Are You Ready to Build a Principle-Based Safety Culture?

Is worker safety and health the foundation upon which everything else at your organization is built?

Empowering a workforce to achieve and sustain safety performance success begins with one critical question: Is safety a core value at your organization? Or, better yet, is it the organization’s principal value?

Is worker safety and health the foundation upon which everything else is built? It’s easy to test, to see and to feel when you achieve it.

The benefits of creating a principle-based safety culture are many. You feel it because it is real, it’s the norm, it’s the way things are done around here. You know a company has achieved it when:

  • You read it in things such as vision and mission statements.
  • The senior leadership team is engaged and actively demonstrating their value.
  • You see plant managers and their direct teams on the manufacturing floor, engaging with and learning from the
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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...

Taking a Deeper Dive into the Clean Energy ESG Goal

Taking a Deeper Dive into the Clean Energy ESG Goal

Goal #7 of the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is Clean, Affordable Energy. Are you ready to meet that goal? Is your company wasting money and creating an ESG reporting nightmare with excessive CO2 emissions?

Our new eguide, “Reporting ESG Goals: Affordable, Clean Energy,” provides insight about ISO 50001 – the ISO management system standard for energy management – and discusses the requirements for an organization that wishes to manage energy performance.

Improving energy performance contributes to wider CO2 and sustainability measures, but other measures to achieve this are not required within an ISO 50001 management system. This does not mean that organizations cannot use ISO 50001 to contribute to their wider sustainability agenda. It just means that those organizations applying for certification need to ensure that they deliver better energy performance in addition to implementing measures to reduce CO2.

Let’s face it; there … Read more...

Digging In to Improve Mining Safety: Pain Points and Solutions

Mining safety is on an upswing in recent years. Approximately 230,000 miners work across 11,500 metal/nonmetal mines in the U.S., while 64,000 work in the nation’s 1,000 coal mines. The mining sector employs 3.7 million+ workers worldwide and is structured according to the substance being mined, the type of excavation taking place (either surface mining or underground mining) and by the mine’s lifecycle/development phase. Environmental and safety concerns/priorities change based on the substance being mined, the type of excavation and the phase of the lifecycle.  

In 2020, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported 29 mining fatalities, making it the sixth consecutive year that mining fatalities were below 30. Among those fatalities, five occurred in coal mines, a historic low.

Three deaths occurred in Kentucky and Louisiana; two each in Arizona, California, Georgia, Iowa, Texas and West Virginia; and one each in Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New … Read more...

Catch Up on the News: What You Might Have Missed on the ILX.com Blog

The ILX.com blog features thought leadership, new product information, trending topics, regulatory updates and much more! Have you checked it out?

If not, you missed these interesting articles, but it’s not too late to read them!

Best Practices for Managing Risk in High Hazard Industries – Despite many improvements over the last century, serious injuries, work-related fatalities and property loss remain a significant global challenge in different high-hazard industries. Improved risk identification, control and management can reduce risks to employees, facilities and the surrounding area. Our latest Expert Connection session, Managing Risk in High Hazard Industries, is designed to examine the elements of risk management, particularly in high hazard industries, and the technologies being used to mitigate risk. Find out more!

Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging: Intelex Hosts its First Employee Resources Groups Summit – Last week, our Employee Resources Groups (ERG) hosted our first ERG Summit. Our ERGs worked hard to … Read more...

Best Practices for Managing Risk in High Hazard Industries

Despite many improvements over the last century, serious injuries, work-related fatalities and property loss remain a significant global challenge in different high-hazard industries. Improved risk identification, control and management can reduce risks to employees, facilities and the surrounding area.

Our latest Expert Connection session, Managing Risk in High Hazard Industries, is designed to examine the elements of risk management, particularly in high hazard industries, and the technologies being used to mitigate risk. Panelists include Debra Koehler, Director, Solution & Industry Marketing, Intelex Technologies ULC; David D. Wagner, Director of Applications Engineering & Product Knowledge, Industrial Scientific; and Michael Wegleitner, Corporate Director of Health & Safety, Hecla Mining Company. They will review:

  • The elements of risk management, particularly in high hazard industries.
  • How risk is determined and measured.
  • The technologies being used to mitigate risk.

The live session is scheduled for Wednesday, June 2, 2021 … Read more...

Safety by Design Demonstrates Good Governance

The objective of Safety by Design is to systematically identify, mitigate and eliminate as many workplace hazards as possible.

The objective of Safety by Design is to systematically identify, mitigate and eliminate as many workplace hazards as possible.

Workplace safety is a key piece of good corporate governance, especially considering recent global events. Smart companies are adopting a new approach, Safety by Design, a proactive and preventive method that makes good governance better.

Over the last few years, companies around the globe have increased their focus and investment into environment, social and governance strategies (ESG). They realize that ESG delivers improved financial performance and keeps workers, customers and investors happier. In the first post of our series on ESG trends, we discussed several factors that are accelerating the rise of sustainable business and how organizations can benefit. This article shows how and why workplace safety is a critical component of good corporate governance.

Good Governance Is Essential for Business Success

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WHO Report on COVID-19 Response Shows the Importance of Organizational Learning and System Preparedness

In May 2021, The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response presented its final report on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic to the World Health Organization. A significant lesson from the report is that standard EHSQ practices could have improved the COVID-19 response, reinforcing the importance of organizational learning and system preparedness.

The report, titled COVID-19: Make it the Last Pandemic, aims to provide insights into how the world responded to the fast-moving pandemic in its early stages, as well as how to learn the important lessons that can mitigate the impact of future health crises. While the report contains many frustrating and heart-breaking insights, EHSQ professionals will probably recognize some familiar themes. This summary will provide some examples of important elements of the COVID-19 response and the lessons we can learn from them.

Summary of the Impact of COVID-19

The report describes COVID-19 as the 21st century’s … Read more...

Construction Industry Is Using Technology, Training and Regulations to Build a Safer Future


Cutting-edge technology is increasingly being deployed on construction sites to create greater awareness for workers of the potentially hazardous circumstances surrounding them.

There are many industries that involve a significant amount of danger for those who earn their livings within them: transportation, health care, emergency services and manufacturing, to name just a few of the riskier ones. None, however, are more dangerous than the construction sector. Year after year, the numbers bear this stark reality out. According to OSHA, about one in five worker deaths (1,061) in private industry in calendar year 2019 occurred in construction. For the past nine years, the most-commonly cited OSHA standard is Fall Protection, Construction.

Among the various causes of death in construction are four that occur frequently enough to warrant their own collective moniker: “The Fatal Four.” This includes falls, which accounted for 36 percent of U.S. construction deaths in 2019; struck by … Read more...

Mental Health Month: 5 Ways to Stay Positive, Connected and Motivated


The natural world is a gift to us all and one we should not take for granted – from fresh air, to sunlight, to the smell of fresh grass or the sound of the ocean, there is beauty to be found in the everyday.

Like many of us over the last 12 months or so, I have been acutely aware of how the effects of the pandemic, and the impact of remote working, reduced social interaction, increased uncertainty, negative media (you get the jist!) could take significant and lasting effect on my mental health and wellbeing. Each and every one of us are living in extraordinary times and whilst the magnitude of this ‘new normal’ cannot be underestimated or ignored, I have recognised that the answer to not only surviving, but indeed thriving in extraordinary times, is in fact very ordinary!

With this in mind, I wanted to take the … Read more...