Is an EHS Management and Sustainability Approach Right for Your Business?

Sustainability and EHS software may be just the thing your organization needs to help keep your workers safe and protected.

Keeping workers protected and workplaces safe needs the commitment and involvement of all divisions within a business. It also requires an integrated approach to what might be described as EHS&S or environmental, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability. One that includes:

  • Steps to define and prepare for risk,
  • Aligns a stronger and safer workplace culture,
  • Maps EHS and sustainability goals and objectives, and,
  • Consolidates for consistency across all business segments.

An EHS&S information management system may be just the thing your organization needs, but how would you know? Check out this four-phased approach, below, for answers and guidance.

Phase 1. Step Back and Evaluate Your Needs:

Are you only managing permits and compliance deadlines? If so and your business is small, simpler could be better.

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Leaders 2 Leaders The Network: Successful Mobile Rollout 

The adoption of mobile technology allows Wizz Air to immediately report on and record flight information and incidents, even when employees are off-line.

Akos Steigervald, System Administrator and FDM manager, is the main point of contact at Wizz Air for Intelex Technologies. Wizz Air, with its 6,400+ employees, is a Central-Eastern European airline with its head office in Budapest, Hungary. The airline, which carried 21.7 million customers in 2021, serves many cities across Europe, as well as some destinations in North Africa and the Middle East. 

Steigervald recently shared information about Wizz Air’s successful mobile rollout during a Leaders2Leaders The Network session with other Intelex customers. These sessions feature a series of interactive, customer-led sessions that encourage best practice sharing, networking and collaboration with our Intelex European customers. The sessions – for users by users – offer insight, pro tips and more to help you get the most from our … Read more...

How ESG Technology Supports Innovation 

Much of the ground-breaking innovation in ESG technology is taking place in the energy sector.

From a certain perspective, the global market appears grim. Take, for example, the following: 

  • Experts predict that while supply chain pressures will ease by 2023, the recovery won’t reach pre-pandemic levels any time soon. 
  • Climate scientists believe that Earth’s climate could develop into a chaotic system that experiences rapid fluctuations of severe weather. 
  • By 2050, 87 percent of Americans will live in cities, which will put significant strain on infrastructure and resource consumption.  

Our perspective of risk has been radically altered by events like the COVID-19 pandemic and the rapidly escalating threats caused by the climate crisis. At one time, we though of risk as something we could anticipate and manage. Today, however, we know that not only can cataclysmic disruption occur overnight, but threats from climate change can extend decades into the future and … Read more...

EHS ROI Should Be the Endgame, Rather than the Start of Your Investment Pitch

The inherent value of occupational health and safety (OHS) for every business and organization makes it seem unimaginable that anyone would argue the importance or necessity of protecting workers on the job. 

So why can it be so difficult to obtain additional and necessary investment to improve safety performance? Perhaps the answer lies in the capitalist axiom that business is business, after all, and any investment made must be measured by a resulting payback.  

When it’s necessary to quantify environmental, health and safety (EHS) investment dollar benefits, return on investment (ROI) comes into play. And, while there are many tools and calculators available to help construct an ROI, before spending the time and effort to build a business case, it’s necessary to understand a couple of fundamental things – namely, for whom ROI is important and whether it is truly how a business thinks about safety.  

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ESG Considerations Mean We Must Change the Way We Think About Risk 

In his annual letter to CEOs, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink described the decarbonization of the economy as “the greatest investment opportunity of our lifetime.” He also noted that “we focus on sustainability not because we’re environmentalists, but because we’re capitalists and fiduciaries to our clients.” In other words, ESG’s focus on sustainable economies that serve the interests of diverse stakeholders is a fundamental tenet of capitalism. 

However, Fink sounds a note of caution regarding the risks involved in ESG. “It will also leave behind companies that don’t adapt, regardless of what industry they are in,” Fink says. “And just as some companies risk being left behind, so do cities and countries that don’t plan for the future. They risk losing jobs, even as other places gain them.” ESG risk, therefore, presents significant threats in addition to rich opportunities. 

