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.

Leaders2Leaders The Network: Capturing and Actioning End User Feedback is Crucial to Engagement

Leaders2Leaders The Network features a series of interactive, customer-led sessions we hope will encourage best practice sharing, networking and collaboration with our Intelex European customers. The sessions – for users by users – offer insight, pro tips and more to help you get the most from our platform.

A recent Leaders2Leaders The Network session featured Heidelberg Cement’s Paulina Lagodzinska, business analyst for EHS, sharing her insights about capturing end user feedback and why that is so important when it comes to adoption of a software system.

Heidelberg Cement has 58,000 employees in 60 countries, and 14,000 are active Intelex users. And by active, we mean ACTIVE: Since 2015, the company has recorded 63,000 corrective and preventative actions, registered half a million incident reports and half a million safety conversations. “Intelex is a very, very important tool for us,” said Lagodzinska.

Here are the four key lessons she shared during the session: ​

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Cory: No Waste from Waste

By focusing on recycling and resource recovery, Cory keeps materials in use for as long as possible and helps grow London’s circular economy.

Cory’s goal is to ensure London has a safe, clean and sustainable way of managing its recyclable and non-recyclable waste. The company uses a river-based infrastructure to help London manage its recyclable and non-recyclable waste, making the city cleaner and safer.

Founded in the mid–late 1800s and incorporated 125 years ago in 1896 as W.M. Cory & Son, the company has evolved from a coal distribution company on the River Thames into one of the UK’s leading waste management, recycling and energy recovery companies. Their vision is to be partner of choice for sustainable waste management throughout London and the South East of England.

The company’s vision is to be the partner of choice for sustainable waste management for London, with the objective of preventing unnecessary … Read more...

Don’t Fall For It: The National Fall Safety Stand Down Aims to Reduce Construction Falls

While falls from heights often are a focus in construction, falls to the same level can be fatal and should be included in your fall safety training.
While falls from heights often are a focus in construction, falls to the same level can be fatal and cause thousands of serious injuries a year as well and should be included in your fall safety education and training.

Falls are among the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 351 of the 1,008 construction fatalities recorded in 2020 (BLS data), which is why OSHA holds the National Safety Stand Down to Prevent Falls in Construction every year. This year, the stand down is May 2-6.

In 2020, 805 workers died in falls, and 211,640 were injured badly enough to require days off of work. Workers don’t have to fall from a high level to suffer fatal injuries; 136 workers were killed in falls on the same level in … Read more...

Earth Day & Emissions: Net Zero Needed by 2050 to Limit Global Warming

Emissions must be dramatically reduced within this decade and decline to net zero by 2050 to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

If you follow this blog, you’ve heard us mention our support of efforts to eliminate death on the job by 2050. These efforts are part of the Work to Zero initiative from the National Safety Council. Funded by the McElhattan FoundationWork to Zero is making innovation more accessible by helping employers explore the value of safety technology and how to determine an organization’s readiness for adopting new technology solutions.

But eliminating death on the job isn’t the only “zero” we’re thinking about. On April 5, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the third part of its Sixth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change. The other parts of the report is AR6 Synthesis Report: Climate Change 2022 and AR6 Climate Change 2022: Read more...

Any Way the Wind Blows: New Enhesa Report Highlights Air Emissions Requirements Around the World

As climate change momentum grows, so will your company’s list of air emission requirements.

Climate change is on more regulatory radars than ever before, and that means more obligations and regulations are on their way. In the United States, ­the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission just released proposed regulations that “would require information about a registrant’s climate-related risks that are reasonably likely to have a material impact on its business, results of operations or financial condition.”

In August 2021, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported that global warming will increase by more than 1.5°C this century. More stringent legislation is expected around the world, and a new white paper from Enhesa, “Around the World in Air Emissions: Winds of Changing Requirements across the Globe” by EHS regulatory consultants Evelyn Chuang, Beatriz García Fernández-Viagas and Nathaniel Gajasa, highlights key developments in air emissions regulations for the European Union, United States and … Read more...

