Free Event to Address Violence
Preparedness in the Workplace

April 25, 2019 – The NDSC will be hosting two FREE EVENTS to provide practical tips to improve the safety and security of employees who interact with the public.

Select from two courses taking place Friday, May 17 at the NDSC’s Safety Campus in Bismarck:
7:30am – 10:00am, breakfast served from 7:30am-8am
11:30am – 2:00pm, lunch served from 11:30am-12pm

If your company’s services involve public interaction, then you should have personal safety training for your employees, as well as basic security protocols and a comprehensive emergency plan. During this free event, attendees will learn emergency response principles outlined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and protocols to respond to an active shooter, knife attack or any other physical assault.

Each attendee will receive a Workplace Security Self-Assessment checklist in addition to a free copy of the National Safety Council’s Emergency Gap Analysis that will help attendees determine their business’s level of emergency preparedness.

Seats are limited, so register now for this free event!

Critical Issues Training Scheduled in Minot 

April 18, 2019 – The NDSC’s next Critical Issues event, Incident Investigation: What Every Employer Should Know, will be held in Minot Tuesday, June 11 from 11:30am to 1:00pm. The event is free to NDSC members and will include lunch sponsored by CHS Pipelines & Terminals.

Incident investigations that focus on identifying and correcting root causes, instead of finding fault or blame, improve workplace morale and increase productivity by demonstrating an employer’s commitment to a safe and healthy workplace. During this engaging and interactive training session, you will:

  • learn the National Safety Council’s (NSC) 6 FUNDAMENTAL STEPS to a comprehensive incident investigation
  • test your knowledge during a MOCK INVESTIGATION group exercise
  • PRACTICE the NSC’s fundamental steps
  • learn key items to include in an incident investigation toolkit

Plus, all attendees will walk away with a free copy of the NSC’s Incident Investigation Toolkit Checklist.

This course is FREE to NDSC members and only $30 for non-members.

Seating is limited. Register now.

Take the “3 in 30” Challenge

April 18, 2019 — Management leadership is a core element of a workplace safety and health program. Accelerate your program and show your commitment in your workplace. Take 3 in 30!

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Take 3 actions in 30 days
    There are lots of ways to accelerate your program! Choose from our list or pick one of your own. Every workplace is different so select actions that work best for you.
  2. Share in your workplace
    It is important for your employees to see your commitment to safety! Show them that safety starts with you! List your three actions and share it on social media, in your company newsletter, or post it in the workplace.
  3. Accept your challenge coin
    You did it! Visit the Safe + Sound website once you complete your activities to download your virtual challenge coin for showing Management Leadership. Share it on social media, post it in your workplace, or put it in your signature file – display it proudly!

Download the Take 3 in 30 challenge and share in your workplace and on social media!

ABC MN/ND Seeks Safety Specialist

April 15, 2019 – The Associated Builders and Contractors of Minnesota/North Dakota (ABC MN/ND) is in the process of hiring a Safety Specialist in the Twin Cities/southern Minnesota. ABC MN/ND is a multi-state association representing merit shop construction-related firms. The Safety Specialist will serve as a safety resource for ABC MN/ND members; conduct jobsite audits for companies; work with company safety committees to ensure high-quality education and training occurs; develop customized safety programs depending on individual company need; and conducting train on a variety of courses.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Safety Specialist Search Committee, ABC MN/ND, 10193 Crosstown Circle, Eden Prairie, MN  55344 or email: Visit for more information.

Companies Recognized for Their Exemplary Safety Performance at our Awards Luncheon

April 11, 2019 – We recognized companies and individuals who displayed exemplary safety performance throughout 2018 during our Safety & Health Awards Ceremony. The luncheon took place Wednesday, April 10 from 12:00 to 1:15 p.m. at the Bismarck Municipal Country Club.

“The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports there were 38 fatal workplace injuries in North Dakota in 2017,” says our Executive Director, Chuck Clairmont. “It was an honor to recognize these companies for the roles they each play in ending these preventable deaths.”

