MonDaks Safety Network

Minutes of the Monthly Meeting

March 8, 2018


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

Donated by: Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Inc.

March sponsor: ...

10:00am – Introductions/Welcome
10:10am – Eric Brooks, Director of the Bismarck Area Office

OSHA's Mission
  • With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.
  • OSHA is part of the United States Department of Labor. The administrator for OSHA is the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. OSHA's administrator answers to the Secretary of Labor, who is a member of the cabinet of the President of the United States.

In general industry OSHA will be focusing on dealing with silica in the upcoming year. Areas included in the focus:
  • Respiratory protection
  • Hazcom
  • Medical Surveillance

Nationally OSHA will have a nationwide awareness campaign that focuses on: 
  • Construction falls
  • Transportation issues

In August of 2018 a program called Safe and Sound will be the focus which addresses employee/employer relations. 

An emphasis on Trenching began in 1985 and will continue. 

Trenching and Falls continue to be the biggest problems and these two issues need to be elevated.

Other initiatives include:
  • Egress
  • Open tanks
  • FRC
  • Four gas monitors

The importance of proper documentation was also discussed.

Mr. Brooks stressed keeping safety alliances going to achieve zero fatalities.

Submitting information to OSHA in a timely manner is a high priority if there are employees injured on the job. Employers need to know the rules when it comes to what needs to be reported.

11:00am-North Dakota WSI
  • North Dakota Workforce Safety & Insurance (WSI) is an exclusive, employer financed, no-fault insurance state fund covering workplace injuries and deaths. As the sole provider and administrator of the workers’ compensation system in North Dakota, WSI’s vision is a safe, secure, and healthy North Dakota workforce.
  • The core purpose is to care for injured workers. When employees are injured on the job, our highest priority is helping them regain their health and getting them back to work.
  • WSI’s goal is to have a dedicated and caring staff, emphasizing servant leadership. Our shared values are to be loyal, caring, and forthright. These values guide the organization and help us stay true to our vision. WSI staff work hard to serve others first and provide the best services and solutions for our customers.
  • WSI also believes that by encouraging safety programs we can prevent injuries from happening. Every North Dakota employee deserves a safe work environment and every employer deserves to have healthy employees on the job. We believe this is possible through safety consultations, education and training, safety incentive programs, safety grants and continual focus on workplace safety by employers and employees. WSI is committed to helping employers and employees recognize and correct safety hazards, preventing workplace injuries.

Safety Incentive Programs
North Dakota Workforce Safety & Insurance (WSI) believes that every North Dakota employee deserves a safe work environment and every employer deserves to have healthy employees. We believe this is possible through loss control consultations, education and training, safety incentive programs, safety grants and continual focus on workplace safety by employers and employees. WSI is committed to helping employers and employees recognize and correct safety hazards to prevent workplace injuries. WSI offers the following Safety Incentive Programs (SIP):
  • Safety Management Program (SMP)
  • Safety Action Menu (SAM)
  • Ergonomic Initiative Grant Program

Safety Management Program (SMP)
The SMP is designed to assist employers in developing or improving current safety management systems. A WSI Safety Consultant will conduct assessments based on the SMP requirements and develop plans to assist employers in making improvements. Employers who successfully participate in WSI’s SMP can receive a premium discount of 10%.

Safety Management Program Overview

Safety Action Menu (SAM)
The SAM program is designed to provide employers with options that allow them to choose and implement safety improvement programs that meet their business needs. Employers can receive up to a 15% premium discount by successfully participating in the SAM programs.  Each individual 
SAM program can provide a 5% discount up to a maximum of 15%.

Safety Action Menu Program Overview

Combining the SMP and SAM
Employers are encouraged to enroll in both the SMP and SAM as the discounts of each program can be combined in the same premium period for a maximum discount of 25%. Please note that employers who wish to enroll in SMP and/or SAM must apply before the beginning of their premium period.

12:00 Meeting adjourned

The next MonDaks Safety Network meeting is Apr 12, 2018