The America Wind Energy Association (AWEA) will host the AWEA Wind Project Operations & Maintenance (O&M) and Safety Conference on February 27-28 in San Diego. As the national trade association for the U.S. wind industry, AWEA promotes wind energy as a clean source of electricity for American consumers. Wind power is the country’s fastest growing energy sector with enough operating turbines to power 20 million average homes. Why Attend? The AWEA Wind Project O&M and Safety Conference is the largest gathering in North America of wind energy operational professionals and technicians. The conference provides the opportunity to network with wind power professionals, thought leaders and policy makers across the country. Stop by our Booth The ISN team will be located at Booth 46. Visit us to learn 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, and have copies of our benchmarking reports and white paper, What is Best-in-Class Contractor Management, available.
ISN CONNECT, ISN’s users conference, brings together thousands of industry leaders to share and collaborate on best practices and industry initiatives impacting contractor and supplier management. Join us in Dallas, Texas, on May 1 & 2 for the 2018 ISN CONNECT conference and hear from informative keynote and breakout session speakers. The conference will feature presentations from speakers on topics including: ISNetworld Functionality Updates Accident and Incident Investigation Managing Employee-level Data Serious Injury and Fatality (SIF) Prevention Managing Contracts and Insurance ISN CONNECT also provides the below opportunities: Industry Panels Hands-on and Usability Labs Live Functionality Demonstrations Entertainment from Musical Guest Opportunity to Network Please click here to register for 2018 ISN CONNECT. There is no fee for ISNetworld customers to attend. For updates on the conference agenda, additional speakers and registration information visit www.isnconnect.com.
ISN announced the appointment of Brian Callahan as President & Chief Operating Officer, effective January 15, 2018. Mr. Callahan, who previously served as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at ISN, joined the company in 2004 and has held a variety of business development and management roles over the years. “I have worked with Brian for 14 years, and have witnessed firsthand Brian’s leadership, insight and dedication when heading our Business Development and Customer Service teams,” says ISN CEO Joseph Eastin. “Brian has been instrumental in driving our business forward and delivering results for the thousands of customers that depend on our expertise and high level of service.” Prior to joining ISN, Mr. Callahan worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, where he held several supervisory and management positions in the Financial Services and Administrative Services divisions. He also worked as a financial analyst for Koch Industries in Wichita, Kansas, and served as an officer in the United States Army, based at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Mr. Callahan holds an MBA from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University. To learn more about ISN and its contractor management platform, ISNetworld, visit About ISN.
16th Annual Utility Supply Chain Conference The Utility Supply Chain Conference will take place from January 22-23 in Coronado, California. The conference provides the opportunity to network with industry peers and exchange real-world business solutions to ongoing supply chain trends and challenges. There will be multiple roundtable sessions, a large exhibit hall and speakers at the 2018 event. Join the Conversation Richard Cerenzio, Senior Director HSE-Q at ISN, will present on January 22 at 3:30pm in the session titled “What is Best-in-Class Contractor Management?” Richard will discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with establishing a robust contractor management strategy. A long-standing member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Richard currently serves on various committees including the National Safety Council’s (NSC) Campbell Institute Contractor Management Workgroup and the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Oil & Gas Council. Richard was also the past chair and current member of the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Workforce Development Committee. Visit Our Booth The ISN team will be located at booth 11 throughout the conference. We will be providing live demonstrations of our online contractor management platform, ISNetworld, and have copies of ISN publications available. Stop by to discuss your contractor management goals and learn more about ISN. We look forward to seeing you there.
