About Irina Adriana Barbu

I work with the marketing team here at Intelex as a Product Marketing Manager. I write about news, regulations, emerging trends, best practices, and other insights to help organizations build safer workplaces, while minimizing environmental impacts.

DHL Supply Chain acknowledged for Excellence in User Adoption!


DHL Supply Chain is a division of Deutsche Post DHL and an affiliate of DHL Express.

As the leading global brand in the logistics industry, DHL Supply Chain provides contract logistics solutions along the entire supply chain for customers from a wide variety of sectors.

DHL Supply Chain is the largest contract logistics company in the world, operating in over 60 countries.

The User Adoption Award acknowledges a customer who has shown extraordinary levels of effectiveness in securing user adoption.

DHL Supply Chain uses Intelex at locations in over 60 countries and across 23 different languages. In 2016, DHL Supply Chain completed the implementation of three additional solutions to further expand their use of their Intelex integrated system, including Incident Management, Corrective and Preventative Actions, and Behavior Based Safety Solutions (BBS).

To ensure the highest level of user adoption across their vast workforce, DHL Supply Chain structured their Intelex … Read more...

Agnico Eagle honored with lifetime Program Maturity award!


Agnico Eagle is a senior Canadian gold mining company that has produced precious metals since 1957. Its eight mines are located in Canada, Finland and Mexico, with exploration and development activities in each of these countries as well as in the United States and Sweden.

The Intelex Program Maturity award recognizes a customer that has shown outstanding growth and maturity leveraging the Intelex system to realize business goals.

Agnico Eagle purchased the integrated EHS Management solution from Intelex in 2011, replacing their old Excel spreadsheets that had become inefficient. With Intelex’s centralized approach to training, incident management, inspections and other critical business activities, Agnico Eagle has streamlined communication across multiple divisions worldwide.

The Intelex system provided a centralized place for all of Agnico Eagle’s mine sites to enter EHS incidents, near misses, and hazards in a standardized and consistent format. Not only has this level of standardization across their business … Read more...

SGS recognized for Health & Safety Performance!


SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. Recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity, SGS has more than 90,000 employees, and operates a network of over 2,000 offices and laboratories worldwide.

With services that include the inspection and verification of the quantity, weight and quality of traded goods, the testing of product quality and performance against various health, safety and regulatory standards, SGS helps organizations ensure their products, systems or services meet requirements of standards set by governments, standardization bodies and customers.

The Health & Safety Performance Award recognizes a customer that has shown outstanding contributions towards organizational health and safety through the usage and application of Intelex Software.

Since implementing Intelex in 2011, SGS has enjoyed a steady decline in the Total Recordable Incident Rate and Lost Time Incident Rate. Shifting to a proactive safety culture since implementing Intelex, SGS has also significantly … Read more...

The 3 Most Influential Topics of ASSE’s Safety 2016

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Last week, Intelex had the pleasure of attending the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Safety 2016 Conference. Recognized as one of the must-attend safety events, this year’s ASSE conference brought over 600 exhibitors and more than 4,000 occupational health and safety (OHS) professionals to Atlanta, Georgia to discuss emerging topics and trends relating to safety excellence. Intelex is proud to support the ASSE—2016 marked our fifth consecutive year as an exhibitor!

As we’ve come to expect from Safety 2016, many valuable insights were shared by attendees and presenters. Here are the three most influential topics of Safety 2016, those that we felt shaped many of the most interesting discussions:

  1. ISO 45001

The upcoming international standard concerning occupational health and safety management systems was one of the most discussed topics at Safety 2016.  The standard, which is currently being developed by a committee of OHS experts, will follow a similar … Read more...

How Transit Agencies Can Implement the FTA’s Safety Management System

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In a recent blog post, we highlighted key aspects relating to the Public Transportation Safety Program.

In this post, we will take a closer look at the Safety Management System (SMS) approach outlined in the FTA’s proposed rule.

The SMS approach is intended to help define internal processes and ensure that each public transportation agency, regardless of size or service environment, has the adequate organizational structures, accountabilities, policies, and procedures in place to effectively manage and mitigate safety events. In proposing a SMS approach, the FTA hopes to provide a set of decision-making tools that will help transit agencies prioritize and integrate safety into all aspects of the transit system’s activities, from planning to design, to construction, to operations, and to maintenance.

The proposed FTA rule would require any public transportation system receiving federal funding to implement SMS. –Tweet This!

This approach consists of four main pillars:…

Everything You Need to Know About The FTA’s Public Transportation Safety Program

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Early this year, The Federal Transit Administration issued a new framework for mitigating safety risks within public transit as part of the Public Transportation Safety Program. We’ve outlined everything you will need to know about the FTA’s proposed rule:… Read more...

COP 21 Takes Center Stage, Retail Worker Safety for Black Friday 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:

  • Retail Worker Safety Tips for Black Friday
  • COP 21 Climate Talks in Paris
  • Bill 6 to protect Alberta Farm and Ranch Workers

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.

  • Retail Worker Safety Tips for Black Friday. Click here
  • COP 21 Climate Talks Takes Center Stage. Click here
  • New Bill Introduced to Protect Alberta Farm and Ranch Workers. Click here

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EU Car Makers Face Tougher Emissions Tests, OSHA Emphasis Program 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:

  • OSHA Launches Emphasis Program
  • CCPA Study Finds Regulated Sectors are More Dangerous
  • Volkswagen Probe Finds Inconsistencies” on carbon dioxide emissions
  • European Union Car makers will face tougher emissions test for Diesel

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.

  • OSHA launches emphasis program for poultry industry. Click here
  • European Union Car makers will face tougher emissions test for Diesel. Click here
  • Volkswagen probe finds false CO2 levels. Click here
  • CCPA Study finds regulated sectors more dangerous. Click here

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5 Steps to Aligning your EHS Project with the IT Department

For many organizations today, technology is playing an increasingly large role in driving environmental, health, safety (EHS) and quality compliance and processes. Across every industry, a higher percentage of the budget is being allocated towards EHS software. Analyst firm Verdantix forecasts that organizations will spend over $1,150 million by 2019 on EHS software alone.

As organizations continue to embrace technology to improve EHS and quality processes, properly aligning with the IT Department is becoming a vital step in ensuring the success of any software project.

To help with this, we’ve outlined 5 initial steps to aligning your EHS project with your IT Department’s priorities:

1. Engage the IT Department Early in the Selection Process

When selecting EHS and quality software the focus is typically placed on the application’s functionality and features. How the software will help automate processes, improve visibility and help trend data to ensure compliance and mitigate risk … Read more...

6 Ways the Wrong Software Vendor Can Cost You

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Selecting the right software and software vendor can be a challenging task.

The right software can help streamline your projects, keep your workforce safer, lower your negative environmental impact and empower your organization. On the other hand, the wrong software can impede your workforce and ultimately prevent you from delivering a quality product or service to your customers.

On average, bad software costs the U.S economy over $60 Billion annually.

We’ve outlined six ways selecting the wrong software vendor can cost you:

1. Business Disruption

Selecting, purchasing and implementing new software requires a great deal of time and often involves many people from across the organization. Poorly executed implementations can impact the productivity of key project stakeholders by diverting their attention from their primary responsibilities, impacting project timelines and regular operations.

Rather than improving efficiency, software that does not meet requirements may force your users to consider additional software … Read more...