NIOSH Teams up with OSHA, Addressing Climate Change and More!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • Companies Addressing Climate Change
  • NIOSH, OSHA offer toolkit on respiratory protection for health care workers
  • NIOSH Collaborating with Wikipedia
  • Healthier Hospital Initiative Seeing Results
  • NSC Cellphone related Car Crashes has increased

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • NSC Report on Distracted Driving. Click here
  • NIOSH Collaboration with Wikipedia Press Release. Click here.
  • Healthier Hospitals Initiative Milestone Report. Click here
  • Hospital Respiratory Protection Program Toolkit. Click here
  • “Mind the Science” May 2015 Report: Click here
  • We Mean Business Coalition: Click here
  • Carbon Disclosure Project: Click here

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Low Oil Prices Create Opportunity for Forward-Thinking Upstream Companies

The oil industry has seen many booms and busts in its history, and it’s common in times of low oil prices for companies to face significant pressure to cut spending.  This can lead to production slowdowns, decommissioned rigs, layoffs and other cuts with similar far-reaching consequences. It can even lead to unsafe working conditions if the HSE budget also ends up on the chopping block.

Although commodity prices may be beyond your control, periods of downturn can create opportunities for companies to invest in their future by acting strategically now. Your safety program is one of the best places to invest your time and resources during this critical juncture, and we’re here to tell you why.

Get Ahead While You Can!

Currently, companies in the upstream oil industry are facing many of the same challenges and are being limited by many of the same constraints. This may sound comforting, but the choices that your company (and your competitors) are making right now are going to determine how successfully you are able to resume operations and increase production once prices pick up again. When that time comes, will your company be at the front of the pack? How can you prepare yourself now to lead in the future?

Safety outcomes have a direct impact on the bottom line, making your HSE program a terrific place to turn to when you’re searching for an impactful way to improve your overall business performance. On the flipside, a mismanaged HSE program has many potential costs, including higher injury rates and insurance premiums, fines, disruptions to operations, lost productivity, damage to property or equipment and decreased standing with potential customers, investors and partners.

In other words, investing in safety can set you apart from the competition. If you are looking at your current approach to HSE management and are seeing some gaps, now is the time to invest in safety and get a good system in place to report, track, analyze, and mitigate risk in order to improve your safety performance.

Avoid Losing Valuable Assets

Not only do low commodity prices lead to budget cuts, but when they also result in layoffs you lose some of your most valuable assets – your people and their knowledge. Indeed, dealing with the labor shortage was a major challenge following the 2008/2009 downturn, when companies had to face the reality that many of their workers had gone elsewhere. Currently, some companies are offering unpaid vacations or even four-day work weeks in an attempt to cut costs without losing their employees.

Here’s another option: why not put some of these currently under-utilized employees to work on a project that will deliver returns both in the near future, and after prices have bounced back and production has increased? Task your people with improving the company’s safety program – not only do these employees possess a thorough understanding of your business processes as well as your safety processes and needs, but if you retain them through this slow time they will still be with you when commodity prices (and production) pick up again.

Invest in Safety Now

By investing in safety now, your company will find itself in an enviable position once prices pick up and increasing production becomes a priority again. Having efficient and effective safety processes in place will allow you to focus your full energies on production and profits.

Whether your identified areas for improvement include streamlining incident reporting and investigation, improving your change management processes, conducting inspections and implementing corrective actions, or some other important area of Health & Safety, Environment or Quality, Intelex can help. Visit our website to find out more about our Oil & Gas software solutions and fill out a form to speak to one of our Oil & Gas Industry specialists about your needs.

Low Oil Prices Create Opportunity for Forward-Thinking Upstream Companies

Intelex @ NAEM EHS Compliance Excellence Conference

It’s that time of the year once again; NAEM’s EHS Compliance Excellence Conference is upon us! This year’s event will take place in Atlanta, Georgia at the Marriott Marquis on May 20 & 21, and features a diverse group of EHS professionals who will join together to discuss effective ways to ensure compliance, reduce risk and drive business results as well as creative and innovative ways in which they are meeting current and emerging environmental, health and safety regulatory requirements.

