The 2018 American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Professional Development Conference & Exposition will take place in San Antonio, Texas at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center from June 3- June 6. Over 5,000 health and safety professionals will be in attendance. Industry leaders will present in 240 concurrent sessions focused on 20 subject areas ranging from construction to transportation. Visit our Booth The ISN team will be located at Booth 739 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 benchmarking reports and white papers available. We look forward to seeing you there.
The 2018 ISN CONNECT Conference was held on May 1 & 2 in Dallas, Texas, at the Omni Dallas Hotel. The conference opened with ISN’s CEO, Joseph Eastin, and President & COO, Brian Callahan, welcoming nearly 2,000 attendees from around the globe. General Session speakers included Deborah Hersman, President and CEO of the National Safety Council, Timothy Dove, President and CEO of Pioneer Natural Resources, Richard Mendelson, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor from OSHA, Dane Parker, Vice President of Sustainable Workplaces at General Motors and Nelson P. Repenning, Associate Dean of Leadership and Special Projects at MIT. The first day of ISN CONNECT concluded with a networking reception and performance by Grammy Award-Winning Musician, Lyle Lovett & His Large Band. Throughout the conference, attendees were able to participate in over 30 thought-provoking breakout sessions. Hands-on labs offered guidance to ISNetworld users on various functionality and Hiring Clients and contractor customers participated in ISNetworld usability sessions. The ISN Team also hosted Help Desks assisting customers with their ISNetworld accounts. In addition, functionality kiosk demonstrations over six different ISNetworld tools and services were provided. Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in a philanthropy activity assembling 500 lunch bags for the Salvation Army’s “Lunch Bag Project”. These lunches and a positive message were provided to homeless men and women in the Dallas-Fort Worth community. We would like to thank all of our customers, panelists and speakers for attending the 2018 ISN CONNECT Conference, and we look forward to seeing you at future ISN meetings and events. The full recap is available on the conference website – www.isnconnect.com. To access electronic versions of publications offered at ISN CONNECT, please click here.
The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) will host the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo on May 21-23 in Philadelphia, PA. The conference provides an opportunity to network with industry professionals and will focus on the latest trends and needs impacting occupational health and safety. ISN will present on Tuesday, May 22nd at 11:15am in the session titled “What is Best-in-Class Contractor Management?”. We will identify the challenges with establishing a robust contractor management strategy that effectively mitigates risk and discuss strategies used by best-in-class contractor management programs. Visit Our Booth The ISN Team will be located in the Expo Hall at Booth 1458 throughout the conference. 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. Stop by to discuss your contractor management goals and learn how ISN helps connect Hiring Clients with safer, more reliable contractors and suppliers around the globe.
ISN is pleased to release its second insurance benchmarking report comparing limit and non-limit insurance requirements for contractors in the following Manufacturing industry peer groups: Agriculture, Food & Beverage Chemical Manufacturing, including Automotive, Technology & Consumer Products Mining & Fertilizer Products Paper, Packaging & Building Products Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Steel & Metals Data from 95 Hiring Clients across these seven industry groups and more than 16,000 contractor companies was compiled and aggregated to develop this benchmarking publication. “By providing visibility into the requirements of industry peers, this publication series can be used to help establish objective baselines for Hiring Clients to compare their insurance requirements as well as assess various risk management strategies,” says Bonney Hodges, Senior Manager of ISN’s Procurement Review and Verification Services Team. To view this report and other publications issued by ISN, visit the ISN Publications page.
ISN has recently completed the phased release of ISNetworld 12.0, the latest version of its online contractor management platform, which provides customers with new tools and updates to the platform’s appearance, functionality and security. These enhancements further refine the user experience, incorporating industry best practices and feedback received from customers. “We are strong believers in constant improvement, and this latest release is another example of how we continually strive to meet our customers’ needs and provide them with the best user experience possible,” says Brian Callahan, ISN President and Chief Operating Officer. “Updates that make ISNetworld more user-friendly allow our customers to complete their work in the platform faster, enabling them to spend more time on business-critical tasks.” Upon logging into ISNetworld, users will see a more personalized experience with tiles offering key statistics and quick access to action items, favorites, client grades and dashboard graphs. Additionally, the left navigation menu now allows customers to quickly locate tools within ISNetworld with added search functionality. ISNetworld 12.0 includes new tools that provide customers access to additional information, such as state-level licenses and subcontractor scorecards. Several enhancements were made to existing tools as well, including additional reporting capabilities on site-based and employee-level data and expansion of tools available on mobile devices. “We appreciate the customers who offered feedback and contributed to this update of ISNetworld,” says Brandi Surine, ISN Vice President and Enterprise Architect. “We look forward to collecting feedback on ISNetworld 12.0 and will continue to search for ways to maximize the user experience and add value to all customers’ subscriptions.”
