Center for Risk Management

The Gulf Coast Safety Institute will be closed for Spring Break on Monday, March 11, 2019 - Friday, March 15, 2019. We will resume our regular buisness hours on Monday, March 18, 2019.

Center for Risk Management

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 internal training.

2019 Schedule Download here.

Upcoming Classes

Understanding Ethical Responsibilities and Legal Liabilities in Safety
March 22, 2019

OSH professionals face dilemmas in enforcing safety regulations when confronted with workers or management that may not want to follow their guidance. Regulatory claims that stem from OSHA enforcement will be covered. This will include a discussion of the “life” of an OSHA enforcement action and the claims and defenses available in such an action. 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, whether the citation could result in a repeat or willful citation in the future, or motivate OSHA to seek enterprise wide relief. The course will then discuss the discovery process and trial stage of an OSHA case. Evaluating defenses such as the unpreventable employee misconduct defense, refuting employer knowledge and examples of effective trial techniques will also be covered. Course will be taught by Matthew Deffebach.

NFPA 70E - Understanding the Standard
April 5, 2019

The course will walk learners through an overview of the updated 2018 edition of NFPA 70E electrical safety and arc flash requirements, review OSHA and NEC standards and implement an electrical hazard-control and management program for and provide an explanation on how they affect the employer and employee. We will also take a look at changes in OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269 and discuss the relationship between the two. Learners should expect to leave this class with a better understanding of their responsibilities and how each of these standards can be applied in the workers’ environment. Course will be taught by Kyle Kirkpatrick.

To Register:

Contact us at 409-933-8365 or download and print the registration form. Form can be returned by fax to 409-933-8027 or emailed to

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Walk-in registrations are not 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 door located on the dock side of the building.

Certificates of completion will be awarded to all participants who complete these courses. CEUs are awarded for each class.

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 or need assistance on the day of the class, please contact Katy Robles at 409-933-8162 or

To Find Our Location:

From Houston - Take I-45 South to the Century/Delaney Road Exit (Exit 13). Turn right onto Delaney 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.

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 20-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.

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.

For the first time in US history, accidental injury is the #3 cause of death among all deaths (on or off the job) in our country. We have all heard it said before that “Safety is our #1 Priority”. But priorities change and when they do safety in the workplace can decline. When we know that 5190 workers were killed on the job in 2016 should safety be our “priority” or a cultural value? In this class, we will discuss accident prevention at work and how we can carry it over into our homes and vehicles. Students will leave with some practical tools to help prevent accidental death in the workplace and at home. Since an accident can happen anytime, we want to be “Committed to Safety - 24/7”. Course will be taught by Bridget Morales.

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