As hurricane season heats up, the Center for Risk Management will host two no-cost classes at the Gulf Coast Safety Institute – Workers' Compensation on July 8 and Safety Management During Emergency Operations on July 22.

Workers' Compensation will teach the basics of laws and policies. Topics include how workers’ compensation differs from state to state, temporary income benefits, the criteria for denying a claim, how to calculate salary for lost wages and how back-to-work policies are determined.

Cassandra Dillon, who has over 20 years’ experience in industrial engineering, risk management, occupational safety and health, will teach Worker’s Compensation. As a consultant and adjunct professor, she lectures in the areas of emergency planning, environmental systems, logistics, engineering, risk management, safety, and oil and gas.

Safety Management During Emergency Operations discusses crises – when opportunities for severe hazards increase. If safe behaviors and conditions don't already exist within a safety culture, injuries and operational losses can occur when dangers and time constraints increase. This course defines safety culture development and its benefits and explains how this safety culture allows for management structures such as the Incident Command System. This course is a must-have for both safety professionals and emergency managers.

Instructor Cory Worden is manager of system safety with the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System. He has worked in the development, implementation and management of safety, health, environmental, emergency management and training programs for more than 10 years. He has a wealth of experience in the military, private industry, municipal government and health care.

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