As usual, Intelex will make its presence felt at the conference. We are sponsoring the event and will have representatives on hand at our booth to showcase Intelex’s EHS management solution. Our trio of EHS solutions experts; Steve Ross, Andy Giffen and Angela Curtis will be conducting live product demonstrations and showcasing Intelex’s wide variety EHS solutions including Sustainability Performance Indicators, Process Non-conformances, Compliance Assurance and more!

If you are going to be attending this year’s event, swing on by and say hi to the team! Be on the lookout for our big blue Intelex booth filled with beach balls! We promise, it’ll be worth your while.

Following the show, we will also be hosting a dinner on Wednesday May 20th at 6:30 p.m. at Max Lager’s Wood-Fire Grill & Brewery located at 320 Peachtree Street NE. Join our team for an evening of great food, drinks, interesting discussions and good company. Stop by our booth to find out how you can join! Or you can email angela.curtis@intelex.com for more details.

If you didn’t get a chance to make it out this time around, be sure to join us for the next NAEM event. We recently attended the NAEM EHS and Sustainability Software Conference in February and will be attending NAEM’s Corporate Sustainability Management Conference in August, followed by the NAEM EHS Management Forum in October. For a list of our upcoming events and conferences, be sure to check out our Events Page.

Intelex @ NAEM EHS Compliance Excellence Conference

NIOSH Firefighter Study, Air Quality Impacts on Fracking and More!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • NIOSH Study Confirms Firefighters’ Higher Caner Risk
  • Study Finds Young Workers Unlikely to Report Minor Injuries
  • New Study Examines Air Quality Impacts on Fracking Wells

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • Risk of cancer among firefighters in California, 1988–2007. Click here
  • OHS Insider’s New & Young Worker Compliance Centre. Click here.
  • Fracking may affect air quality and human health, OSU study finds. Click here

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National Fall Safety Stand-Down, OSHA Alliance, BSSE Hotline and More!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • Top Risk Factors for the Upstream Oil & Gas Industry
  • OSHA & NCTE Form Aliance to Protect Transgender Workers
  • National Fall Safety Stand-Down
  • BSSE Announces Hotline for Near-Misses for Offshore Oil & Gas Operations

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • Top Risk Factors for Upstream Oil & Gas Industry. Click here
  • OSHA and NCTE form alliance to protect safety, health of transgender workers. Click here.
  • National Fall Safety Stand-Down. Click here
  • Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement 2014 Annual Report. Click here

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Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental Health Week is May 4-10, 2015, and many take this opportunity to discuss how to best support those who are living with mental illness, or to work to reduce the stigma around mental illness. Mental health in the workplace is another important theme that’s popping up more and more these days.

Canadian statistics show that at least 20 percent of the population will experience mental illness at some point in our lives. But what about those other four people in that statistic? Are they mentally healthy?

One concern is that by limiting the conversation to mental illness, we may not be opening ourselves up to the ways in which we can and should be promoting mental well-being throughout our lives and, yes, our workplaces.

While it is vital to provide a workplace free of discrimination and harassment, and to ensure accommodations are made for mental illness where they may be needed, it’s also important to consider how we can all work to create workplaces that promote mental well-being. This requires a switch from a reactive position to a proactive one.

Creating a workplace culture that supports mental well-being may sound like a vague or challenging goal. But there are a few easy ways that employers can stack the deck in favour of good mental health. Here are just a few examples of how Intelex and other companies are supporting mental health in the workplace:

  • Setting realistic expectations for work performance and promoting open, honest and respectful communication between coworkers to help decrease workplace anxiety.
  • Implementing professional development plans for all employees to set the stage for continuous learning, which can increase worker engagement.
  • Ensuring that employees don’t feel like they need to consistently work 60-hour weeks to achieve success in their career, thus encouraging work-life balance.

Many companies today are beginning to change the conversation about mental health by talking about how we can thrive, not just survive. For more on how Intelex supports workplace well-being, and how you can become part of the team, check out our website!

Webinar – ISO 9001:2015 – How to Successfully Prepare Your Business

The world’s leading quality management standard, ISO 9001, is currently under revision. The new ISO 9001:2015 standard comes into effect in September 2015. The changes are significant and will have a direct impact on your quality processes.

In order to be ready for these changes, implement any new processes and be certified under the new standard it is imperative to be informed – so don’t miss this webinar.

