The Center for Risk Management will host two upcoming, no-cost classes “How to Develop and Maintain an Effective Lockout/Tagout Program“ on Jan. 24 and“Workplace Violence Prevention” on Feb. 10.

“Workplace Violence Prevention” helps anyone with an interest in their personal safety understand the five basic indicators of potential violent encounters and how to survive one. This thought-provoking class, consisting of practice drills with real-life scenarios, is a must-have as employees and individuals navigate conflict.

Instructor Peter Harrell was certified 15 years ago as a master in verbal judo.  He has excelled as an executive management trainer and creates, implements and delivers leadership training for managers and supervisors in seven of the largest agencies in Texas. Harrell is also a senior consultant for Verbal Defense and Influence.

“How to Develop and Maintain an Effective Lockout/Tagout Program” will address OSHA and industry standards on controlling hazards. It will focus on  training those performing maintenance or repair of equipment and systems.

Instructor Bill Smith, a licensed master electrician, completed an electrical apprenticeship at Union Carbide in Texas City before returning to Texas A&M University where he graduated with an electrical engineering degree. An instructor for more than 30 years, he now specializes in electrical safety and process safety management regulations in regional industries.

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, TX.

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