Minority Health Month, ICAO’s Safety Ratings, FDA Food Facility Regulations 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:

  • April Minority Health Month
  • North Dakota Approves Project to Recycle Oil Drill Waste
  • International Civil Aviation Association’s Safety Ratings Impact Aviation Industries
  • FDA Regulations on Registration of Food Facilities

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.

  • National Minority Health Month. Click here
  • North Dakota’s Oil Drill Waste Project . Click here.
  • FDA Wants to Amend Regulations on Registration of Food Facilities. Click here

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Friday Safety Fact – Occupational Injuries

Intelex Friday Safety Fact - Minority Health Month

Ensure your workers are safe with Intelex’s Safety Management System.

April is recognized as Minority Health Month. It’s an opportunity to raise public awareness about the health and health care disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities. Just one example: Latinos have had the highest workplace fatality rate among all population groups in the US for the past 17 years and face unique workplace safety challenges for many reasons that can sometimes be related to language barriers.

Intelex Gives Back to the Daily Bread Food Bank

Giving Back to our Community 

Here at Intelex we believe that investing in our communities is an important part of the fabric of our company’s identity. Intelex employees have actively been involved with The Ronald McDonald House, raised awareness for the Movember Foundation, organized a bake sale for the Humane Society and donated to the Shoebox Project, just to name a few of the projects we’ve been involved with.

More recently, our latest initiative saw our team volunteering their time at Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank. The Intelex team visited the Toronto facility and helped sort through donations as part of the organization’s Spring Food Drive.

Our group of volunteers sifted through expired food items, sorted food into specific boxes and utilized the Food Bank’s labeling and packaging system to ensure a high level of quality assurance. After hours of careful inspection, the food items that made it through inspection process went onto the shelves to be distributed to families and individuals in need.

The Daily Bread Food Bank is a registered charity that is fighting hunger in our communities. Every year thousands of people across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) rely on food banks. The Daily Bread provides food and support to almost 200 food programs across Toronto and is the largest provider of food relief in the GTA. Last year, The Daily Bread distributed almost 9 million pounds of food to member agencies, and provided food hampers for over 700,000 visits. Additionally, The Daily Bread also works towards long-term solutions to address hunger and runs innovative programs to support people on low incomes.

Why the Daily Bread Food Bank? 

For the 6th year in a row GTA food banks have seen over one million visits, with an increase of nearly 40 per cent in Toronto’s inner suburbs since 2008. (Source: Daily Food Bank Hunger 2014 Hunger Report). Poverty and hunger are often hidden in the GTA and other indicators of how people are faring in the economy, such as unemployment rates, only tell part of the story.

Unfortunately, over the last few years, there has been an increase in the amount of people that are coming to food banks for longer periods than they have before. A few years ago people came on average for 12 months; now it’s 18 months. It is taking longer for people to get back on their feet after losing a job, or if they are disabled they are having a harder time keeping up with costs of living on stagnant incomes.

How you can get Involved

The Daily Food Bank is always on the lookout for ready and willing volunteers to help fill out administrative positions, warehouse positions, and to be able to sort food donations. Volunteering options are available for both individuals and for groups, so anyone interested in becoming involved should consult The Daily Bread Food Bank’s official website for more information. The Daily Bread Food Bank also accepts corporate teams, office groups, schools, service organizations, alumni groups, associations, fraternities, sororities, and religious organizations as well. Groups must book their times in advance and should keep group numbers anywhere between four and thirty people.

We encourage everyone at Intelex to go out and volunteer together, anywhere and anytime!

Intelex Gives Back to the Daily Bread Food Bank

The 6 Best Oil & Gas Websites

Want to be an expert in your (oil)field? Looking to impress your boss with your industry knowledge? How about keeping two steps ahead of pending regulatory updates?

To help you stay up to date on all the latest news, trends and analysis within your industry, we’ve compiled six of our favorite online resources for the informed Oil & Gas professional. All these websites have free and timely information that you can access in a variety of ways – follow ‘em on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn, subscribe to a few of these great e-newsletters and prepare to wow your coworkers with your newfound expertise!

Breaking Energy

Social media: Twitter, Facebook

Common topics: Regulation, industry deals, technology and career opportunities.

