About Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith is the Global EHSQ Content Lead for Intelex Technologies. Formerly the Content Director for EHS Today, she has been writing about occupational safety and health and environmental issues since 1990. Her work as a journalist and editor has been recognized with national and international awards. She has been interviewed about occupational safety and health for national business publications, documentaries and television programs; has served as a panelist on roundtables; and has provided the keynote address for occupational safety and health conferences.

What Is EHS Compliance?

EHS compliance becomes more important as companies expand global operations.

EHS compliance refers to the environment, health and safety (EHS) regulations and workplace procedures that are designed to protect workers, the environment, the public, and production. 

Businesses that operate globally must contend with regulations that are unique to every jurisdiction, and the regulations for each jurisdiction can be extremely complex. Some businesses are responsible for complying with regulations in several or many jurisdictions, which adds to the workload of EHS teams that already are stretched thin.

EHS Compliance Part of OPEX

For many companies, EHS compliance is an aspect of operational excellence, and it is an important component if you want to operate a safe and productive business. Managing EHS for multiple facilities, in multiple countries and across multiple functions can be a daunting task. Often, compliance must be achieved without a lot of resources.

Failure to comply with EHS laws not only can lead to devastating injuries and business … Read more...

The Campbell Institute Releases Strategies for Injury and Fatality Prevention

Organizations that pursue strategies to eliminate serious injuries and fatalities have reached a level of maturity in their safety management systems that allows them to identify the most serious risks to workers.

The Campbell Institute, the global Center of EHS Excellence at the National Safety Council, has released a new white paper, Designing Strategy for Serious Injury and Fatality Prevention – the second in its series on this emerging safety trend. The report shares the perspectives of 11 Institute member and partner organizations on a variety of topics surrounding the development of their serious injury and fatality (SIF) prevention strategies and long-term goals, including metrics, tools, communication, and performance.

“We’re finding that organizations pursuing SIF prevention strategies have reached a level of maturity that goes beyond focusing on near misses and injuries to identifying the most severe risks,” said John Dony, director of the Campbell Institute. “Organizations working on SIF … Read more...

Streamlining Compliance: Using AI to Solve Pain Points in Your Regulatory Compliance Efforts

Artificial Intelligence doesn’t have to be scary or confusing. Find out how AI works behind the scenes to help update your database of regulations and permits in this webinar from Intelex Technologies and EHS Today.

Ever wonder why, if you click on an online ad, you suddenly start seeing ads for similar products? Or why, if you join a Facebook group, you suddenly start receiving suggestions of other groups you might want to join? The answer is artificial intelligence. It tracks our browsing habits – that’s what those “cookies” are for – and fuels the suggestions search engines and powerful online entities like Facebook and Amazon make for us.

AI in the Workplace

By 2035, it’s projected that the construction industry will see a profit increase of 71 percent by making use of artificial intelligence (AI) to streamline operations and increase precision. Neoteric, in “10 use cases of AI Read more...

Intelex: Supporting COVID-19 Crisis Response and Prevention Efforts

The global COVID-19 pandemic has propelled the world into a state of nervousness and uncertainty. People everywhere are adapting to new realities that would have been unfathomable just months ago.   

Justin McElhattan, President, Industrial Scientific / Intelex Technologies, ULC., announced March 20 that Intelex is offering its Intelex Environment, Health, Safety, and Quality software platform free of charge to those on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19 in the communities in which the company operates and our employees live and work. These include the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Thames Valley and London (UK), Denver, Sydney (Australia), and Pittsburgh, where its parent company, Industrial Scientific, is headquartered.

Intelex is ready to support COVID-19   crisis response efforts.

“Municipalities, first responders, public health organizations, healthcare facilities, and all other life-essential services providers on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak, we stand with you,” said Justin McElhattan, President, Industrial Scientific / Intelex Technologies, ULC. “With nearly 30 years of experience in protecting the health and … Read more...

OSHA Releases Guidance About Preparing the Workplace for the Threat of COVID-19

OSHA urges employers to take measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.

OSHA has released a guidance about best practices for COVID-19 and the workplace. The “Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19” planning guidance is based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. It focuses on the need for employers to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE).

For employers who have already planned for influenza pandemics, planning for COVID-19 may involve updating plans. These plans could address the specific exposure risks, sources of exposure, routes of transmission, and other unique characteristics of SARS-CoV-2.

