What is ISNetworld?®
ISNetworld® is a contractor database that establishes a connection between hiring clients (Owner/Clients) and contractors to promote a safer work environment and positive, long-term partnerships. This involves a three-part process to evaluate, determine, and score the compliance of a contractor. Although ISNetworld® provides numerous benefits to both parties involved, a common testimonial from our clients is that becoming compliant with ISN® can be a time-consuming and complex process. When Owner/Clients require ISN® compliance and a minimum acceptable score on a timeline that may not be convenient to you, Blakeman & Associates can help guide you through the process.
After a connection has been established between an Owner/Client and a contractor, ISN® collects self-reported information from contractors and logs it in a centralized, maintained database. This may include written incident and accident records, audit results, Review and Verification (RAVS®), insurance certificates, and more. Once the necessary information has been collected, ISN® reviews it to ensure accuracy and compliance.
In order to become compliant with ISNetworld®, contractors must compile and submit all necessary documentation related to health and safety, demonstrating compliance with industry requirements. Information and documents such as RAVS®, incident logs, insurance, Experience Modification Rate (EMR) letters, and additional supporting documents (depending on the contractor’s industry) are reviewed by ISN® before it is evaluated and in most cases, assigned a grade or score. Depending on the nature of a contractor’s safety history, a lower or failing score may be given. It is important for contractors to get the best grade possible and Blakeman can help in this area.
Blakeman & Associates helps with the ISNetworld® compliance process in several ways. First, we collect or help create your required health and safety documentation, information, and reports for your company. We then compile the correct insurance documents, OSHA forms, EMR letters, and more, and submit the items to ISN® on your behalf. We also assist companies in answering the Management System Questionnaire (MSQ), which is required by all Owner/Clients. Many of the 1800 questions need interpretation to understand exactly what is being asked.
We create your safety awareness documents (RAVS®*) and submit them to ISN® on your behalf for review. In addition to navigating the often-complicated compliance process, Blakeman also helps our clients develop an action plan to potentially increase their score/grade. With time, recognition, and corrective measures, it is possible to receive a better grade.
In addition to setting up your ISN® profile, Blakeman will help maintain and manage your account over the long-term as your third-party data administrator. If you have any additional questions about the ISN® services we offer or about ISNetworld®, contact us today.
Contractors often assume that RAVS® and safety programs serve the same function in the ISN® compliance process, but in reality they are distinctly different. In the same way that Cliff Notes provide a summary of a book, RAVS provide a brief overview of the content that is contained in a contractor’s safety program.
ISNetworld® requires RAVS® to be submitted as part of the ISN® compliance process, but without a compliant safety program, contractors are still at risk. Blakeman & Associates can provide RAVS® for contractors based on their safety programs, but is not held liable for the content of contractors’ own safety programs. It is the responsibility of contractors to ensure their safety programs meet industry standards for compliance, and that their employees adhere to the practices outlined in those programs. If you are unsure whether or not your safety program is up to par, Blakeman & Associates can review and suggest revisions or create an entirely new safety program specifically for your company.
Unfortunately, some third-party data providers do not clarify the difference between RAVS® and safety programs and the importance of having them both, which can lead to a misunderstanding of liability.