EHS This Week: Protecting Your Business From Severe Weather, Diesel Spill in St. Lawrence River 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:

  • Protecting Your Business From Severe Weather
  • California Enforces New Workplace Safety and Health Hazard Rules
  • Diesel Spill in St.Lawrence River
  • Nova Scotia Department Introduces New Bill to Protect OffShore Oil & Gas Workers

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.

  • Protecting Your Business From Severe Weather. Click here
  • California Legislative Information. Click here.
  • Water Advisory in Longueuil, Quebec. Click here
  • Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation Act. Click here

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Webinar: ISO 14001:2015 – Significant Changes on the Horizon – Are You Ready?

ISO 14001 will undergo deep revisions in this coming year. The changes are significant and will have a considerable impact on your Environmental Management Systems. In this webinar, Paul MacLean, a subject matter expert in assisting organizations achieve sustainable development and deliver on social performance commitments reviews the changes to the ISO 14001 standards. Co-host Elie Mouzon of Intelex provides an overview of how to leverage technology to address and prepare for the coming ISO 14001: 2015 changes.

This must-see webinar covers the following areas:

  • General overview of changes to ISO 14001
  • New changes that apply to all ISO Management Systems
  • The new role organizations are expected to play in preventing and managing their environmental impact
  • Tips on preparing your organization for ISO 14001: 2015
  • How technology can make ISO compliance much easier to manage

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

How to make your Career-related New Year’s Resolutions a Reality

The holiday season is now behind us and you are likely back into the swing of things. Or are you? The first few weeks of a new year is often “resolution mode”. The full court press into making positive changes is at a fevered pitch. Maybe you are going to the gym more often, bringing a healthy lunch to work, doing a detox, managing your finances or looking to make some other pretty significant changes in your life.

If you’re thinking about your job and career you are not alone. Job-related resolutions top the list of most popular New Year resolutions. Some surveys suggest it’s in the top four things people are thinking about right now.

Well here is a suggestion: get educated and see what’s out there. Expand your horizons and explore new companies. Awards are also another place to start. What companies are being acknowledged for their business practices? Do any of these companies pique your interest?

And while you are at it, check out Intelex Technologies. We just celebrated our most winningest awards year with over a dozen business awards (Shameless and Proud Self Promotion).

Intelex celebrates its most winningest awards year

Intelex 2014 Awards

  • Canada’s Best Managed Companies – Deloitte
  • Technology Fast 500 (North America) – Deloitte
  • Technology Fast 50 (Canada) – Deloitte
  • Great Place to Work
  • Great Place to Work Women
  • Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employer
  • Greater Toronto’s Top Employers
  • Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada – Aon Hewitt
  • Profit 500 Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies
  • Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Culture – Waterstone
  • AceTech Leadership Organization 2014: Thought Leadership
  • TechConnex Technology Leadership Initiative

So don’t waste energy imagining that envelope of glitter being delivered to your professional nemesis (Unsure what this means Google it – totally worth the effort because it’s funny and crafty). Get educated and check out Intelex. If you like what you see and you’ve got the right stuff we would love to hear from you.

Canadian Gold Producer Agnico Eagle Cuts Accident Frequency Rate in Half

In 2011, Canadian gold producer Agnico Eagle Mines had an Accident Frequency Rate of 3.23 per 200,000 working hours. By 2014, they had cut that number down by more than half, reporting an Accident Frequency Rate of 1.48 at the end of the year. So, how did they do it?

By implementing best practices in accident management, engaging employees through collaboration, and demonstrating exceptional safety leadership among top management. They also relied on Intelex’s EHS Management software to support them in their new, streamlined approach to training, incidents, inspections and other critical business activities.

Committing to EHS Excellence

Agnico Eagle purchased Intelex EHS Management software in 2011, replacing their old Excel spreadsheets that had become inefficient. With Intelex’s centralized approach to training, incidents, inspections and other critical business activities, Agnico Eagle has streamlined communication across multiple divisions worldwide. They also simplified prioritization and decision-making by creating six unique dashboards, designed to allow users to view their location’s performance in real time.

Agnico Eagle’s success is directly tied to the commitment demonstrated by their management team throughout their implementation. Not only did the gold producer assemble an internal team dedicated to ensuring a smooth implementation, they held a meeting every two weeks dedicated to addressing potential hurdles and ensuring things were progressing as planned. Following the initial implementation, Agnico Eagle continued to take advantage of the system’s configurability to design and implement their own forms, questionnaires, reports and more.

Agnico Eagle Mines: A Safety Success Story

A true safety success story, Agnico Eagle was in Toronto in October 2014 to accept Intelex’s Performance Excellence Award for Safety Leadership, given to one company each year that has demonstrated outstanding efforts in safety management to improve safety across their organization.

“With access to the key details related to each health and safety incident and the ability to share and learn from each other’s experiences in real time we’ve gained a powerful advantage – one that will help us be even safer,” said Michel Tetreault, Agnico Eagle’s Health and Safety Advisor.

Visit Intelex’s website to read the Agnico Eagle case study in full and learn more.

