Basin United


Basin United

The Basin United
Vision and Mission


Orientation Program

“Building the Basin” 2-day Workforce Orientation Details and Next Steps


Industry Participants

Executive Committee, Steering Team, Development & Delivery Teams


Provider Resources

Basin United Documents, Forms and Reference Material


An educated, empowered, and protected Permian Basin workforce

Permian Basin operators are unified in their mission to eliminate significant injuries and fatalities at our work sites. To accomplish this, we have aligned on core life-saving actions and leadership principles which will be communicated during the “Building the Basin” Program. The Program has been created by industry for industry and leverages new technologies and interactive learning approaches to educate, empower, and ultimately protect our workforce.

Life Saving Actions

Line of Fire
Confined Space
Work Authorization
Working at Heights
Safe Mechanical Lifting
Hot Work
Energy Isolation
Electrical Safety
Bypassing Safety Controls


Building the Basin United Program


All NEW workers required to attend.

The program will use virtual reality, videos, and interactive sessions to explore life-saving actions and the responsibilities that each individual has as a safety leader. Participants will leave the course more confident and educated in recognizing deadly hazards on worksites. By building core leadership skills, participants will be empowered to speak up to protect themselves and their co-workers from significant injury or death.


Only supervisors are required to attend.

The course will use interactive sessions and multimedia to help supervisors practice their leadership skills in order to build and sustain a healthy safety culture and awareness of life-saving actions at their worksites. Participants will be educated on advanced leadership principles and human performance. They will be empowered to become transformative leaders within their organization, with relentless focus on protecting their workers from significant injury or death.

Implementation Plan

The Basin United Program is currently being developed, along with delivery and tracking platform. Planning for a Q1 2021 launch, targeted at enrolling Permian workers who have not previously taken part in an orientation program (e.g., SafeLand, RigPass). Individuals who have already completed an orientation program WILL NOT be required to take Building the Basin in its initial phase.

We will be conducting pilots of the orientation content and delivery system in 4Q2020. Please submit your interest in participating through the “Questions” button.


Basin United Facilitator Course

This course is designed for instructors who will be facilitating the Building the Basin: Safety Leadership course as well as other IADC accredited instructors aiming to improve their facilitation skills in the classroom.

The course will provide you with the skills and strategies you need in working with adult learners. The course content comprises all of the traditional “train-the-trainer” topics, as well as an in-depth focus on those skills specific to the kind of content delivery that maximizes knowledge retention. You will also learn how to encourage and evaluate teamwork and problem-solving. There are numerous additional applications for the course content, which will become apparent to you during the course. This course satisfies the Facilitator course requirement for instructor approval to deliver the Building the Basin: Safety Leadership course.

Important: This course is taught in English, so you must be extremely proficient in English in order to succeed. Additional language will be offered soon.

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Basin United is an
industry-led group  of onshore upstream stakeholder companies committed to improving safety performance in the Permian Basin.


Executive Committee

Provide strategic insights and guidance to steering team and delivery/development teams

Provide strategic guidance/advice to the development and delivery teams as the orientation, tracking system, incident reporting, etc. evolves

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Steering Team

Broad representation from operators and service providers in the Permian

Venue for cross-operator alignment on forward path for safety performance and culture improvement

Venue for service providers to express their ideas, concerns, opportunities

Provide cold-eyes review/touch points on development and delivery team products

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Development Team

Work hand-in-hand with DSS to develop innovative orientation content/material

Pilot initial orientation material

Keep longer-term focus on delivery mechanism, scalability, tracking system, incident reporting/sharing, etc.

Develop innovative orientation content/material focused on Life-Saving Actions, including interactive and hands-on training content

Work with Delivery team to hand over orientation materials and develop plan for tracking, reporting, and sharing

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Delivery Team

Work in parallel with Development Team to understand orientation structure and logistical requirements for implementation (e.g., facilitators/instructors, facilities, technology requirements, etc.)

Design path forward for piloting orientation program in the Permian

Determine feasible scaling plan for orientation

Implement tracking system, incident reporting/sharing system, etc., as appropriate

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Basin United?

Basin United is an ongoing, industry-led group of onshore upstream stakeholder companies committed to improving safety performance in the Permian Basin.

What organizations are behind/supporting Basin United?

