About Graham Freeman

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/

Food Integrity: The Case of Canadian Meat Imports to China

In late June 2019, the Chinese government suspended all imports of Canadian meat after having discovered a shipment of Canada-labeled pork that contained residue from a banned additive called Ractopamine. Ractopamine helps animals to grow larger and leaner on less food, which means farmers spend less money on raising the animals and make a larger profit after their sale. While Ractopamine is legal in Canada and the United States, it is banned in several other countries, including China. Chinese import officials detected the residue during normal sampling and testing procedures. 

The more disturbing discovery was that the accompanying veterinary certificate that testified to the origin and quality of the meat was falsified, which was confirmed by an inspection by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). According to Canadian officials, the meat shipment is of unknown origin. The case has been referred to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for investigation. … Read more...

Coeur Mining & Intelex Win EHS Innovation Award for IIoT-enabled Worker Safety

Drones, wearables, fatigue sensors, and engaged employees integrated with Intelex EHS management software are central to the success of Coeur Mining Inc.’s 2019 EHS Innovation Award-winning approach to environmental, health, and safety management in the Metals, Mining & Natural Resources sector. Announced at the Verdantix Americas Summit in Atlanta, GA this week, Coeur Mining was named the winner of this prestigious award that recognizes organizations that use innovative technology approaches to keeping workers safe, protecting the environment, and delivering superior business results.  

Coeur’s motto is “We Pursue a Higher Standard,” which is a philosophy that applies to everything the company does. The company’s EHS program extends across the entire organization with the goal of enhancing EHS culture and achieving standards that move beyond regulatory requirements.  

Making IIoT-enabled EHS a Reality 

Coeur’s innovative approach is built on the foundation of technology devices such as IIoT sensors, wearables, automation, analytics, and unmanned aerial … Read more...

Ontario Increasing Workplace Safety Inspections

Businesses in Ontario should prepare for a workplace safety blitz. Between October 1 and December 27, 2019, inspectors from the Ontario Ministry of Labour will be performing safety inspections across the province, focusing on the health care, mining, and construction sectors.  

Inspectors will be focusing on musculoskeletal injury and respiratory illnesses. Musculoskeletal injuries, such as tendonitis, back pain, and carpal tunnel, are among the most frequently occurring workplace injuries on all worksites in Ontario. They are common injuries for workers who engage in heavy physical labour, including repetitive actions and heavy lifting in awkward positions, and can damage joints, soft tissue, ligaments, and bones. According to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), they also account for more than one-third of all lost-time injury claims in the province. In 2017, that meant approximately 19,000 claims that cost WSIB $72 million and resulted in a cumulative 462,000 days of lost work time. Inspectors will be looking to ensure … Read more...

We Are Doing It: Diverse experiences & united purpose strengthen the women of quality

In 2018, Alessandro Strumia, a professor of physics at Pisa University in Italy, gave a presentation on gender in physics to a group at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). The main argument of his presentation was that the underrepresentation of women in physics is attributable to innate differences in intelligence between men and women and to women’s lack of interest in, and aptitude for, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). 

Naturally, Strumia’s argument was widely refuted by experts in psychology, neuroscience, and education. Indeed, one need only look at the fact that women earn 59.9 percent of all master’s degrees and 51.8 percent of all doctoral degrees to recognize that intelligence and intellectual aptitude are not biased in favour of any gender. Yet these refutations are not enough to dampen the realization that despite improvements, women still face considerable challenges in many workplaces, especially in science-related fields. While overt sexism continues to collapse under the weight of greater insight into … Read more...

Lloyd’s Register: Transforming Safety in the Fourth Digital Age

Lloyd’s Register is one of the world’s leading organizations for providing professional engineering services and technology. It formed in the 1760s and originally specialized in maritime classification. Today, Lloyd’s Register has expanded to provide services to many other industries including oil and gas, automotive, food and beverage, nuclear power, and transport logistics. It also offers certification for ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OSHAS 18001. 

As a UK charitable trust, Lloyd’s Register’s profits go to support Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a charity dedicated to providing engineering education and research to protect and enrich human life around the world. Its goal is to ensure that the critical infrastructure that forms the support for modern society is safe, reliable, and sustainable.  

