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March 25, 2015MONTREAL, QuebecBoston and Montreal-Based Companies Announce Worldwide Expansion With New Partnership Agreement

February 12, 2015 – Montreal, Canada based Nimonik and Boston, MA, U.S.A. based The Isosceles Group announce a partnership that will expand award winning environmental, health, and safety regulatory compliance software worldwide.

Nimonik, a company known for its award-winning regulatory compliance software for iPhone, iPad, Android, and web platforms has partnered with The Isosceles Group, a leader in publishing content on environmental, health, and safety laws in over 65 countries for the past fifteen years. Content traditionally delivered in Word and Excel documents will now be made available through the NimonikApp web platform and the Nimonik Audit app for iPhone, iPad, and Android.

Richard DiNitto, president of The Isosceles Group says:

“Nimonik has developed the perfect platform to ensure that these protocols, critical tools for EHS managers, can be accessed and used easily, efficiently, and consistently. Our goal has always been to make compliance a bit easier—to take the frustrations out of the process. We looked at a number of applications, but Nimonik’s application is sophisticated enough to handle the depth of information we provide and user-friendly enough to ensure that it becomes a valuable resource. Together, we’ll be able to provide our clients with relevant information at their fingertips. That is the driving force of our collaboration, and we are thrilled to be working with this award-winning company.”

Audit protocols are available for most countries in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. These detailed regulatory compliance checklists break down each regulatory requirement into a series of questions to help EHS managers audit their compliance efforts. In-depth reference information, including links to the legislation and other supporting documentation, is accessible directly from the application. This ensures that EHS managers have everything they need to better understand the regulatory requirements.

Since only three companies currently offer a global solution for EHS legal information updates, this partnership meets a crucial need. By June 2015, an overview of the regulatory requirements for all 65 countries will be available on the NimonikApp.com website along with the audit protocols, regulatory updates and access to the original legislation.

The Nimonik – Isosceles Group app is are nearly 50% less expensive than the current market offerings, helping businesses reduce costs.

The president of Nimonik, Jonathan Brun, goes on to explain:

“The Isosceles Group has outstanding regulatory content and a strong relationship with American multinational corporations. Bringing their content into the 21st century, by making it available on a modern website, an award winning iPad app and on Android will further cement their leadership position. We look forward to working with their team of experts to help companies reduce their compliance costs.”

As business becomes increasingly international, the need for an easy and cost effective platform for regulatory compliance information is more important than ever.

For more Information please contact:

Alysa Scanzano
ascanzano@nimonik.com
1-888-608-7511


SI Safety Inspection Live was recently bought by Biovia – Accelrys and they are retiring it. If you are a laboratory who does regular audits and inspections against ANSI, ANAB or other standards, Nimonik is the solution for you. We work with universities, clinics, hospitals and even the ANSI assessment group to help you inspect and audit more efficiently.

Starting for as little as $9 per month, we can get you inspecting your labs in a flash. Contact us at info@nimonik.com to discuss your requirements.


For one reason or another, railroad safety is horrible in the United States and Canada. As statistics found here point out, North America has over 5 times more accidents per 1,000 km of track than our European counterparts.

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A recent New York Times article went into detail on the subject and clearly stated:

“The only significant [U.S.] government intrusion into the railroads’ self-regulation of the nation’s 70,000 to 100,000 railroad bridges is a requirement that the companies inspect them each year. But the Federal Railroad Administration, which employed only 76 track inspectors as of last year, does not routinely review the inspection reports and allows each railroad to decide for itself whether or not to make repairs.”

The NYT article also points out that despite the Lac Megantic train explosion, that killed 47 people, new regulations have not been brought into force in Canada. The Globe and Mail, Canada’s leading national newspaper even had a full page advertisement for better rail safety along with an article outlining Canadian National’s (CN) spike in accidents in 2014. CN gives every possible excuse, from random statistical anomaly to higher loads due to oil tanks. What CN or the other North American rail companies do not do, is accept responsibility for their remarkably poor safety record and failing infrastructure.

