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.

Upcoming Spring Classes...

Friday, May 29, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Legal Aspects of Safety and Effective Communication in Legal Proceedings, Center for Risk Management -This course will discuss two primary types of legal claims that affect all safety professionals – regulatory claims, such as OSHA, and litigation claims that stem from an accident or injury. Additionally, the course will address who and what can be sued. The instructor will provide a legal primer on liability issues so that attendees know how to address legal claims in their careers and how to evaluate risks as to who and what can be sued. Moreover, using actual and practical examples, the course will address how to effectively communicate as a safety professional in legal proceedings, such as in depositions or hearings or trials. This class is taught by Matthew Deffebach. Contact:, 409-933-8365. Registration form. Sponsored by Texas Mutual Insurance.

To Register:

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Registration: Complete the registration form (link to form is below each course description). Forms open best in Internet Explorer or Safari. Completed forms need to be emailed to Confirmations of registration will be emailed to each participant with instructions of how to access the online training. The class will begin promptly at 10 am.

Continuing Educational Units (CEUs) are awarded for each class. 0.1 CEU will be awarded for each contact hour of class. Certificates of Completion will not be issued for these classes. The CEUs will appear on the student's transcript which can be requested at any time from the COM Registrar's office.

Cancellation Policy: Please give at least 24 hours notice if you are not able to attend class so we may register other student's from the wait list. If you have any questions before the class, or need assistance on the day of the class, please send email to You can also call (409) 933-8495 and leave a message. Your call will be returned within 24 hours.

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 20-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.

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