Breaking Energy is a leading free online source of energy information, providing news, analysis and thought leadership on important energy market trends. Their daily “Energy News Roundup” newsletter is a terrific resource to help ensure that you stay informed on the latest industry happenings. Additionally, each Wednesday they highlight a few interesting career opportunities in “This Week’s Top Energy Jobs” and their “Career Insights” section highlights the growing need for engineers and other specialties in the industry as experienced workers retire in the short and medium term.

“Our coverage rivals some of the top subscription-based energy news sources in print or online and we differentiate ourselves by covering the entire energy landscape from fossil fuels to renewables,” says Managing Editor Jared Anderson.

Recent notable post: Utilizing Wastewater Presents Environmental and Economic Opportunities

 

EnergyNow

Social media: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn

Common topics: Canadian industry news, oil prices, industry press releases and upcoming events.

EnergyNow.ca focuses on providing relevant, timely information to the Canadian oil & gas professional. They have a daily e-newsletter that summarizes headlines related to conventional, unconventional, LNG, oilsands, politics, regulations and much more. In addition to providing daily headlines they also include the previous day close for commodity prices and highlight featured employers that are hiring in the industry.

EnergyNow.ca’s aggregated live feeds make it a great one stop source for essential up-to-date information to ensure the oil & gas professional gets the latest on industry news, data, jobs and events.

Recent notable post: Canadian Oil Strongest in a Year as Refiners Boost Operations

 

Oil & Gas Journal

Social media: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn

Common topics: International oil & gas news and statistics, key developments, technology and analysis of issues and events.

First published in 1902, the Oil & Gas Journal (OGJ) has certainly kept up with the times with some great multimedia offerings: they publish a digital weekly magazine in addition to video blogs and webcasts. “Oil & Gas Journal works like a lens, bringing news into sharp, useful focus for our audience of oil-industry professionals,” says Bob Tippee, OGJ’s Editor. You can select from multiple e-newsletter options, including daily or weekly updates as well as monthly reports focusing on either pipeline, refining and drilling & production news depending on your area of interest.

Recent notable post: EPA Agrees to Issue Final 2014, 2015 Biofuel Quotes By Nov. 30

 

The Bakken

Social media: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn

Common topics: Exploration & production, logistics, infrastructure & construction and products & technology.

The Bakken is full of great info in many forms – it’s a print magazine, a blog, an e-newsletter, a directory and more. If you’re an oil & gas executive, a drilling contractor, industry supplier, or anyone else with a stake in the Bakken oil region, this is the spot to be. The website covers stories making headlines in the community and provides analysis of emerging data about the region.

Recent notable post: Then and Now: Bakken Economy By The Numbers

 

Intelex Oil & Gas

Social media: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn

Common topics: Worker safety, environmental concerns, regulatory updates and technology.

As a provider of HSE and quality software solutions, Intelex covers trends and industry news that are related to worker safety, environmental regulations and quality control – in the oil & gas industry but in others as well, including utilities and mining. From regulatory compliance to pipeline safety and emission standards, you’ll find updates on the critical issues impacting oil and gas HSE and quality professionals.

Recent notable post: U.S. Oil Refinery Workers Striking for Safety

 

Energy Global

Social media: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn

Common topics: International oil & gas news, updates from key players, regional reports, upstream, downstream and midstream.

Energy Global is home to four international energy sector magazines: Oilfield Technology, Hydrocarbon Engineering, World Pipelines and LNG Industry magazine. Each provides unique industry insights including case studies, technical articles, reviews, analysis and more. The LNG Industry also has its own website dedicated to the global liquefied natural gas industry.

Recent notable post: Natural Gas: Short Term Energy Outlook

 

There you have it folks! We hope you find these industry resources as useful as we do. And hey, if you’re interested in learning more about what Intelex is all about, you can check out our Oil & Gas industry solutions and get in touch with us!

The 6 Best Oil & Gas Websites

California’s Water Restrictions, NIOSH Wants Smoke-Free Workplaces, Changes to Britain’s Mine Safety Rules 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:

  • California’s New Mandatory Water Restrictions
  • NIOSH Wants to Mandate Smoke-Free Workplaces
  • Controversial Changes to Britain’s Mine Safety Rules
  • Identifying Hazardous Substances Workers May Be Exposed to in the Workplace

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.

