MonDaks Safety Network

Minutes of the Monthly Meeting

May 11, 2017

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

Donated by: Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Inc.

May sponsor: Trotter Construction, Inc.

Eric Genet:  Opening greeting and announcements.

President Eric Genet started the meeting by welcoming everyone, pointing out emergency exits and muster area, and introductions of attendees.

    Zeke Mader - VF Workwear

    Matt Brooks - Nasco Inc

Zeke Mader says FR clothing protects your most valuable assets, your employees!

Your first step is to remove the hazards that you can control by means either engineered, physically and/or administratively. The second line of defense is your PPE. Different PPE is recommended for arc flash and flash fire. Check the rating on your PPE to fit your risk. A test on PPE was shown to demonstrate how the proper PPE can protect in the event of fire. Used in these tests were combustion by gas, dust and liquids. The clothing used in the oilfield is secondary, firemen clothing is primary.

Care is important to maintain the FR rating in your clothing. Do not use bleach, fabric softener or starch as they can compromise the fabric. Degreaser is safe to use on FR clothing if necessary. Routine inspection of the condition of your FR clothing is very important.

FR clothing is most effective when it is worn as the outer layer, tucked in and rolled down, such as the sleeves. Your underclothing is just as important as the outer. Do not wear spandex, instead wear cotton, wool or silk as your underwear. Stacked FR clothing provides more protection. Clothing saturated with oil deletes the FR factor of that clothing.


Matt Brooks spoke on FR rainwear. FR raingear has to be tested and proven to self-extinguish after a flame. It must be flash fire compliant with no after flame or melt. Hi-vis raingear is available. Also raingear is available in lightweight and breathability with chemical splash protection and hot liquid protection. FR raingear can be laundered, but no dryer use or extreme hot water can be used. The best way to clean FR raingear is by spraying it off with water and hung to dry completely.

Eric Genet listed all committees and encouraged participation by members.

The committees are:
Transportation and Transmission Committee – currently chaired by Eric Genet
Drilling and Production Committee – Chris Fenstermaker, Chair
Events Committee Andy Reeves, Chair
Frac & Silica Committee – Eric Genet, Chair
Service Contractor Committee – currently chaired by Lee Wistrom, who will be relocating to Omaha
Website & Membership Committee – James Smith, Chair
Workforce Recruiting &Education – Frank Richards, Chair