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 a $25.00 registration 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.

Spring 2023 Class Schedule

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Friday, January 27, 2023

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Ladders (and other Elevated Work Equipment), While the citations are specific to the construction industry to put it on the list the issues around ladders and other elevated work surfaces cross over to the general industry and maritime. In this class we’ll cover the use of various types of ladders (mobile, fixed) and elevated work surfaces called by names such as aerial lifts, scissor lifts, man lifts, etc. Specific attention will be given to the most recent revisions to the Walking Working Surfaces standard for general industry. The instructor for this course is Norman Stuart. Download instructor bio.

Registration: Contact 409-933-8586 or conted@com.edu 

Sponsored by Texas Mutual Insurance Company.

Cost: $25

Friday, Febrary 3, 2023

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Leadership and Influence, The goal of this course is to improve your leadership and influence skills. This course addresses what leadership means for a safety professional and how to build or rebuild trust within the company. Discusses how to facilitate change; while using personal influence and political savvy; and fostering an environment for leadership development. The instructor for this course is Mark Hernandez. Download instructor bio.

Registration: Contact 409-933-8586 or conted@com.edu 

Sponsored by Texas Mutual Insurance Company.

Cost: $25

Friday, February 10, 2023

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Introduction to Environmental Regulations, This course will cover some of the basic concepts of a few of the core environmental regulations such as the Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund), Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  The instructor for this course is Cassandra Dillon. Download instructor bio.

Registration: Contact 409-933-8586 or conted@com.edu 

Sponsored by Texas Mutual Insurance Company.

Cost: $25

Friday, February 24, 2023

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Ergonomics, According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, ergonomics remains a costly issue for businesses. This class will address the past, present and future of ergonomics and shows how creating, implementing and maintaining an effective ergonomics process reduces hazards. The instructor for this course is Magdy Akladios. Download instructor bio.

Registration: Contact 409-933-8586 or conted@com.edu 

Sponsored by Texas Mutual Insurance Company.

Cost: $25

Friday, March 10, 2023

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Construction Site Safety Awareness, The construction site is a rapidly evolving work place with a constant need for safety awareness.  Knowing the construction codes and regulations, or at least where to find them, is an important part of this awareness.  Developing the ability to spot the hidden dangers lurking around the construction site is equally as important and seldom taught. The instructor for this course is John Cherry. Download instructor bio.

Registration: Contact 409-933-8586 or conted@com.edu 

Sponsored by Texas Mutual Insurance Company.

Cost: $25

Friday, March 24, 2023

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica, In this class we will cover how to recognize the health effects of exposure to respirable crystalline silica. Be familiar with requirements for exposure monitoring and sample analysis. Knowledgeable with the content of the final rule for respirable crystalline silica and to be able to recognize effective control measures.  The instructor for this course is Leslie McGaha. Download instructor bio.

Registration: Contact 409-933-8586 or conted@com.edu  

Sponsored by Texas Mutual Insurance Company.

Cost: $25

Friday, April 14, 2023

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Heat Illness Prevention, This class is designed to help employers and workers assess heat stress hazards and establish an effective heat-illness prevention program. Understanding the six critical factors associated with heat stress is essential in the prevention of heat-related illnesses and fatalities. In this class we will cover risk factors for heat stress, how the body handles heat, heat-related illnesses, common prevention strategies, how to conduct a heat hazard assessment, implementing effective controls, training workers, preparing for medical emergencies and conducting incident investigations. Various types of heat stress monitors and heat-illness prevention devices will be demonstrated. The instructor for this course is Bridgett Morales. Download instructor bio.

Registration: Contact 409-933-8586 or conted@com.edu

Sponsored by Texas Mutual Insurance Company.

Cost: $25

Friday, April 28, 2023

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Introduction to Lifting and Rigging, Introduction of lifting and rigging with general importance of safety and best practices including HSE guidance and safety requirements. Planning rigging operations and risk assessments. The instructor for this course is Sherrie Wilson. Download instructor bio.

Registration: Contact 409-933-8586 or conted@com.edu

Sponsored by Texas Mutual Insurance Company.

Cost: $25

Friday, May 12, 2023

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Contractor Safety, Contractor Safety is one of the areas of a safety and health program that can make or break your safety culture.  This course will cover the ways in which you can improve your contractor safety program to reduce injuries, improve communication and maintain good client/contractor relations.  Topics covered include: contractor selection, on site management and inspections, and contractor removal. The instructor for this course is Jimm Cooper. Download instructor bio.

Registration: Contact 409-933-8586 or conted@com.edu

Sponsored by Texas Mutual Insurance Company.

Cost: $25

Continuing Educational Units (CEUs) are awarded for each class. 0.8 CEU will be awarded for each class that is successfully completed in its entirety. The CEUs will appear on the student's transcript which can be requested at any time from the National Student Clearinghouse for all classes attended after 01/01/2022 or by contacting the Admissions Office at admissions@com.edu or by phone at 409-933-8264 for any classes attended before 01/01/2022. 

Cancellation Policy: Please give at least 24 hours' notice if you are not able to attend class so we may register other students from the wait list. If you have any questions before the class, or need assistance on the day of the class, please send email to riskmanagement@com.edu. You can also call (409) 933-8495 and leave a message. Your call will be returned within 24 hours.


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.