Time to get a J-O-B. Brant Butler HSEQ!

Ok guys, it’s time for me to get a new job.  I need all the help I can get.  HSE related, don’t care where it is as long as it’s close to good schools and the place is safe.  If it’s rotational, I would like to stay close to a 28/28.  I don’t want to be gone 9 months a year like my Africa job.

I’ve worked in the Middle East, U.S. and Africa.  I have worked on many global projects.

I have my BS in Environmental Management (with a concentration in Occupational Safety) and I just got my MBA Organizational Leadership.

I have my OHST, CES and I’m a member of the Board of Certified of Safety Professionals.  Also, I’m a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.

I also have done numerous ISO, OSHA, PSM, SEMS audits.  Technical writing, training and competency and built entire HSE Management Systems.  I’ve done consulting with many of the larger oil and gas companies in the U.S.

I’ve managed many and few and love mentoring.

I have my resume on CareerBuilder.com / LinkedIn.com / Rigzone.com

Here are a few projects I’ve worked on: Transocean Global HSE Management System, Transocean North American (NAM) Corrective Actions post Deepwater Horizon Audit, Hess SEMS for Gulf of Mexico, ENI Asset Risk Registers & SEMS, Nalco-Champion Integrated HSE Management System (IMS), ExxonMobil Quality & HSE Plan, Noble LNG Technical College Training Program (Ruppin College)


SEMS II Webinar – Bureau Veritas, Wood Group

BVC_Wood Group – COS SEMS II Webinar Presentation – 21 April 2014


I was going through one of my flash drives and found this webinar that I co-created and delivered back in 2014.  Given the current climate for Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) I thought some people could use this today.

I don’t think this was the final copy, BV has that and I can’t find it on their website anywhere.  So, I thought I would use mine and see if it can help explain to some of those new safety guys out there a bit more about SEMS and SEMS II.

It’s really quite simple, but so many make it hard when it doesn’t need to be.  Here is the key to understanding the basics of SEMS and SEMS II.

  1. You must have a written SEMS plan
  2. It must be known by your employees (they need to know where to find it)
  3. You will be audited (both in the field and in the office)
  4. You will be held accountable against what YOUR plan states

It’s that easy.  If you say you have a way of doing things, then do it.  I’ve come across so many companies that have a written plan that state they do something this particular way, then they do it another way.  That’s when the auditors will ding you.  As your program grows, the auditors will hold you to a higher standard.

Go to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), 30 part 250 and you will find what you MUST have as a minimum in your plan.  Then, you can build from there.  I’ve built a few SEMS plans for various companies, it isn’t hard, but does require thought and top management commitment, which is sometimes hard to come by with smaller companies.

Anyway, enjoy the presentation.  If I can find my copy with my notes, I’ll include it.  If you need any help with SEMS, let me know.  I am SEMS lead-auditor trained and have been involved with this for many years.

Good Luck!

This post was on Ken Wells’ website for Lifeline Strategies

Courts: BSEE Can’t Charge Contractors Under Offshore Safety Rules

Ken posted this on his site, one judge  ruled that BSEE can’t INC contractors.  That’s a pretty big deal.  Give Ken’s site a look.  It’s pretty good info for you young safety guys out there.  It’s not just for the offshore business, all HSE.

A Cost Point for Safety – Brant Butler

I just completed a research paper for my Masters class, Occupational Safety, titled “A Cost Point for Safety”.  My intent was to show how oil companies make safety concessions once the price of oil drops, which is what I am dealing with now.  In just 6 months the price of oil has rapidly declined, along with the number of personnel being laid off or let go.  I have had numerous talks with several different well-known oil companies and many have discussed the fact that some sr personnel have been let go, maintenance efforts have stopped and will only resume if BSEE fines them or is about to, training budgets have been slashed and I’ve heard that old familiar slogan more in the past few months than I have in the past 2 years, “Production is KING!”

However, once I began thinking about this in depth, I came to a realization that most of us are no different than the big oil companies.  How many of you have not walked across the garage to get your safety glasses because you already had the grinder in your hand?  How many of you used a chair or box to stand on when changing a light bulb instead of grabbing a ladder?  How many of you sped up when the light turned yellow?  In each case an accident could have happened and the time taken to do the job properly would have been minimal.

We have our own “cost point for safety”.  Where the oil company might be looking at dollars per barrel of oil, we usually look at time.  It might take an extra 10 seconds to grab your safety glasses, but we went on and did the grinding anyway.

