Safety Consultant



“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.”

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
OSHA 500, Authorized Trainer:
OSHA 10 & 30 Hour Construction Industry
OSHA 501, Authorized Trainer:
OSHA 10 & 30 Hour General Industry
OSHA Recordkeeping, Authorized Trainer
Certified Instructor:
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

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

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’