More than 450 ISN employees participated in ISN’s annual Volunteer Day by helping almost 20 Dallas-area non-profit organizations. Some of the charities included Dallas LIFE, Meals on Wheels, Goodwill, SPARK!, Educational First Steps, The Bridge, Scottish Rite Hospital and The Family Place. “I’m excited to see an organization like ISN giving back,” said Mayor Mike Rawlings. “The citizens of Dallas are who make this city great. While it is wonderful to give back on a day such as ISN’s Volunteer Day, it is equally as important to donate to a cause you are passionate about, and see the positive impact it has on people and the community of Dallas.” “We are grateful for the ISN employees who volunteered at Dallas LIFE this past Thursday. The group served lunch, cleaned the dining room, organized toiletries and baby supplies, stuffed backpacks with school supplies and put together care bags for children,” said Pamela Culbertson, Director of Volunteerism and Children at Dallas LIFE. “They came to serve and put us in a great position to meet the needs of our residents as we move into a very busy time of the year. We were truly blessed by the ISN group that served at Dallas LIFE.” In addition to volunteering throughout the community and learning about each organization’s mission, ISN employees were able to raise funds and make a donation to Assist the Officer Foundation, which provides financial assistance to Dallas Police Officers and their families suffering from a serious injury, life-threatening illness or other catastrophic event. “ISN team members were a huge help at The Bridge during their visit last week! From cleaning and organizing, to hosting a popcorn party for our guests, we are most grateful for their generosity and time,“ said Jay Dunn, President & CEO at The Bridge.
On October 5, 2016, ISN hosted a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Think Tank for Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) area employers. The event, which was held in our Dallas, Texas headquarters, included attendees from almost 20 companies that are committed to OSHA’s VPP standards and requirements—such as Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Company, PepsiCo, Pfizer and more. Promoting excellence in workplace safety The VPP system focuses on hazard prevention and control, worksite analysis, training and more; and this gathering afforded attendees a unique opportunity to discuss how to best enhance safety culture in their respective organizations. “The VPP Think Tank meetings were started so like-minded professionals could come together to discuss safety and health issues, and to share ideas and best practices,” said Ron Watkins, Area VPP Coordinator, OSHA. “Attendees at these meetings represent the very best in their fields. They have exceptional safety and health programs and they believe in providing a safe and healthy work place for all of the employees. They not only talk the talk, but walk the walk.” Speakers for the day’s event featured some of DFW’s thought leaders on VPP, including: Andy Gamble, Compliance Assistant at Eastman Chemical Louis Holtz, Health & Safety Manager at Occidental Chemical Corporation Bradley Maciulewicz, HSE Coordinator at Halliburton Cardell Brown, EHS Manager at Mary Kay Inc. Ronald W. Watkins, Area VPP Coordinator at OSHA “Coming together is the best part of any family tradition,” says Cardell M. Brown, EHS Manager at Mary Kay Inc. “I genuinely look forward to our biannual VPP Think Tank sessions and being around leaders in the industry who are always pushing the boundaries in the arena of environmental, health and safety best practices.” About the VPP system VPP recognizes excellence in employers and workers with strong safety and health management systems, combined with illness and injury rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages. To learn more, visit OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs website.
This Year’s Conference ISN invites you to visit our booth at the National Safety Council (NSC) Congress & Expo from October 17-19 in Anaheim, California. This year’s NSC Congress & Expo will include over 100 technical sessions and professional development seminars. More than 1,000 exhibitors will be showcasing the latest in safety products and solutions, and over 14,000 safety professionals will be attending the NSC Congress & Expo. NSC Congress & Expo The NSC Congress & Expo is the world’s largest annual event for safety, health and environmental professionals. For more than 100 years, professionals have turned to this event for industry-leading technology, education and networking opportunities. Professionals also attend the NSC Congress & Expo to gain insight on the products and services needed to stay at the forefront and remain competitive within their industries. Visit our Booth ISN will be located at Booth #1886 throughout the conference. Stop by to discuss your contractor management goals and learn more about ISN. We will be providing live demonstrations of our online contractor management platform, ISNetworld. We will also have copies of ISN’s white paper on Best-In-Class contractor management systems and ISN’s health and safety benchmarking reports available. We look forward to seeing you there.
