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“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 almost 14 years of oil and gas experience from the North Dakota, Colorado and New Mexico fields. He is also the former Chairman of the Mondaks Safety Network. Mondaks is a chapter of the National STEPS Network and is an organization for Safety Professionals in the oil and gas industry.

OSHA 5810, Authorized Trainer
OSHA 500, Authorized Trainer
          OSHA 10 & 30 Hour Construction Industry
OSHA 501, Authorized Trainer
          OSHA 10 & 30 Hour General Industry
OSHA Recordkeeping
National Safety Council Certified Instructor
          Advanced Safety Certificate Program
          CPR/AED/First Aid - Adult
          Lift Truck Operator Instructor Trainer
National Safety Council Instructor Trainer
          Advanced Safety Certificate Program
          Lift Truck Operator
PEC Certified Instructor:
          PEC SafeLandUSA Basic Orientation Instructor
          Trainer
          PEC Safeland/SafeGulf Core Compliance
          PEC Safeland/SafeGulf Core Refresher
Equipment Instructor
          Counterbalanced Forklift
          Rough Terrain Forklift
          Aerial Work Platform
          Aerial Boom Lift
          Skid Steer
          Loader
          Backhoe
          Excavator
OGOP 120 Field Leadership for Oil & Gas
          Exploration and Production, Authorized Trainer
MSHA Authorized Trainer:
          MSHA Part 46 - New Miner & Refresher
NDSC Authorized Instructor - ECCS Refresher
Qualified Instructor - Hydrogen Sulfide
Qualified Rigging & Signalpersons Certified Instructor
Qualified Signalpersons Certified Instructor
Certified Instructor:
          Confined Spaces
          Construction Focus Four
          ECCS Construction Refresher
          ECCS General Industry Refresher
          Fall Protection - Construction
          Hearing Conservation
          Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) Awareness
          Ladder and Stairway Safety
          Lock Out/Tagout
          Scaffolds
          Site Safety Assessments
          Supervisory Development
          Trenching and Excavation - 2 & 4 Hour Certified Instructor
IVES Certified Trainer
          Front End Loader
          Forklift (CB and RT)
          Combined Ariel Lifts
          Excavator

“I like the fact that the instructor had previously worked in the industry and had real life experience.”

“The instructor was very personable and was able to make the importance of safety hit home.”

“My favorite part of this course was Dustin's knowledge of regulations and how he presents them. I always learn something from him.”

“The instructor was very knowledgeable on the industry and showed emotion while teaching.”

“I loved the instructor’s personal experience and devotion to safety.”

“Dustin was able to apply situations to my daily life and made me want to be more aware.”

 

"I have seen safety practices work to cheat death and save lives. Therefore, when you are done with your shift, your work day, your hitch, and you can say "I have done everything possible to bring my fellow workers, my crew, my loved ones home safe and sound," that is a good day - a day that matters."
Bill Ballton
Safety Consultant
williamb@ndsc.org
 


Bill is a former Operations Manager/Safety Officer in the oil and gas industry and has been involved in O&G for over 12 years. He has more than 25 years of experience in the safety and health industry and has held various supervisor-level positions throughout his professional career. Bill holds a Baccalaureate Degree of Science in Emergency Management from Oklahoma State University, and his diverse background in fire, safety, and emergency management allows him to train on a wide variety of topics. 

OSHA 500, Authorized Trainer:
          OSHA 10 & 30 Hour Construction Industry
OSHA 501, Authorized Trainer:
          OSHA 10 & 30 Hour General Industry
National Safety Council Certified Instructor:
          Advanced Safety Certificate Program
          CPR/AED/First Aid - Adult
          Defensive Driving Course - 4 Hour
PEC Certified Instructor and Instructor Trainer:
          PEC SafeLand/SafeGulf Basic Orientation
          PEC Safeland/SafeGulf Core Compliance
DOD IFSAC, Master Instructor
HAZWOPER Instructor:
          HAZWOPER 8, 24, 40 Hour Instructor
          HazMat Materials Technician, Operations, and Awareness
          HazMat Incident Commander with ICS Instructor
          100-400 level
HAZWOPER Instructor Trainer:
          Emergency Response to Terrorism
          NBC/WMD HazMat Technician (DOJ)
Fire Investigator NFPA Standards
Qualified Rigging and Signalpersons Certified Instructor
Qualified Signalpersons Certified Instructor

“This class was an active discussion and very group-involved. I liked that the instructor didn’t preach for hours.”

“The instructor made it easy to learn the information and pay attention.”

“I loved the instructor’s real world experience and presentation of material.”

“BILL! It takes a knowledgeable and caring person to present material that will be useful.”

“The instructor was fun and informative, this wasn’t a dry course.”

“Bill involved our company in examples to help us better understand.”

   

Chelle Timmreck

"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
First Aid Coordinator
chelled@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).

National Safety Council Certified Instructor and Instructor Trainer:
          CPR/AED/First Aid – Adult
          CPR/AED/First Aid – Pediatric
“I've had this training before, however Chelle is the best instructor I've ever had. 10 stars.”
 
“My favorite part of the course was the knowledge of the instructor and her teaching style. Very thorough and explained well.”
 
