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.
ISN is pleased to announce the release of its latest series of annual publications. This two-part series includes the Contractor Performance Benchmarking by Industry Classifications & Work Types for the U.S. and Canada. These reports are aimed at providing contractors important health and safety performance indicator information that can be used to benchmark a contractor’s performance against that of its industry peers. With more than 60,000 contractors and suppliers actively reporting information through ISNetworld, ISN’s online contractor management platform, and more than 12 billion hours of work activity reported in 2014, these benchmarking publications include valuable Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). KPIs presented in the U.S. report include TRIR, nonfatal TRIR, DART, fatality rate, total number of fatalities and incident severity (in days). These KPIs are grouped by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes and ISN Work Types for added granularity. The Canadian Contractor Performance Benchmarking publication includes Workers’ Compensation industry codes used in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Saskatchewan as well as KPIs grouped by ISN Work Type designations. The KPIs highlighted in this report include TRF, LTF, fatality rate, total number of fatalities and incident severity (in days). “ISN’s publications provide specific and measurable data that can help organizations drive continuous health and safety improvements throughout the workplace,” said Dag Yemenu, ISN Senior Vice President of Technical & Customer Services. “Contractors can leverage this information to establish an objective baseline for their performance targets each year.” Subscribers can visit the ISN Publications page to download a copy of these reports.
ISN has released its latest series of annual reports on Health & Safety Performance Indicators for both the U.S. and Canada. The reports are based on 2014 data aggregated from more than eight billion U.S. work hours and over two billion Canadian work hours of contractor activity. The three part publication series provides contractor health and safety related key performance indicator (KPI) statistics for hiring organizations. In these industry-specific reports, more than 250 U.S. hiring organizations across 11 industries and over 70 Canadian hiring organizations across six industries have been included. The U.S. Contractor Performance Benchmarking by Hiring Client report is available in two industry-specific volumes: Oil & Gas, Utilities & Power Generation and Manufacturing, Mining, Chemicals & Facilities Management. The KPIs presented in the reports include the total recordable incident rate (TRIR), days away, restricted or job transfer rate (DART), lost time case rate (LTC), fatality rate, incident severity (in days) and experience modifier. This information is an important component in helping hiring organizations understand how their contractors’ health and safety performance measures compared to that of their industry peers. “The ISN benchmarking reports have been an important value-added resource for our subscribers over the past years,” said Dag Yemenu, ISN Vice President of Technical & Customer Services. “The insight provided in these comprehensive reports helps hiring organizations to develop evidence-based strategies that promote safety in the workplace.” Also included in the series is the Canada Contractor Performance Benchmarking by Hiring Client publication. The data is reported for the upstream (onshore) oil & gas, midstream (pipeline) oil & gas, downstream (refining) oil & gas, chemical, manufacturing, mining and fertilizer products, and utilities, transmission, distribution and power generation industries. The KPIs featured within this publication include total recordable frequency (TRF), lost time frequency (LTF), fatality rate and incident severity (in days). “Performance data is a significant factor in operational assessments and hiring decisions,” said Joseph Eastin, ISN President & CEO. “Our publications offer analytics and a unique insight that help companies make better decisions and recognize areas of improvement to mitigate risk and a potential loss.” Visit the ISN Publications page to request your copy of these reports.
Hiring Clients across multiple industries have asked ISN to help gather evidence that contractors have implemented their health, safety and environmental programs throughout their organization. Introducing RAVS Plus, an onsite assessment of contractors’ written HSE programs, designed to help bridge the gap between the RAVS desktop review and a potential on-site audit or inspection by a Hiring Client. As contractors gather their documentation, submit it for review and prepare for the in-person interview, the ISN team is available to provide assistance and resources throughout each step. “We are pleased to offer a value-add service like RAVS Plus to our customers,” said Brent Ross, CSP and RAVS Senior Manager at ISN. “Our team of HSE professionals will help facilitate the entire process – from requesting documentation and completing in-person interviews to providing resources and assistance. The collaborative effort encourages continual improvement of HSE best practices, which is one of the main goals of RAVS Plus.” 32 Hiring Clients piloted RAVS Plus in 2015, with 575 contractors included in the RAVS Plus process. The primary benefits for contractor customers are the resources available to them, the ability to differentiate their companies by demonstrating they have implemented their HSE programs and reducing duplicative assessments, as RAVS Plus results are available to all of their ISNetworld Hiring Clients. “Being selected for the RAVS Plus Implementation Assessment turned out to be a very good thing for our company, and we would recommend RAVS Plus to other contractors,” said Carla Hoehn, Vice President and CFO of Triad Western Constructors, Inc. “Safety requirements change constantly and working with the ISN Team makes implementing those changes much less daunting.”
From the limestone used to make your coffee cup to the 35 different minerals that go into making a TV, the work of America’s miners touches every one of us in myriad ways. And each day, more than 366,000 men and women go to work in approximately 13,600 surface and underground mines across the country. To honor their contribution to our way of life, Sunday, December 6, has been set aside as National Miners Day. Congress created this unofficial holiday in 2009 to show appreciation for America’s miners and remember the unsung heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice to provide the raw materials that play a critical role in all of our lives. December 6 was chosen as National Miner’s Day as it marks the anniversary of the 1907 explosion at the Monongah, West Virginia mine that killed 362 miners—which was the worst mining accident in American history. While mining has become much safer due to more stringent regulation, such as the Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969 and the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, mining remains one of the most dangerous jobs in America. On Sunday, we should all take a moment to salute the people who continue to risk life and limb to provide the critical raw materials we all depend on.
ISN is pleased to announce that it has been accepted for membership in the National Safety Council’s Campbell Institute. The Campbell Institute was founded on the belief that environment, health and safety are fundamental factors that have a significant influence on the ultimate success of a business. As such, the Campbell Institute seeks to advance the field of EHS by not only conducting original research, but providing a forum for EHS professionals and thought leaders from around the world to network and exchange ideas. In addition to original research, the Campbell Institute maintains a research library of resources that makes international best practices available to members. EHS-focused events, ranging from national summits to exclusive, invitation-only workshops are another way that the Institute brings together industry experts and thought leaders to exchange insights and promote the highest safety standards across the industrial landscape. “We look forward to contributing to and learning from cutting-edge research and best practices with the members of the Institute, who are united with a common vision of promoting safety excellence,” said Brian Callahan, Executive Vice President at ISN.