MonDaks Safety Network

Minutes of the Monthly Meeting

February 11, 2016

Venue: Badlands Boulder Ridge Community Center, Watford City, ND
Donated by:    Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Inc.

February sponsor:    MAGID Glove and Safety 

Eric Genet:    Introduction, Safety procedures and Welcome.

Justin Alps:    Updated members on Community Relations Committee progress.

Ted Garling:    Updated Neutral Grounds meeting information.
Meeting is scheduled for February 17, 2016 at ConocoPhillips in Watford City.


    Eric Genet - President, MonDaks Safety Network

    Eric Brooks - OSHA Region VIII, Area Director - ND

Eric Genet presented the following before introducing OSHA’s Eric Brooks and his presentation.
    • The flyer for the National OSHA Oil and Gas Conference in November was presented;
    • The MonDaks website was introduced and demonstrated;
    • Input and pictures were requested from members for website content;
    • The National STEPS Step Up for Safety campaign was formally introduced.

Eric Brooks summarized his NDSC Conference presentation “OSHA Updates” with a requested focus on transportation issues.

The PowerPoint Presentation for “OSHA Updates” will be available on our website at

Mr. Brooks finished with a generous question/answer session while technical difficulties were addressed.


The Step Up for Safety is the joint effort of Rick Ingram of the National STEPS Network, OSHA and NIOSH. A video introduction by Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA), and Dr. John Howard, Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) was presented.

Eric Genet explained the procedures for the National STEPS 2016 Step Up for Safety. One focus, transportation safety in oil and gas regions nationwide, was duly noted. An emphasis on this issue in the Bakken region was requested of the members by the MonDaks Board.

Part two (2) of the video series “Making Safety Personal”, by Warren Hubler, CSP, Helmerich and Payne, Inc. (H&P), was presented with its focus on transportation safety emphasized.

The following points were addressed during the roll-out of the Step Up for Safety:
    • Focus: training and awareness of employees in the areas outlined on the site
    • Resources: available on the “Step Up for Safety” website and
    • Process: communication and training employees with regard to focused safety concerns and preventative actions using the available resources
    • Follow-up: enter and submit information about the training, the manner in which it was provided, the number of employees reached and the number of training exposure hours.