The North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC) and Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) – Bismarck Area Office signed an alliance to enhance safety throughout various industry sectors in North Dakota, including the construction, general industry, grain, and oil and gas industries. This is an extension of the alliance recently signed between OSHA and the National Safety Council. The North Dakota alliance was signed Wednesday, Feb. 26 during the NDSC’s Annual Safety and Health Conference.
“The NDSC has had a strong working relationship with OSHA for several years,” says Chuck Clairmont, NDSC executive director. “We share the same passion for worker safety, so it only makes sense to formalize a relationship that benefits both employers and employees across the state.”
In 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 35 workplace fatalities in North Dakota.
The NDSC is a private non-profit organization dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives. Because of the shared missions of the two agencies, Clairmont says this partnership allows them to complement each other’s efforts to ensure the greatest impact in reducing workplace injuries and deaths.
“Our ultimate goal is to keep people safe and families whole,” says Clairmont.
Through this alliance, OSHA and the NDSC will work together to promote the awareness of enforcement initiatives and safety campaigns, including an understanding of workers’ rights and employer responsibilities. Priorities will be placed on OSHA’s emphasis programs, with special attention to falls in construction; grain handling facilities; oil and gas hazards; amputations in manufacturing; silica; automotive services; combustible dust; trenching and excavating; and workplace violence.
In partnership, they will develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, hazard identification techniques, and employee safety training for English and non-English speaking workers.
“A core value at the NDSC is to be an accurate and up-to-date resource focused on solving real problems in our state,” says Clairmont. “By working in coalition with OSHA, we hope to further deepen people’s trust that we always put their needs, and the needs of our state, at the forefront of everything we do.”
To learn more about OSHA, go to osha.gov