What is your cost point for being safe?

Brant Butler – Resume HSE

Resume Brant Butler

Well guys, my department is being done away with at Wood Group ODL.  My days with the company are almost complete.  I’m hoping the next company I work for is the last.  Wood Group was great, there was always something new and they gave me the opportunity to train people half way around the globe.  But, with the price of oil dropping like a rock, many projects are getting pushed out or cancelled altogether and that was part of our problem.  Oh well, such is life.  The price of oil is steadily rising and in some areas they are still looking for experienced guys.

I’m in a bit better shape for the job hunt this time around.  I graduated (with honors) with a B.S. in Environmental Management with a concentration in Occupational Safety.  And I am now in the Masters program.  I have also done much more international work.

Maybe Willie Robertson needs a HSE guy over at Duck Commander?

I’ll keep you guys posted on what happens!!!!!

Safety at it’s finest

Do you want to know one of the reasons why I like the HSE profession so much?  It doesn’t take a genius to be a “safety guy”.  I’ve found that “common sense” isn’t that common and anyone with a little bit of it can be a very good safety guy.  On the job, I’ve seen things that are just about as crazy as these knuckleheads below.  Then when they get hurt it affects the entire company!

Do you got me?
Do you got me?

Hierarchy of Controls graphic

Hierarchy of Controls
Hierarchy of Controls

Here is a great Hierarchy of Controls graphic that I took from either the OSHA or NIOSH website.  For all you up and coming safety guys, remember this graphic.  If you can eliminate the hazard, that is the best possible solution and PPE is the last.  PPE depends upon the worker actually wearing it, which all know doesn’t always happen.  They must also wear the PPE properly, which we also know doesn’t always happen.

If you guys get some time, email over some stories where you had direct involvement with some of the controls above and I’ll post them on the blog.


Stay safe.

Emergency Response Train-The-Trainer class in Israel for Ruppin College

Me teaching the basics of Emergency Response
Me teaching the basics of Emergency Response

Well guys, it was a long 2 weeks, but this phase of the project is done.  I’m here teaching the basics of Emergency Response, in which we are talking about a Written Emergency Response Plan.  The class was made up of roughly 28 professors from 3 different college’s in Israel and we were delivering training specifically for natural gas.  However, I had to lay a foundation of general safety and emergency response before getting to the specifics of natural gas.

Some of them, living close to the Gaza strip, have there own ERP because of missile attacks.  Talking about safety and emergencies is highly different when members of your audience can tell you about there families ERP once their alarm on their phone goes off telling them they have a missile headed there way.

A big thanks to Noble Energy for allowing this to happen.

Train the Trainer in all things Safety and Emergency Response in the Middle East

Well, in just 2 days I fly to London, then Frankfurt, then over to the Middle East for a few weeks.  Wish me luck and hopefully I won’t catch Ebola and that IS won’t catch me.  If IS does get me, everyone go on Fox News and all the liberal media outlets and tell them that I love Obama (I can’t even say that with a straight face).  Never mind, go on Fox News and tell them I love George Bush (both of them) and we’ll see what happens.

I’ll be training about 30 collegiate professors in multiple aspects of safety and emergency response with a focus on natural gas specifics.  They will then be delivering my content to an eager workforce that doesn’t know much about natural gas.  I started things off very simply, with what is a hazard and end up talking about responding to a natural gas leak that can easily become an explosion.  Neat stuff, if memory serves, my modules have about a combined 14 hours of safety and emergency response goodness.  I’ll let you guys know how it goes and I’ll try to post pictures while I’m there.

Wood Group ODL
Wood Group ODL

Natural Gas Safety Project in the Middle East

For the past month or so I’ve been developing a safety program for a small grouping of colleges in the Middle East (compliments of our big brother across the hall, Wood Group PSN).  With some recent developments, now I get to pack my bags and head over to train the trainers.  I haven’t been over to the Middle East, so this will be a new experience.  I’ll also be spending some time in London, Frankfurt Germany and Vienna Austria.  If you guys have any ideas on what to do in those places for a day let me know quick because I’ll be leaving soon.  I love an adventure!

I saw this the other day (while a colleague was driving), and I couldn’t’ help but appreciate the irony.

"Safety Doesn't Happen By Accident"
“Safety Doesn’t Happen By Accident”