James Pomeroy
Group Safety, Security, Environmental and Sustainability Director
Lloyd’s Register

In the new video case study Lloyd’s Register: Transforming Safety in the Fourth Digital Age, James Pomeroy, Group Safety, Security, Environmental and Sustainability Director at Lloyd’s Register, discusses how Lloyd’s uses Intelex … Read more...

Processes and data-driven technology are protecting your food from contamination and adulteration

In the United States alone, food travels on average 1,300 miles from farm to fork, with 33% of produce and 80% of seafood imported from other countries. Food products regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are processed by more than 300,000 different facilities in over 150 different countries. The complexity of this supply chain means that food can travel around the world in the custody of multiple agents along the way, with variations in documentation and processing resulting in loss of critical information about food authenticity and origin or even loss of the food itself. Approximately 1.3 billion tonnes of food is lost from the global supply chain annually without any understanding of where it goes. Traceability and authenticity in such a complex supply chain are therefore extremely difficult to manage, especially when consumers are increasingly concerned about those assurances, as well as about additional elements like sustainability and genetically modified … Read more...

How ISO 45001:2018 Ensures Continuous Improvement in Your EHS Management System

ISO 45001:2018 is the international standard for occupational health and safety management systems. It was created to provide guidance in eliminating the thousands of work-related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities that happen every day around the world. For industries in which workers are engaged in activities that carry the risk of injury or death, ISO 45001:2018 is one of the most important certification standards an organization can achieve. In 2018, ISO 45001 was updated to reflect the high-level structure (HLS) defined in Annex SL to bring it into line with other standards for management systems such as ISO 9001:2015 for quality management systems and ISO 14001:2015 for environmental management systems. This alignment makes it easier for organizations to certify to multiple standards to meet the requirements for their different management systems. 

Yet without adequate support and engagement from the entire workforce, including leadership, your management system can’t grow and improve to provide the value your business needs. … Read more...

The Connected Worker: A Roadmap for Preparing Your Organization for New Technology to Reduce Safety Risks

In the workplace of today, many of your workers are already connected to their mobile devices. While they’re working, their smart watches are alerting them to emails and social media messages, their fitness devices are counting their steps, and their phones are receiving emails and selecting the music they’re listening to. So why not integrate that connectivity into the workplace? 

Connected workers = safer workers. That means connecting your people to information, technology, and to each other to keep them safe and to maximize the positive impact to your bottom line. From inspectors using checklists on their tablets that feed directly into your EHS management system to frontline workers using smart glasses with heads-up-displays, virtual assistants for generating reports and scheduling tasks, and augmented reality for training and organizational learning, the world’s leading organizations are already embracing smart technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) to move their EHS programs to the next level. 

The … Read more...

10 Steps to Take Your Safety Management System from Good to Great

Taking your EHS management system from good to great requires more than just buying a tool or paying lip service to the idea of safety. It requires a strong safety culture that integrates people, processes, and tools so that every worker is connected not only to the technology, but to their peers. Connected workers = safer workers, and that means connecting the organization as a whole to the core value of safety. 

In the new Intelex checklist 10 Steps to Take Your Safety Management System from Good to Great, EHS expert Scott Gaddis, Vice President and Global Practice Leader—Safety and Health at Intelex Technologies Inc., shows you the fundamental principles you need to build upon to make sure your EHS management system can keep your workers safe, provide business value, and provide a positive impact for your bottom line. When it comes down to it, every organization is built out of … Read more...

Quality Failures Can Leave You In the Dark

July 13, 2019, a massive power outage plunged a significant portion of New York City into darkness. The outage began Saturday just before 7:00 pm. 73,000 people were in the dark until just after midnight. 

A five-hour power outage may seem relatively insignificant. It certainly pales in comparison to some other more famous power outages. For example, on March 31, 2015, 70 million people in Turkey were without power for more than seven hours. On July 31, 2012, 670 million people in India lost power for between two and eight hours. The famous North American blackout on August 14, 2003 impacted significant portions of the northwestern U.S. and Canada, with more than 50 million people in the dark for between 16-72 hours in the USA and up to 192 hours in Canada. (Veloza and Santamaria 2016)  

New York, however, is one of the world’s most significant metropolitan centres, the hub for a financial network that spans the globe. When a location like New York loses critical infrastructure, the impacts cascade and resonate across financial, transportation, and business systems. 

Power … Read more...