About Alison Grenkie

In my role as an Intelex Product Marketing Manager I get to write about all things EHS and Quality. I'm particularly passionate about safety and sustainability in the resources and energy sectors, including oil and gas, electricity generation and distribution, mining and more. I love sharing ideas, best practices and other insights that can help companies boost their bottom lines while building a better world.

New Year’s Resolutions for Your EHS Team

A new year often brings with it new challenges and new goals. Coming back to work from our holidays with a fresh perspective, many of us get a surge of motivation in the month of January to do better than before. But with the first month of 2016 behind us now, some of that enthusiasm may be starting to fade.

So how can we sustain that positive energy (and take advantage of it!) in order to set ourselves and our EHS teams up for success this year? Many of us make New Year’s Resolutions for our personal lives, so why not New Year’s Resolutions for work!

Let’s take the time now to consider how these three suggested EHS goals might be able to help you improve upon past performance, boost your team’s reputation within the company, and lead to better environmental, health and safety outcomes for everyone you work with.… Read more...

Update from COP21, OSHA Launches Webpage for Healthcare Workers and More!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • The Latest Developments at COP21
  • OSHA Launches Webpage to Protect Healthcare Workers from Workplace Violence
  • Brazil Mine Accident puts Tailings Ponds Safety Back in Hot Seat

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • Updates From COP21’s Climate Change Conference. Click here
  • OSHA Launches Webpage to help Protect Healthcare Workers from Workplace Violence. Click here
  • Update from Brazil’s Mining Tragedy. Click here
[audio: 2015/12/EHSTW-120415.mp3]… Read more...

How to Answer Your IT Department’s Questions about Your EHS Software Project

If you’re thinking of purchasing EHS or quality management software, you’re likely already sold on the many benefits an automated system can provide – simplified compliance, reduced risk, and easier tracking and reporting are just a few that stand out.

But while you’re getting excited about all of these benefits, your IT department may not yet be on board with your vision. That’s because, as we mentioned in a previous post, your IT department has their own set of criteria when it comes to evaluating software. They’re concerned about things like integration, implementation, and the demands that this software purchase will place on them.

Addressing Your IT Department’s Questions and Concerns

Your software project is much more likely to be successful if you are able to establish a good working relationship with your IT department. Chances are that your IT coworkers have a lot of people vying for their … Read more...

Ignite Performance 2015 User Conference Recap

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • Highlights and Recap from Ignite Performance 2015
  • Emerging Themes and Takeaways from Ignite Performance 2015

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • Intelex’s User Conference: Ignite Performance 2016 Registration. Click here
  • 7 Elements of True Safety Culture. Click here
  • The Safety Pyramid .Click here
[audio: 2015/10/EHSTW-101615.mp3]… Read more...

Top 10 OSHA Violations for 2015 Include Fall Protection, Hazard Communication

OSHA recently released the Top 10 most cited standards for their 2015 fiscal year. Making the always-anticipated announcement was Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs. As is now tradition, the announcement took place at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo, which this year was held in Atlanta, Georgia.

We saw very few changes in this year’s list when comparing it with last year’s list, with no movement in the top six OSHA violations on the list. The most cited OSHA violation was Fall Protection once again, but all top ten violations were repeat offenders and had all appeared on the 2014 list.

There was only one change in the order of citations and it was a small one, with the Ladders standard moving up the list from 8th place to 7th, trading places with the Electrical, Wiring Methods standard which was bumped from 7th to … Read more...

How to Communicate & Promote Your Sustainability Report for Maximum Value

Congratulations! After months of slogging through all the data, aggregating and analyzing materials from across your organization and coaxing it into a format you feel is both compelling and informative, you’ve finally done it. You’ve published your sustainability report!

The question you should now be asking yourself is, “What next?”

That’s because your work isn’t over once you publish your report. Far from it. This next stage will determine whether your sustainability report is deemed a worthwhile exercise or falls flat. Sustainability reporting is like any other business activity in that if you want people to value your effort and continue to support this type of endeavor, you need to be able to demonstrate ROI. What’s the return on the time and resources you’ve invested in the process of gathering and reporting on all of this data?

What this means is that the worst thing that can happen next is Read more...

FRA Railroad Safety Grant, Waste-to-Energy Project and More!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • FRA Offers Railroad Safety Grant
  • California Oil Companies Fined For Failing to Report Water Use Data
  • Waste-to-Energy Project to Reduce Emissions by 40K Tons Per Year

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • Oil Companies Fined for Failing to Report Water Use Data. Click here
  • Railroad Safety Grants for Safe Transportation of Energy Products by Rail Program.Click here
  • Waste-to-Energy Project to Reduce Emissions by 40K Tons Per Year. Click here
[audio: 2015/09/EHSTW-091015.mp3]… Read more...

Meet an Intelex Client: Brandy Leon, Boart Longyear

Brandy works at Boart Longyear, a global drilling services company based out of Salt Lake City, Utah that employs thousands of people in over 35 countries. With a proud company history that dates back more than one hundred years, Boart Longyear has evolved with the times to remain one of the leading companies in their space. In this video, Brandy talks about Boart Longyear’s experience with the Intelex system, and how Intelex’s ease of use makes it different from the other systems she’s used in the past.

“I’ve worked in other systems before and some of them are cumbersome, they take time, the learning curve is insane,” says Brandy. She found Intelex to be intuitive and easy to pick up. Software implementation can be a tricky business, and user adoption is never guaranteed. But choosing a user-friendly system can go a long way towards ensuring that your companies’ employees are … Read more...

Latest Oil Spill Increases Scrutiny on Pipeline Safety & Compliance

The pipeline spill in Alberta, Canada last month has reignited many conversations about pipeline safety and regulation for the oil and gas industry. These conversations are coming at a critical time for the industry – perhaps even a turning point.

As many are well aware, it is becoming more and more difficult for pipeline projects to achieve the necessary approvals to get off the ground, and the negative press surrounding spills such as this one is at the heart of several groups’ objections.

Keystone Has Become a Key Issue

The stand-out example is of course the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline, which has been delayed for more than six years. Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, has admitted that he is not hopeful that U.S. President Obama will approve the pipeline.

With rumors that President Obama will soon announce his decision on Keystone, this most recent pipeline spill in Canada’s oilsands is … Read more...

Meet an Intelex Client: Coral Barrett, Boart Longyear

Coral works in EHS Data & Support at Boart Longyear, a mineral exploration company that provides drilling services, drilling equipment and performance tooling. Based out of Salt Lake City, Utah, this year Boart Longyear celebrates its 125 anniversary as a leader in the global mining and drilling industry. In this video, Coral discusses what made Intelex stand out from the competition when her company was looking for a new EHS system.

Prior to implementing Intelex, Boart Longyear had a system that was outdated and difficult to use. They felt that the system just couldn’t keep up with what they needed from it, and so they began to look for a more advanced solution that would simplify the user experience while also allowing them to more easily report information to their VPs and executive committee. Coral also wanted to make sure that this would be a system she could administer by … Read more...