ISNetworld Certification: BROWZ, PICS, AVETTA, RAVS & Other 3rd Party Certifiers
What the Heck is this???
Dear [company] Contractor,
We are pleased to announce [company] Inc. has recently established a business relationship with ISN® (www.isn.com). Effective immediately, ISNetworld® will begin serving as [company]’s primary contractor information management system. As a result of this action, contractors performing services for [company] are required to become subscribers to ISNetworld®.”
If you are one of the lucky ones to receive this type of “Letter of Action Notice” from ISNetworld® and others are not quite sure what to do, we can help. Many companies come to OSHA Safety Manuals. Com looking for guidance regarding the “Letter of Action Notice” letter (usually 30-60 day notice to comply) and we have helped many of these companies over the years. We have clients frequently express uncertainly or apprehension when dealing with the Contractor/Supplier compliance process for the first time. People who have received one of the above letters sometimes find themselves thinking they can complete the ISNetworld® requirements for compliance in a day or two, but have told us that they quickly find the process to be much more time consuming and challenging than they anticipated.
OSHA Safety Manuals . Com can guide you through the complete ISNetworld® compliance process and help you understand what is required of you.
Before deciding what your next move should be, it is key that you understand the purpose and intent of this letter. How you respond to this letter really depends on the relationship between your company and the Owner/Client (customer requiring your ISNetworld® compliance status).
Do I have to join ISNetworld®?
The customer ISNetworld® “Letter of Action” usually goes to all Contractors/Suppliers and it’s up to the Contractors/Suppliers to decide whether or not it truly applies to their scope of work. Rule of thumb is, if Contractors/Suppliers perform work or steps onsite, they almost always are required to join.
My Safety Program is already approved with my Customer!
We get asked all the time, who pays for this? The Contractors/Suppliers almost always have to foot the bill for ISNetworld® startup fees and expenses and in almost all cases they can’t pass the costs along to the Owner/Clients.
Even if a Contractor/Supplier is pre approved to work with an existing customer, they are still required to gain approval again through ISNetworld® if their customer becomes an Owner/Client with ISNetworld®. Owner/Client’s previously signed agreements are not always equal to ISNetowrld®’s scoring system. If you have been previously approved to work with your customer, this does not mean you will be approved again through ISNetworld®.
How can I work for an established ISNetworld® Customer (Owner/Client)?
We get calls from many Contractors/Suppliers who want to work for an Owner/Client who is already subscribed to ISNetworld® but find that they cannot create a connection in the system. Without an agreement signed or one in the works between Contractor and Owner/Client, it can be difficult to get that connection established.
How to get started with ISNetworld® and other 3rd party certifiers.
We get inquiries from clients often times who don’t know what ISNetworld® is or how to get set up with a profile and account. In some cases, they already have an account on ISNetworld® but have no connections yet with Owner/Clients.
To join ISNetworld® and connect with an Owner/Client you will first need to pay ISNetworld® for your account. Then you will need to setup your account and obtain your login information. ISNetworld® requires you to watch a brief webcast training video to gain access to your account and obtain your account number.
Once you are able to access your ISNetworld® account, you can provide any prospective Owner/Clients with your ISNetworld® company ID number to establish a connection. This can take up to a month to a year to complete based on the relationship and incentive, between you and an Owner/Client and whether or not there was a prior agreement with an Owner/Client.
Once the connection has been established with an Owner/Client, the last step is to submit the required documents and information for approval and complete the Management System Questionnaire (MSQ®) in order to obtain full ISNetworld® compliance. We have had Clients tell us that this process can take anywhere from 3-6 months to complete on their own, but our OSHA Safety Manuals.com ISNetworld® experts can do this on your behalf in most cases in under a week.
What Constitutes a Bad Grade in ISNetworld® and what can be done?
In some situations, the Owner/Client will excuse a bad grade and continue to do business with a Contractor/Supplier, but rarely, if at all, will an Owner/Client continue to do business if the proper information is not entered into the ISNetworld® system. With this being said, it is important that Contractors/Suppliers upload all their data properly so you have the best chance at receiving a good score. Even if a Contractor/Supplier has a poor grade, OSHA Safety Manuals.com can, in some cases, help alleviate a bad grade with an action plan designed to recognize, repair, and thwart problems.
What are ISNetworld® and other 3rd Party Verification firms?
ISNetworld® and other third party organizations help qualify contractors and industrial firms in the oil, gas, construction and other industries as safe and compliant in accordance with a variety of state, federal and provincial regulations. This verification process can help to create safer working environments, and encourage high efficiency production.
For some primary contracting employers that create the many regulatory mandates sub- contractors and others must adhere to, being verified means your business meets the safety standards required to operate in that industry. How do you achieve this verification? That’s where we can help.
Why Go with Us?
Look at pre-qualification as a practice run. We’ll help you get ready for the real thing, and prepare you for approval, at a more reasonable cost than anyone else. Getting pre-qualified helps ease the process and with yearly maintenance, helps eliminate the burden of qualification on your business. You focus on your business, and we’ll focus on compliance. Together we’ll get your business approved.
ISNetworld® 3rd party qualification Mini Glossary
New to ISNetworld® qualification? Here are some of the basics to get you started. You’ll see these terms a lot in the approval process. Have more questions? Give us a call!
RAVS® – Stands for Review and Verification Services. These are the written health and safety programs required for ISNetworld® approval and 3rd party qualifiers. RAVS® must be written and submitted according to guidelines set by ISNetworld® and other regulatory bodies. Along with RAVS are T-RAVS (basically, training for RAVS), and I-RAVS (insurance review for coverages, workers’ compensation and more).
MSQ™ Management Safety Questionnaires. There are a variety of MSQ’s™, all of which cover a
range of topics, including safety and performance grading.
Dashboard Grade – The grade issued for a contractor by ISNetworld® on a standard scale of A to F, where A is the best passing grade, and F is failing.
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