Individuals can prepare to enter industry or to expand their skills with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration 10-Hour General Industry or Construction Outreach safety courses at the Gulf Coast Safety Institute.

“These 10-hour courses give individuals a baseline of information in health and safety so they can protect themselves from hazards on the job, with no out-of-pocket expenses,” said Cindy Lewis, director of the Gulf Coast Safety Institute.

These trainings provide all employees, especially entry-level industry workers, with key information about their rights and employer responsibilities and how to identify, prevent and reduce risk of injury from job-related hazards.

General Industry 10-Hour Course

General industry topics include an introduction to OSHA, exit routes, emergency action plans, fire prevention plans, electrical safety, personal protective equipment, hazard communication, machine guarding, material handling, control of hazardous energy (lockout-tagout) and fall protection. 

Upcoming dates are March 8-9 and May 3-5. The March class will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first day and 8 a.m. to noon the second day. The May class will be held 6-9 p.m. each evening.

To register, call 409-933-8162 or email  

Construction Industry 10-Hour Course

The Construction Industry 10-Hour Course is offered by the Texas Department of Insurance, Workplace Safety Division, and hosted by the Gulf Coast Safety Institute. It is taught in English and Spanish in alternating months. 

Construction industry topics include an introduction to OSHA, health hazards in construction, personal protective equipment, material handling, excavations, power tools and the construction focus four including fall, electrical, struck-by and caught-in hazards. 

Upcoming dates are March 1-2 (Spanish) and April 5-6 (English).

Registration is done directly through Texas Department of Insurance by emailing or calling 512-804-4610.  The Texas Department of Insurance OSHA 10-Hour Construction Course calendar showing offerings throughout Texas can be found at the following web address:

All classes will be taught at the Gulf Coast Safety Institute at 320 Delany Rd. in La Marque. Courses meet Department of Labor OSHA Outreach requirements. Those who complete the courses will receive a wallet completion card. For more information, contact the Gulf Coast Safety Institute at 409-933-8162.

The Gulf Coast Safety Institute is located at College of the Mainland. Established in 2007, the institute focuses on providing safety and health education, training and outreach. For more information on the institute, contact Lewis at 409-933-8495 or or visit