Jay’s Credentials

Jay Skarphol is a former Senior Environmental Health and Safety Specialist with a wide range of experience in general industry, construction, and oil and gas safety. In his former positions responsibilities included: safety management system reviews including; incident investigations; safety training; and on-site inspections, audits, and evaluations. With an associate’s degree from the University of North Dakota – Williston Center, Jay also has a background in HAZWOPER, Level 5 Hazardous Materials Incident Command and was a TapRooT Advanced Investigations Team Leader.

National Safety Council Certified Instructor and Instructor Trainer:

  • CPR/AED/First Aid
  • Defensive Driving Course- 4 Hour
  • Lift Truck Operator
  • National Safety Council Certified Instructor
  • Advanced Safety Certificate Program

North Dakota Safety Council Certified Instructor: 

  • Adverse Weather Driving – Slippery Slope
  • School Bus Driver Training
  • Alive at 25, Defensive Driving Course
  • OSHA Recordkeeping, Authorized Trainer
  • Confined Spaces General Industry
  • Confined Spaces Construction
  • Construction Focus Four
  • ECCS Construction Refresher
  • ECCS General Industry Refresher
  • Fall Protection – Construction
  • HAZWOPER 8, 24, 40 Hour
  • Hearing Conservation
  • Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) Awareness
  • Ladder and Stairway Safety
  • Lock Out/Tagout
  • Machine Guarding
  • Managing Silica Hazards
  • Process Safety Management
  • Trenching & Excavation – 2 & 4 Hour

OSHA 500 Courses Instructor: 

  • OSHA 500 – Trainer Course in OSHA Standards for Construction

ONE BASIN – One Way! Standardized Safety Orientation, Authorized Instructor

Safety Consultant



What do you do at NDSC?
Safety Consultant-Trainer. Anything OSHA /Traffic Safety, primary focus on Oil & Gas. 16 years as Automotive technician/Service Manager,  20+ years in the oilfield on the production side with a worldwide Exploration and Production Company (maintenance to Operations to EHS) of which the last 9 were safety. I have been with NDSC just short of 8 years. So basically 17 years on the Safety side.

Why is NDSC’s mission to prevent injuries and save lives important to you
My son, Trevor, who was killed on a work site, so other families don’t have to go through what we do each day, because it really never does go away…

What are your hobbies?
I try to play guitar, (sunburst w/maple Fender Stratocaster with a Fender Twin Reverb Tube Amp), music, grandsons…not in any particular order.

Name one really interesting thing about yourself.
I grew up in the late 60s and early 70s and I’m still alive. Dabbled in small town politics for about 17 years.

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be and why?
Vietnam. I missed the draft by one year, and the last draft was a couple weeks before my 18th birthday and my number was 7, which meant if I had been 18, I was going over. I was scared to death of going over there, but I would have gone. Watched Huntley Brinkley News every night…back then it was all coverage about the war and then the protests. Had a cousin and some friends who were over there from ’69 –’71.

Favorite singer/band/song?
Pretty much anything Rock ‘n Roll from the 60s and 70s, to hair bands to heavy metal to glam rock, with the exception of disco. Can’t handle disco or country. Tom Petty, John Fogerty, Robert Plant, Jim Morrison, Marc Bolan. Really too many singers to mention, as well as bands. Motley Crue, ZZ Top, Volbeat, CCR, T-Rex. Favorite song would be ‘Maggie May’, plus about 80 more in the number 2 spot.

What is your biggest strength and your biggest weakness?
Strength – at my age I’m not scared of anything, including dying.

What’s on your bucket list?
To walk the Revolutionary and Civil War battlefields, and play guitar in a real rock ‘n roll band.

What is your favorite movie, book and TV show?
Movies – ‘Easy Rider’, ‘Animal House’

Books – ‘Rod-The Autobiography’ – Rod Stewart, ‘Fortunate Son’ – John Fogerty

Shows – ‘American Bandstand’, ‘Cheers’

Jay’s Testimonials

“The teacher was awesome and so was the info.”

“Great instructor. Enjoyed the group projects.”

“Jay kept the basic common sense information interesting with stories. He had a good balance of professionalism and humor.” “

“Jay was a great instructor. He was very helpful and kept the class interesting.”

“Jay kept the class at a good pace to make sure everyone understood the information.”

“The instructor opened up conversation with the class and was very knowledgeable.”

“The instructor was very informative and energetic.”