MonDaks Safety Network

Minutes of the Monthly Meeting

April 13, 2017

Venue: Badlands Boulder Ridge Community Center, Watford City, ND

Donated by: Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Inc.

April sponsor: Safety Tech, Inc.

Eric Genet: Opening greeting and announcements.

President Eric Genet started the meeting by welcoming everyone, instructing all to sign the roster which will be available at all upcoming meetings. He reminded the group that our meeting is the second Thursday of every month.

At the end of the speakers’ presentations, we will break for a short lunch and proceed with Round-Table discussion on standardization of training. Introductions were made around the room.

Frank Richard instructed the group on safety evacuation if needed and provided a safety moment on safe lift.

    Andy Speidel - MSA Safety

    Dr. John Snawder - Toxicologist, NIOSH 

    Bill Walker - Chairman of SafeLandUSA Advisory Group, employed by Halcon Resources

    Wes Carr - President, PEC Safety

    Chuck Clairmont - Executive Director of ND Safety Council

    Deanette Piesik - CEO of TrainND

Andy Speidel has been with MSA out of Bismarck for 4 years. MSA specializes in gas detection monitors and personal protection equipment and has manufactured safety equipment for over 100 yrs. Andy described the types of gas monitors and how gases are detected. General use and care was discussed and what types of monitors are recommended for our area. 4 gas monitors are safer and should be worn on your body where the heavier gases would be which is chest and lower. Manufacturer’s recommendations for calibration and bump testing were discussed. Andy talked on combustible gases and when they explode.


As NIOSH is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. John Snawder does hazard assessments and makes recommendations for the prevention of work-related illnesses. The 2007 Oil & Gas Extraction Program was developed because of the fatality rate in this field mainly because of the hydrocarbons. The fatality rate is lower now but a lot of people are coming into the oilfield for the first time and need to be educated. The 3 basic atmospheric hazards are oxygen deficiency and enrichment, flammable gases and vapors and toxic containments especially with hydrogen sulfide. Dr. Snawder went through 9 incidents of hazardous activity which illustrates the limitation of gas monitoring and/or worker training. 

Dr. Snawder can be contacted at


Bill Walker spoke on Halcon's requirements for contractors and how to set a common orientation onshore as they have for offshore. He asked the group what are the needs for a common safety requirement that would qualify for all companies. As a chairman on the SafeLandUSA Advisory Group, Bill would like to see a standardized safety training that all energy companies would require of their contractors to ensure equal qualifications without redundancy. He is confident that SafeLandUSA training can do that. They have over 40% of the workforce trained to date. 

Wes Carr explained PEC Safety is an accrediting organization for SafeLandUSA. They have many qualified instructors that are carefully screened and vetted. The theme of “Go Home Safely” is the goal of everyone and the general concept of all operators should be standardization. We should be able to agree on a standard training module.


Chuck Clairmont explained that plants and mines have the need for the same standardized safety training that could enable contractors to go from plant to plant. Chuck would like to see the Petroleum council involved in this standardization process.


Deanette Piesik has been involved with production companies that want control of which contractors come onto their sites. They are not sold on the standardization training for that purpose.  A site specific training would be required by most companies.

Eric Genet suggested a Bakken safety training module specialized to our area in addition to SafeLandUSA.