Center for Risk Management

Center for Risk Management

2017 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 May 2017 - Click Here

Call for Speakers - Click Here

ANSI Z490- Criteria for Accepted Practices In Safety Health and Environmental Training

Friday, January 27, 2017

8 am- 5 pm

This course will cover safety, health and environmental training which are a crucial part of a comprehensive management system. The ANSI Z490 standard creates baseline requirements that all trainers should follow. This course will cover each segment of the ANSI Z490 standard through lecture, workshops and facilitated discussions. This course will be taught by Greg Smith, CSP.

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 (#15700) from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Greg is an instructor for the University of Cincinnati’s OSHA Education Center, and sits on a variety of committees and non-profit boards of directors. He has presented at numerous national, regional and local safety events, and has authored materials for the ASSE Construction Practice Specialty’ textbook and the ASSE Safety Professionals’ Handbook as well as a variety of safety articles for other publications.

Workplace Violence Prevention

Friday, February 10, 2017

8 am- 5 pm

This course helps anyone with an interest in personal safety develop a clear understanding of the five basic indicators of potentially violent encounters and what one needs to do in order to survive one. All of us should have a plan if encountering random violence. Some people are at an increased risk for violent encounters, such as those who work in human resources, chemical plants, oil and gas, health care and law enforcement. This thought-provoking class, consisting of practice drills with real-life scenarios, is a must-have as we find ourselves navigating the turbulent whitewater of conflict. This course will be taught by Pete Harell, Jr.

Peter Harrell, Jr. is President of Harrell Communications. Peter formed his company in 1995 and hails from Austin, Texas. He also has a BA Degree in Theatre Arts, and Organizational Development from St. Edwards University. Peter was certified 15 years ago, as a Master in Verbal Judo, by the late, Dr. George Thompson PhD, founder of the Verbal Judo Institute. Peter is currently a Senior Consultant for Verbal Defense & Influence. Peter excelled as an executive management trainer, and was given the responsibility of creating, implementing, and delivering leadership training, for executive managers and supervisors in seven of the largest agencies in the state. After retiring from a 20-year career with the state of Texas, Peter continues a 42 year acting career with roles in 50 national and regional commercials, 25 movies, 20 theatrical productions, and over 40 roles in television. Peter’s engaging, dynamic style of facilitating has both entertained, and left audiences with a truly value-added experience.

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,

January Registration Form:

February 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

2/24/2017 How to Develop and Maintain an Effective Lockout/Tagou Program B. Smith
3/10//2017 Real Leaders- How to Lead and Connect M. Hernandez
3/24/2017 Wrokplace Hazard Recognition and Prevention Control S. Jackson

Download Class Schedule through Spring 2017 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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