Edwin G. Foulke, Attorney at Law for Fisher & Phillips LLP and Former Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA shared his insight regarding OSHA’s new recordkeeping requirements, effective January 1, 2015, in two webinars hosted on May 11 and May 12, 2016. This was the first set of webinars in his three-part series, hosted solely for ISN customers. OSHA’s revised occupational injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting requirements dramatically increased employers’ reporting requirements. Additionally, information obtained from the new reporting requirements will be made public on OSHA’s website. Recordkeeping Webinar Highlights The webinar examined the many recordkeeping pitfalls that employers face, especially those that use temporary employees. Highlights of the webinar included: What events are required to be reported directly to OSHA under the new rule What injuries and illnesses are recordable and why The scope of the first aid exemption How to coordinate injury/illness recordkeeping requirements How to use recordkeeping to improve current safety and health management program How to analyze each injury or illness to ensure they are properly recorded A recording of the webinar is available at OSHA’s New Recordkeeping Requirements: Are You In Compliance? and the legal alert from Ed Foulke’s office is available here. We look forward to the additional webinars later this year. Presentation and handouts have been provided by Edwin G. Foulke, who is solely responsible for the webinar and its content.
This year’s HSE Excellence Europe will be taking place in Frankfurt, Germany from Tuesday, 17 May to Wednesday, 18 May. Top executives across all industries will discuss major issues that will be tackled by the safety industry in the upcoming years. Highlights of this year’s programme include 21st century leadership and workforce engagement, visible safety leadership by all and proactive stress measurement and employee health programmes. Attending the HSE Excellence Europe provides expansive knowledge on the safety industry and key takeaways that can be applied in the future. Join the Conversation ISNetworld will be participating in a panel debate on “How to get the most of your EHS Management System” and holding an informational session on “What is Best-in-Class in Contractor Management” which outlines 10 essential attributes found in best-in-class contractor management systems and analyses of health and safety performance data. “What is Best-in-Class-Contractor Management”: Tuesday, 17 May at 16:00: ISNetworld HSE Team Lead David Bibby to present Panel Debate: “How to get the most of your EHS Management System”: Tuesday, 17 May at 16:20: ISNetworld Senior Manager Bonney Hodges participating as a panelist Stop by our Booth Visit our booth to learn more about how ISNetworld helps connect Hiring Clients with safe and sustainable contractors, facilitating partnerships to help ensure compliance with safety and procurement standards. Copies of the white paper, What is Best-in-Class-Contractor Management, will be provided as well as live demonstrations of our online contractor management platform. We look forward to seeing you there.
OSHA recently issued a final rule revising the standards for eye and face protection. The rule (known as ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2015 or the Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection Devices standard) came into effect on April 25, 2016, and covers eye and face protection standards for employers across general industry, shipyards, marine terminals, long-shoring and construction. How the final rule updates references to ANSI standards OSHA’s ruling is intended to align workplace safety and compliance standards with the national consensus standards approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). As a result, OSHA mandates that all employers ensure that their employees use appropriate eye and face protection in areas where flying objects, dangerous chemicals or other hazards might pose the threat of eye or face injury. With the updated standards, all protective equipment provided must also meet specified consensus standards. Why this is important Depending on your particular business, this new standard could have an impact on whether or not your company is in compliance with the latest workplace safety standards. In order to help you better understand the appropriate use for specific eye and face protectors, the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) created a free Eye and Face Protection e-tool that can help guide you through the process of selecting the proper safety equipment. Helpful links To learn more about the national consensus standards, please visit www.ansi.org or download the federal register page detailing the new rule here. The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has also created educational material intended to help you understand the differences and the risk assessment methodologies, and can be found on the ASSE website.
