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Graham Freeman is a content writer and editor at Intelex Technologies in Toronto, where he writes on topics relating to quality management. You can follow Graham on LinkedIn by clicking here: www.linkedin.com/in/graham-freeman-aa5a575b/

ESG Is Changing the Scope of EHS

Meeting ESG requirements is a priority for many organizations, which is changing the role of the EHS professional. 
Meeting ESG requirements is a priority for many organizations, which is changing the role of the EHS professional. 

ESG (environmental, social and governance) has become a global priority. It requires organizations to monitor, measure and report on a number of factors that contribute to the well-being of the global community, such as sustainability, health and safety, diversity and ethical business practices. While many organizations are already making considerable progress in these areas, others are finding themselves under increasing pressure to meet new regulatory requirements and customer expectations. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ebb and flow, many organizations around the world are working hard to come to terms with a future defined by the responsibility of managing risk and protecting the resources that support our societies and economies. The last two years have provided a sudden and severe wake-up call to the entire world. In what seemed like a mere moment, economies and societies locked down, government … Read more...

Supply Chain Greatest Hits: The Top 10 Knockout Blows That Floored the Global Supply Chain in 2021

The global supply chain has never been tested the way it was in 2021. Where there are weaknesses there are opportunities to become stronger and do better.
The global supply chain has never been tested the way it has in the last year. Where there are weaknesses there are opportunities to become stronger and do better.

2021 has been a challenging year for the global supply chain. While vaccines have done a great job of beating back COVID-19, many of the difficulties confronting global logistics have only come to fruition in the last year. In the midst of the year-end holiday season, we thought it would be a good opportunity to review some of the most serious events that had an impact on how we moved goods around the world in 2021. 

1. COVID-19 Lockdowns 

No one gets any points for guessing this one. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be the most significant disruption to the global supply chain. The impact of the pandemic on the supply chain was felt almost immediately in early 2020, as the … Read more...

Arrive Alive: Staying Safe on the Holiday Highways

rom family visits to holiday shopping, we spend lots of time in our cars. Sadly, there are also plenty of highway fatalities during the holidays.
From family visits to holiday shopping, we spend lots of time in our cars. Sadly, there are also plenty of highway fatalities during the holidays.

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), automobile accidents produce the highest holiday fatality rate of any form of transportation in the United States.

In 2020, 340 people were killed in automobile accidents on Christmas Day, while 163 died on New Year’s Day. Approximately one-third of these accidents involved drunk driving.

While there is always some risk involved in driving, there are plenty of things you can do to be prepared for emergencies and stay safe on the road:

  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. Assign a designated driver who will remain sober for the trip home after parties.
  • Remember that even prescription or over-the-counter medication can produce drowsiness, especially when mixed with alcohol, so be sure to read the label or
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Keep the Fire in the Fireplace: Seven Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

When the fireplace is roaring and the decorations are twinkling, it's easy to forget about the destructive power of fire and electricity.
When the fireplace is roaring and the decorations are twinkling, it’s easy to forget about the destructive power of fire and electricity.

A roaring fire to keep warm is one of the best elements of a memorable holiday, but only if it’s in the fireplace and not spreading quickly from room to room. Here are some flashpoints for potential fire hazards. 

  • Christmas trees need care to keep them from becoming fire hazards. Place them at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces or heaters, keep them well-watered to prevent them from drying out and make sure your lights have no frayed wires or loose connections.  
  • Candles are part of many holiday traditions, but open flames must always be monitored and kept away from anything flammable. Keep candles in locations where they can’t be knocked over, keep them away from children and never leave open flames unattended. Keep decorations like tinsel
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Spoiled Food, Spoiled Holidays: Tips for Avoiding Foodborne Illness

To help you make sure your holiday celebrations take place in the home and not the emergency room, we’ve assembled some simple tips you can follow during the festive season. 
To help you make sure your holiday celebrations take place in the home and not the emergency room, we’ve assembled some simple tips you can follow during the festive season. 

Food plays a central role in many holiday traditions. With visits from friends and extended family, dining room tables and kitchen facilities will strain under the weight of the diverse dishes served over the next few weeks. 

However, the more food we have to prepare, the greater the possibility of foodborne illness or injuries related to food preparation making an unwelcome holiday appearance. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 48 million Americans get sick from foodborne illness each year. Of that number, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die. The most common culprit is campylobacter, bacteria that derive from poultry and cause infection of the intestinal tract, followed by salmonella and Cyclospora.  

To help you make sure … Read more...

