Center for Risk Management

Center for Risk Management

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 no enrollment 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.

Course Schedule Through May 2018 - Download Here

Update: Gender, Culture and Communication has been cancelled. This course will be replaced with: Sucessfully Navigating Safety-Related Investigations and Legal Proceedings

Friday, March 2
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This course is designed to address the legal issues surrounding investigations and legal proceedings. We will use OSHA investigations as the framework but many of the concepts will be applicable to other investigations and litigation generally. Topics to be covered include: the legal rights of employers during investigation and tips for navigating an investigation; how to address problems that arise when contesting an OSHA case; understanding the legal procedures involved in litigating OSHA cases; and, understanding what happens at trial. This class will be taught by Matthew Deffebach.

Matthew Deffebach leads the Labor, Employment and Immigration Practice Group and co-leads the Litigation Department at Haynes and Boone. Having tried, as first chair, six matters in just the past four years, he is often entrusted with significant trial matters. While his employment and litigation experience is vast, Matthew’s passion is handling OSHA disputes. He has appeared in more than 22 states handling OSHA matters and is entering his 11th year as National OSHA counsel for The Home Depot.

This class is limited to 55 attendees.

Update: Regulations, Hierarchies, and Conditioning: The Three Levels of Hazard has been cancelled. This course will be replaced with: Contractor Safety

Friday, March 23
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contractor Safety will be taught by Greg Smith. 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. This class will be taught by Greg Smith.

Greg Smith, CSP, is a principal and co-founder of Vector Risk and Safety, LLC. Greg has more than 30 years of experience in the safety field working in both construction and general industry environments. He holds both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Hygiene and Safety from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and the designation of Certified Safety Professional from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Greg is also an instructor for the University of Cincinnati’s OSHA Education Center, and sits on a variety of committees and non-profit boards of directors. He has authored materials for the ASSE Construction Practice Specialty’ textbook and the ASSE Safety Professionals’ Handbook as well as a variety of safety articles for other publications.

This class is limited to 55 attendees.

To Register for any Risk Management Class:

Contact SeAlice Hemphill at 409-933-8365 or download and print the registration form. The form opens best with Internet Explorer or Safari and can be returned by fax to 409-933-8027 or emailed to

Registration Form - For all Spring 2018 classes

Walk-in registrations will not be accepted. The doors open at 7:30 a.m. for class check-in. The class will begin promptly at 8 a.m. and late arrivals will not be admitted after 8:15 a.m. Please enter the building at the door located on the dock side of the building.

Certificates of completion will be awarded to all participants who complete these courses. CEUs are awarded for each class.

Cancelation Policy: Please give at least 24 hours' notice if you are not able to attend class so we may add other registrations from the student wait list. If you have any questions before the class, please contact SeAlice Hemphill at 409-933-8365 or For assistance on the day of the class please call 409-933-8162.

To Find Our Location:

From Houston - Take I-45 South to the Century/Delany Road Exit (Exit 13). Turn right onto Delany Rd. The Gulf Coast Safety Institute is located on the north side of the road (right side) in a large white metal building with a loading dock. The driveway is located across from the second entrance to the Glenway Plaza Mall. There is a "College of the Mainland" sign on the fence on each side of the driveway.

Upcoming Safety Classes

4/6/18 Coaching for Managers and Leaders D. Baker
4/20/18 Fatigue Management T. Kirkpatrick
5/4/18 Practical Ergonomics for Beginners A. Syverson

Download Class Schedule through May 2018 Here

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 18-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.

Speakers who are selected to present will be compensated for their presentation time. Speakers are required to complete a background check through the College of the Mainland at lease one month prior to the date of their presentations. Speakers will be responsible for creating all content and materials for the class and the materials for each class will be required to be submitted for review and reproduction three weeks before the presentation date.

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