Over the past year, ISN has become increasingly active in the renewable energy sector, implementing its service to a number of prominent companies within the field. Renewables enjoy growing support from both the public and private sectors given the significant benefits to society. Renewable energy depends on resources that are naturally replenished, such as sunlight, water, wind, biomass and geothermal heat. The most significant benefit to renewable power generation is sustainability. Renewable production leverages a country’s infinite natural resources to create a permanent energy source. This type of energy production is significantly less damaging to the environment while it increases energy security and diversification as well as fosters a host of economic benefits. ISN’s recent implementations in the sector have included partnerships with Enel Green Power North America, Inc., EDF Renewable Energy and Pattern Energy Group. Adam Logan, director of ISN’s Energy team, says, “Renewable energy is an important focus globally as well as at ISN. In addition to our partnerships with conventional power generation organizations, ISN is looking to advance our involvement in the renewables industry and learn from our clients along the way. Enel Green Power North America, Inc., EDF Renewable Energy and Pattern Energy Group all represent a focus to 100% renewable energy generation and ISN plans to work with these industry leaders to develop a best-in-class contractor management process for this specific industry.”
ISN is pleased to announce the release of a new mobile app for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets that will provide customers access to the most widely used features of its online contractor management platform, ISNetworld. Available at no extra charge to active ISNetworld subscribers worldwide, the app will offer the same strict level of security as the web-based version of ISNetworld. There are many benefits to using this new app, such as enabling Hiring Clients to search for contractors, view company scorecards and upload evaluation reports on the go, while contractors can view their scorecards and Hiring Client requirements with greater ease. It also allows users to view bulletins and messages in addition to Operator Qualification (OQ) and Training Qualification (TQ) reports. Enhanced functionality provides Hiring Clients with access to QuickCheck, allowing them to view the qualifications of personnel entering their facilities or heliports. Hiring Clients will be able to scan ISN employee ID cards to ensure that individuals have the required qualifications and certifications prior to being allowed on-site. Further, contractors’ employees will be able to access their own ISN employee ID and barcode for scanning prior to entering their clients’ job site. Brandi Surine, Associate Vice President/Enterprise Architect at ISN, says, “The new app is part of our commitment to providing our customers with technology options that will make their businesses run more smoothly and seamlessly.” Joseph Eastin, President & CEO of ISN, continues, “When it comes to workplace safety and communication, we believe that listening to our customers is critical. The updated app was developed in response to customer requests for mobile access to ISNetworld in the field and will continue to enhance its capabilities based on customer feedback.” Active ISNetworld subscribers can download the mobile app for their mobile devices via the following links: iOS or Android. To learn more about ISN, visit About ISN.
The Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association, Inc. (VPPPA) comprises a global community of dedicated health & safety professionals empowering an occupational safety culture across more than 50 industries. VPPPA, The Premier Global Safety and Health Organization™, is the leading organization committed to occupational safety, health and environmental management systems. They have created an intricate network of cooperation between companies aiming for HSE excellence, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy and members of Congress. Attending the regional VPPPA conferences provides the opportunity to network with ISN and safety professionals from across the country and all industries. ISN will be holding informational sessions at each of the VPPPA conferences on “Best-in-Class Contractor Management”. We will also be providing live demonstrations during exhibitor hours on our online contractor management platform, ISNetworld. Region IX VPPPA Conference: April 26-28 (Chandler, Arizona) ISN will be located at Booth 313 throughout the conference. Our “Best-in-Class Contractor Management” session will take place on Wednesday, April 27th at 11:15am. Region I VPPPA Conference: May 2-4 (Manchester, New Hampshire) Our “Best-in-Class Contractor Management” session will take place on Tuesday, May 3rd at 11:15am. ISN will be available at a booth throughout the conference. Region V VPPPA Conference: May 24-25 (Chicago, Illinois) ISN will be located at Booth 108 throughout the conference. Our “Best-in-Class Contractor Management” session will take place on Wednesday, May 25th at 8:30am. We look forward to seeing you there.
