Each year, the National Safety Council (NSC) sponsors National Safety Month in June to educate people about behavior that can prevent injuries and death. The NSC has declared this week (June 16 – 22) Emergency Preparedness Week and is encouraging families and workplaces to think about how they would handle an emergency.
Whether workplace or home, every group should have a plan in case of emergency that they review and practice at least twice a year. Carefully consider the abilities of the coworkers, family and friends who will be working together to skillfully navigate the tricky waters that can arise when the unexpected happens. Give everyone specific responsibilities and have them rehearse carrying out their assigned duties so that when emergency strikes, everyone knows exactly what they’re supposed to do. Create an emergency kit (or several kits) that is easily accessible with items such as the following:
If you’d like to know more, you can find National Safety Month resources like posters, tip sheets, trivia games and crossword puzzles on the National Safety Council site for free download.…
In 2010, after over a decade of debate and deliberation, OSHA released new regulations for crane and derrick operation in the construction industry. The new ruling mandated that crane operators in the construction field must be certified by a recognized accrediting agency, and further stated that the operator qualification and certification must be supplied by employers at no cost to their workers. The mandate raised significant challenges to crane operators, construction companies and safety managers nationwide, and was representative of an increased emphasis on training and qualifications in a wide range of industries.
OSHA originally set November 10, 2014 as the deadline for crane operators to obtain the certification, giving employers four years to coordinate with agencies such as the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to get their operator qualifications in order. Last week, however, OSHA extended that deadline by three years to November 10, 2017 in order to re-examine certification methods and re-evaluate the issue of certifying by capacity.…
–Linda Robertson, EQT Spokeswoman
ISN has been selected to partner with EQT Corporation, one of the largest natural gas producers in the Appalachian region, to manage its contractor safety pre-qualification process. EQT spokeswoman Linda Robertson says the shift in contractor management systems will affect primarily production and midstream contractors.…
ISN, together with Cenovus Energy, hosted the latest in their ongoing series of Contractor Usability Group Meetings in June in Calgary. ISN began hosting the meetings in 2010 to test and gather feedback from contractors on functionality updates and additions to its online information database, ISNetworld.
ISN holds usability meetings each quarter, alternating between the United States and Canada to gather comprehensive feedback. A dedicated focus group consisting of more than 20 contracting companies reviews recently implemented functionality updates, as well as upcoming enhancements to ISNetworld.