MonDaks Safety Network

Minutes of the Monthly Meeting

January 11, 2018


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

Donated by: Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Inc.

January sponsor: PEC Safety

10:00am – Welcome/Introductions (Eric Genet)

Safety Moment: Winter Driving > drive the speed conditions allow; onboard monitoring and defensive driving classes


10:10am – MonDaks Safety Network Board (Eric Genet)
New Member-at-Large: Lisa Smith


10:15am – NDSC ROCO Rescue Class (Dustin Austin)

  • ROCO is a premier rescue organization offering Industrial Rescue (Confined Space), Suspended Worker Rescue, Rescue I-Plus
  • NDSC Conference coming up February 20-23
  • NDSC has formed a Trenching/Excavation alliance with OSHA to offer industry resources


10:20am – Summary of Changes to ANSI Z390.1 (James O’Dwyer)

ANSI Z390.1 = 2017 Accepted Practices for Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) Training Programs

  • Enforcement guidelines for upstream oil and gas
  • Broadening scope beyond chemical and oil and gas
  • More flexible training delivery and content
  • Visitor training exemption
  • Student contact time (specific: 3-4 hours)
  • Instructor qualifications
  • Competency to ensure student performance
  • Site-specific orientation requirement and training (EAP)
  • Training procedure verifications
  • Mandatory annual recertification and time
  • Respiratory protection program including ANSI Z88.2
  • BLM onshore orders
- First changes in 25 years
- Remote tank gauging acceptance
- Top of tank exposure risk reduction
- IDLH concentration management and back-up (training, fit testing, second employee present)


PEC H2S Clear – 4-hour program meeting revised ANSI Z390.1 standard

NIOSH (Region 8) 2015 Oil and Gas Fatality Study

  • 7 NAICS job type code identified
  • 3 inspection priorities identified for multi-employer workplace
- Respiratory protection and hazard communication for H2S and VOCs exposure (including tank gauging)
- Chemical overexposure to H2S, CO2, and VOCs
- Hazard communication for upstream oil and gas


James O’Dwyer is a safety trainer for PEC. Asked for constructive feedback on PEC experiences/trainers to ensure continued quality.


11:20am – Other Matters (Eric Genet)

  • 2018 MonDaks goals – can confer with 19 other Steps networks
  • Billings/Bismarck OSHA alliances – currently regulatory representatives attend quarterly, could stagger regulatory branches’ attendance to ensure their presence monthly
  • Discussed MonDaks meeting frequency – Is once a month too often? Is quarterly not often enough? Should we meet every other month with open community forum events in the “off” months? Should we have vendors rent booths to set up during meetings?


11:40am – Meeting adjournment