ISN is pleased to announce the opening of its 10th office on April 2, 2018. Located in Mexico City, Mexico, the office will help serve the rising demand for its contractor management expertise across the region. “With a local presence in Latin America, we have an exciting opportunity to serve our existing customer base and expand the use of ISNetworld to new companies,” says Brian Callahan, President and Chief Operating Officer of ISN. “We are pleased to support our customers who represent the diverse and vibrant economy of Mexico and South America in the energy, food & beverage, healthcare and manufacturing industries.” Making Zero Accidents a reality Over the years, Mexico has made considerable strides in improving the safety conditions for workers. Fatal occupational injuries per 100,000 workers declined from 11% in 2004 to a low of 7.9% in 2014.1 Not only are these advancements important for ensuring the wellbeing of workers, the decrease in injuries is helping companies in Mexico get closer to making zero accidents a reality. “We’re confident ISNetworld will help Hiring Clients select the most qualified contractors for the job,” says Jenny Buckley, Director of ISN. “With an office and dedicated team in Mexico City, we will continue sharing industry best practices and partnering with Hiring Clients and contractor customers alike.” For additional information on ISN’s global reach visit https://www.isnetworld.com/about-isn/global-operations 1http://www.ilo.org/
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) released a new standard, ISO 45001, on March 12, 2018. ISO 45001 replaces OHSAS 18001 as the international standard for occupational health and safety management systems, and is designed to enhance the safety culture within an organization as well as drive focus on safety from the top down. The new standard: Introduces leadership and management commitment to the occupational health and safety management system. Operates on the Plan-Do-Check-Act model. Considers risk management to be a key component of a robust occupational health and safety management system. Focuses on the business context of occupational health and safety management. Takes external and internal stakeholders into consideration. ISO has set a deadline of March 2021 for organizations that are currently OHSAS 18001 certified to migrate to the new ISO 45001 standard. The occupational health and safety management system is a helpful tool for organizations to incorporate a culture of safety and promote collaboration amongst other management systems. Additional information regarding the new standard and action required are addressed on the ISO website.
Healthcare facilities are critical to our communities, and safety plays a vital role in their day-to-day operations. When hiring external contractors and suppliers, maintaining the highest safety standards help ensure that everyone has a secure environment and reduces risk for patients, families and staff members. To further strengthen its workplace safety practices, The Ottawa Hospital has recently implemented ISNetworld as its contractor management platform to better identify and manage only the most qualified contractors and suppliers. “Safety for patients, families and staff members is essential in providing high-quality health care,” says Thomas Hayes, Director, Safety, Security, Parking and Staff Health of The Ottawa Hospital. “By leveraging ISNetworld to help ensure the contractors and vendors we work with are committed to safety and well qualified, we improve safety for everyone who comes through our doors.” “As ISN’s customer base continues to expand into new markets, we look forward to helping our first Hospital Hiring Client execute their continued focus on workplace safety,” says Kim Ritchie, Director, ISN Eastern Canada. Learn more To learn more about The Ottawa Hospital’s implementation of ISNetworld, click here for more details. About The Ottawa Hospital The Ottawa Hospital is one of Canada’s largest learning and research hospitals, with more than 1,100 beds, approximately 12,000 staff members and an annual budget of about $1.2 billion. Our focus on learning and research helps us develop new and innovative ways to treat patients and improve care. As a multi-campus hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa, we deliver specialized care to the Eastern Ontario region, but our techniques and research discoveries are adopted around the world. We engage the community at all levels to support our vision for better patient care. The Ottawa Hospital has received the highest rating from Accreditation Canada, Accredited with Exemplary Standing, reflecting our commitment to provide the world-class, compassionate care we would want for our loved ones. From the compassion of our people to the relentless pursuit of new discoveries, The Ottawa Hospital never stops seeking solutions to the most complex health-care challenges. http://www.ottawahospital.on.ca/
About GEAPS The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) is an international professional association of individuals that work in the grain handling and processing industry. GEAPS has over 2,800 members and is represented in over 20 countries. GEAPS Exchange 2018 The 2018 GEAPS Exchange will take place March 24-27 in Denver, Colorado. GEAPS Exchange provides educational sessions for attendees to learn about the latest trends, innovations and best practices from across the industry. The exhibitor hall will feature the latest in operations solutions and new technologies. Visit Our Booth The ISN team will be available at booth 943 throughout the conference. Visit us to learn more about how ISN helps connect Hiring Clients with safe and sustainable contractors, facilitating partnerships to help ensure compliance with safety and procurement standards. We will also be providing live demonstrations of our online contractor management platform, ISNetworld.
ISN will be presenting and exhibiting at the 2018 Safety 360 Conference on Tuesday, 27 March – Wednesday, 28 March in Auckland, New Zealand. The focus of the conference is to discuss and share best practice safety culture across all sectors and industries with legislative updates, case studies, and interactive panel discussions. The conference will feature four summits: National Health & Safety Leaders, Hazardous Substances Management, Health & Wellbeing and Occupational Health. ISN will be presenting on Tuesday, 27 March at 2:10pm at the National Health & Safety Leaders’ Summit on “What is Best-in-Class in Contractor Management?”. Visit Our Booth The ISN team will be available in the Expo Hall at Booth 35 throughout the conference. We will be providing live demonstrations of ISNetworld, ISN’s online contractor management platform. We will also be sharing our “What is Best-in-Class in Contractor Management?” White Paper and benchmarking reports analysing Australia and New Zealand contractor health and safety performance data. We hope to see you there.