Canadian Gold Producer Agnico Eagle Cuts Accident Frequency Rate in Half

EHS This Week: Ontario Inspection Blitz Uncovers Thousands of Youth Safety Violations 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:

  • NTSB’s “Most Wanted List 2015″
  • FAA Now Requiring Safety Management Systems for Airlines
  • Ontario Inspection Blitz Uncovers Thousands of youth Safety Violations

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.

  • NTSB’s Most Wanted List 2015. Click here
  • Ontario Inspection Blitz Results. View them here.

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Intelex Looks to Pay-it-Forward in 2015!

The first two weeks of 2015 have officially come to a close! Have you stuck to all of your resolutions? Or were your holidays so perfect that you refuse to admit there are another 330 + days until the next ones?  Perhaps it was the time off work, spent with loved ones and friends, or the exchanging of gifts and decorating of trees? Whatever it was that made you happy this holiday season, I hope you took the time to relish in it, to be so grateful that you were surrounded by it,  but most importantly, to remember that we all have the power to pay that joy forward!

Charities and community engagement have always been important to us at Intelex. Over the years we’ve  gotten involved in the Movember Campaign, held quarterly bake sales for various charities, and organized rock shows for a cause and more! While we take pride in making these efforts year round, we made an extra effort over the holiday season to help out some members of our own community.

The Shoebox Project

The Shoebox Project is a Canada wide initiative that operates in many cities across the
nation.  The goal is to provide women in shelters across the country with a shoebox full of items that they wouldn’t necessarily purchase for themselves.  It lets them know that their community cares about them while providing volunteers a great hands-on opportunity to contribute to a great cause.

A group of Intelex women joined together to donate a total of 14 shoeboxes!  Not only was it a great feeling to contribute to such an honorable program, but the ladies had a great time shopping, wrapping and writing cards for the gift recipients.

Daily Bread Food Bank

The second company-wide program was a food and fund drive with all proceeds benefiting Toronto Families in need.  Intelex promised to match every dollar donated by an employee with a goal of raising $5000.00 for the Daily Bread Food Bank. The monthly “Cake Time Celebrations” at the office along with the 4th and 6th floor auditoriums became home to donation bins where staff were encouraged to provide food and clothing.

The amount of contributions was overwhelming, and the team crushed all expectations with a total of $6,723.00 raised in donations. So our total donation to The Daily Bread Food Bank, including corporate matching was $13,546!

All Intelex employees are provided two “Charity Days” in order to have an opportunity to give back to the community while not worrying about taking days off work.  Are you interested in joining the team here at Intelex and getting involved in the many employee programs we have to offer?  Visit our careers page for more information: http://bit.ly/151Z3ym

They say you spend the year the way you started it. Here’s to a 2015 filled with paying it forward!

Intelex Looks to Pay-it-Forward in 2015!

EPA Delays Emissions Rules as Energy Companies Prepare for a Tumultuous Year

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week that it will delay releasing the final rules for new power plants’ carbon dioxide emissions. The rules are now scheduled to be released sometime this summer.

The EPA’s 2015 Plan for the Carbon Emissions Rules
The rules for new power plants were expected to be released on January 8, 2015, but the EPA held a press conference on the 7th to announce that they would instead be releasing both sets of rules for new and existing power plants at the same time. “We believe it’s essential to consider these overlapping issues in a coordinated fashion,” said Janet McCabe, the EPA’s acting administrator for air quality.

The EPA will take this time to further review the feedback gathered during the comment period, having received more than 4 million public comments. McCabe also announced that the EPA will begin drafting a “model rule” for states that don’t submit their own plans to meet the emissions reduction targets.

According to the EPA, the utility sector accounts for almost one-third of U.S. total carbon emissions. The planned rules emphasize the importance of being able to track, forecast and report on emissions effectively. Managing and meeting current and upcoming compliance requirements, already a critical business activity for energy companies in the United States, will be top-of-mind this year.

The Global Outlook: What to Expect in 2015
The upcoming year is promising some big conversations in the energy sector, and potentially some big changes. Climate action remains a high priority not only on the U.S. political agenda, but on a global level as well, as nations prepare to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, France on November 30, 2015.

While the UN Climate Change Conference is held yearly, the 2015 conference targets a conclusive, legally-binding agreement on emissions reduction. In December 2014, countries were urged to submit their “ambitious national commitments well in advance of Paris,” which means that we may be hearing a lot of emissions talk throughout the year all across the world.

The United States-China climate deal, announced in late 2014, was heralded as a “game changer” (the two countries are the largest annual emitters of greenhouse gases) and may be just the first of many international commitments to reduce emissions. President Obama is currently preparing to visit Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this month, and there have been hints that a solar energy deal and possibly even a carbon-reduction pact are in the works.

The sector’s shifting landscape suggests that the ability to adapt to new compliance requirements and innovate proactively will be essential for energy companies in the year ahead. It may even predict their long-term survival.

About Intelex

Intelex Technologies provides environment, health and safety (EHS) and quality management systems to the utilities & energy sector, as well as others. For more information, visit www.intelex.com.

EPA Delays Emissions Rules as Energy Companies Prepare for a Tumultuous Year

EHS This Week: Oil companies in California face water safety concerns, Top Clean Energy Trends 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:

  • Oil companies in California face water safety concerns
  • Top Clean Energy Trends of 2015
  • Coal mining deaths reach a historic low

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.

  • MSHA’s mining fatality analysis. Click here

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