Behind-the-Scenes at the Intelex User Conference 2014

Last week marked the fifth year of our annual Intelex User Conference. The yearly event provides a key opportunity for clients from around the globe (and I mean around the globe – we had clients attend from Australia, Norway, UK, Cayman Islands, Middle East and more) to network and share best practices.

With over 230 delegates from industries such as oil and gas and food and beverage to metals and mining, this year’s conference boasted record attendance! To accommodate our diverse audience, we offered training sessions for beginner, intermediate and advanced users. One of the most popular sessions was the Product Best Practice Sharing Roundtable, where Intelex users with the same products shared new approaches and tools that others could incorporate into their system. We even had prospective clients attend the conference, so there really was something for everyone!

Our President and CEO, Mark Jaine, gave an inspired opening keynote on the Intelex strategic vision. He showcased the latest exciting platform capabilities, functionalities and advanced features on the Intelex system. Attendees were definitely in awe over the rollout of the new reporting functionalities.

Another highlight of the conference was the exciting night out at The Ballroom Bowl. After a day of training and informative sessions, clients were able to unwind with dinner, bowling and a live performance from Intelex’s house band Co-Pilot! But the most anticipated event of the night was the Intelex Performance Excellence Awards. These awards recognized Intelex clients who demonstrated commitment to excellence, innovation and success in EHSQ management and software development and deployment.

This year’s winners included:

  • Nexteer Automotive – Dream Builder
  • Agnico Eagle Minds Limited – Safety Performance
  • Boart Longyear – Environmental Stewardship
  • Hussman – Quality Excellence
  • Albert Munoz SGS – Community Builder
  • Etihad Airways – User Adoption

All in all, the 2014 User Conference was a huge success! Even Twitter was abuzz with tweets from conference attendees who put the conference hashtag (#ILXUC2014) to use. Check out some of our highlights from Twitter:

  1. Agnico Eagle Mines @agnicoeagle 8 Oct
    Great night at the @Intelex Performance Excellence Awards. Proud to be the Safety Performance winner! #AEM #ILXUC2014
  2. David Speerbrecker @TheSafetyDave 8 Oct
    @Intelex @OpusStewartWeir great ideas and innovations with current technology. Thanks for the info. #ILXUC2014
  3. Schapster @Dadvocates 8 Oct
    @Intelex @Mark_at_Intelex some good improvements coming for 2015. Looking forward to them. Thanks for the keynote speech! #ILXUC2014

With over 230+ attendees from organizations around the globe, over 19 expert speakers and 75+ Intelexians at the conference, we’d like to thank you everyone for making the event such a huge success. A very special thanks also goes out to our amazing sponsors who made the event possible – CH2MHill, RegScan, E2ManagedTech, Enhesa and Sitehawk. Looking forward to seeing everyone next year!

And don’t worry, if you weren’t able to attend or would simply like to review some of the material at the conference, please contact: conferences@intelex.com.

Behind-the-Scenes at the Intelex User Conference 2014

Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, Europe Tackles Climate Change, Ebola Workplace Health and Safety and More on EHS This Week!

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

    • Safety Initiative leads to more than 1000 factory inspections in Bangladesh
    • Europe gathering support to tackle climate change
    • Commentary says Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS) undercounts injuries and illnesses
    • Addressing Ebola workplace health & safety concerns
    • Ebola outbreak prompts call for PPE innovations

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, w e’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.

    • The Accord: Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. Read more here.
    • Mayors Adapt initiative. Learn more here.
    • European Commission website on Climate Action. Check it out here.
    • Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development. View it here.

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Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, Europe Tackles Climate Change, Ebola Workplace Health and Safety and More on EHS This Week!

Webinar: Achieving Operational Excellence with 8D Problem Solving

Being able to respond effectively to nonconformances and product defects is crucial to success in any quality assurance role. Addressing and eliminating the underlying root cause of a problem can prevent recurring issues, however, more often than not, quality professionals find themselves trapped in reactive, inefficient processes. In order to implement proactive quality management processes, quality professionals across all industries are turning to an approach that many in the automotive and manufacturing sectors have been using successfully for some time: the Eight Disciplines (8D) Problem Solving process.

The 8D Problem Solving process is now one of the most effective and widely used problem solving processes by quality professionals, and Intelex’s new solution for nonconformances and product defects incorporates this proven approach to continuous improvement. In this webinar, Achieving Operational Excellence with the Eight Disciplines (8D) Problem Solving Process, you will learn how you can integrate the 8D Problem Solving approach into your processes to establish a proactive quality management program.

Key topics covered in this webinar include:

  • Understanding the 8D method and why it’s the cornerstone of many new lean initiatives.
  • Replacing old, reactive approaches to managing nonconformances.
  • Successfully identifying root causes and correcting and eliminating recurring problems.
  • Globally communicating the lessons learned to share best practices across multiple locations.
  • Realizing the benefits of a proactive, continuous improvement approach to quality.

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

OSHA Requests Public Input on Chemical Hazards, FSMA Proposals to Become More Flexible, Canada Invests in Food Traceability and more on EHS This Week!

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

    • OSHA releases RFI, launches “national dialogue” on workplace chemical hazards
    • FDA looking to increase the flexibility of FSMA proposals
    • Canadian government invests in livestock traceability database
    • Unique mobile unit initiative promoting awareness of workplace safety

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, w e’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.

    • OSHA seeks public opinion on chemical hazards and permissible exposure limits. View instructions for submitting comments are here.
    • Canada’s proposed national livestock traceability database. Learn more about it here.