Resources to Enhance the ISNetworld User Experience ISN’s Help Desk and Users Group Meetings are two of the most effective methods to maximize the value of your ISNetworld subscription. What You Should Know Users Group Meetings, frequently sponsored by Hiring Clients, focus on the following: How Hiring Clients search for contractor companies Addressing account gaps Additional tools for marketing your company Updates on New Functionality Suggestions and Feedback Hiring Client participants will also discuss how and why they use ISNetworld, as well as the importance of contractor management for their companies. They may also discuss how they identify contractors and suppliers through ISNetworld—particularly the qualifications they look for, as well as the onboarding process and other factors that play a significant role in the Hiring Client/contractor customer relationship. Through our Help Desk, we offer one-on-one assistance with your company’s ISNetworld account. The Help Desk provides the opportunity to address any questions that are most vital to your company, and is one of the most efficient ways to enhance the value of your subscription. Users Group Meeting Attendee Feedback “I found a lot of value in the [Users Group Meeting] today. I was able to learn more about additional tools available within the account, and learn more about the functionality. I will definitely be attending additional meetings, even if they are not in my backyard,” said David Harman with SGS North America – PIAS. How to Join a Users Group Meeting More than 50 Users Group Meetings and Help Desks are scheduled for 2016. These forums offer valuable networking opportunities for Hiring Clients, contractors and suppliers, alike, and are free to all current ISNetworld subscribers. In order to take advantage of these valuable opportunities, look through our calendar of events here.
ISN is pleased to announce the expansion of its outreach with the opening of a new office in Auckland, New Zealand. With ISN’s seven existing implementations in the country, the Auckland location will enhance the company’s ability to serve its New Zealand-based hiring clients as well as better serve the growing contractor base in New Zealand and the region. In addition to the New Zealand-based public sector and power generation clients ISN began working with in 2015, companies in other New Zealand industries, including downstream petroleum production, terminals and offshore drilling, have recently partnered with ISN to protect the health and safety of their employees, their on-site contractors and the communities they touch. New Zealand recently passed the Health and Safety at Work Act, which comes into force on April 4, 2016. This legislation includes the ambitious goal of reducing New Zealand’s workplace injury and death toll by 25% by 2020. A key facet of the new law is its emphasis on everyone in the workplace being responsible for health and safety. “The opening of our Auckland office marks another milestone for ISN,” said Brian Callahan, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ISN. “We pride ourselves on providing best-in-class services and products to all of our customers. This office allows us to do that as we continue to expand our footprint in New Zealand and the region.” Lindsey Chase, Manager of ISN’s Australia and New Zealand offices, said, “ISN is pleased to partner with the many companies that are embracing enhancements in their safety culture. We look forward to supporting our customers from our Auckland-based office.” In addition to offering the benefits of the ISNetworld contractor management platform, ISN also creates a global forum for sharing industry best practices and initiatives. The company hosts users’ conferences, roundtables and one-on-one meetings around the world. This year ISN plans to hold several events in New Zealand, including contractor users’ group meetings and help desks, one-on-one customer meetings and a Hiring Client Roundtable.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold its Oil & Gas Safety and Health Conference in Houston on November 29-30 this year. The conference—which is being held in partnership with The University of Texas at Arlington, OSHA Education Center—offers a unique opportunity for the industry to partner with OSHA, particularly as key decision makers within management and executive positions come together to improve safety performance by discussing the importance of industry cooperation, defining best practices, knowledge sharing and relationship building. The tracks for this year’s event include: Contractor safety management and best practices Drilling and well control/well servicing and completions Engineering controls, process safety events and mitigation OSHA regulatory/industrial hygiene By promoting a collaborative relationship between industry leaders and regulatory agencies, the conference plays a significant role in expanding educational opportunities and enhancing the safety of onshore oil and gas operations in the United States. To register for this year’s conference, please visit www.oshasafetyconference.org. And if you register by August 31, you will enjoy a special early bird rate.
ISN hosted a meeting of the U.S Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on the ISO 45001 standard at our Dallas headquarters this past week. The TAG, of which ISN is a member, develops positions and proposals on behalf of the United States to support the International Organization of Standardization’s (ISO) activities.
The goal of this meeting was to finalize the U.S. comments on the Draft International Standard (DIS) for ISO 45001 for occupational health & safety (OH&S) management systems—which represents one of the most significant health & safety standards to be introduced in the past 50 years. The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), along with TAG representatives and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), have worked tirelessly to develop and promote adoption of the new standard, and are very proud of their progress to date.