Industry companies and organizations such as Chevron, XTO, Shell, ConocoPhillips, Halliburton, AESC and IADC are supporters of and participants in Basin United in Executive, Steering, Development and Delivery committee roles. Please see the graphic at the bottom of this FAQ for a detailed organization chart.

What is Basin United doing?

Basin United is developing a 2-day safety orientation and leadership course, Day 1 – Building the Basin: Fundamental Safety Orientation, and Day 2 – Building the Basin: Safety Leadership, to be attended by upstream onshore frontline workers and supervisors.

Why is Basin United creating this course?

• Since 2015, there have been 238 fatalities in the Permian Basin: 63 in 2016, 81 in 2017 and 94 in 2018. The statistics are getting worse, not better.
• 87% of serious injuries and fatalities in the Permian Basin can be traced to 10 actions.
• The goal of the course is to reduce and eliminate serious injuries and fatalities in the Permian Basin by aligning stakeholders around these Life Saving Actions, safety culture improvements, safety leadership, and human performance principles.

How will the course be delivered?

The course days can be delivered one after the other or separately. Internal training departments and third-party training organizations can both be accredited to deliver the course.

Who is required to attend Day 1 and Day 2?

• Day 1: Building the Basin: Fundamental Safety Orientation, Field workers and supervisors will be required to attend.
• Day 2: Building the Basin: Safety Leadership, Field supervisors will be required to attend.

Why have a Supervisor course?

Principles of safety leadership, when practiced by field supervisors, can significantly improve safety and productivity at the worksite. The Supervisor course is designed to train field supervisors in a common set of safety leadership practices to improve safety performance.

If I’ve already done RigPass or another industry recognized safety orientation, will I also have to do Day 1 – Building the Basin: Fundamental Safety Orientation?

• Individuals who have already completed a RigPass, or another industry recognized safety orientation course, will be grandfathered in for the Day 1 – Building the Basin: Fundamental Safety Orientation.
• Supervisors will be required to attend the Day 2 – Building the Basin: Safety Leadership course after they have attended either RigPass or another industry recognized safety orientation course, or the Day 1 – Building the Basin: Fundamental Safety Orientation course.

How much will it cost?

• The costs for the Day 1 – Building the Basin: Fundamental Safety Orientation course is projected to be the same or lower than current costs for RigPass, or other industry recognized safety orientations. Basin United is mindful of keeping the costs down for our partners.
• The costs for the Day 2 – Building the Basin: Safety Leadership can be obtained from our Basin United Schedule of Fees (BSU-06), which is in our Basin United Training Provider Resources section.

How long are the course days?

Each course day will be between 8-9 hours long.

Will Building the Basin be required and available just in the Permian Basin or nationwide?

Initially it will be implemented in the Permian Basin, with an expectation of a national rollout in the future.

Are there refresher requirements for the Building the Basin course?

The Day 1 – Building the Basin: Fundamental Safety Orientation course has no refresher requirement; however, the Day 2 – Building the Basin: Safety Leadership course, must be refreshed every 2 years.

Who is accrediting training organizations, training facilities and instructors/facilitators?

IADC will be the accrediting body for all Building the Basin Orientation accreditations and will hold all certificates of completion.

Who can be accredited?

Any organization that meets the training accreditation requirements, including in-house and third-party organizations. If an organization chooses to develop its own custom material for the courses rather than the materials developed and available for the courses, that custom material will be accredited based on its adherence to a balance of hands-on activities in the course content.

How long will organizations have before they will be required to comply with the Building the Basin requirements?

Organizations whose employees will be contractually required to complete the Building the Basin course will have 6 months from the time of the launching of the Building the Basin course to prepare for course delivery and/or attendance.

How will the Building the Basin course be sustained over time?

• Basin United is committed to making sure all industry stakeholders are part of development and implementation and are mindful of stakeholder concerns.
• The intention is that the Building the Basin course will become part of the API Onshore Safety Alliance program, including a standing committee to ensure the program remains valid, up to date, and has representation from all stakeholders.
• The formal accrediting body (IADC) will be required to adhere to international quality standards, either ISO or ANSI, as an accrediting organization. This ensures quality and consistency in the accreditation process as well as in the presentation and administration of the Building the Basin Orientation course.

Can we combine Basin United with RigPass?

Yes, Basin United can be combined with RigPass. Additional requirements apply.







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