Popular Reads: The Top 10 Intelex Blogs of 2021

The list of the Top 10 Intelex blogs provides a view into some of the most important and challenging topics of 2021.

The list of the Top 10 Intelex blogs provides a view into some of the most important and challenging topics of 2021. COVID-19 and its impact on business and different industries, AI, ESG, Quality 4.0, worker fatigue and behavior-based safety all made the cut for most-read blogs. Maybe more surprising was the popularity of blogs that focused on the importance of diversity, such as those for International Women’s Day and Black History Month. As the workplace changes, priorities shift and diversity continues to be an important aspect of the world of work, our blog will reflect the topics that are important to our customers, the industries we support and our employees.

#1 The Impact of COVID-19 on the Construction Industry in the United States

New research released by the Center for Construction Research and Training focuses on the economic impact of COVID-19 on the construction industry through September 2020, examining construction spending, new residential construction and the well-being of small businesses. This blog highlights some of those impacts.

#2 How AI is Helping Organizations Meet ESG Expectations

Today’s organizations are part of a dynamic marketplace undergoing seemingly constant disruption. While some of these disruptions, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, will produce times of crises, others will be the catalyst to monumental positive change. Using AI, subject matter experts who need to understand ESG requirements can synthesize vast quantities of data that would take weeks or even months for human readers to wade through.

#3 Here’s How ESG Will Further the Cause of EHS

Ever-growing interest by financial investors and consumers in companies that do the right things for people and the planet by adhering to the guiding principles of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria is great news for Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) concerns. What does one have to do with the other? Read the blog to find out.

#4 How Quality 4.0 is Changing the Future of Business: Part 1

After the Industry 4.0 concept was introduced, many disciplines began incorporating the approach and rebranding with the “4.0” suffix. Today, we can read about such diverse fields as “Healthcare 4.0,” “Education 4.0” and “Safety 4.0,” all of which have, to varying degrees, incorporated the principles of Industry 4.0. This blog series examines how Quality 4.0, which uses the emerging technologies associated with Industry 4.0 to advance quality and performance goals, has developed out of the Industry 4.0 concept.

#5 Black History Month 2021: The Honourable Justice Lori Anne Thomas: Find People Who Will Help You Through Adversity

The IntelexOne Visible Minorities, Womxn and Allies employee resource groups invited The Honourable Justice Lori Anne Thomas to join Intelex employees for a discussion on her career, the importance of representation in the judicial system and how allyship played a role in her career.  Take a peek into her presentation, which only was available to Intelex employees.

#6 Douglas L. Parker Nominated by U.S. President Biden for Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health

U.S. President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate Douglas L. Parker for Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health, Department of Labor. Parker, as the director of Cal-OSHA, California’s workplace safety agency, directed that state’s efforts to implement an emergency workplace COVID standard. Find out more about Parker and the direction he may take OSHA.

#7 IWD2021 – Mikki Teodoro-Manabat: The Work-Life Balance Is an Elusive Concept – the Ultimate Unicorn

The theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021 was: “A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change.” A big challenge for many of us in 2020 and 2021 has been mental health and maintaining a work/life balance. Learn how Mikki Teodoro-Manabat, Global Lead for HSE Performance at SGS, is challenging the idea that showing emotion is mistaken as weakness. 

#8 The 5 Basic Principles of HOP (Human and Organizational Performance)

Human and Organizational Performance systems, better known as HOP, have garnered much recent discussion and interest by many organizations, who see it as a better approach to improving safety performance. The premise of HOP is the idea that human error is inevitable, so learn how – through better process systems management and analysis –organizations might lessen the effect of human error through the promotion of defenses that reduce risk.  

#9 Quality Management Can’t Be Optional Anymore

Here is an unfortunate truth: the story of the COVID-19 pandemic is one of epic quality failures in almost every area imaginable. While there have been some admirable successes, such as the food and beverage organizations that have ensured the continued safe delivery of food supplies to most regions, failures both large and small have caused an untold amount of damage to the infrastructure of society and business. Arguably, these quality failures have worsened the impact of the pandemic, including economic devastation and even a higher death toll. Here are just a few of the quality failures that will become prominent themes in the narrative of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

#10 The 10 Signs of Worker Fatigue

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has touched all aspects of society, including how we work and it is leaving many of us suffering from or battling worker fatigue in the workplace. Emergency responders, health care workers, manufacturing workers, supply chain workers and others providing essential services to the community have been especially stretched thin, working longer hours than usual, working more shifts or even over-night and leaving less time to sleep and recharge. Read about the signs of worker fatigue and how to combat this serious workplace issue.

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About Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith is the Global EHSQ Content Lead for Intelex Technologies. Formerly the Content Director for EHS Today, she has been writing about occupational safety and health and environmental issues since 1990. Her work as a journalist and editor has been recognized with national and international awards. She has been interviewed about occupational safety and health for national business publications, documentaries and television programs; has served as a panelist on roundtables; and has provided the keynote address for occupational safety and health conferences.

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