People-First Approach Key to Business Success, Intelex CEO Tells Students

Environment, Health & Safety, and Quality (EHSQ) is a people problem, not an asset or data problem, according to Intelex CEO Mark Jaine. And it is this premise that is behind how his company builds software that provides the most benefit to individuals and companies.

“We’re all about getting every employee engaged in the Intelex system. We’ve built our user interface to be kind of ‘Facebook-y’, where a user can see a feed of EHSQ information and easily contribute to that feed. I can have my voice heard. And, if I see a near miss or an incident, I can start to engage in that, because I’m engaged in the EHSQ system.”

Jaine made his remarks to a class of students enrolled in a Management Consulting practicum at Toronto’s prestigious Rotman School of Management. The two-week program was designed to give students real-world experience in providing consulting advice … Read more...

Congratulations to the 2018 EHSQ Alliance Awards Finalists!

All year long these organizations and individuals have been hard at work reaching new heights in the EHSQ industry, while having positive impact on the communities around them.

Here at Intelex, we believe in the importance of recognizing these outstanding achievements, and are excited to announce the 2018 EHSQ Alliance Awards finalists! Winners will be announced and celebrated in Austin, Texas at the 2018 EHSQ Alliance Conference where a VIP Awards ceremony will take place.

With 9 categories ranging from Environmental Stewardship, Health & Safety Performance to Implementation Partner of the Year, these awards recognize innovation, leadership, commitment and honors outstanding achievement demonstrated by Intelex customers and partners.

Please help us congratulate the 2018 EHSQ Alliance Awards finalists!

Award Finalist Finalist Finalist
Implementation Partner Arcadis ERM Summit EHSQ
Solution Partner Enhesa RegScan
Quality Excellence GBW Rail Car Services NASA Nestle
Supplier Management Excellence CKE Nexteer Starbucks
EHSQ All-Star Chris Ward
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Resilience Brings Out Our Personal and Workplace Best

Management thinker extraordinaire Adam Grant believes building resilience in children and adults is all about inspiring their inner strength by encouraging belief in personal value and worth.

It’s the old maxim that if you believe in people then perhaps they’ll believe in themselves, and by inference we’ll build a better world.  Grant, the renowned best-selling American author, top-ranked professor at Penn State University’s Wharton School of Business, and 36-year-old wunderkind, shared his thoughts on fostering resilience during an inspired interview at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

Among Grant’s core messages is the notion that resilience ties directly to fostered personal strength and empathy towards doing for others, which in turn inspires a desire to “pay it forward.” He talked about resilience as a quality we often seek to instill in children – to help them be strong and successful in an increasingly challenging world. And resilience, said … Read more...

ISO 45001 May Be Particularly Beneficial to Manufacturing

ISO 45001 will heap a whole lot more responsibility on to the already full plates of top managers. The standard puts business management on the hook to create, orchestrate, maintain, monitor, develop and actively promote a system that takes occupational health and safety (OH&S) policies and embeds these into the culture and operation of a business’s everyday activities. The corollary to this is that leaders will need to find a way to ensure sufficient financial, personnel and time resources are devoted to the successful implementation of a management system for OH&S.

At the heart of the ISO 45001 standard is a need for worker involvement through participation in decision making, evaluation procedures, implementation and feedback mechanisms.

The new standard will amplify a need for an effective safety solution, including tools that will allow manufacturers to connect with different stakeholders throughout their organizations, to foster trust and collaboration at each level.… Read more...

How a Safety Management System Can Save You Money

A software-based system for managing safety in manufacturing organizations may hold the key to unlocking efficiency, improving processes and creating safer workplaces that, at the end of the day, puts money back in the pockets of these businesses.

Experts say that Safety Management System (SMS) support the ability of manufacturing companies to help change leadership thinking and cultures in reducing the number of workplace injuries through increased awareness of, and involvement in, safety programs, and ultimately elevating the important of and commitment to safety across entire organizations.

In the U.S. a total of US$170 billion is spent by business each year on occupational injury- and illness-related costs that eat away at net earnings. The National Safety Council reports that a dollar invested in an SMS – and the subsequent potential improvements that can be achieved in overall safety management – returns anywhere from between $2 and $6. These savings come … Read more...

