As the weather warms and employees try to stay indoors, the Center for Risk Management will host two no-cost classes at the Gulf Coast Safety Institute on avoiding injuries: Ergonomics for Work on June 8 and Occupational Health Hazards on June 24.

Ergonomics for Work will discuss musculoskeletal disorders, or MSD's, which are among the toughest injuries to diagnose and manage. This course will provide ergonomic strategies to modify any workplace to prevent injuries. Participants will also learn how to reduce or eliminate ergonomic injuries, reduce turnover/absenteeism, improve productivity, quality and morale.

Camille Major, a certified professional ergonomist, will teach Ergonomics for Work. Major’s experience in safety and ergonomics has been applied in diverse industries such as health care, soft drink bottling, medical device manufacturing, automotive, defense, chemical plants and oil and gas. Utilizing her Six Sigma and virtual analysis skills, she has developed proactive safety and ergonomics programs. 

Occupational Health Hazards will look at the various dangers outlined by OSHA and describe their symptoms and organs affected. It will also train participants how to prevent or lessen the effects of these hazards.

Sherrie Wilson, a motivational speaker, author and leader in business and industry, will teach this course. Wilson has owned and operated Emergency Management Resources, a premier American Heart Association training center that provides life support training as well as serving automated external defibrillator (AED) programs. As an OSHA instructor, Wilson delivers health and safety programs for business and industry.

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.

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