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Both the Canadian and United States government need to take quick, rapid and meaningful actions to force the rail companies to invest in their tracks and improve safety procedures. If Germany and France can manage far more trains, with higher population densities and less than one fifth the accidents we have, then we can too. Tracks and trains need much more frequent inspections by government and by rail companies, there really is no other solution. Will it take another disaster like Lac Megantic for the powers that be to take action on railroad safety in North America?


Technology seems to move ahead at a rate that is almost impossible for the average corporation to stay in touch with short of hiring a full-time liaison to explore the applications market.  Many mundane tasks that have been done manually for decades are becoming simplified with the latest contributions to the mobile world. Performing audits and staying abreast of EHS regulations is one such area where modern apps can help reduce mounds of paperwork and stressful hours of work which only increase the payroll.

Let’s look specifically at some of the most-useful features of two of the leading auditing apps, the FieldiD and the Nimonik system, to parallel a few details of their auditing, inspecting, and reporting abilities.

Summary

Both companies are known for their good software and service. However, Nimonik is better suited to EHS professionals who want access to free checklists and inspection forms along with complex regulatory obligations. The Nimonik software is certainly more user friendly than FieldID and the price point is approximately 40% lower than FieldiD.

Feature FieldiD Nimonik
Pricing Unpublished:  must contact for a quote Starts at $9 per month. Published online (download pricing guide here)
Platforms iPads, Android tablets, web-based. iPads, iPhones, website, Android.
Track (and notify you) of safety compliance schedules Yes. Yes.
Identification of audit items RFID and barcodes for 100% accuracy  (serial numbers may be used) as well). Not advertised
Email notifications of upcoming inspections and audits? Yes:  send to self, colleagues and even clients and other team members. Yes:  Appropriate team members and clients are alerted when a need arises
Asset management (and inventories) Yes Yes. Customize your templates to identify the items you wish to track.
Keep you updated on new laws or changes to existing laws/regulations Not advertised. Yes:  provides legal updates as well as assigns a colleague to review items and leave and timestamp.
Tracking of tasks/actions via timestamps Not advertised. Yes. All changes to the system are monitored and stored, to create an Audit Trail.
Track location of inspection or audit via GPS Yes Yes
Customized dashboard Yes:  Each user can arrange safety widgets in the order that is most helpful, No – a industry best dashboard is offered, allowing users to see a quick overview of their compliance performance.
Safety scoring Goes beyond “pass/fail” with customized sliding scale and comments. Audits are fully customizable with scoring and risk metrics.
Plan for corrective actions Identify, prioritize, assign follow-up, track results. Assigns a colleague to tasks that require follow-up and reporting.
Data Export Unclear. Easy data export.  Directly connect database to Nimonik system.
Works on or offline Yes. Sync to cloud at later time. Yes. State of the art multi-person synchronization to website and to colleagues’ machines.
Instant access to reports Yes. Yes: attractive reports can be instantly sent via iPad to colleagues, clients, and supervisors.
Data Security Unclear. Yes:  States, “Security is a top priority”.  Entire team synchronizes to a secure server. Encrypted communication is tested regularly. Full documentation is available for your IT department.
Regulatory compliance protocols Not advertised. Over 200 from over 65 countries around the world for environmental, health and safety legal compliance.
Intrinsically safe iPad, iPhone and iPad Mini cases Not advertised. Cases are available for Android and iPad devices.

By comparing the data in the chart above, you and your team can now make an informed choice about the right tools for meeting your audit and inspection needs. Converting from the traditional paper auditing and inspection process to an electronic, mobile system is a move that will understandably require thoughtful consideration.

If you desire assistance as you weigh the evidence presented by various auditing app developers, you can reach a customer service representative of the Nimonik company at 1-888-608-7511 or make contact via the web at info@nimonik.com.


March 11, 2015MONTREAL, QuebecNimonik (http://nimonik.com/) and Conformance Check (http://www.conformancecheck.com) announce a partnership that will take an award winning regulatory compliance app across North America.