The National Safety Council (NSC) launched the 1st Safe Communities America Day on October 5, 2016, we were honored to host it at our headquarters in Dallas, Texas. Dallas is the first U.S. city to be accredited as an international Safe Community. It is also the first urban city worldwide to receive accreditation. Over the years, the city and business community have invested in safeguards and partnerships to help make Dallas a safe place to live, work and visit—and we were delighted to participate in recognizing this achievement. “Our goal is to help companies reduce injuries and ultimately save lives,” says Joseph Eastin, ISN’s President and CEO. “That’s why Safe Communities America Day is so important to us – it is an opportunity to celebrate our success as a community and show our support for such safety-focused initiatives.” The event included a number of notable speakers: Judge Clay Jenkins, Dallas County Fred Cerise, MD, MPH, President and CEO of Parkland Hospital Alex Eastman, Director of Parkland’s Rees-Jones Trauma Center Shelli Stephens Stidham, Director, Injury Prevention Center of Greater Dallas, Parkland Hospital; Coalition leader Dallas Safe Communities Carrie Nie, Director of Safe Communities America Michael Pollock, Vice President of Relationship Management, NSC “At National Safety Council we have a vision to eliminate preventable deaths in our lifetime and everyday a network of accredited Safe Communities, like Dallas, work to reach that vision,” said Carrie Nie, Director of Safe Communities America. “This kind of commitment to a community’s safety is what we celebrate on Safe Communities America Day. We hope Americans will join the movement in keeping each other safe in their homes, workplaces and their communities.” About the NSC and Safe Communities America The NSC helps saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities through a combination of leadership, research, education and advocacy. Meanwhile, Safe Communities America® is a program of the National Safety Council and a US-based accreditation that promotes safety through a simple, yet effective, model: Bringing together people who care about safety Using data to identify leading causes of injuries or deaths in the community Making a plan to address the issues using proven models Measuring success and continuing to make improvements To learn more, visit safecommunitiesamerica.org.
Since 2013, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has been working on a proposal to develop ISO 45001, which aims to create international health and safety standards. With approximately 65 countries and international organizations dedicated to bringing this new standard to life, publication is expected in Q4 2017. What is ISO 45001? ISO 45001 is a new standard that will establish international requirements for occupational health and safety (OH&S) management systems. The goal of ISO 45001 is to help organizations better protect the health and safety of their employees and contractors while creating international standards that everyone understands. Because ISO 45001 can easily be integrated into existing frameworks of the thousands of organizations that have adopted other ISO management system standards, it is likely to be more widely adopted than the current OHSAS 18001 framework. What are the benefits? Benefits will include improved communication globally on best practices for OH&S as well as greater ease of compliance and more consistency for organizations with global operations by establishing operational controls for mitigating risks, measuring OH&S performance and implementing stronger risk management practices. How does it differ from OHSAS 18001? Among the changes, there will be a new focus on “context” as it relates to OH&S issues—meaning companies will have to consider their health and safety performance relative to the organization’s goals, which includes consideration of the communities where they operate along with that of their contractors and suppliers. OH&S will also have to be integrated into operations rather than delegated to a safety manager. This will mean that organizations will have to take a strategic approach to OH&S management while securing buy-in from senior leadership. How can companies migrate from OHSAS 18001? To begin the process of migrating to the new standard, companies may want to conduct a gap analysis based on the requirements outlined in the latest draft of ISO 45001. Once the new standard is finalized, the plan is for OHSAS 18001 certifications to be withdrawn, paving the way for organizations to apply for ISO 45001 certification. Companies will also need to update documentation and train key personnel. More information To learn more about ISO 45001, contact your local ISO member for the latest information.
MINExpo International 2016 The MINExpo will be held Monday, September 26 – Wednesday, September 28 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the largest gathering of the mining industry, with attendees representing all major mining regions of the world. Industry leaders will hold multiple educational sessions to discuss current issues, provide perspectives on industry challenges and share visions and insights for the future. Join ISN in the Exhibit Hall This year’s exhibit hall will feature over 1,900 exhibitors. Attendees will discover ways to improve safety and manage risk with new equipment, services, products and technology found on the exhibition floor. The ISN team will be located at Booth 624 throughout the conference. Visit our team to learn more about how ISN connects corporations with safe and sustainable contractors by 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 also be available. We hope to see you there.
