ONE BASIN – One Way! Signing Ceremony

Earlier this year, the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) announced the launch of ONE BASIN – One Way! The North Dakota Safety Council, TrainND Northwest, and Diamond B are the training providers. The Safety FIRST partners are: Bruin E&P, Crestwood Midstream, Enerplus, Equinor, Hess Corporation, Oasis Petroleum, ONEOK, Inc., QEP Resources, Whiting Petroleum Corporation, WPX Energy, and XTO Energy.

The event was held at NDSC’s Bismarck Safety Campus, with one of the first ONE BASIN – One Way! classes taking place on site. This gave the governor and attendees a chance to see the program in action and celebrate this great collaboration between producer and pipeline companies to improve safety for the benefit of the entire industry and state. Governor Burgum congratulated the Safety FIRST partners on their achievement and also challenged them to continue looking for ways to make safety training even better.

“This collaboration is an important step forward for safety in North Dakota’s oil and gas industry.” Burgum said. “We’re grateful to see producers, pipeline companies and training providers working together, and we look forward to continued enhancements and innovations that will make safety training even better in our state.”

For the past eighteen months, NDPC members have been developing the ONE BASIN – One Way! standardized contractor safety orientation program to focus on Safety FIRST. The Safety FIRST partners are producer and pipeline companies that will require ONE BASIN – One Way! orientation for their contractors. These companies represent nearly 50% of oil and gas production in the Bakken and they expect participation to grow as this program gets established.

With a Safety FIRST focus, the ONE BASIN – One Way! orientation curriculum is designed to raise safety awareness on over forty critical topics PLUS focus on a number of North Dakota specific job hazards that are not covered by traditional orientation programs.  The curriculum delivers a robust safety message that concentrates on improving the overall industry safety record.

“The first of its kind, this safety curriculum was developed in North Dakota and focuses on North Dakota specific job hazards such as operating in low temperatures and transportation hazards,” said Ron Ness, President of the North Dakota Petroleum Council. “We need to attract a strong workforce and showing our commitment to safety on the job will help do that.”

The program has received a grant from North Dakota Workforce Safety and Insurance (WSI) that will provide partial scholarships for orientation attendees. “We are proud to support the ONE BASIN – One Way! program and are happy to see the focus on North Dakota specific job hazards,” said Bryan Klipfel, WSI Director. “We are pleased the ONE BASIN – One Way! orientation places an important emphasis on transportation safety awareness in our state.”

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New oil field safety orientation (VIDEO)

Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2019 – Jacob Notermann, KFYR TV

Gov. Doug Burgum and many operators in the Bakken met Thursday to announce a new standardized training program for oil industry workers.

Company workers and independent contractors will now take part in the same four-hour orientation program, rather than multiple safety orientations that each company asks for.

Being certified through this program will tell companies that an independent contractor has done the proper training at standards the companies and the state agree on.

“The unifying force here today is that you’ve got a group of terrific North Dakota companies that care about the people who work for them,” Governor Doug Burgum said. “Today is all about safety; it’s all about work force.”

North Dakota oil industry, state officials laud uniform safety orientation

Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2019 – Jack Dura, The Bismarck Tribune (also in the Fargo Forum and Jamestown Sun)

Members of the North Dakota Petroleum Council trade group and state officials unveiled a uniform oilfield safety orientation program Thursday that they lauded for its collaborative development and time-saving for workers.

Council President Ron Ness said 50 oil companies worked on standards for the One Basin-One Way curriculum over the last 1 1/2 years. The program aims to save time for oilfield contractors who often sit through multiple, redundant safety trainings on workplace hazards in a year.

One Basin-One Way program launches standardized safety training

Posted: Friday, June 21, 2019 – Dave Thompson, Prairie Public

It’s called “One Basin-One Way.”

It’s a standardized contractor safety program.

The program allows workers in the oil industry to go through safety training just once, instead of having to repeat the training if they change jobs in the industry.

It was developed by the North Dakota Petroleum Council