February 10, 2015 — Montreal, Canada based Nimonik (http://nimonik.com/) has paired with 20+ year veteran Conformance Check of Toronto, Canada to provide an award winning regulatory compliance app across North America.

Conformance Check has offered an environmental, health, and safety compliance tool and information database since 1992. Their content and technology has been a leader in the North American market with coverage encompassing legislative federal requirements for US and Canada, all Canadian provinces, and 38 U.S. states, providing a comprehensive solution to North American companies. With this partnership, Nimonik will now make the Conformance Check content available on the Nimonik app (https://itunes.apple.com/app/ehsq-audit-and-verification/id393051659) web platform and the Nimonik audit app for iPhone, iPad, and Android.

Robert Kolanko, Chief Operating Officer of Conformance Check says:

“This partnership will help businesses across North America stay abreast of their regulatory requirements on mobile technology”

Only three companies currently offer a global solution for EHS legal information updates and the addition of Conformance Check content allows for more choice for EHS managers around the world. The audit protocols offered by the Nimonik (http://www.nimonik.com/products) – Conformance Check partnership are significantly less expensive than the current market offerings, helping businesses reduce costs.

The president of Nimonik, Jonathan Brun, goes on to explain:

“Conformance Check has been working in EHS compliance for over 20 years, as a young company we have a lot of respect for what they have accomplished. We look forward to making their outstanding content, available on Nimonik’s website, award winning iPad app, and on Android devices to further cement their leadership position.”

For more information please contact:
Alysa Scanzano
ascanzano@nimonik.com
1-888-608-7511


A Safety Moment is a concise talk about a specific safety topic relevant to one’s workplace. It is usually performed by a Safety Officer employed at the organization at the beginning of a meeting or shift. Also known as safety minutes or safety briefs, these talks can be done in a variety of ways, but are typically a short (one to three-minute) discussion on a safety related topic. They can cover a variety of safety issues and remind employees of the importance of being safe, at work, at home and in all aspects of their lives.

The below listing of Safety Moments below is to be considered general information.  It is not explicitly meant to replace any departmental policy, protocol or safe work procedures. These safety tips act solely to remind us about the importance of promoting health and safety, helping recognize and control hazards, increasing awareness and contributing to a safety culture both at home and work.

Choosing a Safety Topic

Most organizations typically have trends of topics which take prevalence in a safety officer’s duties. injuries (ranging from minor to fatal) are a serious concern for all employees at a given organization, it is imperative that the topic of safety resonate with your workers and foster a culture of prevention on the job. Even at home, consider what is done whether cutting the grass or embarking on a DIY project. Do you take a moment to evaluate the risks of your venture and use protective equipment or preventative measures to minimize hazards? Teaching employees to minimize accidents at home helps prevent absenteeism in the work place.

Ideas for Safety Moment Topics

Various organizations have different risk activities which call to attention focus and a fastidious approach to one’s work. Such topics vary from business sector to business sector, and they may include ( but are certainly not limited to):

  • Lift protection for warehouses, wholesalers, and construction sites;
  • Eye protection for chemical and assembly plants;
  • Locating general emergency equipment for small or large-scale hazards;
  • Fire extinguisher use for offices;
  • Defibrillator use;
  • Office ergonomics for sedentary workers;
  • Trip and fall prevention;
  • Hazardous waste disposal;
  • Lockout – Tagout Procedures;
  • Working at heights;
  • Working in confined spaces;
  • Driving during a snowstorm;
  • Driving while tired;
  • Driving during a rainstorm;
  • Checking fire extinguisher status;
  • Workplace walk-around;
  • Eye-protection;
  • Cutting items with a hand saw;
  • Using a nail-gun safely;
  • Walking on an elevated walkway;
  • Checking ladder steps before use;
  • Watching for frostbite when working outdoors when it is below -20 C or -10 F
  • Watching for heatstroke when working outdoors when it is above 30 C or 90 F

Getting the Most Out of the Meeting

It is imperative that the safety moment be succinct and brief so that key information is easily remembered and resonates with workers. If possible, use a real world example where the issue arose and someone was harmed or nearly harmed. A safety moment that runs too long may run the risk of diminished focus in the attendees and an information overload. If several points need to be made, consider having more frequent safety moments.