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Webinar: Revolutionizing Safety Performance in Oil & Gas

Achieving success and sustained compliance in oil and gas means having visibility of key performance indicators, essential measures that enable businesses to respond to changing circumstances. However, organizations too often rely on ‘lagging’ performance indicators – metrics that don’t provide the essential information you need to ensure success. Alternatively, leading indicators can enable you to achieve proactive management, continued compliance and substantial savings in time, efficiency and resources.

Leading and Lagging Indicators: Revolutionizing Safety Performance in Oil & Gas, is a free 30-minute webinar that focuses on the vast potential of leading performance indicators. Hosted by Oil and Gas solutions specialists Gurpreet Lalwani and Steve Buffett, this webinar will show you how leveraging leading and lagging indicators can revolutionize how you manage your business.

Watch this webinar and learn:

  • Leveraging leading and lagging indicators to improve overall organizational safety performance.
  • Gaining greater insight into understand your indicators and what they mean for your organization.
  • The role of tools in converting lagging into leading indicators.
  • The critical need for data consistency in any safety performance management system.

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

Webinar: Revolutionizing Safety Performance in Oil & Gas

Top Safety Roadblocks for Oil & Gas Workers, NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation Program, Drive Safely Work Week and more on EHS This Week!

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

    • Survey uncovers top four roadblocks to onsite safety for oil and gas workers
    • NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation Program to study hazards at E-scrap recycling facilities
    • CDC Foundation offers tips on workplace flu prevention
    • Commission for Environmental Cooperation report analyzes North American pollutant reporting data
    • Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) celebrates 18th Drive Safely Work Week

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, w e’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.

    • Survey Showcasing Safety Roadblocks in Oil & Gas. View it here.
    • NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation Program. Learn more here.
    • Flu Prevention Infographic. View it here.
    • Commission for Environmental Cooperation report: Taking Stock – North American Pollutant Releases and Transfers, vol. 14. Download the report here.
    • Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) Toolkit for Safe Driving Programs. View it here.

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Top 5 Tips to Help You “Ignite Performance” at Intelex’s User Conference

The countdown is on, and Intelex’s annual conference is less than a week away! Whether you’ve attended our Ignite Performance User Conference in the past or will be joining us for the first time, we want to make sure you leave Toronto at the end of next week with both the knowledge and the enthusiasm to take your Intelex system to the next level.

With this in mind, here are our top 5 tips for how to get the most out of the Ignite Performance 2014 Conference!

1. Set Goals

Intelex is big on setting goals – in fact, every year we hold an internal Vision Meeting to review our previous year’s goals as a company and lay out our objectives for the upcoming one. By setting specific, concrete goals for what you hope to achieve, you can come up with an action plan that will help you to ensure you have a successful conference.

For example, are you attending the conference to bring new knowledge back to your team? If so, try to approach every session and conversation as a potential learning opportunity. It can be hard to soak it all in and recall everything later, so make an effort to write down one or two key takeaway messages either during or immediately after these interactions.

Or maybe you’re attending the conference to establish new business connections or strengthen existing relationships? If that’s the case, now’s the time to stock up on your business cards, and consider reaching out through Intelex-Exchange ahead of time to the people that you’d like to connect with.

2. Come Prepared with Questions

There’s going to be a wealth of knowledge at the Hilton Hotel next week and we hope you’ll take advantage of it! From the clients who will be presenting on their experiences, to the Intelex employees that will be helping out with the event, we’re willing to bet that there’s an answer out there to almost any Intelex question you might have.

Spend a few minutes this week jotting down your thoughts about how your Intelex system is working for you currently. How are you hoping to improve in the year ahead, and who do you think might be able to help you do so? Take another look at the sessions that you’ve signed up for and think about what it is you’re hoping to gain from each of them, and what questions you might have for the presenters.

3. Identify Who You’d Like to Meet

Take a look at the Intelex-Exchange 2014 Intelex User Conference group to learn more about who else will be attending this year’s conference. Who else is using the same software solutions? Who else is employed in your industry and might be facing similar challenges?

If you’ve spent some time on the Intelex-Exchange community there’s a chance that you’ve interacted with some of these people in the past – ask yourself who you’d like to meet in person. Now is also a great time to review our list of speakers if you haven’t already! Who do you think you might want to try to grab some extra face time with?

4. Get Ready to Mingle

The term “networking” sometimes gets a bad rap, but we do things a little bit differently here at Intelex! Of course there will be your standard coffee breaks and lunches, but we also have some exciting and fun opportunities to get to know the Intelex team and your fellow attendees better in a less formal setting. Our evening event is always a highlight for conference attendees, and so we hope to see you out on Wednesday night as we enjoy a delicious dinner, great live music and a little bit of bowling! The next day our product roundtable sessions are back by popular demand, providing you with a chance to connect and share best practices with other Intelex users with the same product(s). You’ll have plenty of chances to make meaningful connections, so practice your conversation starters now!

5. Arrive Well-Rested!

Finally, we would strongly suggest that you try to get some shut-eye on the plane – we’re an energetic bunch and you’ll need that sleep to keep up with us! This year we’ve got a jam-packed agenda, a lot of engaging material to present and a big night planned for Wednesday, so you’ll absolutely want to start off on the right foot.

We can’t wait to welcome you to Toronto, and all of us here at Intelex are excited to learn from your experiences and share our own knowledge. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions leading up to the big event!

 

Top 5 Tips to Help You “Ignite Performance” at Intelex’s User Conference