Minutes of the Monthly Meeting
June 9, 2016
Venue: Badlands Boulder Ridge Community Center, Watford City, ND
Donated by: Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Inc.
June sponsor: QC Energy Resources
Eric Genet: Opening greeting and announcements.
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Justin Alps: Safety Briefing and Safety Moment.
- WASA & WSI will sponsor a speaker in Williston on July 14 to tell his experience with a near-death event. The same speaker will be in Dickinson on July 13 at the Astoria hotel;
- A salt water disposal was hit by lightning and burned to the ground a month ago. The facility was owned by QC Energy Resources;
- Anyone burning in McKenzie County, must have a permit from the Emergency Mgmt Dept – let law enforcement know about the burn 2 hrs prior to starting it;
- Suggestions for new meeting topics are needed – please contact one of our Board members directly or use our Contact page.
Karolin Jappe – McKenzie County Emergency Management
Joel Blanchard MD FACEP – Sanford Occupational Medicine Clinics in ND & SD
Karolin Jappe informed us that Phillips 66 donated $50,000 to the Emergency Fund and it will be used to purchase a foam trailer which will be available county wide to use on fires such as the Salt Water Disposal fire that happened to QC.
Basin Electric also donated money which will go toward the foam tote.
Donations are being sought for the 13th Annual First Responders Dinner.
As an occupation medical specialist, Joel talked on how to get the injured worker back to work and be productive again. He encouraged companies to set up an assessment of what physical requirements are needed for each job – pre-employment fit for duty assessment would determine the abilities of a potential worker for each job confirming the employee is physically capable of performing that job.
It is imperative to educate your employees on how to handle injuries, who to call, who directs you toward the Designated Medical Provider. DMP can redirect if necessary.
Drug & Alcohol programs reduce the risk of injuries. Drug users have a much higher incident rate of injury.
Employers are encouraged to attend the 1st exam with their injured worker to become familiar with the case and the provider. Employers should show concern, review what went wrong and make safety corrections to job site. Involve injured worker on how to avoid this from happening again. Be pro-active in the healing process. The best place for the injured worker is to be back at work. Be prepared to offer transitional work until injured worker can return to previous position. Occupational specialists do not offer narcotics unless necessary.
Narcotics can prolong loss time adding as much as 69 days on the average to the disability time.
Promote health and wellness.
Develop a Wellness Program at your business.