Employers who have not prepared for pandemic events can still take steps to prepare their workplaces and workers. It’s not too late to create a business continuity plan. In addition, provide cross-functional training for workers so that they can step in for quarantined coworkers … Read more...

Kristen Duda: It Is Critical to Align Your Personal Values to Those of the Company You Work For

The theme for International Women’s Day 2020 is: #EachforEqual. Women are encouraged to “actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements.”

Kristen Duda was chosen to be profiled for Intelex Technologies International Women’s Day 2020 coverage because she believes that “being yourself and open fosters trusts and builds relationships in a stronger way.”

Kristen Duda is Vice President of strategic alliances at Intelex Technologies and is responsible for development and growth of the partner ecosystem, including consulting, independent software vendors (ISVs), and technology partners. With over 15 years of experience in environmental, health, and safety management field, Kristen possesses in-depth industry knowledge, which she has translated into highly successful environmental strategies for large, multinational corporations in the commercial and defense sectors. She has a proven track record leading and building teams, leading global sales strategies to exceed business performance metrics, and approachable thought Read more...

Jonna Pedersen-Killeen: My Goal Was to Always Be Involved in Work that Brought Good to the World

The theme for International Women’s Day 2020 is: #EachforEqual. Women are encouraged to “actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements.”

Jonna Pedersen-Killeen was chosen to be profiled for Intelex Technologies International Women’s Day 2020 coverage because she strives to keep people safe, happy and connected. Part of the focus of International Women’s Day 2020 is that “Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.” Jonna focuses on helping her coworkers and her customers be the best they can be, every day, all day.

Jonna Pedersen-Killeen is Manager, Customer Success, at Intelex Technologies. She is a tenured relationship manager and is inspired by companies that strive to keep people safe and happy and connected. As a result, she has experienced a 100 percent retention rate on her team. She implemented a technical training course for her team and Read more...

Margery Moore: Starting My Own Company Was the Only Way To Truly Honor My Dreams and Achieve My Goals

The theme for International Women’s Day 2020 is: #EachforEqual. Women are encouraged to “actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements.”

Margery Moore was chosen to be profiled for Intelex Technologies International Women’s Day 2020 coverage because she is at the forefront of breakthrough technologies that can solve the most critical challenges in the EHS industry.

Margery Moore is Chief Executive Officer of ehsAI (Moore & Gasperecz Global Inc). Margery is always at the forefront of breakthrough technologies that can solve the most critical challenges in the EHS industry. Before founding ehsAI, an Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning start-up based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Margery designed and developed multiple EHS software products for Bloomberg BNA. She has a BSc. and Masters in Environmental Data Management and in her spare time she is President of the Salt Spring Institute for Sustainability Education & Action, Read more...

Amy McNaughton: Building Safety Culture, Keeping Communication Open

The theme for International Women’s Day 2020 is: #EachforEqual. Women are encouraged to “actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements.”

Amy McNaughton was chosen to be profiled for Intelex Technologies International Women’s Day 2020 coverage because she spent 10 years at the start of her career working on the front lines of occupational safety and health and she brings that knowledge and expertise to her work at Intelex Technologies.

Amy McNaughton has worked at Intelex for just over four years and is a Senior Product Consultant. She not only assists clients but also trains and coaches internal employees on working in the industry.  Amy came to work at Intelex following years of working the field for consulting firms and exploration and operational mining companies. She spent 10 years at the start of her career working on the front line of health and safety Read more...

Charlotte Oickle: Standing Firm and Taking Charge While Demonstrating Kindness & Empathy

The theme for International Women’s Day 2020 is: #EachforEqual. Women are encouraged to “actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements.”

Charlotte Oickle was chosen to be profiled for Intelex Technologies International Women’s Day 2020 coverage because of her support and encouragement for women in the Tech field. Her philosophy is to always search for growth opportunities, and she has done that successfully throughout her career in Tech.

Charlotte Oickle has been with Intelex for seven years in a variety of different roles. She joined as a Project Manager in the professional services team, and then moved on to more technical roles in the IT teams, product teams, and pre-sales engineering teams as she pursued her love for technology and SaaS. When not at her computer, Charlotte can be found cheering on Toronto FC as a devoted season ticket holder, going for a Read more...