The Louisiana flood first struck on August 12, 2016 and has continued to force residents in 20 parishes out of their homes. In the wake of the flood disaster, Americans on all levels have donated millions to charities like the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and the United Way. These contributions enable volunteers to bring in relief supplies and provide meals, basic health items and emergency shelters to those in need. As of August 22, 2016, the flooding has damaged 60,000 homes and claimed at least 13 lives according to ABC News. ISN made a $5,000 donation to the American Red Cross for relief efforts in Louisiana, as over 4,000 of our customers reside in the state. Brad Kieserman, Vice President of Disaster Services Operations and Logistics for the Red Cross, stated “Thousands of people in Louisiana have lost everything they own and need our help now.” The Red Cross has asked for donations to assist over 7,000 people in emergency shelters. Our thoughts are with those affected by the recent flooding. If you wish to donate to the flooding victims in Louisiana, below is a list of organizations aiding relief efforts. The American Red Cross United Way of Southeast Louisiana Second Harvest Food Bank The Salvation Army Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge
About American Safety Society for Engineers (ASSE) The ASSE was founded in 1911 and represents more than 36,000 members worldwide. ASSE is a global association of occupational safety, health (OSH) and environmental professionals that advance the interests of members and the OSH profession. This Year’s Region III PDC Conference ISN is the title sponsor of the 2016 Region III ASSE Professional Development Conference. The conference will be taking place from August 28-31 at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio, Texas. This professional development conference is the number one source for safety professionals in Region III for education, networking and new industry products. ISN will be presenting during the opening session, prior to the Keynote Speaker’s address, and during a breakout session titled “What Is Best In Class Contractor Management” on Monday, August 29 at 10:00am in Salon A. Join the Conversation The ISN team will be available at Booth 31/32 throughout the conference. Visit us to learn more about how ISN connects corporations with safe and sustainable contractors, facilitating partnerships to help ensure compliance with safety and procurement standards.
ISN is pleased to release its first insurance benchmarking report, Insurance Requirements for Contractors: Hiring Client Peer Group Benchmarking, U.S., Oil & Gas Industry. This report focuses on providing insurance policy limits and coverage details for the following industry peer groups: Upstream Oil & Gas (Onshore), Upstream Oil & Gas (Offshore), Midstream Oil & Gas (Pipeline) and Downstream Oil & Gas (Refining). What To Expect The report delivers detailed information on the insurance requirements established by ISN’s Hiring Clients for contractors in their respective peer group, as well as cross-industry benchmarking comparisons. Within the report, the high and low range are provided for each requirement along with the average amount of coverage required. Additionally, the report includes details on the percentage of Hiring Clients requiring a particular type of coverage or policy condition. U.S. Oil & Gas Hiring Clients are able to use this information to compare how their insurance requirements align with other Hiring Clients in their industry. Data from more than 110 Hiring Clients across four Oil & Gas industry groups and nearly 20,000 Contractor Companies was compiled to develop this benchmarking publication. Dag Yemenu, Senior Vice President, Technical and Customer Services at ISN, states “It is important for us to be able to share this information among our Hiring Clients as these statistics can be used to help establish data-driven, objective baselines for setting contractor insurance requirements and to assess various risk management strategies.” Access Your Copy To view this report and other publications issues by ISN, visit the ISN Publications page.
ISN is pleased to announce that IHI E&C International Corporation—a global engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company—has implemented ISN’s industry-leading contractor management platform ISNetworld to help ensure that its subcontractors are in compliance with its safety and performance standards. In addition to supporting IHI E&C’s commitment to excellence, this new relationship represents an opportunity for ISN to further expand into the EPC industry. Safety, commitment, performance and accountability Headquartered in Houston, Texas, IHI E&C takes projects from conception to completion. In fact, it was recently awarded a contract by Kinder Morgan to oversee the Elba Liquefaction Project along Georgia’s Atlantic coast. This $2 billion project will involve modifying Kinder Morgan’s existing re-gasification terminal at Elba Island to receive liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the new liquefaction facilities. Given the size and scope of these types of projects, IHI E&C is keenly aware of the importance of effectively managing its subcontractors to ensure a safe workplace environment. “Implementing ISNetworld is part of our continuing efforts toward process improvement and will enable us to hold all subcontractors to the same standards of performance,” says Eric Balkom, Vice President–Projects at IHI E&C. “This important tool also aligns with and supports our commitments to excellence in HSE (health, safety and environment), Performance Beyond the Norm and Accountability,” he continues. Lincoln King, Manager of ISN’s Subcontractor Management Team, says “We recognize that valuable time and resources are spent managing subcontractors’ information that provide a broad range of services to diverse industries. We look forward to expanding our working relationship with IHI E&C to streamline their HSE requirements for their subcontractors.” More information As individual subcontractors begin enrolling in ISNetworld, we will schedule Users Group Meetings and Help Desks to acquaint subscribers with the features and benefits of their account. In the meantime, please read the full implementation letter here to learn more.
