Mike’s Credentials

Michael Hutchens, HSP, is an Occupation Safety Trainer & Consultant. His primary focus is on NDSC’s MSHA and OSHA programs. Mike’s current training/consulting qualifications include:

  • MSHA Unlimited Surface Instructor
  • OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer – General Industry
  • OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer – Construction
  • OSHA/MSHA Confined Space Trainer/Consultant
  • OSHA/MSHA Machine Guarding Trainer/Consultant
  • OSHA/MSHA Lockout Tagout Trainer/Consultant
  • OSHA/MSHA Recordkeeping Trainer/Consultant
  • OSHA/MSHA Emergency Action Plan Trainer/Consultant
  • OSHA/MSHA Program Development Trainer/Consultant
  • NSC First Aid/AED/CPR Trainer
  • School Bus Driver Trainer
  • IVES Trainer – Skid Steer Trainer
  • IVES Trainer – Loader Trainer
  • IVES Trainer – Backhoe Trainer
  • IVES Trainer – Excavator Trainer
  • OSHA/MSHA Safety inspection Consultant
  • OSHA/MSHA Incident investigation & Root Cause Analysis Consultant

Mike’s Testimonials

“Mike is one of the most engaging and personable instructors I’ve had for this class in the last 20 years.”

“It exceeded my expectations due to much information given and helpful to any questions asked. Much information given to reduce injury, regardless of position that will be on site.”

“Mr. Hutchens made learning fun by all his knowledge he had from previous work experience.”

“Very informative instructor who has experience being out on a mine site. Also appreciated him being understanding to someone who had no knowledge of different mine sites.”

“New information and perspective compared to previous years.”

“Instructor used relatable stories or scenarios in which first aid can be used. Gave a lot of good general mine info.”

“Instructor made the material entertaining.”

“Friendly and informative instructor.”

“Instructor is very professional with a great sense of humor.”

“Instructor had great industry knowledge.”

Safety Consultant



What do you do at NDSC?
Occupation Safety Trainer/Consultant. Mainly MSHA and OSHA programs.

Why is NDSC’s mission to prevent injuries and save lives important to you?
I care about people. I have, unfortunately, had the need to investigate numerous serious industrial incidents including fatalities. I have experienced, firsthand, how an industrial incident can forever change lives.

What are your hobbies?
Mainly outdoors. Fly fishing and upland game hunting are among my favorites. I have also raced sled dogs in races up to 250 miles long, participated in team roping and team penning on horseback.

Name one really interesting thing about yourself.
I have better taste in women than my wife has in men.

What other talents do you have?
I once won a pasty eating contest.

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be and why?
Bush, Alaska, to see the places where my wife grew up.

What’s the most embarrassing thing to happen to you?
Once went into a restaurant bathroom and had the stall next to me open and saw a pair of high heels under the stall wall. Managed to sneak out without being noticed. No, unfortunately, alcohol was not involved.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
Make it a kinder place.

Biggest pet peeve?

What is your biggest strength and your biggest weakness?

What is your biggest fear in life?
My children and grandchildren not being healthy and happy.

What’s on your bucket list?
Sitting on a rocking chair at the old folks’ home and can’t think of a thing I wish I had tried.

What is your favorite book?
“Slim” By William Webster Haines