EHSQ Lessons from Springfield

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In 27 seasons and one movie, The Simpsons have taught us a lot about the importance of safety. Jebediah Springfield showed us the importance of data collection; Leonard Nimoy and a monorail showed us the importance of Swiss cheese risk assessments; and Mr. Burns, the autocratic owner of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, showed us exactly how not to create a thriving safety culture.

“A noble data collection system embiggens the smallest company”

The City of Springfield was founded by beloved folk hero Jebediah Springfield. Lisa discovers Jebediah wasn’t a hero, but a notorious criminal. Proof in hand, Lisa interrupts bicentennial a town parade celebrating Jebediah to deliver the news but has a change of heart at the last minute when she sees how the myth of Jebediah brought the town together.

Lisa allowed everyone to believe what they had been taught since they were children because … Read more...

Intelex Community | This Week: Policy

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Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality Professional CommunityWe invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional discussions. This week Community Mentee Member Emma Mensah asked our new Mentor Moments about how to write an OHS Policy Statement, we invite you to join the discussion and share your knowledge with our member.

  • Mentor Moments: Writing an OHS Policy Statement

  • How to create sustainable performance and achieve organizational goals through safety. Member Ron Gantt will discuss creating a sustainable safety performance and more;

  • Join Member Gerald Whitehouse  in his Office Ergonomics Discussion group; and

  • National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for the Portland Cement Manufacturing Industry – Rule

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Intelex at NAEM’s Sustainability Management Conference

NAEM’s Sustainability Management Conference
August 2nd-3rd
InterContinental Milwaukee Hotel
Milwaukee, WI

NAEM’s 2016 Sustainability Management Conference is only a couple of weeks away and our team excited to return for another amazing year. Intelex’s EHSQ and Sustainability experts will be heading to Milwaukee and would we love the chance to meet up!

Intelex is proud to exhibit at NAEM 2016. EHSQ Advisor Mark Archibald and Environment Practice Manager Teck Lee will be present at our booth and are happy to walk you through the Intelex product. Book an onsite demo with them here. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and show how Intelex can help your organization’s sustainability journey.

Dinner RSVP

Nothing beats connecting face-to-face! If you are attending the event or in the area, Intelex welcomes you and your colleagues to join us for dinner on Tuesday, August 2nd at Louise’s in Milwaukee, … Read more...

The Use of Leading Indicators to Predict Safety Performance

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To find sources of leading safety indicators, we need to look at the base of the Heinrich Safety Pyramid. Leading safety indicators are derived from safety incidents that did not result in injury. These can include everything from job safety observations and attendance at safety meetings to unsafe acts and near misses. These are different than lagging indicators, which are statistics that result from safety incidents that did result in injury. Leading indicators give you the ability to predict and prevent injury to your workers, and so are worth investigating.

The benefits of tracking leading indicators go beyond just the morale boost that comes with an extended incident-free period. According to the 2016 Workplace Safety Index of insurance firm Liberty Mutual, the ten most common workplace injuries resulted in costs of over $51 billion. On a company level, Liberty Mutual reports that over 60% of chief financial officers surveyed believe … Read more...

Intelex Community | This Week: Analysis

Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality Professional Community

We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional discussions. This week Community Member Emma Mensah asked our new Mentor Moments “How do you conduct an On-site Job Safety Analysis (JSA)? we invite you to join the discussion and share your knowledge with our member.

  • Mentor Moments: On-site Job Safety Analysis (JSA)

  • How to create sustainable performance and achieve organizational goals through safety. Member Ron Gantt will discuss creating a sustainable safety performance and more;

  • Join Member Vince Marchesani and Eric Morris in their Leading and Transformational Indicators in EHS&Q Discussion group; and

  • Extension of the Attainment Date for the Oakridge, Oregon 24-hour PM2.5 – Rule

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5 Hallmarks of a World-Class Behavior Based Safety Program

What are some of the key aspects you should consider when implementing a behavior based safety system?

In an effort to improve safety performance, organizations are continuously challenged to find new ways to prevent incidents or injuries. A Behavior Based Safety system allows organizations to identify trends associated with at-risk behaviors in the workplace that can ultimately work to prevent incidents or injuries and cultivate a culture of safety.

Setting aside the unpredictable nature of industrial safety events, the identification and correction of potentially hazardous conditions or behaviors has a significant decreases the probability of an incident occurring. Whereas the traditional observe and report method may be compromised by personal motives, the objective of a Behavior Based Safety Program is to find the weaknesses of management systems instead of individual managers. These systemic deficiencies permit and perpetuate unsafe behaviors.

Unless this objective is understood and accepted at all levels of … Read more...

Reducing Oil & Gas Methane Emissions: EPA Regulations & Data Collection

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently committed to specific reduction targets under the Paris Climate Conference, a legally binding agreement among 195 countries. A significant aspect of their ambitious goal is to reduce methane emissions by 40-45 percent below 2012 levels by 2025 in oil and gas operations. This target was reaffirmed on June 30 when Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto joined the commitment.

The U.S. has already begun acting on these commitments and this month the EPA issued a mandatory request for information that would help detect, measure, and mitigate emissions from the oil and gas industry. The environmental agency is also aggressively pursuing regulation of methane sources in the oil and gas sector. What does this mean for the industry, and how can companies engage effectively and prepare proactively?

To successfully address these mandates, oil and gas owners and operators must recognize that … Read more...

Intelex Community | This Week: Bad Data

Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality Professional Community

We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional discussions. This week Community Member Sarah Fuller shares a post about Data with the insights that there is no such thing as bad data, just bad analysis

  • Data: No such thing as bad data just bad analysis

  • How to create sustainable performance and achieve organizational goals through safety. Member Ron Gantt will discuss creating a sustainable safety performance and more;

  • Join Member Gerald Whitehouse in his Office ErgonomicsDiscussion group; and

  • Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances; Correction – Rule

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Safety’s Bottom Line: Using ROI to Gain Executive Support

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At the heart of safety management is the desire to create a safer workplace, where employees’ well-being is valued and protected.  What is often understated is the influence that safety has beyond ensuring everyone goes home at the end of the day. The bottom line, both literally and figuratively, is that an effective safety management program saves manufacturing organizations like PACE Industries $1.2 US million in workers compensation dollars. PACE was able to achieve these results by using Safety Management Software. Effective Safety Management Software standardizes and simplifies safety processes, leading to fewer incidents, safer employees, and noticeable returns.

In the past, we’ve discussed strategies for communicating EHS software benefits to the different organizational stakeholders, how to effectively evaluate EHS software vendors, and assessing what the best budget for your EHS software project is.  In our latest whitepaper, we provide a guide to building your comprehensive ROI … Read more...

Safety Leadership: We’re Focusing on the Wrong Things

PostedsAfter a presentation I gave recently a gentleman came up to ask some follow-up questions, which is pretty normal. But then something interesting happened. He hesitated, looking like there was something else on his mind. So I asked if there was anything else I could help with to which he responded with a story about how he’s working with this site’s safety committee to develop an incentive program to get people to work safely. But it doesn’t seem to be working. Workers aren’t really engaging with the program and the rewards don’t seem very interesting to them. He wanted to know if I had any ideas on how to make the program more successful.

Now, I certainly have some ideas on the subject, but I asked the first (probably rather obvious) question that came to my mind – have you asked the workers about it? After all, what I think … Read more...