Risking EHS non-compliance may have you paying a heavy price

There’s a price to be paid by organizations that don’t comply with Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) laws and regulations. The big question is: how much?

It’s not just the obvious things like fines and financial penalties imposed by regulators. That’s the easier-to-calculate cost. There are the indirect cost implications, such as loss of production or loss of share price. And the non-quantifiable costs, such as damage to brand reputation.

But, how much does compliance with EHS laws and regulations specifically cost your organization annually and globally? For most companies who pro-actively manage EHS, an answer is likely readily available since there is often a defined budget and the costs element is quantifiable.

But what does the cost of compliance actually mean for your business and how can it be measured? And, is your organization confident that it is as compliant as possible?

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Manufacturer Exits Paper Trail – Moves to a Software Path for Better EHS Management

It was really a matter of getting with the times.

PACE Industries, a U.S.-based die-casting company, was not unlike many organizations struggling to manage environmental, health and safety (EHS) processes. They were looking to get out of the old world of paper and Excel spreadsheets and into the modern age of intelligent digital reporting.

A company with a history dating to the 1970s, PACE was buried under a spreadsheet mountain of incident reporting from 12 divisions and 21 locations throughout the U.S., plus two plants in Mexico. It’s a busy place. You name it, and PACE probably manufactures it, taking aluminum, magnesium and zinc, melting it down, putting it in high-pressure molds, and literally turning it into thousands of parts. Everything from components for the automotive and lighting industries, to barbecue grills, and even guidance chips for missile systems. Suffice to say, paper-based processes simply weren’t cutting it.

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BRC Version 8 targets global food safety and quality assurance

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Today’s food literally comes from everywhere in the world. The sourcing of it is now an international affair and assurance of food safety and quality is perhaps more important than ever.

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Intelex’s EHSQ Alliance finds its trailblazer

Rob Harrison, Director of EHSQ Content Strategy

Among the greatest challenges in today’s digital information age is simply sorting through the morass of all things posted online to uncover what’s truly useful and valuable. You need to dig far and deep to get to the gold, especially when it comes to high-quality and trusted information.

Discovery of useful insights online is tough enough for everyday consumers. For professionals – and specifically those in the field of managing environment, health and safety, plus quality (EHSQ) regulatory compliance – it can be a world of pain. There’s never enough useful information to assist them in doing their jobs. EHSQ knowledge is always in demand, yet so hard to find.

It’s this vital need that’s behind the creation of the EHSQ Alliance, powered by Intelex Technologies – an evolving vision to construct a one-stop repository of great insights and knowledge for professionals, and … Read more...

Resilience Brings Out Our Personal and Workplace Best

Management thinker extraordinaire Adam Grant believes building resilience in children and adults is all about inspiring their inner strength by encouraging belief in personal value and worth.

It’s the old maxim that if you believe in people then perhaps they’ll believe in themselves, and by inference we’ll build a better world.  Grant, the renowned best-selling American author, top-ranked professor at Penn State University’s Wharton School of Business, and 36-year-old wunderkind, shared his thoughts on fostering resilience during an inspired interview at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

Among Grant’s core messages is the notion that resilience ties directly to fostered personal strength and empathy towards doing for others, which in turn inspires a desire to “pay it forward.” He talked about resilience as a quality we often seek to instill in children – to help them be strong and successful in an increasingly challenging world. And resilience, said … Read more...

ISO 45001 Challenges Leaders to Lead the Way

DOWNLOAD NOW ButtonThe effectiveness and ultimate success of any health and safety regulation or standard really does begin and end with leadership.

Full commitment and support by top business management in driving corporate-wide adherence to and support of regulations, policies and guidelines for safety, quality and pretty much any other regulatory directive is essential. It’s the power behind the punch.

That leaders need to lead is hardly an Earth-shattering revelation. But it’s a refreshing and necessary guiding principle behind the upcoming ISO 45001 standard, set for publication in April. The International Labour Organization estimates more than 7,600 people die each day from work-related accidents or diseases – over 2.78 million people every year.

This new standard spells out requirements for an occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) through a framework intended to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions.

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Elevate Toronto Showcases Innovative Ideation

Mark Jaine, CEO of software-as-a-service maker Intelex Technologies, has a whole lot to say about building a highly successful Canadian technology startup that competes globally.

Jaine and other leading Canadian innovators, founders and executives, will be sharing their unique experiences and the lessons they’ve learned while creating some of Canada’s best startup successes at Elevate Toronto – a three-day festival celebrating tech innovation, that begins on Sept. 12.

The Intelex CEO and others will participate in a panel discussion on Sept. 13, talking about the mindset required for entrepreneurial success. They’ll discuss, among other things, the experience of dealing with adversity while continuing to move organizations forward, leadership in a fast-changing world, as well as giving tips and advice for start-ups and fast-growing companies.

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Elevate Toronto is technology festival, described by it’s founders as a “passion and joy project.” It’s bringing together the city’s technology leaders for a showcase of … Read more...

OSHA’s New Rule a Recordkeeping Mountain for Employers to Climb

DOWNLOAD NOW ButtonAn already vast ocean of incident and illness electronic recordkeeping for American business has become a whole lot deeper and wider, as a result of OSHA’s “new rule” that came into effect this year.

In 2017, more organizations must gather more data and provide more reporting of accident and illness incidents to the U.S. Department of Labor agency.  The so-called “new rule” from OSHA will turn a molehill into a mountain as the number of those employers who will be expected to report this data is set to quadruple. Currently about 35,000 large employers submit data annually to OSHA and that number is expected to jump to 130,000. Approximately 150,000 smaller employers who currently submit summary data now includes 500,000 organizations.

Other significant requirements of the new rule include:

  • Directing employers to conduct refresher training on recordkeeping requirements.
  • The auditing of injury and illness recordkeeping forms.
  • Providing training on new
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