A Passion for Collaboration Drives New EHSQ Alliance Lead

Scott Gaddis has built his long and accomplished career as an Environmental, Health and Safety leader on the belief that collaboration and communication are essential ingredients for success in protecting people in the workplace.

It’s this people-based approach that makes him a natural fit for his new role as the Health and Safety Practice leader for the EHSQ Alliance, powered by Intelex.

After all, the Alliance is an evolving vision to construct a one-stop repository of great insights and knowledge for EHSQ professionals, and to also build a cooperative virtual community and meeting place for information-sharing and collaboration.

In his role, Gaddis will lead integration of the EHSQ Alliance in thought leadership and building partnerships with key clients and other top influencers in EHS. He will be responsible for the engagement of EHS professionals across the globe to provide a platform for sharing information and collectively driving solutions that … Read more...

A History of Workplace Health and Safety – Part 3

General awareness of the need for better workplace safety continued to grow in the early years of the 20th century, as reformers, journalists and artists began to expose industry’s shortcomings. Upton Sinclair’s seminal novel The Jungle, for instance, laid bare the horrific working conditions within Chicago’s turn-of-the-century stockyards and slaughterhouses.

The first significant U.S. reforms came in the railroad sector with the passing of the Safety Appliance Act of 1893. It was designed to protect workers performing such traditionally dangerous tasks as coupling and decoupling railroad cars. Industrialists began to consider the benefits of ensuring their workers’ safety, including improved production and increased profits.

At the same time, governments began making the cost of ignoring worker safety increasingly onerous. Liability and compensation legislation was toughened up, forcing employers to pay attention to the plight of workers. Firms began placing protective guarding around machines and mandating the use of … Read more...

A History of Workplace Health and Safety – Part 2

By the middle of the 19th century, the Industrial Revolution was in full swing. As the pistons pumped and furnaces fumed, however, often lost in the clang of progress was the plight of the workers within the new factories, mills and workshops. Employers and governments showed little regard for the often-atrocious working conditions in which laborers were forced to toil. Consider:

  • 12- to 14-hour workdays were common.
  • Wages were low, often at mere subsistence levels. Women typically earned only half of what men did.
  • Children were frequently employed. Part of their duties included cleaning and servicing machinery (often while it was still running) that had tight spaces that only they could fit into.
  • Severe punishments were meted out, often to children, who were sometimes hung in baskets from factory roofs and often doused with water to keep them awake. Strapping was common, and some children even had their ears
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A History of Workplace Health and Safety – Part 1

Human societies have endeavored to ensure the health and safety of their workers for centuries. Doctors in ancient Greece raised concerns over lead and other dangerous materials to which miners were routinely exposed. Later, the Roman senator Pliny the Elder alerted citizens to the dangers of sulfur and zinc. He recommended miners cover their mouths and noses with animal bladders – one of the first examples of industrial respiratory protection.

In the 15th Century, Austrian physician Ulrich Ellenbog published a treatise on the dangers that mercury and asbestos posed to laborers and the correlation of these and other metals with lung disease.

About 1700, Italian physician Bernardo Ramazzini – today known as the Father of Occupational Medicine – published his findings on the topic of occupational disease. He famously urged other doctors to ask their patients “What is your trade?”, drawing a definite link between the typical conditions of … Read more...

Risking EHS non-compliance may have you paying a heavy price

There’s a price to be paid by organizations that don’t comply with Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) laws and regulations. The big question is: how much?

It’s not just the obvious things like fines and financial penalties imposed by regulators. That’s the easier-to-calculate cost. There are the indirect cost implications, such as loss of production or loss of share price. And the non-quantifiable costs, such as damage to brand reputation.

But, how much does compliance with EHS laws and regulations specifically cost your organization annually and globally? For most companies who pro-actively manage EHS, an answer is likely readily available since there is often a defined budget and the costs element is quantifiable.

But what does the cost of compliance actually mean for your business and how can it be measured? And, is your organization confident that it is as compliant as possible?