ISN is proud to announce its expansion in the power generation and utilities industry with Bruce Power, Canada’s first private nuclear generator. Founded in 2001, Bruce Power is implementing ISNetworld, to help manage its contractor safety performance as it provides 30% of Ontario’s power and annually injects billions of dollars into the province’s economy. Producing safe energy With eight nuclear reactors, over 4,000 employees and a mission to produce safe energy with zero carbon emissions, Bruce Power is the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility. Its selection of ISNetworld further demonstrates its long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship and maintaining the highest safety standards. “Innovation is the key to Bruce Power’s success,” says Harry Hall, VP, Supply Chain at Bruce Power. “We have worked hard to continuously improve our safety standard and look forward to partnering with ISN to ensure our contractors meet our expectations as we continue to aim even higher,” he continues. ISN expands its footprint in Ontario’s power generation and utilities industry Ontario has witnessed a transformation of its power generation and utilities industry over the years. In 2014, the province became one of the first places in North America to completely do away with coal as a source of electricity. And today, Ontario exports energy across two provinces (Manitoba and Quebec) and three states (Michigan, Minnesota and New York), with transactions that reach as far as eastern North America. With nuclear energy projected to inject approximately $11 billion into the Great Lakes economies annually, ISN is thrilled to be part of the change that’s underway. “Having worked with over 470 Hiring Clients, we have a profound appreciation for the importance placed on safety performance in the power generation and utilities industry,” says Kim Ritchie, ISN Eastern Canada Director. “We’ve seen how this industry is poised for growth, and we look forward to helping organizations like Bruce Power continue to innovate, drive operational efficiencies and contribute to a safer workplace environment.”
About the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) The CSSE has over 5,000 members that work in various industries across the United States and Canada. As an organization, CSSE members work together towards the goal of accident prevention and to enhance the health, safety and environmental profession. Conference Information This year’s CSSE Conference will be taking place from September 18 – September 21 at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, British Columbia. This event allows attendees to improve their effectiveness in the field and make partnerships with health, safety and environmental colleagues from around the world. Visit ISN The ISN team will be available at Booth #18 throughout the conference. The team will be providing live demonstrations of ISNetworld, sharing industry-wide benchmarking reports and discussing best practices in contractor management. We hope to see you there.
This Year’s Conference Topics The 3rd Process Safety for Food & Beverage Industries Conference will be taking place on Wednesday, September 14th and Thursday, September 15th in Houston, Texas. Key topics of the conference include reviewing regulatory updates to ensure compliance and best practices in employee safety. Food, Beverage and Refrigeration companies will share experiences, best practices and lessons learned in the implementation and maintenance of process safety management (PSM) and risk management plan (RMP) programs. ISN will be presenting on Wednesday, September 14th at 5:15pm on “Developing and Maintaining a Best-in-Class Contractor Management Program.” Visit Our Booth The ISN team will be available at a vendor booth throughout the conference. Copies of our industry-wide benchmarking reports and “What is Best-In-Class Contractor Management” whitepapers will be available. We will also be providing live demonstrations of our online contractor management platform, ISNetworld. We hope to see you there.
The Western Energy Institute (WEI) The WEI is a trade association serving the electric and natural gas industries throughout the Western United States and Canada. The institute is dedicated to supporting the electric and gas industry by facilitating direct connections between industry professionals through member-driven programs and environments to collaborate and network. 2016 Safety Summit The 2016 WEI Safety Summit spans across three unique, topical tracks: Safety Strategy and Policy, Electric Safety Work Methods and Gas Safety Work Methods. The content is designed to promote safety culture through discussions related to the education and training that can influence utility operations as well as address some of the challenges and successes associated with developing strategies. ISN will be co-presenting on Contractor Management: Framework to Demonstrate Due Diligence during the Individual Track Session on Thursday, September 1st at 9:15am. Collaborate with the ISN Team The ISN team will be available at Booth 2 during the vendor display breaks. Visit us to learn more about how ISN helps connects corporations 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.