A look back on Intelex blog posts from 2022 reveals a full gamut of environment, health and safety (EHS) topics: from long-standing challenges and proactive strategies to improve safety performance to the exploration of new ideas, technologies and emerging opportunities.
Our coverage this year featured stories about building and growing safety cultures and safety management best practices, and innovative EHS technologies such as software-as-a-service and artificial intelligence that help organizations improve. We also explored the continued impact of COVID-19 in the workplace and environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria and what it means for EHS.
Stay connected throughout the year to the things that matter in EHS and ESG by becoming a regular Intelex blog reader. And, in case you missed them, check out some of our top 2022 blog posts below.
#1 Lessons from the U.S. Army Climate Change Strategy: The U.S. Army’s first-ever Climate Strategy shows why every organization needs to prepare. Learn in this story how the Army seeks to be more adaptive and resilient to a changing world while decarbonizing its operations in line with the U.S. government’s overall approach to meeting climate reduction targets.
#2 AFL-CIO: Current OSHA Budget Amounts to $4.37 to Protect each Worker: We heard the alarming news last year that there were only 1,719 OSHA inspectors nationwide – or a single inspector for every 81,427 U.S. workers. That amounts to $4.37 to protect each worker, with no federal standards for protections against workplace violence and COVID-19.
#3 Visual Literacy Helps Safety Professionals See the Bigger Picture: Observation lessons grounded in art education – known as visual literacy – help to improve and interpret what you see. It’s an idea that holds intriguing potential for safety hazard identification, where it’s easy to miss important details in familiar workplace surroundings.
#4 The War on ESG Greenwashing: Making inflated environmental promises is known an “greenwashing,” and it is a shockingly common occurrence in today’s marketplace. This story explains what greenwashing is, why it happens, what the consequences could be and how consumers and regulators are working to prevent it.
#5 OHS Research Needs to Focus on Why Incidents Don’t Happen: Safety research and investigations typically focus on the dissection and analysis of incidents that occur. But not enough look at why they don’t. Most of the time injuries don’t happen in the workplace, but organizations usually don’t know why. Learn why more research on the situation is needed.
#6 ESG Considerations Mean We Must Change the Way We Think About Risk: Mitigating ESG risk in a world of constant disruption isn’t an easy task, but there is help. Risk frameworks are critical for incorporating risk-based thinking for ESG into your organization’s strategic vision. Discover the details in this blog post.
#7 Skilled and Experienced or a Proven Leader – What Type of Safety Manager Would You Hire?: A plenary session at this year’s Safety Leader Conference asserted that true safety leaders show a commitment to excellence, strong work ethic and personal accountability. Skill and experience are things you can teach, it was revealed.
#8 Close Calls and Near Misses Target a Safety Improvement Bullseye: By tracking and analyzing safety close calls and near misses today, organizations can reduce tomorrow’s incidents that might cause injuries as a result of workplace hazards. This blog post explains how to go about putting a close-call program in place.
#9 How ESG Technology Supports Innovation: Technology innovation that encourages process efficiency and minimizing waste helps organizations reduce their carbon emissions and energy expenditure, which means improved ESG ratings, better brand image and better quality. Find out how the energy sector is among those leading the way.
#10 Five Things You Need to Know About Incident Management and Reporting: Safety and environmental disasters rarely occur because of a single event or incident. An incident management system reports on root causes that help to protect your business from future occurrences. This blog explains why these systems are such powerful EHS tools.