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Managing Carbon Emissions Data in Five Steps

Before organizations can think about reporting, however, they need to think about data. Accessing and analyzing data is the key to an effective approach to ESG.
Before organizations can think about reporting, however, they need to think about data. Accessing and analyzing data is the key to an effective approach to ESG.

For years, industries such as oil and gas have used emissions monitoring systems to measure emissions for carbon and methane to report to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). However, in the last few years, environment, social and governance (ESG) frameworks that consider the material impact of emissions on both organizations and community stakeholders have moved beyond emissions-heavy industries to include all organizations that touch the supply chain. Proposed rule changes from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will mean that many organizations will soon be responsible for reporting Scope 1 (emissions resulting from direct operations), Scope 2 (emissions created indirectly as a result of purchased energy) and Scope 3 emissions (emissions further down the supply chain, such as those generated by suppliers or from … Read more...

Intelex Research Reveals the Current State of ESG Adoption and Progress in Europe

Investing in companies that have embraced environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards is booming. Research shows the number of global ESG funds grew to 5,932 as of December 2021, up from 4,153 at the end of 2020 and represents investments valued at more than $2.7 trillion. 

Today’s socially conscious and forward-thinking organizations might want to catch this fast-moving ESG train, and would be wise to explore how environment, health and safety (EHS) and ESG can together drive better business results.   

It’s timely then that the current state of EHS and ESG adoption across Europe should be assessed to better understand how European businesses are progressing. Intelex’s European team undertook a survey of more than 700 EHS and ESG professionals from 10 European countries with respondents representing a wide range of industries – from energy and industrial manufacturing to construction and chemicals. The intent of the research was to better understand how … Read more...

ISO 45001 and ANSI Z10 Offer Valuable Safety Management Guidance

Industry standards exist to help set the foundation for a safety management system. For those who may not have a system in place or are looking to take an existing safety management system (SMS) to the next level, standards offer a guiding blueprint for the key and necessary components and practices. Two of the most common and ubiquitous are the International Organization for Standardization’s ISO 45001 and the American National Standards Institute’s ANSI Z10.

ISO 45001 is described as the world’s first international standard for occupational health and safety systems. It provides a framework for improving health and safety performance and is intended to control the factors that may result in injury, illness or death on the job. ISO 45001 is also described as process-based and considers risks and opportunities. The standard explicitly mentions mental health as an element that should be protected by the program.

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Here’s How Intelex Is Simplifying EHSQ Software Selection

Our Custom Product Demo Tour is designed to make the process of learning about environmental, health, safety and quality (EHSQ) software faster and easier.
The Intelex Custom Product Demo Tour was designed to make the process of learning about environmental, health, safety and quality (EHSQ) software faster and easier.

Finding and selecting the right environment, health and safety (EHS), quality control or environmental, social and governance (ESG) management software is overwhelming, expensive and a time-consuming task for many. And it’s an effort that can take up to six months on average for many organizations.

There’s the initial consideration of how to purchase software, which is confusing enough. Research shows 74 percent of software producers utilize subscription models, 65 percent utilize perpetual licenses, 59 percent leveraging usage-based models and 47 percent use outcome/value-based models.

Then there’s the matter of finding the right features and functions. While many look for common things, others seek unique variations that their organization might require. A buyer typically wants control of their purchase journey since many do their own … Read more...

Abby Ferri Named Safety Professional of the Year by ASSP

Abby Ferri, a career safety professional from Minnesota, prolific event speaker and co-founder of the Safety Justice League podcast is the American Society of Safety Professionals’ (ASSP) Safety Professional of the Year for 2022.

Ferri, a risk and EHS management consultant and ASSP member for 20 years, was recognized for her efforts to advance occupational safety and health in many ways, including a key role played in a recent ASSP governance change that sees diverse advisory groups replacing the organization’s long-standing House of Delegates. Ferri has served on the ASSP Governance Task Force that researched association governance trends and developed the recommendations that were later adopted to strengthen the group.

Among the efforts that Ferri helped spearhead was a move away from an established elected House of Delegates that dealt with all task-force issues to a more fluid and shorter-term appointed advisory groups that tackle singular topics. It was an … Read more...