  • What You Need to Know About California’s Water Crisis. Click here
  • NIOSH Wants to Mandate Smoke-Free Workplaces. Click here.
  • Britain’s Mine Safety Rules. Click here
  • Identifying Hazardous Substances Workers May Be Exposed to in the Workplace. Click here

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Intelex Once Again Recognized as a Great Place to Work!

Drumroll please…the results are in and we couldn’t be more thrilled: Intelex was named #11 in a study conducted by The Great Place to Work Institute of Canada for the fourth consecutive year. Members of the Intelex team were on hand last night at the awards ceremony at the Metro Convention Center in Toronto, to receive the award. We are humbled to be among Canada’s leading-edge companies who topped the prestigious list this year. But most importantly, we are excited to share this award with the entire team.

What makes Intelex a Great Place to Work?

At Intelex we understand the importance of keeping our employees’ work exciting, challenging and meaningful. One of our goals has always been to create a culture where employees enjoy coming into work every day, not to just do a job, but to be part of building something special. We invest in training and development for our workforce to grow their talents and capabilities by offering a variety of training and career development programs for our employees.

In addition, we also offer wellness options which support our employee’s health and personal welfare such a fitness allowance, gym memberships, as well as providing each of our employees with their own FitBit as part of our organization’s on-going initiative to promoting health and wellness in the workplace.

We also organize an array of events throughout the year to create a fun working environmental. We have our annual company retreat in Muskoka, which includes a talent show, dinner reception, and a winter classic hockey game, summer patio parties, family & friends movie night, monthly

 
birthday celebrations, bring your dog to work Mondays, free breakfast every Thursday, sponsored clubs and sports teams and a personal corporate concierge and so much more!

But most importantly, we involve and empower our employees by listening to their input, involving them in moving the organization forward, and giving them opportunities to lead initiatives, collaborate with one another, participate in decision-making, and encourage them to make a meaningful difference at work through their contributions.

The Significance of Being Recognized as a Great Place to Work

The list of Best Workplaces in Canada recognizes organizations which demonstrate a commitment towards building a positive work environment for their employees and fostering a culture which is built on camaraderie and trust. The annual award recognizes the top 50 companies which have demonstrated exceptional workplace culture. Notable recipients in the past have included companies such as Google, Microsoft, and AOL. Being named as a Great Place to Work is such an honor for Intelex and having made the list four years running is such a remarkable achievement and is icing on the cake to what has already been a phenomenal year thus far. We would also like to congratulate the other companies who were named to the Great Place to Work list as well.

Let’s Build a Brighter Future Together

If being part of a winning team sounds like something that that would interest you, we encourage you to visit: Our careers page at http://www.intelex.com/careers.aspx .Also Follow us on Twitter @intelex and @IntelexCareers, LinkedIn and Facebook for more updates.

Thank you to each and every Intelexian for making Intelex such a great place to work. Here’s to you and our continued success! Go Intelex!

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Intelex Once Again Recognized as a Great Place to Work!

3 Critical Challenges Facing the Growing Solar, Wind & Clean Tech Sector

New figures from leading analyst firms are showing an increased investment in the global clean tech market in 2014, driven primarily by investments in solar and wind energy (which accounted for more than 90 per cent of 2014′s overall clean tech spend). According to the UNEP’s 9th “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment” report, 2014 saw green energy investments worldwide jump about 17% to $270.2 billion. That’s an increased share of total world electricity generation from 8.5% in 2013 to 9.1% last year.

With Growth Comes Both Opportunities & Challenges

As the industry continues to experience growth as a result of these increasing investments, those companies in the clean tech business are facing many opportunities but also many challenges. Some of these challenges are unique to the sector, while others are shared across other emerging industries and growing companies. Here are three of the big hurdles that solar, wind and other clean tech companies will need to address in order to realize continued success in the competitive energy market.

1. Managing International Regulatory Compliance

While there is a great deal of investment taking place within the United States, there are also widespread opportunities for renewable energy projects outside of North America, with “unprecedented expansion in China and Asia” in the solar sector, according to the UNEP’s report. In addition, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNEP Achim Steiner notes that “the growing penetration of renewable generation in the world’s developing economies is one of the important and encouraging aspects of the 2014 report.” Brazil, India and South Africa all ranked in the top 10 investing countries.

