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!

Good Bye Africa!!! Another Oil and Gas Casualty

My time in Equatorial Guinea is done.  I’ve missed too much family time.  Working 7 weeks on and 3 weeks off is too much for me and my family.  I tried to work out a little different schedule, but nothing was agreed on.  I’ll miss the young adults we were helping, I’ll miss the outstanding instructors and I’ll miss the great country of E.G.

If I can get back there on a different schedule, I’d do it in a heart beat.  I learned a lot, having so many different cultures in one spot made for some interesting days!

That being said, I’ll be looking for employment in January!!!!!!

Hello from Africa!!!!

   I made it…….safe and sound.  However, my first hour in the country was quite stressfull.  I didn’t see the driver, (there was no one standing with a sign that had my name or company on it) that was there to pick me up and the airport is rather small.  Some local kids took my bag “for” me.  I was then escorted outside where I had to stand and wait while the kids (about 18 – 20 yr old) was demanding money.  He moved my bags the distance from the luggage claim, through customs, to the curb, which happened to be all of about 50ft.  I gave him $3 which is the equivelant to 3,000 CFA.  There was an obvious communnication gap and he didn’t like this money, he wanted more.  Then his buddies showed up, 1 older, 1 younger and they all wanted money.  Still no driver, it was dark, no police and nobody that spoke great english and I don’t speak very good espanol.  I gave him $5 and tried to call somebody.  I finally got in touch with HR back in Houston and told them I needed a driver quick.  More “kids” started showing up, the leader wanted $20 and he didn’t do anything.  So at this point I took my bags, placed them behind me and up against the wall so nobody could grab them or get behind me.  I stood up (a good 6 inches above the tallest one) and said to them, in spanish, that I had no more money for them and for them to leave.  All but the leader left.  Finally, after 30 minutes the driver showed up and we started leaving.  The leader asked to carry my bag, which was very heavy, 50lbs, he grabbed it and had a hard time carrying it.  We got to the car (about 50 yards away) and now he felt he did enough work for the $15.  I gave him $3 and we left to him yelling things in spanish that I have only heard in action movies.

   The driver then drove me all of about 1/2 mile to the hotel…..If I would have known that it was that close I would have walked.  Oh well…..at this point I have been up for over 30 hrs and didn’t care about anything except sleep, which came fast.

   The trip improved greatly after that!  In fact, this place is way better than I expected! 

  Here are some pics from the hotel…the Hilton in Malabo.  Which is very nice, by any standard.  More pics will come later…


Hilton Malabo PoolAfrica Painting

Amazon Echo – After the first 24 hours

So far, after 24 hours, it’s pretty cool.  The kids keep asking “Alexa” all sorts of questions, such as what is “your favorite color”, “how old are you”, “how tall are you”.  She answers them all.  The kids won’t leave her alone.  I figured Alexa would short circuit with the flurry of questions, but so far so good.  I’ll post a more detailed article later.  I have a feeling It won’t be long before she’ll control everything on the wifi (TV, Thermostat, Lights, etc..)

Outstanding Safety Manager – My old student – Ronnie Stelly

Here is a guy that I’m quite proud of.  Many years ago he was needing just a bit of guidance and the company we were working at wasn’t willing to give it.  Many companies these days simply don’t invest in their employees anymore.  While working offshore I had over 25 guys ask for help and guidance into becoming a “safety man”.  Of those 25, 4 actually made the cut.  Of those 4, 2 are now full-time safety guys and one has even gone as far as to get his Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS), and it’s this guy pictured below.  He’s the one that set a series of goals for himself and get this, HE DID THEM!  That’s the key!  You have to break out of your comfort zone to grow and that’s exactly what Ronnie did.  Right now he’s THE Safety Man and has been for several months on a job in Virginia for Mammoet and Flour.  I think instead of calling him the safety man, he’s worked his was up to the title of HSE Professional, great job Ronnie!

Ronnie Stelly - HSE Professional
Ronnie Stelly – HSE Professional