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.
Since 2010, ISN has supported the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Foundation in providing student scholarships to support and advance the safety profession. This year, ISN was proud to sponsor three scholarships to the ASSE’s scholarship fund. “This scholarship has made an incredible impact on my life, as it helps to alleviate the financial burden of pursuing higher education,” said Sheena Bottorff, ISNetworld scholarship recipient. “ISN is truly a company that commits to the safety of our workforce by investing in the safety advocates of the future.” Since 1990, the ASSE Foundation has provided more than $1.6 Million in scholarships to more than 500 students majoring in occupational safety and health and the environment. This year alone, the 2016 Scholarship and Grant Program awarded $275,500 to 108 students and safety professionals. “It is an honor to assist the ASSE Foundation in providing educational and leadership resources for future safety professionals so they can continue to improve workplace safety worldwide,” said Richard Cerenzio, Director at ISN.
This Year’s Conference ISN invites you to visit our booth at the Southeast Mine Safety & Health Conference from November 2 – 3 in Birmingham, Alabama. This year’s conference theme is “The Safest Journey of Your Life.” Thirty-nine exhibitors will be showcasing the latest in safety products and solutions, and over 650 safety professionals will be in attendance. Southeast Mine Safety & Health Conference The Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference Executive Committee is a not-for-profit group formed to plan, market, manage, continuously improve and perpetuate the annual Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference. This group is made up solely of volunteers from the southeastern United States mine safety and health profession in coal and metal/nonmetal that have a steadfast passion for mine safety and health. The conference will partner with industry peers to offer the best mining conference in order to strengthen safety and health core values. Visit our Booth ISN will be located in the lobby area at the conference. Stop by to discuss your contractor management goals and learn more about 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.
OSHA’s new Crystalline Silica Standards took effect on June 23, 2016. These standards replace the old silica guidelines published more than 40 years ago and contain a number of new requirements, including: A new permissible exposure limit (PEL) of 50 micrograms of respirable crystalline silica per cubic meter of air (μg/m3), averaged over an 8-hour work day. This PEL applies to all industries covered by the new standards. Employers must now use engineering controls to limit employee exposure. Employee access to high exposure areas must be limited. Employers must develop a written exposure control plan. Employers must offer medical exams to highly exposed employees. Employers must train employees on the dangers of silica and how to limit their exposure. Updated RAVS Protocols for 2017 A new Silica Exposure Control written program requirement will be implemented as part of the RAVS (Review and Verification Services) requirement in ISNetworld in January 2017. This will capture the most important elements of 29 CFR 1910.1053 and 1926.1153 while preserving the flexible implementation of engineering controls outlined by OSHA. While the new standards took effect on June 23, 2016, OSHA has staggered the compliance schedule for the new silica regulations by industry, with the earliest being June 23, 2017 for the construction industry. To ensure compliance, ISN is working with stakeholders to stay ahead of regulatory updates in an ever-changing world.
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.