Insights from NAEM Part III: Technology, Empathy and Diversity

Highlights from the NAEM conference on EHS and sustainability featured expert knowledge on machine learning, change management and workplace diversity, all of which will be important themes in the post-pandemic world.

The EHS & Sustainability Management Forum from the National Association of EHS&S Management (NAEM) demonstrated the importance of balancing cutting-edge technology innovation with human empathy, dignity and inclusion, which will become an increasingly important theme in 2022. Here is a summary of some select sessions:

The Human Side of EHS&S

While conversations about data and digital transformation dominate the marketplace, it’s easy to neglect the needs of the humans who make up the workforce in EHS&S. The morning roundtable discussion on the human side of EHS&S explored how technology and change management need to operate hand-in-hand for organizations to find success.

The role of digital technology as both a tool and a goal was an important theme. … Read more...

Once Bitten, Twice Shy: Why Disaster Isn’t Inevitable

Disasters aren’t inevitable. From tragedies involving crowds to cataclysmic organizational failures, disasters often begin with minor failures that aggregate over time in complex systems.

Preventable deaths in the workplace happen around the world every day. They rarely make front-page news, even when they have important lessons we could learn to avoid them in the future. However, the deaths of eight people at a Houston music festival on November 5, 2021 have cast the spotlight on how multiple, seemingly minor factors can aggregate within a system and culminate in a tragedy that could have been avoided with better planning and more insightful risk management. 

Tragedies involving large crowds and poor planning have a long history. Despite the fact that event organizers often seem not to have learned from these disasters, there are several factors we might recognize in common with other similar events. Here’s a brief review of some of the most … Read more...

Resiliency and Risk: Lessons from the Adaptation Gap Report 2021

At COP26, work is being done to figure out how we can adapt to inevitable climate disruption and protect vulnerable people, closing the adaptation gap.

The Gathering Storm: Adapting to climate change in a post-pandemic world is the 2021 Adaption Gap Report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). As Glasgow hosts a diverse group of stakeholders at COP26, the Adaption Gap Report (AGR2021) assess global trends in the planning, finance and implementation of adaptation efforts to mitigate the impact of global warming. 

The basis of the report is that even the most optimistic of achievements to curb global warming—including reaching the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050—are probably not sufficient to undo the damage that has already been done. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in its report Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis, recently concluded that the impact of global warming, particularly on the oceans and ice sheets, is irreversible, and that … Read more...

Insights from NAEM Part II: Risk and Regulations

The NAEM conference on sustainability delivered expert insights on ESG, the impact of ESG on EHS professionals, risk and the outlook for environmental regulations in 2022. Read our summary of select sessions to learn how EHS is leading the way to ESG success.
A session on understanding risk and resilience in ESG gave attendees a solid grounding in the who, what, when, where and why of managing ESG. The discussion began by defining ESG as a collective consciousness for social and environmental factors with risk management and value opportunities.

Day Two of the EHS & Sustainability Management Forum from the National Association of EHS&S Management (NAEM) brought together subject matter experts to examine the impact ESG is having on the EHS practice, as well as new EHS regulations on the horizon for 2022. Here are some highlights from select sessions. 

Morning Coffee Roundtable 

The first discussion of the day explored some of the key themes relating to ESG and its place in the practice of EHS, including disclosure demands, data collection, team composition and supplier engagement.  

Participants discussed the overall increase in market pressure relating to ESG. Customer inquiries about ESG requirements relating … Read more...

Insights from NAEM 2021 Part 1: Communication and Innovation at the Intersection of EHS and ESG

The NAEM 2021 EHS and Sustainability Management Forum was the place to be for EHS practitioners last week. For those who weren't able to be there, we have summaries from some of the sessions to help you learn about the impact of ESG and the evolution of EHS.
The NAEM 2021 EHS and Sustainability Management Forum was the place to be for EHS practitioners last week. For those who weren’t able to be there, we have summaries from some of the sessions to help you learn about the impact of ESG and the evolution of EHS.

The National Association for EHS&S Management (NAEM) held its EHS & Sustainability Management Forum online from October 19-21. Subject matter experts from industry and academia, along with leading EHS and ESG vendors, reviewed recent EHS&S developments from the past year and provided a preview of what to expect in 2022 as ESG begins to take center stage for many organizations. While interest in ESG has advanced steadily over the last few years, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought it into greater focus as the world looks to avert the climate crisis while strengthening global resiliency and augmenting the social benefits of capitalism. This … Read more...