ISN held its first ISNstitute Certified User Program for Hiring Clients on February 7-9, 2017 at its headquarters in Dallas, Texas. Over 40 participants representing more than 30 companies across multiple industries attended the program. ISNstitute provided participants with the opportunity to benchmark their company’s current processes and receive comprehensive, hands-on training on ISNetworld functionality. Attendees also took advantage of networking opportunities and received an ISNetworld Certified User Certificate at its completion. “I found the Certified Users Program to be very informative and look forward to utilizing several of the new tools introduced,” said Patti Crosby at Jones Lang LaSalle. Tom Talbot, Division Safety Manager at Bunge stated, “I now have full confidence working with all the tools at my disposal, but most important is the benefit to the Bunge implementation due to my participation.” ISNstitute participants were also able to: Learn strategies for engaging employees in the contractor management process Review ISNetworld from the contractors’ perspective Participate in usability testing of tools included in ISNetworld 12.0 “We introduced this new program to provide an experience for Hiring Clients to share and learn best practices in contractor management,” said Brian Callahan, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at ISN. “The participation, along with the support and feedback we received, are instrumental in facilitating continual improvement in workplace safety.” For additional information, please contact your ISN Account Representative or the ISN Customer Service Team by phone or at customerservice@Isn.com.
ISN offers a tool for contractors to grant permission to Insurance Agents or Brokers to assist their company with meeting their Hiring Clients’ insurance documentation requirements. By insurance agents or brokers registering online with ISNetworld here, they are able to: View Hiring Client insurance documentation requirements and submit insurance and Experience Modifier documentation directly in ISNetworld on the insured contractor’s behalf. Monitor their insured contractor’s policy expiration dates, outstanding items and submit renewal documentation proactively. “One of the tools we love is the Agent/Broker Tool. It has saved us multiple hours of communication with our insurance agent, which makes the turnaround much faster for getting documents back to the customer,” said Gary Huffman, Riddleberger Brothers, Inc. Thousands of insurance agents and brokers have registered to take advantage of this streamlined process. Insurance compliance on average is 22% higher when Agents/Brokers submit on behalf of their contractors. On average, Agents/Brokers also submit certificates of insurance 3.5 days prior to the expirations, while contractors submit only 0.5 days prior to their coverage expiration. “Using the system has helped to drastically reduce the time it takes our agency to address any outstanding items,” said Brenda Sommers, BancorpSouth Insurance Services. To find out more about how agents or brokers use this tool to manage their insured contractor’s insurance and Experience Modifier documentation in one centralized location, please reference FAQ’s here: Insurance Agent Broker FAQs. Send the Registration Form to your insurance agent or broker to initiate their ISNetworld registration. There is no charge for this service.
Savanna Energy Services Corp. is a global leader in drilling, well servicing and oilfield rentals. It currently operates a modern, diverse drilling rig fleet, geared for maximum performance in major oil and gas markets. Savanna recently expanded its use of ISNetworld to include subcontractor management. This comes as part of Savanna’s ongoing efforts to promote the well-being and protection of its workers, the public and the environment. Subcontractor Management Solution “Expanding our use of ISNetworld enhances our ability to work with our many valued contractors as a part of Savanna’s commitment to continuous improvement in health, safety, and business processes,” said Dan Pippard, Vice President, Health, Safety, and Environment at Savanna Energy Services. Savanna continuously strives to operate under its key vision of defining leadership in global energy services through people, innovation and technology. The key values below outline how Savanna strives to achieve its vision every day: Integrity – Demonstrating the courage to do the right thing. Relationships – Building collaborative partnerships. Excellence – Setting the industry standards. Sustainability – Driving short and long term success. “We are pleased to expand our partnership with Savanna to include subcontractor management,” says Jenny Buckley, Western Canada Director at ISN. “We look forward to helping Savanna contribute to a safer workplace and achieve its key vision.” More information To learn more about Savanna’s partnership with ISN, please read the implementation letter here.