Intelex Technologies: Learning from the Past, Understanding the Present and Evolving to Meet the Future

As your needs have evolved – from managing paper spreadsheets to managing terabytes of ESG, EHS and Quality data that log everything from near misses to product defects to greenhouse gases – Intelex has evolved our technology and software to help you meet your challenges.

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein

With 30 years of EHSQ experience, Intelex knows a thing or two about how health and safety, quality, environment and sustainability, ESG and risk management can preserve lives, protect the planet and sustain your business in tough times. Our founder story starts in Bhopal in 1984, with one of the greatest industrial disasters of all time. Forty years later, in 2022, the world is recovering from what is arguably one of the greatest worldwide tragedies in modern times: the global COVID-19 pandemic.

“We can’t …

#IWD2022: Championing Climate Action, by Women and Girls, Is Key To Saving Our Planet

Every year, Intelex celebrates International Women’s Day. The theme for International Women’s Day 2022 (March 8, 2022) is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.” It recognizes the contribution of women and girls around the world who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation and response in an effort to build a more sustainable future for all. 

According to the organizers of IWD, advancing gender equality in the context of the climate crisis and disaster risk reduction “is one of the greatest global challenges of the 21st century.” The issues of climate change and sustainability have had and will continue to have severe and lasting impacts on our environment and on economic and social development.

Those who are among the most vulnerable and marginalized experience the deepest impacts. Women increasingly are being recognized as more vulnerable to climate change impacts than men, as they constitute the majority … Read more...

Black History Month 2022: Tatiana Gomes: More Work Needed to Improve Working Conditions and Enhance Safety for Employees Worldwide

This year, Intelex continues our support of Black History Month by spotlighting four of our Black employees every Monday in February. Hassan Joseph, Jade Shortt, Zee Ndlovu and Tatiana Gomes discussed their roles at Intelex, the reasons why they entered the tech field, their mentors and what inspires them. If you missed any of our previous blogs this month, just click on the Intelexian’s name to read their blog post.

Today we are profiling Tatiana Gomes, who is a Customer Success Associate and joined Intelex in November 2020. In her role, she helps build long-term relationships with our customers.

Tatiana, what do you do at Intelex?

My role at Intelex as a Customer Success Associate is to build a long-term relationship with our customers to ensure they’re receiving the tools and support needed to achieve their goals.  I am their advocate internally, as well as the face of Read more...

WHO/ILO: Work-Related Causes Claim the Lives of Almost 2 Million People Worldwide each Year

Maria Neira, Director of the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health at WHO: “These almost 2 million premature deaths are preventable. Action needs to be taken based on the research available to target the evolving nature of work-related health threats.”

Work-related diseases and injuries were responsible for the deaths of 1.9 million people in 2016, according to the first joint estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO) and International Labour Organization (ILO). These WHO/ILO global estimates on disease and injury in the workplace outline the level of preventable premature deaths due to exposure to work-related health risks.

“It’s shocking to see so many people literally being killed by their jobs,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “Our report is a wake-up call to countries and businesses to improve and protect the health and safety of workers by honouring their commitments to provide universal coverage of occupational health and … Read more...

Black History Month 2022: Zee Ndlovu: Never Be Afraid to Ask for Help

ESG is a movement that ensures we create world of equal opportunities and safer environments not only for Black people but for people from all walks of life.
Zee Ndlovu: Within the EHS landscape, ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) has become an undeniable force. This is a movement which ensures that businesses help create an equal world of opportunities and safer environments not only for Black people but for people from all walks of life.

Black History Month is an annual observance originating in the United States. It has received official recognition from governments in the United States and Canada, and more recently has been observed in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Join us every Monday in February as we show our support of Black History Month by spotlighting four of our Black employees. Hassan Joseph, Jade Shortt, Zee Ndlovu and Tatiana Gomes discuss their roles at Intelex, the reasons why they entered the tech field, their mentors and what inspires them. Please join us every Monday to celebrate Black History Month and diversity at Intelex.

This week, …