While some of the information may be repeated at different safety discussions, it’s important to note that these moments are for the benefit of those exposed to risk. Their preventative measures serve as a way to promote mindfulness of one’s habits and actions, in order to minimize the  risk of  injury. The key is to focus on the relevance of what is being discussed. Injuries can have a life-long impact. For the minimal investment asked of workers, a company can see a significant reduction in incidents and  non-compliance. At the same time, a company can see an increase in uniform performance of duties in accordance with the protocols established by the Health/Safety Officer. Safety Moments create a win-win situation with a company and its employees: safety protocols are met, production downtime is minimized, and individuals enjoy the benefits of a healthy, injury-free work environment.


Among the numerous concerns that business owners face, one of the most important and often overlooked is the issue of health and safety in the workplace. Environmental, health, safety, and quality requirements have increased for businesses. This increase has added to the need for  organized procedures to ensure that these standards are met.

Promoting health and safety in the workplace not only offers a positive work environment for employees, but it also proves to be beneficial to the owner and business as a whole. However, doing so can seem daunting and inefficient on a short-term basis. To help in this area, various software systems have been designed to facilitate the achievement of health and safety quality standards. They can alleviate financial and time burdens while requiring minimal effort on the part of the employer.

Economic Benefits of Establishing Safety and Health Protocols

Studies show that as safety standards are increased, work efficiency increases as well. According to the Health and Safety Authority, 6,619 non-fatal work-related accidents were reported in 2012. Many of these accidents resulted in employee time off, reducing production and decreasing efficiency.

In addition to safety standards, the promotion and education of health standards can also prove to be beneficial to companies. While the rate of injury in the workplace has decreased in the last several years, the rate of illness has increased.

One of the leading concerns for employees is the fact that most spend one-third of their day, five days a week, at the work location. This statistic implies that the workplace is an ideal place to promote health for employees. Health education classes, easy access to fitness facilities, tobacco-free work environments, and the removal of unhealthy food options, such as vending machines, can contribute to a healthy work environment that positively impacts both the individual employee and the executive level.

Legal Benefits

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 published health and safety standards that are required of both small and large businesses. These standards call for executives to proactively promote and enforce safety standards in the workplace in a systematic manner. Since legislation regarding health and safety standards is ever-evolving, the use of a software-based product can help to increase efficiency while ensuring that these standards are met. When a business meets these standards, it greatly reduces its risk of facing legal issues and actions.

Ethical Benefits

When a business’s executive level implements ethical practices, especially in areas that directly benefit the individual employee, the general sense of corporate responsibility increases and individual employees tend to reciprocate.  This mutual relationship can benefit the company as a whole in numerous ways.

Openly promoting ethical guidelines can help employees judge the proper route to take in situations where a more ethical solution is not palpable. By doing so, a company can avoid many illnesses, injuries, and other issues that negatively affect efficiency.

Enhancing the company’s public image by fostering integrity on both the executive and individual employee levels is beneficial. It not only indirectly increases profits, but it also helps to bring in new business from clients and partners looking for reputable companies.

Introducing a Program to Facilitate Health and Safety Standards

When your business has a software solution to support your safety and health system in place, such as the one offered by companies like Nimonik, your executives can focus on improving other areas of performance. Companies like Nimonik offer free trials for businesses, meaning there is little risk for greater potential reward.


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Resource development and infrastructure improvements were top of mind when a new Northwest Territories (NWT) government was elected in the fall of 2011.  Since that time, the government has tried to realize these goals by reducing regulatory uncertainty and risk.  Recently the NWT government, together with the Federal government, undertook major steps to meet various objectives through the passage of a new law, entitled “The Northwest Territories Devolution Act”.

