New oil field safety orientation

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Gov. Doug Burgum and many operators in the Bakken met Thursday to announce a new standardized training program for oil industry workers.

Company workers and independent contractors will now take part in the same four-hour orientation program, rather than multiple safety orientations that each company asks for.

Being certified through this program will tell companies that an independent contractor has done the proper training at standards the companies and the state agree on.

"The unifying force here today is that you've got a group of terrific North Dakota companies that care about the people who work for them,” Governor Doug Burgum said. “Today is all about safety; it's all about work force."

They said this is meant to streamline the orientation process and make safety training more efficient for the 32,000 independent contractors in the Bakken. Burgum added that making this process more efficient will help out-of-state workers remain in North Dakota long-term.