construction and government.

With excellent relationship building skills and success in forming strong, sustainable relationships and securing consensus among cross-functional teams for key initiatives, Sharon is recognized as an effective communicator and team leader. She is acknowledged as having a good understanding of Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical substances (REACH), Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, and Safety Data Sheet (SDS) requirements. Her credentials include, BS in Environmental Science, AAS in Occupational Health and Safety Technology and AAS in Process Technology and Instrumentation. Key skills include: employee safety measures, manufacturing methods and procedures, safety training programs, staff training and mentoring, batch and continuous manufacturing processes, strategic planning, radiation safety, and asbestos supervision.

To Register:

Contact SeAlice Hemphill at 409-933-8365 or download and print the Registration Form. Form can be return by fax, 409-933-8027 or email, For more information, please contact SeAlice Hemphill at 409-933-8365 or email Registration is limited to 56 people per class. Walk-in's will not be accepted due to the limitation of classroom size. 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

Accident Investigation 10/09/15 S. Walker
Organizational Challenges & Tactic for Safety Communication 10/23/15 D. Loyd
Surviving Violent Encounters 11/06/15 P. Harrell

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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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