A report, authored by Tjeerd Hendel-Blackford, head … Read more...

2018 EHSQ Alliance Conference: Alliance in Action Zone

Are you ready to Collaborate, Innovate, and Accelerate?

The 2018 EHSQ Alliance Conference is fast approaching and April 18-20  is a few short weeks away.  The heart of the conference will be the Alliance in Action Zone.  This dedicated space will feature interactive content and demos, collaboration stations for networking, product 1:1 sessions, and Issues & Fixes station, , food and beverage stations,  seize the opportunity to interact with Intelex executives, industry leading speakers and 2018 EHSQ Alliance Award finalists, spend time brainstorming solutions at the Sponsor and Partner booths, and so much more.  Imagine the possibilities!  Imagine what you’ll learn!  Imagine who you’ll meet!

At the core of this event, Intelex CEO and President, Mark Jaine, will provide all attendees exclusive access to the EHSQ Alliance, a revolutionary EHSQ technology in its first release, for FREE. He will introduce the technology, the long-term strategy, how it can be immediately … Read more...

Why it’s critical to get Lockout/Tagout right

The Lockout/Tagout (Control of Hazardous Energy) standard is one of the most frequently cited standards of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA). For this reason and many others, says Eric Conn, Chair, OSHA/Workplace Safety Practice Group at Conn Maciel Carey LLP, companies should make compliance with the standard an area of focus. The firm, which specializes in OSHA-related matters, sees Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) consistently appearing in the top five on OSHA’s list of most frequently-cited standards.

“OSHA is paying a lot of attention to it,” Conn said during a recent webinar devoted to the topic.

“It’s known as the low-hanging fruit. When OSHA is in your facility, no matter what it is that caused them to be there, [LOTO] is something they can find and cite rather easily, and they do.”

The LOTO standard is designed to protect workers from hazardous energy and moving mechanical parts while they are … Read more...

Manufacturer Exits Paper Trail – Moves to a Software Path for Better EHS Management

It was really a matter of getting with the times.

PACE Industries, a U.S.-based die-casting company, was not unlike many organizations struggling to manage environmental, health and safety (EHS) processes. They were looking to get out of the old world of paper and Excel spreadsheets and into the modern age of intelligent digital reporting.

A company with a history dating to the 1970s, PACE was buried under a spreadsheet mountain of incident reporting from 12 divisions and 21 locations throughout the U.S., plus two plants in Mexico. It’s a busy place. You name it, and PACE probably manufactures it, taking aluminum, magnesium and zinc, melting it down, putting it in high-pressure molds, and literally turning it into thousands of parts. Everything from components for the automotive and lighting industries, to barbecue grills, and even guidance chips for missile systems. Suffice to say, paper-based processes simply weren’t cutting it.

“We wanted … Read more...

Compliance Strategies – Like an Uncharted Race to a Finish Line

Even during relatively calm times, U.S. environmental policy is constantly evolving as new regulations are continually proposed, possibly held up in litigation, and eventually finalized, revised, or withdrawn.

These days, especially, a state of flux exists within environmental regulations as the current presidential administration charts a new course from that of previous leadership. Although this type of political shift is not novel, we are in a time where proposed changes appear more drastic and stakeholders are faced with moving regulatory targets and unsettled compliance obligations. For some, this is leading to ambiguity and, dare I say, a bit of angst.

We might be well served to pause, step back, and try to put things into perspective. I’d like to suggest that the shifting path of environmental regulations might be analogous to a marathon race that trails along an ever-changing route. It’s a long journey that requires preparation and determination to … Read more...

EHSQ Alliance Conference Speaker Spotlight: Nicole Radziwill

On April 18, 2018, INTELEX will kick off the 2018 EHSQ Alliance Conference.  The conference will provide EHSQ professionals with an opportunity to network, collaborate and discuss how innovation in their respective industries and organizations can help them … Read more...