“Your safety is based on the decisions you make. I do what I do to ensure workers have good, usable information set as the foundation of their decision making process.”
Dustin Austin
Safety Consultant
dustina@ndsc.org
Dustin Austin is a former EHS Director from the oil and gas industry in the Bakken. Dustin has more than 25 years of experience in Heavy Industrial environments. Whether Mining in the bottom of a deep pit or digging pipeline over the Rocky Mountains, setting explosive charges or monitoring radiation levels, Dustin has had many opportunities to see and experience many of the normal and extreme hazards on worksites in his career. Since 2001 Dustin has been using that experience in the Safety field to help ensure that workers are protected from hazards. Dustin’s many years in industry and the safety field earned him the following qualifications:

 

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“Working as an EMT-I in the past, I have seen a lot of people not make it because no one around knew CPR. There is no schedule for a cardiac arrest and we never know where it will happen, but I am glad I know what to do to help give someone the best chance of surviving.”
Chelle Doll
Safety Consultant
cdoll@ndsc.org
Chelle has trained hundreds of people in 78 different U.S. cities over the past 13 years in sales, relationship building and communication. She also has prior experience working as a 911 Operator for State Radio and as an emergency medical technician (EMT).

 

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Archie Gilliss
Safety Consultant
archieg@ndsc.org
Archie Gilliss is a Certified Safety Professional with extensive professional safety and health management experience. His experience includes Program Director for ND OSH Consultation Unit, and developing and managing safety programs for companies in surface coal and surface metal/non-metal mining, cement manufacturing, chemical manufacturing, equipment manufacturing, electrical generation, and construction.

 

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“I have lost two people very close to me through fatal industrial incidents. They both left a wife and children. I do not want to see other families devastated by events like this. Doing everything that I can, to keep this from happening to others, lives with me every day.”
Rick Halldorson
Senior Safety Consultant – Eastern ND
rickh@ndsc.org
Rick Halldorson was employed in industry for 28 years 14 years of those years in safety management including program design, auditing, incident investigations, back-to-work programs and process safety management auditing.  At his previous position, Rick developed, organized and conducted training programs for 110 plant employees, including industrial forklift, respiratory protection, industrial ergonomics, industrial rail yard safety, lockout of hazardous energy, permit required confined spaces, fire and gas detection, behavior-based safety programs, and management of the Workers Comp program.

His safety duties also included monitoring safety management systems for contractor groups that were on the industrial site at which he worked. He was included in incident investigations for the contractors and monitoring and coaching on their inclusion in behavior based programs that were employed on site and OSHA safety program training as well as other site specific safety needs.

Rick has experienced the loss of 4 people who died on the workplace where they were employed. Two of these were very close to Rick and he still feels their loss today. He feels that injury and death in the workplace is totally unacceptable and totally avoidable.

For the past 5 years Rick has been employed as a Safety Consultant with the North Dakota Safety Council.

 

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“If I can just be a part of one person not going home via the hospital then it makes teaching people to work safely very worthwhile. It is a sad day when people get badly hurt on the job. It is ALWAYS avoidable.”
Richard Irish
Safety Consultant
richardi@ndsc.org
Richard Irish is a retired plant manager and technical director with 35 years of experience in the construction and operation of various processing plants both in South Africa and the United States. He obtained a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

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Scott Larson
Safety Consultant
scottl@ndsc.org
Scott Larson earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Coleman University along with a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. He is a licensed journeyman electrician with 15 years of experience in the construction industry. He was formerly a safety manager for an electrical contractor where he oversaw safety on a large refinery contract and also has experience in the oil field and equipment operation. Larson has an additional 15 years of experience in the medical industry, including time as an occupational safety and health nurse and volunteer EMT.

 

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Robin Martin
Safety Consultant
robinm@ndsc.org
Martin earned her associate degree in business from Bismarck State College and spent more than four years in the United States Army. During her 36 year career in the utilities industry, she refined her teaching style while serving as the on-staff.

 

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“Safety is the FIRST thing that matters. At the end of the day, buildings, equipment and tools can all be replaced when damaged. People cannot be replaced.”
Don Moseman
Master Instructor
donm@ndsc.org
Don Moseman served in the United States Air Force for seven years as an Electronic Nuclear Weapon Specialist. He obtained the highest security clearance in the Air Force at that time, which was for Critical Nuclear Weapon Design Information.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, Don separated from the Air Force and served as a state trooper for nearly 20 years, with 10 years specializing in driver education and safety programs. During his time as a trooper Don had many duties, including hand-to-hand combat instruction and participating in the federal anti-school violence program. In 2003, he was recognized as the Law Enforcement Education Officer of the Year by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms for his work in combating school violence. In 2007, Don joined the National Safety Council as their Director of Government Programs.

In total, Don has taught more than 1,000 law enforcement courses and instructed over 30,000 people. He has studied 100+ school and workplace shootings and has responded to three active shooter events. He has also instructed nearly 200 Active Shooter and Violence Prevention courses in 17 states, and is a workplace and house of worship approved instructor by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

 

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“Because safety is personal integrity, principle, and about “doing the right thing.“ Every day we each make choices, choices that once made, we live with the rest of our lives. Make the right ones, so all go home to their families at the end of the day.”
Jay Skarphol
Safety Consultant
jays@ndsc.org
Jay Skarphol is a former Senior Environmental Health and Safety Specialist with a wide range of experience in general industry, construction, and oil and gas safety. In his former positions responsibilities included: safety management system reviews including; incident investigations; safety training; and on-site inspections, audits, and evaluations. With an associate’s degree from the University of North Dakota – Williston Center, Jay also has a background in HAZWOPER, Level 5 Hazardous Materials Incident Command and was a TapRooT Advanced Investigations Team Leader.

 

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John Woutat 
First Aid Manager
johnw@ndsc.org
John is a former EMS Training Program Coordinator and has more than 20 years of experience in training and emergency response. He was an EMS responder and flight paramedic for 18 years, a 9-1-1 dispatcher/educator/trainer for 8 years, and also served as a certified firefighter. John has an extensive training background, providing training for EMS responders, 911 communications staff, and the general public on topics such as CPR, first aid, ACLS, and AMLS. All of these experiences have gained him extensive knowledge in emergency response planning, scene management, emergency medicine, cardiac care, and trauma management.

 

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“As an active EMT of 13 years, I have seen firsthand what happens to people when simple safety rules are not followed and its destructive effects. I know how vital it is to prevent loss of life, limb, and livelihood. I want every worker, mom, dad, and child to go home safe every day.”
Aglae L. Young 
Safety Consultant
aglaey@ndsc.org
Aglae has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Systems for Management from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Monterray, Mexico and a Master’s degree in Education from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. She has more than 20 years’ experience as a trainer in multiple areas. She has been a volunteer EMT with the New Salem Ambulance Service for more than 13 years and has been a Spanish interpreter for the ND Court System since 2009.