July 6, 2009 | Barb Carr

Summit Best Practice Presenter: Buck Griffith

Are you working on an investigation so critical you feel too pressured to take time out to receive training that can help you pull it all together? This presenter took the time he needed to receive training that contributed to his successful completion of an important project.


Buck Griffith is the Senior Staff Environmental Investigator/Engineering Advisor for TOTAL Petrochemicals Corporation in Port Arthur, Texas. He is responsible for overseeing all regulatory reporting for the Port Arthur refinery and investigation of all major refinery incidents. Prior to joining TOTAL Petrochemicals (in 2004), he worked for nine years as the ESH Engineering Leader at Monsanto Company in Augusta, Georgia where he supervised and participated in site regulatory affairs including air, water, and RCRA. Buck won the Monsanto Global (MESH) Award in 1998 for work in presenting RMP to the “Community,” a first in the nation presentation. He was also nominated for this award in 1999 and 2001. Buck has over 20 years of experience as a leader in the chemical/petrochemical industry.

Buck earned an MS and BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston, and is a member of Tau Beta Phi (Engineering Honor Society). He has achieved Certified Hazardous Material Manager – Master Level with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and is a Certified TapRooT® Instructor.

Buck will be co-presenting Analyzing 230 Environmental Incidents in 5 Months with Kevin McManus.

The Environmental department at the Total – Port Arthur refinery was charged with conducting root cause analysis investigations on over 200 air emission events dating from 2002 to mid 2007. The investigations ranged from acts of God to equipment difficulty to human performance difficulty. Buck was given 8 months to conduct the investigation, determine root causes and corrective actions, establish a valid time table for completion (compliance) and submit a final report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. By the time he completed all the training and certification as a TapRooT® Instructor and completed a major incident not involving this project, he had approximately 5 months remaining to complete all facets of the environmental project. Additionally, many of the older incidents had limited information. This presentation will detail the steps that were taken to accomplish this mission in a manner that led to the on time submission of the analysis to meet the requirements of the US EPA mandated consent decree.

Learn more about how TapRooT® will help you achieve your goals! Register today for the 2009 TapRooT® Summit! Or, see for yourself how an investment of 2-days or 5-days can change the course of your career!

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