Join Intelex Product Manager of Quality Solutions, Peter Alouche, and Senior Product Manager, Eric Morris for this free webinar where they discuss some of the challenges and opportunities the new ISO standard will bring.

Topics covered include:

  • General overview of changes to ISO 9001:2015
  • The business of quality and how to optimize your operations and gain a competitive advantage
  • Key strategies and tools for building a quality focused culture
  • How to leverage technology to make ISO compliance most efficient
  • Tips on preparing your organization for ISO 9001:2015

Watch a preview below or click here to watch the full webinar.

On the Road Again…Busy Conference Season for Intelex Continues!

We had a fantastic and eventful start to the conference season last week. The Intelex team is hitting the road once again this week. This time we will be making stops in Nashville, Tennessee for ASQ 2015 World Conference on Quality and Improvement and beautiful Banff, Alberta for the Petroleum Safety Conference (PSC).

See below for details and if you are attending be sure to stop by the Intelex booth and say hi to the team!

ASQ 2015 World Conference on Quality and Improvement
May  3- 6, Gaylord Opryland Resrt & Convention Center, Nashville
Intelex Booth Number: 719

The American Society for Quality (ASQ)  conference brings together quality professionals from around the world to share experiences and strategies on improving manufacturing quality and creating more efficient, leaner processes while also giving attendees the chance to network with 2,500 of the world’s leaders in quality.  Intelex will be exhibiting and spreading the word on how we can help organizations save time, reduce costs and improve quality.

Stop by our booth #719 where our Quality Solution Specialists; Adam VanderBurgt & Alex O’Dell will be accompanied by Product Owner Mastan Kalsi and Global Marketing Specialist Angela Curtis to discuss how Intelex can help your organization save time, reduce costs and improve quality.

Join us on Monday May 4th at 11:00 a.m where Mastan Kalsi along with Adam VanderBurgt will deliver a product presentation on Ensuring Supplier Performance and Compliance.

After a long day, why not kick back and join the Intelex team for dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse on Monday May 4th at 7:00pm. For more information, feel free to stop by our booth or contact angela.curtis@intelex.com

Petroleum Safety Conference (PSC) Banff 2015
May 5-7, The Banff Center, Banff Alberta
Intelex Booth Number: 132

Billed as “Canada’s premiere oil and gas safety conference and tradeshow” the Petroleum Safety Conference (PSC) is designed to promote health and safety within the oil and gas industry. You can find the Intelex team at booth #132 and meet with our Safety Solution Specialists Andrew Gaudet & Gurpreet Lalwani who will be joined by our Director of Product Marketing, Jason Dea. Stop by for a live demo and learn how Intelex can help organizations create safer working environments.

Following the show, we will be hosting a dinner at Banff Ave. Brewing Co on Tuesday May 5th at 8:00pm.  Join us for an evening filled with great food, drinks, interesting discussions and good company. For more information contact Jason.dea@intelex.com or drop by our booth to inquire with our team.

On the Road Again…Busy Conference Season for Intelex Continues!

Intelex Challenges PointClickCare to May Fitbit Challenge!

If there’s one thing, we love at Intelex it’s definitely a little healthy competition and adding some fun to the mix.

Earlier this year Intelex and members of the Tech Community began participating in the #TechStepsUp Fitbit Challenge.

For those of you reading this post that aren’t aware of the challenge, here this skinny: For the companies participating, all competitors are equipped with Fitbits that track and record steps taken and automatically uploads detailed stats to a company dashboard. Total scores are calculated at the end of each month and a winner is named.

This month we are going to shake things up a bit and go toe-to-toe with PointClickCare. It will be a “fight to the finish” as the saying goes.

The rules are simple. The company with the most average Fitbit steps per person at the end of May will be the winner.

Now that the weather is getting warmer and the sun is shining there is no doubt everyone will be stepping up their game with lots of time outside.

The “#TechStepsUp” Fitbit challenge was started by Intelex as a way to create camaraderie and generate some friendly competition within the Tech community. The other upside is the healthier bodies and happier minds. If you and your company wants to join in on the fun send us a tweet!

Let the Games begin!

Follow us on Twitter @Intelex and use the hashtag #techstepsup for daily updates.

Intelex Challenges PointClickCare to May Fitbit Challenge!