With more than 60,000 contractor companies reporting health and safety performance and work hour activity to their Hiring Clients in ISNetworld, ISN is pleased to provide this summary on work hour activity and safety performance trends over the past three years (2013, 2014, 2015) on U.S. contractors in the following six industry groups: Upstream – Onshore; Upstream – Offshore; Midstream (Pipeline); Downstream (Refining); Utilities, Distribution and Power Generation; and Chemicals. For a side-by-side comparison a control group of contractor companies in the same industry, having reported hours worked and health and safety data in ISNetworld for 2013, 2014 and 2015 was created, and includes 15,124 U.S. contractor companies in the above-mentioned industries. To view the entire report, click here. To request a copy of ISN’s publications, including white papers and benchmarking reports, visit ISN’s Publications.
ISN is pleased to announce that Canadian intermediate gold producer Detour Gold Corp. has recently implemented ISNetworld as its contractor information management system. The company owns and operates one of the largest gold-producing mines, with reserves of over 16 million ounces of gold. This implementation is also significant for ISN, as it represents further expansion into Canada’s $57 billion mining industry. Maximizing HSE performance Detour Gold is well-regarded for its long-standing commitment to improving its safety, social, economic and environmental performance. It also supports the communities surrounding its mine by partnering with local Aboriginal Communities. By using ISNetworld, the company will help ensure that Detour Gold’s employees and contractors adhere to the highest standards of safety. “At Detour Gold, we are committed to ‘Zero Harm,’ making the right choices so everyone goes home safe at the end of every day,” says Trevor Good, Supply Chain Superintendent at Detour Gold. “Our goal is to operate safe workplaces that are incident and injury free; and ISN helps us achieve this goal,” he continues. Expanding into Canada’s mining industry “The mining industry contributes significantly to Canada’s national and local economies,” says Kim Ritchie, Eastern Canada Director at ISN. “And we’re thrilled to support one of the country’s leading mining companies by helping foster a safety culture that leaves a lasting legacy,” she continues. More information To learn about ISN’s partnership with Detour Gold, you can read our implementation letter here for more details.  http://s21.q4cdn.com/154471198/files/doc_downloads/detourgold_sr_2016.pdf p. 8
The ISN Team strives to provide contractors with tools and knowledge to reach compliance with their Hiring Clients’ requirements. As a benefit of an ISNetworld subscription, the ISN Customer Service Team hosts monthly contractor webcasts to provide additional knowledge on numerous topics including account features, Hiring Client requirements and ISNetworld tools. Contractor webcasts are available globally, and the topics change every month. ISN provides webcasts in multiple languages to help ensure all contractors are able to participate. ISN customer service representatives and industry professionals are available during each webcast to answer general and contractor-specific questions. 2016 Webcast Highlights As of November 2016, more than 1,500 contractors have attended more than 20 webcasts over topics including: Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Written Programs for the U.S., Canada, Brazil and Latin America HSE Written Programs Marketing and Added Benefits Training Qualifications Operator Qualifications Insurance (U.S. and Canada) How to Register ISN will be hosting two more webcasts this year to provide an overview of Marketing and Added Benefits during the following times: Thursday, December 15th, 2016 at 10 AM CDT Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 at 2 PM CDT Contractors are able to register for a webcast through their ISNetworld account under the ISNetworld Training Tab. Contractors are also able to reference previous webcasts within the On Demand Video section of their ISNetworld account. We look forward to continued contractor participation with upcoming webcasts. Please contact our Customer Service Team by phone or through email at email@example.com for additional information
Edwin G. Foulke, Attorney at Law for Fisher & Phillips LLP and Former Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA shared his insight on how to prepare an effective job safety analysis (JSA) and pre-job meeting. Webinar Highlights This program examined the elements of a comprehensive job safety analysis (JSA), how to develop and implement a JSA, as well as the importance of pre-job safety meetings as a tool in implementing your JSA on a daily basis. Ed Foulke discussed how a JSA is a proven process for controlling operating hazards and how a JSA and pre-job meeting are essential parts of any effective safety program. Takeaways from the webinar included: How a JSA and pre-job meeting can help reduce personal injuries in controlling operating hazards and costs Understanding the terminology associated with a JSA The steps necessary for developing a comprehensive JSA How a JSA and pre-job safety meeting impact the company’s safety program and have a financial benefit to the company How to develop specific compliance measures when implementing a JSA How to develop effective procedures to control or eliminate hazards identified in the JSA A recording of the webinar is available here. The slides presented during the webinar are available here. This was the final webinar in a three-part series hosted by Mr. Foulke for ISN customers. Presentation and handouts have been provided by Edwin G. Foulke, who is solely responsible for the webinar and its content.
