The Center for Risk Management will host three no-cost classes at the Gulf Coast Safety Institute in September: Introduction to Environmental Regulations on Sept. 11, Confined Spaces in Construction on Sept. 18 and Introduction to Process Safety Management on Sept. 25.

Classes are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. To register, contact SeAlice Hemphill at 409-933-8365 or

Introduction to Environmental Regulations will cover basic concepts of core environmental regulations such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act, Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Safe Drinking Water Act and Toxic Substances Control. 

Stephen Laughlin, who has over 20 years of experience in the environmental health and safety industry, will teach this class. Laughlin has conducted training programs in the areas of OSHA, EPA, DOT, CBRNE-Bioterrorism as well as customized programs.

Confined Spaces in Construction on Sept. 18 will cover OSHA’s new rule for the construction industry effective Oct. 2, 2015. OSHA estimates the new rule could protect nearly 800 construction workers a year from serious injuries. The rule provides construction workers with protections similar to those already working under the general industry standards. Requirements include that multiple employers share vital safety information and continuously monitor hazards.

Greg Smith, CSP and co-founder of Vector Risk and Safety LLC, will teach this class. With a master’s in industrial hygiene and safety from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, Smith ALSO teaches for the University of Cincinnati’s OSHA Education Center. He has presented at national, regional and local safety events and has authored materials for the ASSE Construction Practice Specialty’ textbook and the ASSE Safety Professionals’ Handbook.

Introduction to Process Safety Management on Sept. 25 introduces a systematic, comprehensive management program that integrates technologies, procedures and management practices to evaluate the risk that chemical process present. This course covers the elements of process safety management found in OSHA 29 CFR 1910.119.

Sharon Jackson, founder of Global Industrial Hygiene and Safety, teaches this class. Her experience spans pharmaceutical, chemical, construction and government industries, and she specializes in securing consensus among cross-functional teams for key initiatives.

All classes are sponsored by Texas Mutual Insurance Company and presented at the Gulf Coast Safety Institute, located at 320 Delany Rd. in La Marque.

To learn more about the Gulf Coast Safety Institute, affiliated with College of the Mainland, visit