ISN published a new case study detailing how Texas-based Fieldwood Energy LLC, one of the largest offshore oil and gas operators on the Gulf of Mexico Shelf, is using ISNetworld to track employee-level qualifications. Understanding the background of the SEMS regulation Following a number of offshore incidents that resulted not only in damage to the environment but also the loss of life, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued enhanced rules for offshore oil and gas operators in 2010. Among the new regulations, operators were required to evaluate the qualifications—including skills, knowledge and training—of their contractors. Operators were also expected to provide proper evidence of training to BSEE upon request. The ultimate goal of the regulation was to reduce offshore accidents and oil spills, especially those caused by human error. The Fieldwood Energy experience The new Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) regulation created an environment in which companies such as Fieldwood Energy had to carefully consider how best to manage their contractors while ensuring compliance with new workplace safety standards. In response, Fieldwood Energy collaborated with other operators in the Gulf of Mexico to create a standardized training matrix within ISNetworld that mapped training requirements to specific job roles (see the case study for an example). Within ISNetworld, contractors were then able to download the new training matrix, enter training details, view training history and monitor training renewals. Further, Fieldwood Energy began using ISN-ID cards on-site to check whether contractors had the necessary training and credentials before heading offshore. In 2015 alone, over 48,000 Fieldwood Energy contractor personnel used ISN-ID cards to ensure compliance with Fieldwood’s specific requirements, with a compliance rate of over 99%. According to Joel Plauche, Vice President – HSE and Regulatory at Fieldwood Energy, “The management of Fieldwood Energy fully supports this program and we are seeing tremendous benefit and improvement in our safety performance.” Tracking Employee-Level Data in ISNetworld We encourage you to read this case study and learn more about ISNetworld’s functionality to track employee-level training records—including the Training Qualifications (TQ) and Operator Qualifications (OQ) tools; Activity Compliance Reports; QuickCheck and more. For more ISN white papers, benchmarking reports and case studies, visit http://www.isn.com/publications.aspx.
ISN has released the 6th edition of our testimonial flipbooks, which include letters from our contractor customers in more than 13 industries describing their company, experiences and the benefits of using ISNetworld. Here’s what some of our customers and ISN Team are saying: Becoming more efficient and effective with ISNetworld “Aside from all the safety benefits, ISNetworld has enabled us to streamline all of our data into one centralized location,” says Matt Aston, President of Ohio-based Ground Penetrating Radar Systems. Crystal Bennett, HSE Coordinator at Calgary-based Enviro-Tech Surveys Ltd. tells us, “As a subscriber since 2007, we have been able to streamline the pre-qualification procedure with clients while increasing our confidence when bidding for new jobs.” Our ongoing commitment “We’re very pleased with and inspired by the feedback we’ve received to date,” says Belinda Field, Associate Vice President at ISN. “Our dedication to workplace safety is what drives everyone here at ISN. Each of our partners has entrusted us to support their internal and governmental record keeping and compliance efforts, and our goal is to exceed their expectations.” More from industry peers To help you learn more about how your peers are using ISNetworld’s features and benefits, we’ve organized our flipbooks by both industry and region. Testimonial books by industry and also sorted by Geographic Region are available below. Consumer Products Paper Packaging and Building Products Facilities Management Petrochemicals (i.e., Chemical and Renewables, and Refining) Food, Beverage, and Agriculture Public Sector (i.e., Public Sector and Colleges and Universities) Healthcare and Pharma Subcontractor Management Manufacturing (i.e., Aerospace; Auto; Transportation and Technology; and Steels, Metals and Construction) Upstream (i.e., Offshore, Onshore East/Midcon, and Onshore West/Alaska) Midstream (i.e., midstream and pipeline) Utilities, Power, and Generation and Distribution Mining Geographic region Australia Canada Middle East Puerto Rico UK and Europe Please contact us with any questions about how ISNetworld can support your organization.
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.