NDSC Hosts Free Violence
Preparedness Workshops



May 17, 2019 – According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 17,000 workers in the private industry experienced trauma from workplace violence in 2016, and 500 were workplace homicide victims. The North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC) hosted a free training Friday, May 17 in Bismarck so local businesses could learn practical tips to improve the safety and security of employees who interact with the public.


“Any company whose services involve public interaction should have personal safety training for their employees, basic security protocols in place, and a comprehensive emergency action plan,” says Don Moseman, NDSC Master Instructor. “After recent events in our community, we’ve talked to many local businesses who expressed concern about their level of preparedness for an act of violence at their facility.”


The free training event was designed to give businesses a basic overview of emergency response principals and standard protocols to respond to an active shooter, knife attack or other physical assault.


“One of the most overlooked, but critical, areas of mitigation is the content of a business’s Emergency Operations Plan,” says Moseman. “By having the right protocols, procedures and training in place, you will save lives. You may never know how many you saved, but make no mistake, you will save someone.”


During the event, attendees learned how to document threats; execute the Run, Hide, Fight protocol; identify potentially violent behaviors in customers; determine the difference between an angry customer and someone with the potential for violence; and recommendations for security applications in front lobby areas.


If you missed out on the May 17 course, another training opportunity will be available Wednesday, July 17. Click here to learn more.

June is National Safety Month


May 10, 2019 – National Safety Month is more pertinent than ever as unintentional deaths have been increasing for decades and are now the third leading cause of death in the U.S. They also cost our nation $1,034.6 billion and cause great suffering among individuals and their families. National Safety Month builds awareness of everyday safety and reminds people that taking simple steps can reduce or eliminate our risk of injury.


Each week features a new topic and resources for you to download and share with your family, coworkers, and friends. By working together to share these safety messages, we can reduce preventable injuries and fatalities in North Dakota.


Download Your Safety Resources 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!

Lease Space Available at NDSC Safety Campus


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 cclairmont@ndsc.org 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 NDSC sends out relevant safety and training information to members and safety advocates, via email, on a regular basis. Some companies’ Internet Service Providers (ISP) block emails from the NDSC’s email service, Constant Contact. If your company is a member of the NDSC, or you have signed up to receive our email updates, but have not been receiving them,




If you would like to receive our email updates but are not currently signed up, please sign up today! We offer information including monthly training updates, NDSC Quarterly Newsletters, and relevant safety news updates.


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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.