About the NCCER Construction Career Pathways Conference The 4th Annual Construction Career Pathways Conference will be held on Wednesday, November 30th from 7am to 4pm at the Las Vegas Convention Center. ISN is proud to partner with NCCER in support of this year’s conference. The Construction Career Pathways Conference is an initiative by NCCER to bring together both industry and education professionals to implement changes across the country to facilitate critical career pathways. The conference will include several breakout sessions and a networking reception. NCCER has provided several resources on their conference website including education guidance documents and innovative training best practice profiles. To learn more or register for the Construction Career Pathways Conference, please visit http://www.careertechvision.com/pathways.cfm.
ISN is pleased to announce that Talos Energy, LLC (Talos) has expanded its use of ISNetworld to its offshore operations in Mexico. Talos subscribed to ISNetworld in 2014 to manage its contractors’ health, safety, procurement and training information for its operations in the United States. In July 2015, Mexico conducted its first round of bids after the country opened up its energy sector to foreign oil and gas investors. As a result, Talos, along with partners Premier Oil and Sierra Oil & Gas, were awarded two shallow water blocks combining for over 160,000 acres. The blocks are located in the Sureste Basin, in the south western point of the Gulf of Mexico, just off of the coast of Villahermosa, Mexico. “Contractor safety management is a core component of our risk management plan required by the Agencia de Seguridad, Energía Y Ambiente (ASEA) for exploration activities in Mexico,” said Robert Sheninger, VP, HSE and Regulatory Compliance at Talos. “Talos Energy has experienced firsthand how effective use of ISN tools can positively influence contractor performance and are excited to apply the same processes in Mexico.” With the recent Mexico Energy Reform allowing foreign oil & gas investors to bid on Mexican energy assets, new regulations and protocols have been developed to ensure safe practices by the ASEA. Talos’ expansion of ISNetworld into Mexico demonstrates their commitment to ensuring the safety of their employees and contractors and complying with the ASEA regulations. “We are pleased to expand our existing partnership with Talos Energy into Mexico,” said Adam Logan, Energy Director, ISN. “We’ve seen how this region is poised for growth and look forward to helping Talos contribute to a safer workplace and meet the standards set forth by the ASEA.”
Niska Gas Storage Partners, LLC, the largest independent owner and operator of natural gas in North America, has recently implemented ISNetworld as part of its ongoing efforts to promote the well-being and protection of its workers, the public and the environment. It currently operates four main facilities: AECO Hub Services and Warwick in Alberta, Canada; Salt Plains in Oklahoma and Wild Goose in Northern California. Further, it owns, operates and contracts approximately 245 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of working gas storage capacity. Contractor Management Solution “After considering the range of options, it became clear that ISNetworld is the ideal solution for supplementing our in-house contractor management resources in both Canada and the United States,” says Kelly Baltimore, EH&S Manager at Niska Gas Storage. “We realize the importance of pre-qualifying our contractors, monitoring their information and complying with regulatory guidelines; and partnering with ISN makes perfect sense as we continually strive to maintain the highest industry standards,” he continues. Over the years, Niska Gas Storage has made its mission to ensure that: Compliance with health, safety and environmental rules and regulations comes first It continually improves its health, safety and environmental procedures Its employees have the necessary tools to conduct their work in a healthy, safe and environmentally productive manner “We’re excited to help Niska Gas Storage streamline its contractor management processes and enhance safety at its work sites across the U.S. and Canada,” says Jenny Buckley, Western Canada Director at ISN. “This is also an opportunity for ISN to continue to expand its offerings in the midstream oil and gas sector.” More information To learn more about Niska Gas Storage’s recent partnership with ISN, please read the implementation letter here.