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I recently learned that the TrainND program at Williston State College and the North Dakota Petroleum Council are launching "One Basin One Way," a "new standardized safety and orientation program for oilfield workers in the Bakken."

After working over 40 years in the Williston Basin oilfields of North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana, I have seen a lot of progress in making the industry safer and healthier. But, I feel much needs to be done.

From 2015 to 2018, I taught production petroleum technology classes at WSC, and I started every class with a weeklong refresher on oilfield safety. We also required a course called industrial safety, which included training and certification in OSHA 10, H2S Safety and First Aid/CPR. Much of the courses were online, but we worked with TrainND and the WSC nursing program to help us with the certifications.

As I said earlier, much progress has been made in health and safety education, but most of it has been done by larger oil, gas and service companies. Many smaller companies don't have the resources to offer, or pay for, these programs.

Therefore, it is critical that all of the health and safety education training can be made available at a "one-stop shop," and I applaud this effort.

Gerald "Mack" McGillivray, Trenton

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