Data Quality – It’s a Dirty Job, but Someone’s Got To Do It

Data quality is the foundation for EHS insights.
Forty-seven percent of newly-created data records have at least one critical (e.g., work-impacting) error.

Data quality is the foundation that EHS insights are built upon. When EHS data suffers from poor data quality, insights are eroded and the information that was once on a stable foundation is no longer suitable for analytics.

Many companies starting their data analytics journey make the mistake of skipping the data cleaning process all together. None of us want to see how the sausage is made, we just want the bratwurst to magically appear. But as we have seen over and over, insightful analytics cannot be achieved with poor data quality.

Only 3% of Data Meets Quality Standards

A 2017 Harvard Business Review article, “Only 3% of Companies’ Data Meets Basic Quality Standards,” outlined the data quality crisis best, stating that, “Forty-seven percent of newly-created data records have at least one critical (e.g., work-impacting) error.”… Read more...

Brand Damage, Financial Liability, Criminal Charges: The High Cost of Not Meeting Regulatory Compliance Obligations

AI can reduce the cost of regulatory compliance
ehsAI’s next-wave compliance technology uses a patent-pending artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) solution to analyze, organize and summarize complex regulatory documents.

Around the world, organizations in every industry have obligations to follow the requirements outlined in various rules, regulations, permits and directives. These requirements outline the way in which a company operates day-to-day, its interaction with the environment and its obligations to the health and safety of its workers.

Regulations can be mandated by any level of government or can be specific within certain industries, with a few important examples being Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), the Clean Air Act and the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

When organizations don’t meet their regulatory obligations, the result can be brand damage, financial liability and even criminal charges. For example, Volkswagen has paid billions to settle allegations that it used elaborate technology to cheat emissions tests and deceive … Read more...

How COVID-19 Exposed the Shortcomings of How We Use Data

Data and Healthcare

Many of us spent much of 2020 looking at news reports and websites filled with visual representations of COVID-19 data. We saw epidemiological modelling, financial modelling, graphs, mortality rates, and much more all represented in vivid colors and complex, intersecting lines and bars. Among the many reasons for which we will remember 2020, one will be that it was the year the benefits of data went mainstream.

Yet the COVID-19 pandemic also exposed many of the ways our policies concerning data sharing, quality, and governance have fallen short and failed to provide decision-makers with the information they need when they need it. Although the pandemic is far from over, the development of multiple vaccines that will slow its advance means we must start assessing what we have learned, creating new plans of action, and preparing for making sure we are better prepared next time.

The Trinity Challenge is a coalition … Read more...

Sharing Expert Knowledge: A Look at Some of our 2020 Webinars

2020 Intelex Webinars

The coronavirus pandemic has made 2020 a year of crisis, financial devastation, and human tragedy. At the same time, it’s been the catalyst for unprecedented introspection and analysis about the way our world works and what we need to do better to help the people that need it most.

  1. A Look Ahead at 2021—More of the Same for EHS or a Whole New Ballgame?
    • Attorneys Michael Taylor and Adam Roseman from the law firm of Greenberg Traurig look back at 2020 to see what EHS will look like in 2021.
  2. How Quality Professionals Should Gather High-Quality Data to Inform Truly Effective Decision Making via Neuroscience
    • Dr. Gleb Tsipursky discusses how to avoid cognitive biases and blindspots that can give us bad information and result in poor decision making.Moving from Data Collection to Data Decisions—Supporting Business Continuity During a Crisis
  3. Moving from Data Collection to Data Decisions—Supporting Business Continuity During a
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How Will AI Accelerate “Positive Disruption” in EHSQ in 2021?

How AI will impact EHSQ

With the upsurge in the popularity and widespread use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the past few years, it was only a matter of time before it made headway in the EHSQ space. From automating compliance to optimizing processes, it is playing a vital role in driving efficiency and boosting performance.

In previous years, the word disruption had a negative connation to it. Only recently – and in specific areas of the business world – has it been seen in a positive light. In the technology sector, disruption has become synonymous with a strategic breakthrough or indicates a revolutionary change.

The EHSQ space, however, has some catching up to. That’s not to say that there aren’t certain technologies that are shaking things up, creating “disruption.” Artificial Intelligence (AI) just happens to be one of them.


The Origins and Applicability of AI


So what is AI exactly? According to Forbes, AI Read more...