Ready to Grow your Network? Connect with Industry Professionals at the EHSQ Alliance Conference!

Spend time this year getting to know the people in your industry. At the EHSQ Alliance Conference this April, you’ll have all kinds of opportunities to network, learn and collaborate with hundreds of users, Intelex personnel and industry experts. Check out some of our biggest programs yet!

Alliance in Action Zone
The Alliance in Action Zone offers the chance to expand your network and add life to a growing community. Take advantage of the myriad opportunities to forge new connections, learn from your talented peers and explore innovative solutions from both Intelex executives and industry-leading EHSQ professionals.  Whether you visit the product networking zone, sponsor and partner stations, the communal meeting tables or enjoy a treat with your peers, you’ll never want to leave!
Alliance Live
Kick back after a busy conference day and enjoy food, drinks, entertainment and great company! Join us at Bangers and choose a beer from … Read more...

ISO 45001 Challenges Leaders to Lead the Way

DOWNLOAD NOW ButtonThe effectiveness and ultimate success of any health and safety regulation or standard really does begin and end with leadership.

Full commitment and support by top business management in driving corporate-wide adherence to and support of regulations, policies and guidelines for safety, quality and pretty much any other regulatory directive is essential. It’s the power behind the punch.

That leaders need to lead is hardly an Earth-shattering revelation. But it’s a refreshing and necessary guiding principle behind the upcoming ISO 45001 standard, set for publication in April. The International Labour Organization estimates more than 7,600 people die each day from work-related accidents or diseases – over 2.78 million people every year.

This new standard spells out requirements for an occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) through a framework intended to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions.

What sets ISO 45001 apart is an … Read more...

Quality 4.0: It’s time for a QMS Revolution

Why is it time for a Quality Management System revolution?

The world is more complex than it used to be. Businesses around the globe rely heavily on one another through densely intertwined supply chains. Human biases lead to poor business decisions that could be avoided by making decisions based on facts, data, and fundamental Quality principles. Technology interfaces are evolving at exponential rates with advancements in robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, and big data. Meanwhile, customers demand increasing levels of Quality at lower prices with an insatiable appetite for new products being released at breakneck speeds.

This complexity leads to dependent systems that often fail despite attempts to build in redundancy. Processes break down, natural disasters, supply disruption caused by material shortages, and even scandals caused by poor leadership and decision-making all contribute to the risk of failure. These problems aren’t going away. In fact, with the number of recalls … Read more...

In Business, It’s All About Your Ideas, Intelex CEO Tells Students

Businesses succeed or fail on the quality of their ideas, not on the fanciness of the way those ideas are conveyed to management and other decision-makers.

That was just one piece of advice Intelex CEO Mark Jaine conveyed to students enrolled in a Management Consulting practicum at Toronto’s prestigious Rotman School of Management earlier this month. The two-week program is designed to give students real-world experience in providing consulting advice to a company.

“We have a saying at Intelex: It’s great ideas that win. It’s not about the presentation. I don’t care how glossy your binder is. It’s the substance that matters,” Jaine said.

An entrepreneur himself, Jaine was more than happy to spend time with a group of students embarking on their own business careers. And having a successful Canadian CEO in front of them for a few hours was a big benefit to the students, instructor Scott Rutherford … Read more...

Put people – not profits – first, and other lessons learned from visiting Toyota

Auto Manufacturing Line

In late November, a group of Intelex employees made the 100-kilometer trek from Toronto to Cambridge, Ont. to the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) Inc. plant. The highly cross-functional team included members from Sales, Marketing, Consulting and Implementation, Sales Engineering, Customer Engagement, Customer Success, and Product Management. We wanted to gain insight, first-hand, into the activities within a world-class automotive manufacturing company that exemplify an integrated EHSQ management system – before the impending holiday season and 2018 bomb cyclone made headlines!

The team prepared extensively for the tour. We wanted to maximize our learning while on site and help retain this information long-term. We looked at the history of Toyota to discover why it had become so successful and capable of producing award- winning quality products, while exceeding customer expectations. We learned that each vehicle manufactured at Toyota’s TMMC plant goes through over 4,800 quality checks before leaving the facility! … Read more...