“I loved the instructor’s energy, I never had a chance to get bored or tired.”
 
“Chelle helped me feel confident to put my training to use in the real world.”
 
“She was very engaging, she made us want to participate.”
 
“Chelle did a great job, has a great speaking voice, and clearly is knowledgeable.”
 
“This class was absolutely fantastic! Chelle hit it out of the park. Chelle is a rock star!”
   

Gus Gantzer
"Safety matters to me because I have a family and friends I want to see tomorrow. I want everybody else, especially the people we work with, to have that same privilege."
Gus Gantzer
Safety Consultant
gusg@ndsc.org


Gus Gantzer has held a North Dakota journeyman’s electrical license for over 20 years with more than 15 years of experience in industrial electrical construction and maintenance. He is a former electrical controls expert for the federal government, where he oversaw the fire alarm & security alarm systems, lightning protection, and anti-vehicle penetration systems at 102 U.S. Air National Guard Bases, as well as the training for all U.S. Air National Guard Personnel. With a Diploma of Occupational Proficiency from Moorhead Technical College in Construction Electricity, Gantzer also has prior experience as a certified course instructor with knowledge in development and implementation of courses. Gantzer came to the NDSC from the Bakken oilfield, where he spent five years as an oilfield electrician, controls technician, and consultant.

National Safety Council Certified Instructor:
          Attitudinal Dynamics of Driving- 8 Hour
          Defensive Driving Course- 4 Hour
          CPR/AED/First Aid - Adult
          Professional Truck Driver, Defensive Driving Course
Certified Instructor:
          Coach Me Advanced Behind-The-Wheel Training
          e-Hazard Low Voltage Training
          e-Hazard High Voltage Training
          Lift Truck Operator
          PEC H2S Clear
          PEC SafeLandUSA Basic Orientation
          Responsible Beverage Server
          Refinery Safety Orientation
          Slippery Slope - Adverse Weather Safety Course
          Traffic Control for Supervisors
          Workplace Violence Prevention - 2 Hour
          Workplace Violence Planning & Management - 4 Hour

“The instructor related information to real life situations.”

“Instructor did a great job of keeping the class engaged.”

“Gus made sure the course met the needs of our company.”

“The instructor made sure there was a lot of class participation.”

“The instructor related the course to day to day life.”

   

"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 has 14 years of experience 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.

MSHA Authorized Trainer:
          MSHA Part 46, Sand & Gravel – New Miner & Refresher
National Safety Council Certified Instructor:
          Advanced Safety Certificate Program
          Defensive Driving Course- 4 Hour
          Defensive Driving Course - Professional Truck
          Driver
          CPR/AED/First Aid – Adult
          CPR/AED/First Aid – Pediatric
          Lift Truck Operator
          School Bus Driver Training
          Slippery Slope Adverse Weather Safety Course
National Safety Council Certified Instructor Trainer:
          Lift Truck Operator
OSHA 500, Authorized Trainer:
          OSHA 10 & 30 Hour Construction Industry
OSHA 501, Authorized Trainer:
          OSHA 10 & 30 Hour General Industry
OSHA 500, 501, 502, 503, 510 & 511 Authorized Trainer
OSHA RecordKeeping, Authorized Trainer
Competent in Industrial Rail Yard Safety Program
          Administration
Program Auditor for Process Safety Management
          for Flammable Chemicals
Railroad Safety Presentations
Respiratory Protection Program Administrator
Certified Instructor:
          Confined Spaces
          Construction Focus Four
          ECCS Construction Refresher
          ECCS General Industry Refresher
          Fall Protection - Construction
          Hearing Conservation
          Ladder and Stairway Safety
          Lock Out/Tagout
          Machine Guarding
          Scaffolds
          Site Safety Assessments
          Supervisory Development
          Trenching and Excavation - 2 Hour Certified
          Instructor

“Instructor made the class easy to follow and had a great presentation.”

“It was great to have all my questions answered by an instructor that has worked in the field.”

“You can really tell that Rick enjoys what he does.”

“I really liked the instructor’s amount of knowledge and on-site experience, it allowed for a better training.”

“My favorite part of the course was the instructor's knowledge and poise. He was very personable and had a sense of humor too!”

   

"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

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. 

National Safety Council Certified Instructor:
          CPR/AED/First Aid - Adult
          Defensive Driving Course - 4 Hour
          Defensive Driving Course – Attitudinal Dynamics
          of Driving
          Lift Truck Operator Instructor Trainer
OSHA 500, Authorized Trainer:
          OSHA 10 & 30 Hour Construction Industry
OSHA 501, Authorized Trainer:
          OSHA 10 & 30 Hour General Industry
OSHA Recordkeeping, Authorized Trainer
Certified Instructor:
          Confined Spaces
          Construction Focus Four
          Fall Protection – Construction
          OSHA Recordkeeping
          School Bus Driver
          Slippery Slope Adverse Weather Driver
          Safety Course

“I loved that the instructor wasn’t only knowledgeable on the subject, but passionate about it as well.”

“The instructor was very knowledgeable and professional.”

“The instructor made it free to ask questions, it was a fun way to go through the course.”

“My favorite thing about the course was the instructor’s vast experience.”

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