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!

SEMS II Webinar with Bureau VERITAS – Wood Group ODL

A few months back I was one of the guest presenters for SEMS II webinar with a company called Bureau VERITAS (BV).  If you’re not familiar with BV, you should check them out.  They are a great company to work with and that is who I received my SEMS Lead Auditor training from.  They have been around since 1828, so to say they know how to perform an audit is an understatement.  Anyhow, if you want to see what the webinar was like (it was my first so don’t judge to harshly) take a look at the provided link.  Go in and register, it doesn’t cost anything and you can hear what we have to say in regards to SEMS II.  My piece of the pie was primarily focused on Stop Work Authority, but I think you’ll appreciate the story that I weaved throughout the presentation.  Enjoy and let me know what you think.

SEMS II (Are You Ready)

“SEMS or PSM on Land” – Official magazine of the Association of Energy Servicing Companies

Official magazine of the Association of Energy Servicing Companies.

For those of you that have ever worked in the oil and gas business offshore, you know what Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) is and if you work on land you know what Process Safety Management (PSM) is.  I’ve audited for both and there is a HUGE difference in the application and adoption.

PSM has been around for 25 years, but o&g hasn’t been using it in many places except on a voluntary basis.  SEMS has only been around for a few years and only just became mandatory for all operators in the Gulf of Mexico in Federal waters.

In most cases, SEMS and offshore operations in general are taken far more seriously than land based operations, but as you can see from the article, it looks like that just might be changing sometime in the near future.  I guess we’ll see

Stay safe!

Center for Sustainable Shale Development – Changes are coming to the shale plays

Center for Sustainable Shale Development.

For those of you that think some sort of “SEMS” model isn’t coming to land, take a look at this website.  Currently it is solely dealing with environmental standards (15 standards instead of elements like SEMS).  They also are bringing in Independent 3rd Party auditors (I3P’s) and the only one approved by the CSSD is Bureau VERITAS, which is also one of the 4 approved I3P’s for SEMS.  The big operators in the region, which is the Appalachian Valley, is Chevron and Shell.  I’ve heard that other Shale plays are looking at adopting this model or something similar.  Who knows, but one thing is for sure, changes are coming.