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July 22, 2019

Looking Beyond the Minimum

EWN Compliance News | vol. 5 by Dr. Matt Joiner, EWN Executive Director of Education Eversource Energy (EE) is a Fortune 500 and Standard and Poor’s 500 energy company headquartered in Hartford, Connecticut and Boston, Massachusetts. EE employs over 800 gas employees in over 14 locations across its service region. In 2016, Eversource was searching for a customized training and compliance solution that would better ensure the rigor, effectiveness, and integrity of its training content, test security, records management, and overall Operator Qualification (OQ) Program. By 2018, Eversource and ENERGY worldnet, Inc. (EWN) had forged a superior collaboration in which regulatory guidelines were exceeded and a fully-customized OQ Plan was adopted. Working together, EWN committed its team of highly credentialed, dedicated experts to work alongside Eversource in the development of customized content and compliance materials tailored to their geographic region, specialized equipment, and internal policies, procedures, and plans. In the end, the Eversource-EWN collaboration involved: Auditing existing content, evaluations, and materials and recommending improvements; Developing customized quizzes, knowledge checks, and examinations; Securing seasoned, credentialed subject-matter experts and industry insiders to vet materials; Recommending the use of a third-party Authorized Training and Assessment Center (ATAC) to perform unbiased field and performance evaluations; Recommending […]
May 21, 2019

Is Your OQ Program Effective?

EWN Compliance News | vol. 4 by Claude McKee, EWN Compliance Management Specialist Do you check your OQ training at least annually to review employee pass-fail rates and assess which evaluation questions are missed? If not, you are treating evaluations as if they are nothing more than pass-fail documents. Without submitting failed evaluations, you cannot rely on your data. Without correcting problems associated with the relationship between your evaluations and your OQ training, you end up training people to pass the evaluation and then have to actually teach them how to do the job later. This can cost you time, money, and can even lead to a dangerous situation between the time employees pass an ineffective evaluation and the time when they are eventually trained properly. You Should be Evaluating Your Evaluations Your evaluations are a way to ensure your training is relevant and effective. Performance of the task is, without a doubt, the best evaluation method. If something is missed here, you need to know it. Even the submission of failed performance evaluation can be a key indicator of knowledge transfer problems. PHMSA has implied that performance of the task should be a part of the evaluation process. If your evaluations do not match your process, then it’s time […]
November 8, 2018

ENERGY worldnet, Inc. Enters Virtual Reality Arena with Debut of Mobile Training Center for the Energy Industry

  November 6, 2018, Decatur, TX – ENERGY worldnet, Inc. (EWN) announced Wednesday the launch of their Mobile Training Center to bring blended learning and state-of-the-art virtual reality (VR) training to pipeline operators in the oil and gas industry. The EWN Mobile Training Center debuted this past week at the Texas Gas Association’s (TGA) Fall Board and Committee Meeting in League City, TX. In an innovative approach to training and education, the EWN Mobile Training Center allows trainees to experience learning in a hands-on virtual reality environment, a remarkable advancement in the safety training arena. When asked about the recent launch of the Mobile Training Center, Coleman Sterling, EWN’s CEO stated, “No single type of training is effective for 100% of any workforce. ENERGY worldnet is proudly answering the call for blended training by taking its existing computer-based (CBT) and instructor-led trainings (ILT) and including opportunities for hands-on, real-world training through VR and the EWN Mobile Training Center.” Sterling continued, “By adding virtual reality to our already extensive suite of offerings, we can now simulate field conditions like never before, allowing trainees to experience situational training in a safe, virtual environment. It’s one thing to have someone complete a CBT; […]
November 8, 2018

Steve Allen Joins EWN as Executive Director of Pipeline Safety

  October 17, 2018, Decatur, TX – ENERGY worldnet, Inc. (EWN) is excited to welcome Steve Allen (pictured left) to the EWN staff as the company’s Executive Director of Pipeline Safety. An Experienced Pipeline Safety Regulator with an extensive history in the utility industry, Mr. Allen is a past member of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee, also known as the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee (GPAC). He is also a former Chairman for the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives and was the Director of Pipeline Safety for the state of Indiana. As the Executive Director of Pipeline Safety at EWN, Steve Allen will be responsible for continued contributions to the advancement of safety standards and programs in the oil and gas industry. Allen will also be responsible for the pipeline safety management program at EWN. When asked about adding Mr. Allen to the EWN staff, Coleman Sterling (pictured right), CEO of EWN, stated, “We are fortunate to have our friend Steve join the EWN team. His industry experience and dedication to the betterment of our industry is inspiring and fits naturally with the EWN culture and vision. Together we will make our […]
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