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 Once the new standard is finalized, the plan is for OHSAS 18001 certifications to be withdrawn, paving the way for organizations to apply for ISO 45001 certification.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.
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 issued 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.