How AI Is Changing the Way People Shop on Black Friday

Black Friday and AI

The retail industry, like many others, is currently experiencing a significant transformation, both by the upsurge in online shopping as well as through the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help forecast sales and enhance the customer experience. As such, AI is helping retailers predict consumer demand, and it provides them with insights to help develop personalized services to consumers during their online purchasing journey.

Despite the fact that 2020 has been a challenging year, it’s safe to say that many Americans will be trying to make the most of the holiday season – soon to be kicking off with Thanksgiving, followed by ever-exciting Black Friday!

Although COVID-19 has brought about serious disruptions to the economy, the effects to retail have been mixed. At the highest level, in-store shopping is expected take a serious hit this year, however, online holiday spending is forecasted to “surpass $189B in 2020 Read more...

EHSQ Management Just Got Smarter: Intelex Acquires Compliance Automation Innovator ehsAI

Intelex acquires ehsAI
Artificial intelligence and machine learning enable ehsAI’s automation technology, propelling Intelex’s leadership in compliance management to the next level and beyond.

Intelex Technologies, ULC, a leading global provider of SaaS-based Environmental, Health, Safety and Quality (EHSQ) management software, announced it has acquired ehsAI, a next wave compliance automation technology provider. ehsAI uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to help organizations greatly reduce the costs and risks of permitting and compliance management.

“We are thrilled to have ehsAI join Intelex,” said Justin McElhattan, president of Intelex. “ehsAI augments our compliance management solutions and existing regulatory content partnerships. We look forward to innovating in collaboration with ehsAI to solve real customer pains with applied intelligence and advanced analytics. Whether it be compliance for environmental, health, safety, or quality compliance requirements, the possibilities are limitless.”

With this strategic acquisition of an innovator in the emerging AI regulatory content solution market, Intelex … Read more...

How 5G Technology will Revolutionize the Manufacturing Industry

5G Technology Tech Tuesdays

In the words of author Sukant Ratnakar: “Our future success is directly proportional to our ability to understand, adopt and integrate new technology into our work.” While there are many who believe that technology is the engine behind driving progress, there are others who view these advancements are a sign of the end of humanity. 5G technology, while at its infancy from a widespread adoption perspective, just happens to be one of them.

Let’s demystify 5G technology, and explore its impacts to the manufacturing sector, with a special focus on the manufacturing safety.


The Basics of 5G Technology


5G technology, because it’s the fifth generation of wireless networking technology, can hyper-accelerate the speed of mobile phones to approximately 10 gigabits per second. To put it into context, this is more than 600X faster that today’s 4G-powered phones. On top of that, it serves as a catalyst … Read more...

The Rise and Rise of Data-Based Decision-Making: Incorporating Agile Practices into EHSQ Business Continuity Planning

Importance of data-based decisions

In the words of Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist: “Success today requires the agility and drive to constantly rethink, reinvigorate, react, and reinvent.”

Put another way, in a world dealing with the impact of COVID-19, organizations should essentially be in a perpetual state of movement or advancement to be able to withstand future disruptions.


Transitioning from the Immediate Response Phase to the Forward-Looking Business Continuity Phase


To provide context, let’s look at the situation from the beginning. Immediately following the outbreak of COVID-19, during what we refer to as the respond phase. In this phase, organizations went into full-blown solutions mode to resolve pressing issues. Key examples of this include: tracking the exposure of employees who may have been exposed to the virus, ramping up case management efforts to monitor injuries, keeping on top of work restrictions and recording and reporting employees’ medical visits. Essentially, organizations had to stop … Read more...

Worth its Weight in Gold: How Data Has Become the Driving Force Behind Effective EHSQ Decision-Making

Data and analysis to drive decision-making

In the words of acclaimed engineer, statistician, professor and author, W. Edwards Deming: “In God we trust, all others must bring data.” While Deming passed away over 25 years ago, those words ring true even today.


The Importance of Sound Decision-Making in EHSQ


While the importance of making thoroughly researched and well-analyzed decisions is important in most areas of business, in the EHSQ field, it is even more so as the safety of workers and the environment is the number one goal.

According to experts at BLR: “Data can identify trends, challenges and opportunities, and data-driven organizations know more about their processes and the markets in which they operate, providing them with more options when identifying strategies to respond to disruption and gain an advantage over less-agile competitors.”


The Growing Demand for Data


To highlight the growing popularity and applicability of data, reputable sources such as the Economist have … Read more...