Bakken Region Overview

The Bakken Region Overview course is an add-on module to Basic Orientation that covers hazards specific to working in the Bakken region.

Course Info:

Length: 1 hour
Delivery Method: Instructor-Led

The purpose of this course is to inform workers of hazards specific to the Bakken Shale Play area. This 1-hour module discusses the Bakken Region, sources of oil extraction common to the Bakken Region, the properties and characteristics of Bakken oil, and hazards specific to the region. Bakken can be taken alongside Basic Orientation, where students will receive SafeLandUSA™ accreditation. Instructors certified to teach Basic Orientation can also provide Bakken. Visit the instructor map to find an instructor near you.


Standards Covered – If taken alongside Basic Orientation

  • 49 CFR 192.805
  • 49 CFR 192.807
  • ASME B31.4
  • ASME B31.8

Upon completion of the course, all students are issued a physical and digital ID card with their name, company name, picture, barcode, and completed course. All students are automatically entered into Advanced Training Tracker where your company’s clients and auditors can view proof of employee orientation.


Course Components

Bakken Region Host Company and Contractor Relations – company and contractor commitments
Sources and extraction of Bakken oil
Identifying hazards specific to the Bakken region – an overview of hazards specific to the Bakken region
Person in charge (PIC) – roles and responsibilities around safety specific to the Bakken region
Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO) and Mandan Hidatsa Arikara (MHA) Energy Compliance
Lone worker – how to practice safety awareness specific to the Bakken region
Driving safety – wildlife areas, weather, and winter/severe weather conditions
BTEX (Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, and Xylene)
Critical lifts – lift plans, approvals, and training required
Frac iron cold temps ratings
Compressed gas tanks
Working near flares


See Basic Orientation components for the full list of topics if taken as an add-on module.

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