PPSA Contractor Safety Course The 2018 PPSA Contractor Safety Course will take place January 30-31st in Norcross, Georgia. The course will provide various perspectives on minimum requirements and best practices related to safe executions of work performed by contractors within the pulp and paper industry. The goal of the course is to have various organizations who are involved in different aspects of this work share what they feel are necessary elements and activities that must exist on both sides for a project to be safely executed. Early Bird Registration is open until January 15th. You can register by following this link. Join the Conversation ISN will have a table at the Safety Course Reception on January 30th from 4:30-6:00pm. Stop by to discuss your contractor management goals and to learn more about how ISN helps connect corporations with safe and sustainable contractors, by facilitating partnerships to help ensure compliance with safety and procurement standards. ISN will be presenting on January 30th at 12:45pm on “Developing and Maintaining a Best-in-Class Contractor Management Program” and January 31st at 11:20am on “Best Practices for Meeting your Hiring Client’s Requirements.” The full course schedule can be viewed here. We hope to see you there.
OSHA’s deadline to submit electronic records is December 31, 2017. Firms with establishments of 250 or more employees and those with 20-249 employees in certain highly hazardous industries are required to use OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application (ITA) to submit information that would be recorded on their Form 300A. OSHA has provided step-by-step ITA Job Aids to help walk employers through using the new tool. The current process for submitting OSHA documentation for Hiring Clients in ISNetworld will remain the same as this requirement does not impact all contractors. However, contractors in ISNetworld can make tracking work-related injuries and illnesses easier by using the SmartLog tool available in the Company Information section of your account. For questions regarding this tool, please contact ISN.
ISN has released its latest series of annual reports on Contractor Health & Safety Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). This year’s editions include seven reports organized by country, industry and ISN customer type: Hiring Client, U.S. Oil & Gas, Utilities & Power Generation Hiring Client, U.S. Manufacturing, Mining, Chemical & Pharmaceutical Hiring Client, Canada Hiring Client, Australia & New Zealand Contractor Operator*, U.S. Oil & Gas, Construction & Facilities Management Contractor Performance Benchmarking by Industry Classification & Work Types, U.S. Contractor Performance Benchmarking by Industry Classification & Work Types, Canada These reports are based on 2016 data aggregated from more than 15 billion work hours of contractor activity in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. This includes KPIs reported by more than 50,000 contractor companies working for almost 400 Hiring Clients in ISNetworld. “Our customers find the data in this series beneficial in comparing the safety performance of contractors to that of their peers,” said Joseph Eastin, ISN President & Chief Executive Officer. “Based on customer feedback, we made updates to this years’ series by adding executive summaries and analyzing year-over-year performance comparisons by company. Our goal is to continue providing data analysis for our customers so they can assess their operations and make improvements.” The KPIs represented in the U.S. reports include total recordable incident rate (TRIR), days away, restricted or job transfer rate (DART), fatality rate, incident severity (in days) and Experience Modifier. The Canada report includes total recordable frequency (TRF), lost time frequency (LTF), fatality rate and incident severity (in days) and the Australia/New Zealand reports include Total Recordable Incident Frequency Rate (TRIFR), Lost Time Incident Frequency Rate (LTIFR) and fatality rate. To learn more, visit About ISN. Visit the ISN Publications page to request your copy of these reports. *Contractor Operators are large contractors reporting subcontractor information in ISNetworld
2017 is shaping up to be a record breaking fire season. Last month’s wildfires in California damaged or destroyed more than 14,700 homes across several counties. Canada has recorded 4,870 fires so far this year, which have burned over seven million acres. To help aid in fire prevention and help those in need, please find the following information in this article: The top causes of fires. Steps to take if you are on a fire watch or warning. A list of organizations that are assisting with the California fires as well as disasters worldwide, for those that want to help. Top Causes of Fires1 Smoking materials (i.e., cigarettes, cigars, pipes, etc.) are the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States Arson and intentional fires, such as candles in a home General cooking, microwaves, cooking oil and turkey fryers Electrical safety in the home with circuit interrupters Heating, specifically heating fires in the winter Children playing with fire What to Do During Fire Watches or Warnings2 Sign up for local Emergency Notifications/Alerts Have an Evacuation Plan and a designated meeting place to reconnect after the evacuation Be ready to leave at a moment’s notice and follow evacuation orders Make sure there’s at least a 72-hour supply of important medications in your bag Remove deck/patio furniture, cushions and door mats to prevent ember ignitions Remove portable propane tanks from the deck/patio Know how to turn off the