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...

Learn from the Experts at Our EHSQ Alliance Conference Sessions

The EHSQ Alliance Conference is fast approaching and our lineup of highly informative and engaging sessions continues to grow. Regardless of whether your focus is on Health & Safety, Environment, Quality or insight into the entire EHSQ industry, we have a number of high-value sessions that will keep you in the know on the latest developments in your practice area.

Register today and join us April 18-20, 2018 in Austin, Texas!

The EHSQ Alliance Conference (formerly the Intelex User Conference) offers EHSQ professionals a wealth of networking opportunities, industry expert keynotes, in-depth breakout sessions and much more!

Here’s a sample of the learning opportunities and hands-on training sessions that await you in Austin. For a full session list and the agenda, visit the EHSQ Alliance Conference website.

Health & Safety:

Ergonomics and IoT – How exoskeletons are changing our understanding of worker health

Active exoskeletons can be used as … Read more...

Four Reasons Why Life Sciences Organizations Are Moving Their QMS to the Cloud

Life sciences organizations, including pharmaceuticals, and medical device manufacturers, constantly look for ways to reduce risk, increase patient safety, and achieve operational excellence. To be successful in these three areas, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing companies need to have robust management systems in place. This is even more critical than in other industries where the breadth of regulatory requirements is not as vast.

Transforming their QMS to the cloud can help them achieve these strategic objectives. Along this digital transformation journey, software validation can be a challenge with varying degrees of intricacy across organizations. Causes can range from lack of experience and expertise to the complexity of internal and external stakeholders involved. Ultimately, no one wants to receive a 483 from the FDA due to noncompliance with 21 CFR 11, which will put an organization in a bind and ultimately impact patient safety.

As pharmaceuticals and medical device manufacturers look … Read more...

The Value of an Integrated Approach to EHSQ Management

We need to take a different approach to managing Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality (EHSQ) efforts. It involves doing away with the E – HS – Q siloed, fragmented approach where departments have little or no communication or collaboration amongst each other. Instead, take an approach that is based on all departments sharing data and working with each other in a highly cohesive and efficient way that saves time, money and effort.

The concept is known as an Integrated Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality (EHSQ) management system.

In many companies, department leaders share many of the same concerns: fragmented technology, poor metrics, cultural challenges, inconsistent support of upper management, and siloed processes. Wouldn’t it make sense to manage these similar challenges – and look for shared opportunities – under one framework?

According to a recent report from LNS Research, organizations that adopt an integrated EHSQ management system achieve … Read more...

Now’s Your Chance to Win an Intelex EHSQ Alliance Award

It’s time to celebrate the great work the Intelex community is doing in the EHSQ space, from their innovation, to their industry leadership to their continued commitment to health, safety, quality and the environment. We’re doing so with Intelex’s EHSQ Alliance Awards, which will showcase the biggest achievements in the industry by Intelex customers, partners and community members.

Does your company have an inspiring success story to share with the world? Are you making a significant impact within EHSQ? If so, we want to hear about it! Submissions are now open in the following categories:

CUSTOMER AWARDS:

Environmental Stewardship

Recognizes outstanding contributions and leadership in environmental management by a customer that uses Intelex.

Health & Safety Performance

Given to an Intelex customer that has demonstrated outstanding contributions towards organizational health and safety.

Quality Excellence

Recognizes leadership in quality management by a customer that uses Intelex.

Supplier Management

Awarded for … Read more...

4 Best Practices for Life Science Manufacturers to Manage Risk

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Managing risk for life science organizations is often seen as simply a way to achieve and maintain industry compliance, and not as a means to improving operational performance.

That’s far from the perception in other industries, where effective risk management also supports continuous improvement and competitive differentiation.

Industry leaders in risk management are committed to continuous improvement programs, which drive down risks on existing products. The reality today is that the changing nature of risks requires adopting effective strategies to properly prioritize and mitigate them.

Arguably life science manufacturers should adopt a similar approach that takes advantage of best practices from across industries.

To that end, manufacturers should focus on:

Using a single unified framework for risk management

A unified framework allows the ability to compare risks, and execute continuous improvement measures. Many possible risk models exist, such as failure modes/failure effects/causes/controls/verification, or hazards/harms/controls/consequences. A unified model allows manufacturers to … Read more...

The High Cost of Musculoskeletal Disorders – And How to Lessen Them

A single workplace musculoskeletal injury can cost a company between $18,000 and $60,000, according to Mike Kim, CTO and co-founder of StrongArm Technologies, a safety data solution provider.

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) affect muscles, tendons, blood vessels, nerves, ligaments, discs, etc. Aside from the compensation costs paid to injured workers, a company can also incur indirect costs, including lost productivity, the cost of replacing affected employees, and the price tag that comes with training their replacements.

“Because of these indirect factors, OSHA believes the cost might be doubled,” said Kim, speaking during a recent Intelex EHSQ community webinar. “Then we’re looking at $36,000 to $120,000 for one injury. And that’s not to mention the personal toll it takes on the workers and their families, and their livelihood.”

To help prevent MSDs, it’s important to know what causes them. The main factor, according to the 2017 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Read more...

FDA’s New FSMA Rules Mean Hard Times for Old Compliance Tracking

Food and beverage companies would be well-served by moving away from paper-based compliance systems and replacing them with modern, automated solutions.

Regulations contained in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food and Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) have made the food industry safer, improved product quality, and reduced food recalls. They have helped businesses focus on quality and manage suppliers in a more efficient and proactive way. This has minimized their costs of incidents associated with noncompliance, such as reinspections, food recalls, and even brand and reputation damages.

For most companies, FSMA has meant:

  • An increase in the frequency of inspections. Implementation of a prevention-based food management solution and a food safety plan is now a requirement for compliance.
  • Supplier verification. Companies that import foods internationally must ensure their suppliers are verified and their food products are safe.
  • More intensive sampling and testing of food. This requirement has placed an enormous
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The Power of IT and EHS – It’s only the beginning

The innovative power of information technology (IT) will turn the EHS industry on its ear!

It’s still somewhat early days for the integration of IT and EHS workflow process, and the road being travelled by many organizations is to simply take the first step of moving beyond traditional methods of paper-based recording and tracking, and replacing these with electronic processes. But the way forward for businesses is a path to huge transformation.

As the saying goes – “you ain’t seen nothing yet!” So much more is looming.

Technology and innovation in EHS will be the topic of what should be a lively discussion during a forward-looking session at this week’s NAEM EHS Sustainability and Management Forum in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. on the topic of – Drones, Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things: Leveraging Technology to Advance EHS. I’ll facilitate a discussion on the exciting potential and possibilities with … Read more...