College of the Mainland’s 40th Cinco de Mayo celebration will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the COM breezeway. The event will feature student speakers sharing about the meaning of the day for them and mariachi music. Traditional dishes will be served. Call 409-933-8190 or email mrichardson6@com.edu.

Texas City oil spill, risks examined in free classes

On March 22, the 585-foot bulk carrier M/V Summer Wind collided with an oil tank-barge. Its cargo, 924,000 gallons of fuel oil, began seeping into the ocean.

“Lessons Learned From the March 2014 Texas City Spill,” will discuss the incident and how you can apply its lessons your workplace’s emergency plan.

The free safety class will be taught by David Popoff, the chief emergency management coordinator for Galveston County, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the Center for Risk Management.

This presentation will examine the response efforts taken after the oil spill; the effectiveness of the local on-scene coordinator’s response; communication with federal, state, local and industry entities and coordination among the state and federal agencies.

The center will also host “Facility Risk Assessment” from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 30. An introduction to risk assessment, the course will discuss how to identify, categorize and control risks. It also will analyze the factors that impact workplace risks. David Loyd, chief of the Safety and Test Operations Division at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, will teach this class.

The Center for Risk Management is at the Gulf Coast Safety Institute of COM, 320 Delaney Road in La Marque.

Contact SeAlice Hemphill at shemphill@com.edu or 409-933-8365.

Inside COM is compiled by the communications office at College of the Mainland.

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