gas to the home Place a ladder against the house (for Fire Department use) Have your garden hoses connected (for Fire Department use) Make sure windows, doors and garage doors are closed Make sure windows are closed on vehicles that will remain at the residence while you’re evacuated Ways to Help Fire Victims If you wish to donate to the forest fire victims in California, below is a list of organizations aiding relief efforts. ISN Canada has supported the Canadian Red Cross in providing assistance to those affected by the wildfires, however, there are many organizations providing support. American Red Cross HHFRF California Fire Foundation Other common organizations that accept donations worldwide: Australian Red Cross British Red Cross Canadian Red Cross Direct Relief International Committee of The Red Cross The Salvation Army For up-to-date information on evacuation orders and states of emergency, visit the California Fire website or the Canadian Wildland Fire Information System. 1http://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire 2http://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Wildfire
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in the spirit of continual improvement, has issued instructions strengthening its Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) with regard to the implementation of company incentive programs. The VPP was established as a way for companies to create a working relationship with OSHA and receive recognition if their safety statistics are lower than the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) averages for their industry. Many companies have created programs that promote increased safety awareness and participation throughout their workforce. The latest memorandum from OSHA acts to clarify the requirements of such programs. Incentive programs are those that reward employees for their honesty and feedback with regard to reporting incidents and providing proactive suggestions toward improving the safety culture around their workplace. These programs support company commitment to employee safety. Incentives usually range from t-shirts to company parties and should not single out or discipline employees that report incidents and injuries. Incentive programs that focus on the number of injuries and reports have now been deemed “disincentives” by OSHA as they tend to celebrate lower injury rates over a period of time or for typically meeting lagging safety goals that have been set. These programs have shown to drive down incident reporting, therefore decrease the number of reports for injuries and near misses due to fear of ruining the chances of a reward for themselves or rest of the group. The VPP has provided new instructions to give applicants and current members proper guidelines for incentive programs. These incentive programs will be evaluated and companies will be given feedback to ensure their program does not discourage reporting. By following the instructions in an acceptable incentive program, employees are given the ability to report incidents truthfully to improve the workplace for all employees. This is another step in promoting safety culture for participants in the VPP and anyone considering adding an incentive program to their organization. If you would like more information regarding the Voluntary Protection Program, please visit their website at https://www.osha.gov/dcsp/vpp/index.html.
ISN’s Contractor Management Strategy Survey collected insights from 200+ decision makers at 160+ companies, who manage contractors and subcontractors in ISNetworld. The findings from this survey are designed to provide a contractor management benchmark which helps companies drive continual improvement in their efforts toward a zero-incident workplace. According to the inaugural survey from ISN, the shortage of a skilled and competent workforce was identified as the top challenge by companies in achieving their contractor management objectives in the next 12-18 months. At the same time, 42 percent of the companies surveyed expect their need for outsourcing work to third-party contractors to increase, half of which anticipate double-digit increases. “Internal and external constraints such as competing internal priorities, shortage of qualified workers and an increased reliance on subcontractor relationships continue to put pressure on companies that hire contractors,” said Joseph Eastin, President and Chief Executive Officer of ISN. “It is essential to have a strategic contractor management plan in place that ensures work is being completed in a safe, reliable and sustainable manner.” Improving the safety performance of both employees and contractors was identified as the top priority for driving organization’s contractor management goals. In addition, improving business continuity and operational excellence was also ranked as a key driver for meeting their contactor management objectives. “The survey data confirms what we’ve seen in the industry; leading organizations drive a safety-first culture and maintain a documented strategic plan for their contractor management objectives,” said Dag Yemenu, Senior Vice President of Technical Services at ISN. “By establishing a clear communication strategy, incorporating a risk-ranking process and integrating internal business processes, a sustainable contractor management system is one that enables you to meet your safety and compliance objectives while promoting a culture of transparency, partnership and continuous improvement.” To access the Contractor Management Strategy White Paper and additional ISN Analytics Publications, please visit https://www.isn.com/newsroom/publications.