This law is historic in that it implements the devolution process for the Northwest Territories.  Devolution refers to the process where a major transfer of power is made from one level of government, in this case the Federal Government, to another, in this case the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT). With devolution, the GNWT has gained more province-like powers for the management of public lands, water and resources. To learn more about the process of devolution, please click here.

Accompanying this historic new law is the enactment of other laws, which are particularly notable for those in the oil and gas industry, including:

  • The Oil and Gas Operations Act (SNWT2014,c14), which will be applicable for those operations using onshore oil and gas resources. A newly-created Office of the Regulator of Oil and Gas Operations will be responsible for the administration of this Act for onshore oil and gas resources, excluding those found in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region. To read a backgrounder on this new regulator, please click here news.exec.gov.nt.ca/wp-content/uploads/Backgrounder-Oil-and-Gas-Regulator.pdf.
  • The Petroleum Resources Act (SNWT2014,c15), which will govern the lease of oil and gas rights on all the lands which may be used for petroleum development and are controlled by the Commissioner of the Northwest Territories.
  •   The Waters Act (SNWT2014,c18) will govern how the GNWT regulates the use of water in the onshore areas of the NWT. To read a backgrounder on the new Waters Act, as prepared by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, please click here.

The devolution of powers from the Federal government to the GNWT means that the territorial government will now enjoy much of the same powers that provinces do when regulating natural resource development and environmental stewardship.  For industry, especially those involved in oil and gas, devolution should mean a simpler legal framework where regulatory uncertainty and risk is reduced.


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This Valentine’s Day, our resident poet, Luciano, put together a poem about love, audits and continuous improvement along with a handy free checklist. Happy Valentine’s Day!

As the time moves by, day to year,
Something becomes clear to me, my dear.
The time is nigh for romantic compliance…
It’s not a feeling baby, it’s EHS science.

Nimonik comes ready with templates and lists,
Ensuring the compliance of both marriage and trist.
Share the love, this Valentine’s day,
Whether at home or both of you going away.

Not all audits have to be at the job,
We can examine what makes our heart throb.
If there’s a love worth examining in your life,
use the below checklists on your husband or wife.

With a tool so simple, we know you will love.
It’s easy to use, and a cut above.
Give Nimonik a try, it’ll be worth your while.
We’ll help you get started, with a 45 day trial.

Access our fun, useful and free checklist on iPad, iPhone and Web for your personal relationship.


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Nimonik is happy to announce our Beta version of our easy to use Incident Management Tool. After carefully looking at the available options on the market, we determined that the missing element in Incident Management is ease of use. Incident reporting forms are long, complicated and have too many fields to enter. With the exception of government reportable incidents, the forms generally do not need to be particularly long.

We all know that a tool that is user friendly will be used more. I am certain that we can agree one one thing, your team should report as many incidents, near misses and opportunities for improvement as possible – we all know more information makes your company safer.

The tools we found on the web and on mobile devices are remarkably hard to use, complex, costly and burdensome. That is why Nimonik is thrilled to offer a simple and quick incident reporting and management tool. Already available on our website, NimonikApp.com, it will be available in iPhone, iPad and Android formats by March 2015.

You can easily report an incident three ways:

  1. on NimonikApp.com/incidents;
  2. on EHS Audit for iPhone and Android (March 2015); and
  3. By email!

Yes, if you are a user of NimonikApp.com you can simply send an email to incident@nimonikapp.com and it will create an incident with the date, person, subject and body of your email. Login later to add details on the incident, issue a corrective action and conduct root cause analysis.

Some more incident reporting features you can expect to see soon:

  • Add attachments – photos, documents and other evidence to incidents;
  • Add extra people to incidents – witnesses, supervisors, contractors; and
  • Implement 5 Why, TapRoot, Fishbone and other methodologies to your Root Cause Analysis.

We are constantly looking for feedback on Incident Management and the way you would like to see it done, so send us an email to discuss your requirements. info@nimonik.com