Midstream Oil & Gas operators gathered in Houston, Texas for the ISN Midstream Roundtable to review contractor management best practices and discuss industry initiatives. More than 100 individuals from 60 companies in the oil and gas sector participated in the event. Highlights from the event Hiring Clients shared valuable information on managing contractor compliance, capturing training information within ISNetworld and conducting field audits. Additional presenters included ISN representatives on topics such as the benchmarking of key performance indicators (KPIs) and upcoming functionality enhancements in ISNetworld. Delegates from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the American Petroleum Institute (API) addressed regulatory questions and new pipeline construction updates. Collaboration and best-practice sharing were common themes from the roundtable. Constructive discussion and dialogue amongst the attendees revolved around topics such as subcontractor management, sharing audit results and risk ranking. ISN’s outlook on industry leader collaboration Adam Logan, Director of ISN’s Energy team, closed the meeting and expressed, “The opportunity to come together with Midstream Oil & Gas leaders is unique. It was encouraging to see these organizations working together with the common goal of making work environments safer for their employees and contractors.” Register now ISN has hosted 10 roundtables in 2016 thus far, with an additional 6 scheduled. Users Group Meetings and Help Desks are a great opportunity for contractors to increase their understanding of the functionality and benefits of ISNetworld. 55 Users Group Meetings and Help Desks have been held this year, with 10 more scheduled for the months of July and August, alone. We encourage you to review our calendar of events here to look for upcoming ISN events in your area.
Green Bay Packaging, Inc., a manufacturer of custom packaging and corrugated boxes, has announced the implementation of ISN’s online contractor management platform, ISNetworld, at their Arkansas Kraft and Green Bay Mill locations. In a video published on ISN’s homepage, Matt Szymanski, Vice President of Mill Operations at Wisconsin-based Green Bay Packaging, explains the benefits of this partnership and how it reflects the company’s efforts to ensure a safe workplace. “We focus on quality, sustainability and continuous improvement throughout all of our manufacturing facilities,” says Szymanski. “As a part of our commitment to our contractors and employees, we’ve partnered with ISN to further enhance our contractor management program and to safeguard the well-being of those working in our sites.” ISN also echoed Szymanski’s sentiments. “Our mission has always been to support businesses such as Green Bay Packaging,” says Kim Holly, Senior Director of ISN’s manufacturing team. “We look forward to our continued partnership in helping them maintain the highest health, safety, environmental and procurement standards in the industry.” Learn more about Green Bay Packaging Founded in 1933, the company is family owned and has over 30 locations across the US and Mexico that provide quality service while maintaining strong environmental and social responsibilities. As a vertically integrated company, Green Bay Packaging not only maintains its own forest lands, but it has also helped private landowners plant more than five million trees annually—totaling more than 110 million trees planted since 1971. To learn more about Green Bay Packaging, please visit the Green Bay Packaging website.
Safety is everyone’s responsibility; and nowhere is this truer than on the road. Even with the best driving conditions, including dry roads, great visibility and longer days, holiday driving also brings more risks. However, there’s good news. While the American population has been growing since 1975, the actual number of driver fatalities has declined. To help support this encouraging trend during National Safety Month, the National Safety Council and its partners are reminding drivers about the importance of sharing the roads safely. Staying safe while driving for work Did you know that approximately 86% of American workers commute to work by car?  In addition, there are millions of people who drive or ride in a motor vehicle as part of their profession. So it may come as no surprise that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of work-related deaths in America. In response, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has created a website specifically designed to provide guidance on how truck drivers, high-risk workers and every individual who drives for work can stay safe. Eyes on the road, hands on the wheel Whether texting, using in-vehicle technology or simply reaching for a drink, taking your hand off the wheel distracts you from your primary task of driving safely. Since staying alert while driving is one of your best defenses against accidents, NIOSH is encouraging companies and their workers to have a serious dialogue about distracted driving. They’ve created these resources for educating workers about distracted driving at work. Among other things, NIOSH’s guide outlines: The main types of distractions The role of distractions in motor vehicle crashes The importance of preventing distracted driving at work How you can help prevent distracted driving at work  http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/general-statistics/fatalityfacts/overview-of-fatality-facts  https://www.census.gov/hhes/commuting/files/2014/acs-32.pdf
This Year’s Conference The 2016 American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Professional Development Conference & Exposition will take place in Atlanta, Georgia at the Georgia World Conference Center from Sunday, June 26 to Wednesday, June 29, 2016. The conference will feature over 300 speakers and expects over 4,000 attendees. ASSE Safety 2016 provides the most comprehensive Occupational Safety & Health (OSH) resources, cutting-edge professional development and is the largest gathering of professional and industry partners in the world. Join the Conversation in the Exposition Hall The ASSE Safety 2016 Conference provides opportunities for OSH professionals to exchange ideas on new ways to achieve exceptional safety results. Advance your organization by connecting with the 600 industry-leading exhibitors demonstrating their products and services that will take your programs to the next level. The ISN team will be at Booth 1517 throughout the conference. Visit us to learn more about how ISN helps connect Hiring Clients with safe and sustainable contractors, facilitating partnerships to help ensure compliance with safety and procurement standards. We will be providing live demonstrations of our online contractor management platform, ISNetworld. Copies of our industry-wide benchmarking reports and whitepapers will be available. We look forward to seeing you there.