The NDSC presented 68 awards to companies and individuals representing multiple industries including transportation, manufacturing, construction, and oil and gas.

“As a statewide non-profit, we are dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives. Each of these award winners plays a significant role in helping to develop a stronger safety culture in our state. We’re proud to have them as partners on this journey.”

Our awards program is designed to promote incident prevention by honoring companies with outstanding safety programs, employees with superior safety records, and North Dakota citizens who have gone above and beyond to improve the safety and health environments in their communities.

Click here to see a full list of award winners

Worksite Wellness Summit Presented by

April 4, 2019 – Are you looking for ways to keep your workplace healthier? Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND is putting on a Worksite Wellness Summit on Tuesday, May 14 at the Bismarck State College National Energy Center of Excellence in Bismarck from 8 am – 2:30 pm. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to learn how to start or improve a workplace wellness movement, improve workplace morale and productivity, and hear moving keynote presentations about empathy, understanding and mental well-being.

Learn more or get registered now! 

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April 1, 2019 – According to the National Safety Council (NSC), every day at least nine Americans die and 100 are injured in distracted driving crashes. Cell phones, dashboard touchscreens, voice commands and other in-vehicle technologies pose a threat to our safety. The consequences of those distractions are not worth the convenience they offer. Ignore the distractions and #justdrive to keep us all safer on the roads.

Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April is a united effort to recognize the dangers of and eliminate preventable deaths from distracted driving. Join us to help save lives.

  1. Spread the message! Download and share our free social media graphics.
  2. Pledge to be an attentive driver. Download the NSC’s pledge for tips to #takebackyourdrive.
  3. Know the facts. Enroll in the NDSC’s Distracted Driving online course to learn about the risks and dangers of cellphone use while driving.

Find even more free resources on our Distracted Driving Awareness webpage.

Lease Space Available at NDSC Safety Campus

March 20, 2019 – The NDSC’s new hands-on safety training campus in Bismarck has a 1,000 square foot professional office space that is available for lease. Located at 1710 Canary Avenue, the building is centrally located and adjacent to Bismarck State College.

The second floor office includes stunning views of northwest Bismarck and the Missouri River. The space is build-to-suit, but is large enough to accommodate four offices; a large conference room; reception desk; mail/work area; and a spacious storage area.

Other amenities include:

  • Access to a large balcony
  • Elevator access, ADA compliant
  • Ample parking
  • Multi-stall public restroom

Click here to learn more or contact Chuck Clairmont today at or (701) 751-6101.

Jay’s Story: Why Couldn’t God Have Taken Me, Instead of Him?

January 31, 2019 – Jay Skarphol had his post-retirement planned out. But that was before tragedy struck.

Living and working in the oil fields of western North Dakota as a senior environmental health and safety specialist, Skarphol, a native of the Tioga area, wrapped up his long career in the Bakken region in July of 2011 to move to Fargo. He was 56. He and his wife, Jeanne, had purchased a home in Fargo three years earlier to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Jeanne was already living there, enjoying being a grandma and helping with daycare.

“My plan was to work part-time at Fleet Farm or Scheels for the discount on the guns and ammo and the clothes and ride things out that way,” Skarphol says.

Fate intervened.

On Friday, May 25, 2012, Memorial Day Weekend, the Skarphol family was changed forever. Their eldest son, Trevor, was killed at a West Fargo construction site at 11:38 that morning.

Read the full story here…

Our 2017-2018 Annual Report: A Story of Success Through Partnership

From our families to yours, we would like to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your tireless dedication to making our roads, workplaces, communities and homes safe.

Our 2017-2018 Annual Report shares the stories of a few of our friends impacted by a life-altering workplace injury, fatality, or a life saved. These stories of tragedy and triumph remind us each day why our work is so important, and why we need to keep working together to pursue our vision of making North Dakota the safest state in the nation.

Thanks to your contributions, we achieved huge strides toward our overall vision. Please take a moment to review the report and celebrate the successes we have achieved together.

Click here to read our 2017-2018 Annual Report.

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The North Dakota Safety Council provides safety training and services across the state, including the cities of Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot and Williston.