What this means for companies in this sector is that as they expand and adapt to meet the demands of the global market, they will be operating in a very diverse set of regulatory landscapes. Project-driven organizations in particular will have to face the challenge of identifying, managing and meeting regulations that can differ greatly from region to region.

2. Sharing Information Across a Growing Company

As the industry expands and companies grow to meet the demand, many will find that they outgrow their previous ways of doing business. Paper-based systems and Excel spreadsheets will no longer be able to keep up with evolving business demands, such as real-time access to critical data and the need to communicate efficiently across multiple locations. Additionally, accommodating multiple language requirements across site locations can complicate information-sharing in this stage of growth, and there may also be a need to simplify the presentation of key information for decision-makers that can often become increasingly further removed from day-to-day operations. The businesses that are able to evolve their information-sharing processes and systems in keeping with these challenges are the businesses that will thrive under these new circumstances.

3. Developing the Efficiencies & Competitive Advantages for Continued Growth

The UNEP’s report notes that each dollar invested in solar and wind in 2014 bought significantly more generating capacity than in previous years, primarily due to a continuing sharp decline in technology costs. Great news!

Yet while the industry should be excited by this trend and many others in their marketplace, companies that are looking to emerge as leaders over the next decade are still looking for ways to set themselves apart and increase their margins however they can. Investor confidence can be shaken by policy uncertainty, and renewable power must still compete with conventional generation sources on a cost basis. This is why it will be essential for clean energy companies to take advantage of opportunities to increase efficiencies and reduce risk across their organization wherever possible.

Meeting the Challenges Ahead

It’s for reasons like the above that clean energy companies like NRG, the largest solar power developer in the United States, have turned to solutions like Intelex to manage essential corporate information. A Fortune 250 company, NRG supports clean energy resources and technologies that are a critical component of the movement towards sustainable, low carbon societies. As of June 2014, NRG powers nearly 2.5 million homes at full output with wind and solar energy. They use Intelex to track and measure their environmental key performance indicators in additional to health and safety incident information.

“Using Intelex has made environmental data easy to access and transparent, and has allowed NRG to focus on continual improvement and not data management,” says Laura Scott, NRG Environmental Manager.

About Intelex

In addition to simplifying the management of EHS incident information and tracking compliance requirements, Intelex’s solutions for the renewable and clean energy sector include inspection management software, risk management software and other tailored solutions. For more information, visit www.intelex.com or email intelex@intelex.com.

3 Critical Challenges Facing the Growing Solar, Wind & Clean Tech Sector

Obama Administration Looks to Cut GHG, Tips for Preventing Eye Injuries 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:

  • Obama Administration Submits Plan to Cut Greenhouse Emissions
  • American Petroleum Institute Updates Standard to Improve Refinery Safety
  • Tips for Preventing Eye Injuries in the Workplace

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.

  • Obama Administration’s Plan to Cut Greenhouse Gas. Click here
  • American Petroleum Institute Updates Refinery Safety Standard. Click here.
  • Preventing Eye Injuries in the Workplace. Click here

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Webinar – Essential Strategies for Supplier Management: Optimizing Performance, Governance & Compliance

These days, supply chains are complex, regulations are strict and the consequences of supplier noncompliance can be far-reaching. What this means is that your relationship with your suppliers and your ability to manage and act on supplier data has become increasingly important. Especially since effective supplier management is at the root of your ability to deliver a quality product or service.

In this free webinar, Eric Morris covers the top strategies that companies can use to optimize their supplier management program, avoid the negative impacts of supplier noncompliance, and improve supplier performance and quality across the supply chain.

Key topics covered include:

  • The essentials of supplier data management: performance, governance and compliance
  • Methods for tracking supplier requirements and certifications
  • How to assess and bench-mark supplier performance and implement streamlined audit plans
  • Considerations for evaluating the quality of shipments and deliverables
  • Best practices in ensuring supplier compliance and performance

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

Webinar – Essential Strategies for Supplier Management: Optimizing Performance, Governance & Compliance