ISN introduced a new service offering, RAVS Plus, an in-person interview, with additional documentation, to help provide evidence that contractors have implemented their written health, safety and environmental (HSE) programs throughout their organization. RAVS Plus is designed to help bridge the gap between the RAVS written program review and a potential on-site audit or inspection by a Hiring Client. The main goal of RAVS Plus is to create a collaborative environment between ISN Hiring Clients and contractor customers that encourages continual improvement in health, safety and environmental best practices. 63 Hiring Clients and over 1,100 contractor customers are participating in RAVS Plus. After more than 300 in-person interviews have been completed, the five most common open items identified during the in-person interviews include: Bloodborne Pathogens Proper procedures surrounding Hepatitis B Vaccinations. Disposal of contaminated waste after being exposed to Bloodborne Pathogens. Benzene Awareness Chemical characteristics and effects resulting from a release; specifically, where a company may not be working directly with Benzene, but face possible exposure. Noise Exposure / Hearing Conservation Notification process for when a standard threshold shift occurs. Importance of conducting Audiograms and maintaining the results. Ladder Safety Proper ratio/angle to place an extension ladder and how far extension ladders must extend past an elevated surface. Process Safety Management Lack of training and understanding of contractor responsibilities while working on PSM-regulated work sites. RAVS Plus assessments are conducted in the spirit of continual improvement and ISN’s team of Health and Safety professionals are available to assist contractor customers throughout the process. To learn more about RAVS Plus, click here.
This Year’s Conference The 2016 Oklahoma Safety & Health Conference is hosted by the Oklahoma Safety Council (OSC), the Oklahoma Department of Labor (OKDOL) and ASSE Tulsa Chapter. The conference takes place June 15-17 at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This year’s theme ,“Evolution of Safety: The Future Depends on You”, addresses the lessons learned in the past to make safety and health practices more effective in the future. Get Informed on ISNetworld ISN will be holding an informational breakout session on Contractor Safety Performance Benchmarking and ISNetworld Best Practices. This will include an overview of ISN as it relates to contractor benefits of having a subscription to help track internal training, meet customer demands and regulatory requirements, improve safety manuals and perform self-assessments to drive continuous improvement. Contractor Safety Performance Benchmarking & ISNetworld Best Practices: Friday, June 17 at 9:00am: ISNetworld Senior Team Lead Mike Reazin to present Stop by our Booth Visit the ISN team at Booth 326 to learn more about how ISN helps connect Hiring Clients with safe and sustainable contractors, facilitating partnerships to help ensure compliance with safety and procurement standards. Copies of our Contractor Benchmarking reports will be provided as well as live demonstrations of our online contractor management platform.
This year’s Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) Conference will take place in Niagara Falls from June 15-17 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. This year’s conference will feature over 500 supply chain leaders. Attending the conference will help you build your SCM network while generating new ideas. ISN Educational Sessions ISN will be holding an educational session on contractor management using safety analytics and insurance benchmarking. The session will address how to effectively make data-driven decisions to identify the potential risk a contractor/vendor brings to an operator, and then establish insurance requirements that are reflective of the contractor’s/vendor’s level of risk. The goal is for attendees to learn best-in-class practices for managing contractors/vendors, apply analytical data and statistics to establish risk categories and identify industry insurance limits required by peer hiring organizations. ISN will also be featured in a Sponsor Showcase Knowledge Pod. Meet the ISN team, discover new ideas and collaborate on the Sponsor Showcase floor. –Contractor Management – Using Safety Analytics and Insurance Benchmarking: Thursday, June 16: 3:10pm – 4:10pm: ISN HSE RAVS Team Lead Darren Hamman and ISN Insurance Technical Lead Brett Parker to present –Knowledge Pod 15 minute mini session: Friday, June 17: 9:35am – 9:50pm Join the Conversation Join ISN at Booth 7 throughout the conference. We will be providing live demonstrations of our online contractor management platform, ISNetworld. Copies of our benchmarking reports will also be provided. We look forward to seeing you there.
