Safety Talk: What can EHS leaders do to support sustainability in their organizations?

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Q: What can EHS leaders do to support sustainability in their organizations?

A: Occupational health and safety and sustainability are considered essential elements to the success of an organization’s business operations. Both are interrelated and without pursuing one strategy, the other would not be adequately developed. Here are 5 things EHS leaders can do to support sustainability in their organizations.

1. Define sustainability

The first step is to define precisely what is meant by sustainability. To come up with an adequate definition, examine your organization’s mission and ask yourself questions like:

  • What is the business trying to accomplish?
  • Who are the stakeholders?
  • What is mutually important to the stakeholders and the business?
  • How can the business operate in a way that is consistent with these values?

2. Drive the discussion

EHS leaders have become experts at change—they have helped transform safety from one priority among others into a core value.


EHSQ Community | Crisis Planning

This month our member Richard Rosera shares a post about the Chemical Safety Board, while member Vince Marchesani volunteers to host a Mastermind discussion to review Crisis Management Planning.  We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional community, and share your knowledge with other members.


Intelex Employee Appreciation Day 2017

Employee Appreciation Day - Pic 1

Employee appreciation day is an opportunity for individuals to be recognized for their hard work and contribution to their company. It is an opportunity to celebrate the organization’s successes, and the effort that it has taken us to get here.

At Intelex, the praise just doesn’t come from Leadership Lexi Grams are a staple of Employee Appreciation day.  When the cards go out, the office seems to carry a fresh energy. This year, Lexi Grams seemed to be on everyone’s mind. These cards are an opportunity for Cross-Functional peer to peer recognition throughout the organization. Thanking a colleague for going the extra mile, being a great sounding board, demonstrating leadership and innovation. It is easy to say ‘good job’ or ‘thank you’ and be done with it, but there is something special to coming into a desk with hand written notes of appreciation.

There are many organizations utilizing recognition software …

Learnings from Safety Professionals: Biggest Challenge in Building Safety Program

Learnings from Safety Professionals

February, 2017, our EHSQ Community had a Mastermind session with Jake Thiessen and Keith Voykin, hosted by Tamara Parris, to discuss the challenges EHS Professionals face building their safety programs in the workplace.

During our sessions we had just over 30 community members share their views, challenges and insights learned through their work experience on our workplace safety issue.

From our “Member’s Voice” discussion we learned 27 members have personally experienced challenges when trying to gain Organizational Buy-In to their safety program.

Which is a good indicator many EHSQ Professional are facing this challenge.

A suggestion Jake shared with us, to help with the challenge of gaining buy-in from all levels of the organization, it is important to develop the different strategies needed to generate the desired buy-in at the various levels.

With buy-in one of the questions that must be answered is where do you start?

Jake shared, what …

Integrated EHSQ Platform + Mobile Technology: 5 Opportunities for EHSQ Gains


Mobile technology in manufacturing and resource extraction industries are typically not thought to go hand in hand. Indeed, most employers discourage personal mobile devices from shop floors and from near any use with heavy equipment and transport. We all clearly understand why: personal consumer mobile applications are sources of distraction, putting safety at risk and productivity as well. While this is undoubtedly true, banning all use of mobile technologies may be holding your company back. Traditional health and safety investments at some point suffer diminished returns, especially if they are not modernized for the new workplace. Worse still, separate software for environmental compliance and yet again for Quality Assurance all threaten to replace manual processes with technical burdens. New social and mobile technology offers the opportunity to drive safety engagement, environmental compliance and quality assurance throughout an entire organization using a unified platform.

Employers should consider the potential that integrated …

Measuring Safety, part 1 – The Relevance of Outcomes

The other day I received another self-praising message in my news-feed, one of Norway’s major construction contractors was celebrating their one year anniversary since their last lost time injury incident, making their LTIF now “Zero”.

While reading James Reason’s latest book, “Organisational Accidents Revisited” I noticed the quote: “The road to Hell is paved with falling LTI frequency rates”,  illustrated by major cases like DWH and Texas City.

I believe it is good when no one has been injured as a consequence of their work. At the same time, this has again turned my attention to something which has been keeping me busy for many years;

why are people so focused on outcomes, when they mean so little in terms of improvement, especially in safety?

 Obsessed About Outcomes

When an incident or accident happens, it’s generally the consequences that attract great attention. From a humanitarian and … Read more...

EHSQ Community | Safety Management

This month our member Sonal Phualmbrikar shares a post about the Automotive Aftermarket, while members Carsten Busch and Rosa Antonia Carrillo volunteer to host an open discussion about the shift from Traditional to Modern safety management styles in the EHS field.  We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional community, and share your knowledge with other members.


Intelex at NAEM EHS & Sustainability Software Conference

Attending the NAEM EHS & Sustainability Software Conference this week?  Be sure to watch Laura Espinoza, EHS&S Specialist II, presentation as she demonstrates how Apache Corp uses the Intelex ACTS software.

During the presentation, Laura will demonstrate how Apache’s seamless integration of Intelex ACTS software has improved their overall reporting workflow, increased the accuracy of their collected data, which has enabled them to achieve multiple regulatory reporting requirements.

Presentation Details:
Tuesday March 7th
10:45am – 11:45 am…

Intelex 2017 Spring Conference Kick Off!

The 2017 Intelex Conference Season is about to start!

Spring is quickly approaching and with the warmer weather comes the start to the Intelex conference season!

The schedule kicks off with two big events in March: NAEM EHS & Sustainability Software Conference and the American Manufacturing Summit. See below for more details on these conferences and let us know if you’ll be attending, we would love the chance to meet up!

NAEM EHS & Sustainability Software Conference
March 6th – 8th, 2017
Westin Galleria Houston
Houston, TX

As annual supporters of the NAEM EHS & Sustainability Software Conference, we can’t wait to return for another year!  Our team is heading to Houston, Texas where we are proud Terabyte Sponsors.  This conference is a must-attend, as it brings together corporate EHS and sustainability leaders to discuss EHS software.

Visit the Intelex Booth!
If you’re attending the conference, be sure …

EHSQ Community | Traditional to Modern Safety Leadership

This month our members Carsten Busch and Rosa Antonia Carrillo will engage in an open discussion about the shift from Traditional to Modern safety management styles, and challenges EHS Professional face trying to work within both.  We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional community, and share your knowledge with other members.

  • Old and New Views of Safety Management with Carsten Busch

    and Rosa Antonia Carrillo

  • Mastermind | Addressing Biggest Challenge in Building a Safety Program by member Jake Thiessen
  • Get the Record Straight: Latest on OSHA’s E-Recordkeeping and Anti-Retaliation Rule by member Eric J. Conn

  • Upcoming Educational Webinar: Safety Pre-Inspections: Why They’re Important  – by Jamie Young