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) 751-6103.

Critical Issues Training Events
Coming Up In April & June: 


March 19, 2019 – 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. That is why the NDSC chose Incident Investigation: What Every Employer Should Know as the next Critical Issues training series topic.


During this engaging Critical Issues 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.


Register now for our upcoming event in Fargo on Wednesday, April 3 or in Minot on Tuesday, June 11.

75% of Employers Are Affected by Opioids,
But Only 17% Feel Prepared
To Deal With The Issue.


March 19, 2019 — Seventy-five percent of U.S. employers have been directly affected by opioids but – startlingly ­– only 17 percent feel extremely well prepared to deal with the issue, according to a survey released by the National Safety Council in recognition of Poison Prevention Week. Thirty-eight percent have experienced absenteeism or impaired worker performance, and 31 percent have had an overdose, arrest, a near-miss or an injury because of employee opioid use.


“The opioid crisis is truly encompassing nearly every aspect of American lives. [Our] survey confirms that the No. 1 cause of preventable death is not just taking its toll on our home lives, but companies across the country are also grappling with the impact of this epidemic,” said Nick Smith, interim president and CEO of the National Safety Council. “If there is a silver lining, it’s that we have an opportunity to gain the attention and resources of American businesses to combat this societal scourge. NSC is committed to working with employers to define best practices and support a two-pronged approach of confronting the crisis in our homes and workplaces.”


For the first time in U.S. history, a person is more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose than from a motor vehicle crash, according to NSC calculations. In fact, workplace overdose deaths involving drugs or alcohol have increased by at least 25 percent for five consecutive years.[i]


The Prescription Drug Employer Kit is available to help employers manage opioid use at work. To learn more, schedule a private Opioid Awareness training with one of the NDSC’s experts.


NDSC Names Pat Furr the
2018 Outstanding Safety Professional


February 25, 2019 — The North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC) named their 2018 Duane Kuehn Outstanding Safety Professional Friday, Feb. 22 at their 46th Annual Safety and Health Conference. Pat Furr was presented with the NDSC’s highest award for his efforts in improving the safety of workers and rescue teams across the country.


The Outstanding Safety Professional award is named after Duane Kuehn, a North Dakotan who worked in the safety industry for 40 years and whose attitude and compassion were unparalleled. Read the full story here. 


Thank you for helping us raise $12,091 on Giving Hearts Day! 


February 15, 2019 – We are truly grateful and appreciative of all the donations we received for Giving Hearts Day! In 24 hours, you helped raise $12,091 to provide safety education and training throughout North Dakota! Safety is about people, and we’re so thankful that you #standwithus.


Your donations will help us sustain programs that keep our kids safe at school; give teens the knowledge to safely navigate our roads; and provide memorable safety training to get workers home safe.

NDSC Chosen to Lead Coalition for Standardized Oil & Gas Orientation Program


February 6, 2019 – The North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) recently announced the launch of a new initiative called ONE BASIN- One Way!, a standardized contractor safety orientation program for North Dakota’s oil and gas industry. The North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC) was chosen by the NDPC advisory committee to be the program manager and one of two training providers of the orientation, along with TrainND Northwest.  The other member of the coalition is Diamond B Technology Solutions who will be providing the software platform to manage the database of trained contractors.


The NDSC was a part of the initial stakeholder group organized by the NDPC to develop the new orientation. The group consisted of 99 committee members including producers, contractors and training providers.


“For several years, we’ve been advocating for standardized training. With the Energy Coalition for Contractor Safety, we’ve seen the positive impacts a standardized training program can have on injury and fatality rates,” says Chuck Clairmont, NDSC Executive Director. “We are honored to work in coalition with these organizations to develop a training program that will save lives and bring us one step closer to being the safest state in the nation.”


A formal kick-off for ONE BASIN- One Way! will be held Tuesday, February 19 in conjunction with the NDSC’s 46th Annual Safety and Health Conference in Bismarck.


Click here to read the NDPC’s full news release.

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.