The National Safety Council’s Campbell Institute will host a webinar on June 16 reviewing best practices for corporate health and wellness programs. The webinar will begin at 3:00 pm Eastern / 2:00 pm Central. Learn from leading experts in the field ISN’s Corporate HSE Director, Richard Cerenzio, will discuss the critical components of a successful wellness program and Melanie Gordon, ISN’s Manager of Office Support and Branding provide insight into ISN’s program and its evolution over the last eight years. Following their overview, Kelli Smith, Occupational Health Director for Cummins Inc., will lead participants through a case study that focuses on Cummins’ experience in putting principle into practice. Joy Inouye, a research associate with the Campbell Institute, will facilitate this webinar, including the question & answer session which concludes the webinar. About the Campbell Institute The Campbell Institute is a research arm of the National Safety Council and its center of excellence for EHS management. The institute’s core philosophy is that EHS is the foundation of business vitality. ISN is a member of both the National Safety Council and the Campbell Institute. Register today For more information and to register for the June 16 webinar, please click here.
OSHA has scheduled the 2016 Construction Safety and Health Conference for October 26-27 in Irving, Texas. The University of Texas at Arlington and Region VI OSHA present the conference as a forum for construction professionals to learn about and discuss new and evolving safety products, processes, procedures and technology in the construction industry. Participants will include construction safety professionals, technical experts, regulators and executives, and attendees will have the opportunity to network and exchange ideas with leading experts in construction safety. Conference sessions will be led by respected industry professionals and will focus specifically on current issues in construction safety. Additional Pre- and Post-Conference Sessions Registered attendees will also have the opportunity to attend additional pre- and post-conference sessions on topics such as OSHA’s confined space standard (OSHA #7300), record-keeping rules (OSHA #7845) and fall hazard awareness (OSHA #7405) in addition to a 10-hour program on OSHA construction. Register Now Attendees who register before June 30 will receive an early-bird discount. Click here to register now. Contact Details For questions or additional information, please find contact information here on the conference website.
Whether driving to the office or visiting clients, driving is a fact of life for today’s workforce. However, driving poses serious risks, particularly when distractions such as texting or in-vehicle technology come into play. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), eight people are killed and 1,161 are injured daily in accidents involving distracted drivers. Further, OSHA estimates that motor vehicle crashes cost employers $60 billion annually in medical care, legal expenses, property damage, and lost productivity. Safe driving is not an accident Given the dangers associated with distracted driving, NIOSH has created the following tips for employees to prevent distracted driving. Before you drive… Get enough sleep and stay well-rested. Familiarize yourself with your vehicle’s safety features. Adjust controls such as mirrors, seat, radio, heat, or air conditioning. Plan your route and travel schedule. Record a voice mail greeting telling your callers that you are driving and will return their call as soon as you are able. Program directions into your navigation system and enable the voice-activated function. Turn off your phone when you get in your vehicle. Turn it back on when you are done driving. If you spend a lot of time on the road, organize your route and schedule so you can make phone calls from the parking lot of one location before driving to the next one. While you drive… If your phone is on, do not text or use a hand-held phone. It is not necessarily safer to use hands-free and voice recognition devices while driving — even if your employer allows them. Pull over in a safe location if you must text or make a call. Do not program a navigation system while you are driving. Do not reach to pick up items from the floor, open the glove box, or try to catch falling objects in the vehicle. Avoid emotional conversations with passengers that cause anger or stress, or pull over in a safe location to continue the conversation. Focus on the driving environment — the vehicles around you, pedestrians, cyclists, and objects or events that may mean you need to act quickly to control or stop your vehicle. Additional Resources To learn more about how to discourage distracted driving, we think you’ll find the following resources to be helpful: US Department of Transportation’s Distracted Driving Website OSHA’s Distracted Driving Website OSHA’s Guidelines for Employers to Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) Distracted Driving at Work Guide Older Drivers in the Workplace: How Employers and Workers Can Prevent Car Crashes (NIOSH) Preventing Work-Related Motor Vehicle Crashes (NOISH) 1 http://www.distraction.gov/downloads/pdfs/Distracted_Driving_2013_Research_note.pdf 2 https://www.osha.gov/Publications/motor_vehicle_guide.html#footnote1