Ashland Reduces Cost and Improves Safety with BROWZ

Ashland Inc. is a global leader in providing specialty chemical solutions to customers in a wide range of consumer and industrial markets. With over 10,000 employees and sites in 100 countries, workplace safety is a top concern. The company also has over 1300 contractors working on a temporary basis, mostly in over 40 manufacturing and R&D sites across North America.

Critical to ensuring workplace safety has been the pre-qualification of these contractors. In order for Ashland to successfully prequalify potential and existing contractors, a robust contractor prequalification program with numerous checks and balances was needed.

Supplier compliance was initially tracked on paper, but Ashland soon realized they needed a partner in the process. Ashland’s contractors and suppliers span wide range of risk which adds to the complexity. It was important to ensure the prequalification process provided assurance to Ashland but was also cost efficient and simple for contractors. This is where BROWZ came in.

“BROWZ could do everything we needed, but they also had the flexibility to support our unique business.”Jon Scheibe, Ashland Global Life Safety Programs Manager

BROWZ helped Ashland through the entire process of setting up a contractor prequalification process. The first major step was meeting with key stakeholders. A working group was established to develop the qualification criteria to establish the highest possible safety outcomes for Ashland without being onerous for the contractors. BROWZ developed detailed timelines and project plans that would direct the group over the coming months and provided consultative direction for Ashland based on best practices in the industry.

Today, procurement and EHS personnel at Ashland access contractor pre-qualification data in adashboard, which shows immediately whether contractors have met all necessary criteria. It also shows industry averages right next to a contractor’s metrics.

BROWZ continues to provide dedicated support staff to follow up with Ashland’s contractors to ensure they’re meeting criteria, and that insurance and contracts are all up-to-date.

“BROWZ easily paid itself back in the first year, many times over.”

The business impacts for Ashland have been far-reaching, including return on investment in under one year, established consistency in contractor prequalification, improved relationships and interactions with contractors, and improved workplace safety overall.

“Partnering with BROWZ has enabled us to set that expectation up front, convey that to our contractors, and let them know how important EHS is to us.”

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Joel  Van Campen

Joel Van Campen

Professional Services

Joel Van Campen is director of professional services at BROWZ. During his 11 years with BROWZ, he has led the planning and implementation of contractor prequalification programs for clients across multiple industries. Some of his clients include: Ashland Chemical, Southern Company, BNSF, Holcim, and many others. His responsibilities include client relationships, implementation management, training and mentoring management team, and new product strategy.

Johnathan Scheibe

Johnathan Scheibe

Global Life Safety Programs Manager Ashland


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How to Evaluate the Safety Performance of Contractors Using Lagging & Leading Indicators

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Thursday April 25, 2019

1:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM MT

Joint responsibility is the new normal for managing safety between employers and the contractors they hire. Any contractor, subcontractor, or vendor that comes on your site is now part of your risk profile. How do you manage this risk and desire for contractor continuous process improvement?

Progressive companies know they cannot limit their supply chain safety assessment focus to compliance alone. Contractors and suppliers that are compliant on paper still experience employee injury, leadership challenges, production errors and near miss events. Thought-leading organizations such as the National Safety Council are challenging industry to 'Move the Curve', and go beyond compliance – to look deeper into safety management systems and company safety culture.

Join us for a webinar discussing using both lagging and leading indicators to evaluate the safety performance of contractors. We will be discussing how to track a contractor's safety statistics and OSHA/MSHA violations, auditing safety programs, and also performing safety management systems assessments.

Key Topics

  • Why evaluate safety performance of contractors
  • What information to look at to track safety
  • How to interpret the safety data
  • How to manage the data
  • Auditing safety programs and safety manuals
  • Performing safety management system assessments


Dennis  Robinson

Dennis Robinson

Business Development Specialist

Dennis Robinson has been in the supply chain industry for more than 10 years. Before his current role, Dennis managed the assessment specialist team responsible for the validation of all contractor documentation. His experience provides him with firsthand knowledge of the details and documentation organizations rely on to ensure they are working with safe, responsible contractors.

Laurie Knape

Laurie Knape

ASP, CSP, CLCS, HSE Professional

Laurie has over 20 years of HSE experience. She is a CSP, ASP, CLSC. She is the regulatory chair for the Gulf Coast Safety and Training Group, chairperson for Safe Gulf, chairperson for API RP T8, member for API RP 75, member of ASSP for 13 years. Laurie attended the Univ of CT for HSE, Columbia Southern Univ for Science and Business.