Don’t Get Hacked This Holiday Season!

By following a few best practices, it’s relatively easy to avoid these cybersecurity traps and keep your season merry and bright.
Scammers and hackers are betting on the fact that their victims are so interested in finding that impossible-to-find gift or that unbelievable deal that they can take advantage of our distraction to rip us off.

Five tips for you how you can avoid some of the most common holiday scams.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—not only for those celebrating the holidays but also for hackers and email scammers.

Scammers and hackers are betting on the fact that their victims are so interested in finding that impossible-to-find gift or that unbelievable deal that they can take advantage of our distraction to rip us off. In fact, right this minute, they’re already planning how they can take advantage of the hustle and bustle to trick you into clicking a malicious link or installing malware that can access all your sensitive information.

The good news is that you don’t have … Read more...

Insights from NAEM Part III: Technology, Empathy and Diversity

Highlights from the NAEM conference on EHS and sustainability featured expert knowledge on machine learning, change management and workplace diversity, all of which will be important themes in the post-pandemic world.

The EHS & Sustainability Management Forum from the National Association of EHS&S Management (NAEM) demonstrated the importance of balancing cutting-edge technology innovation with human empathy, dignity and inclusion, which will become an increasingly important theme in 2022. Here is a summary of some select sessions:

The Human Side of EHS&S

While conversations about data and digital transformation dominate the marketplace, it’s easy to neglect the needs of the humans who make up the workforce in EHS&S. The morning roundtable discussion on the human side of EHS&S explored how technology and change management need to operate hand-in-hand for organizations to find success.

The role of digital technology as both a tool and a goal was an important theme. … Read more...

Frontline Workers Say They Are ‘Seen but not Heard’

A new research report finds that operations, safety & health and wellbeing are what are most important to employees, though they don’t feel comfortable weighing in.
Operations, safety and health and wellbeing are deemed the most important topics within an organization for most frontline workers.

A new research report finds that operations, safety & health and wellbeing are what are most important to employees, though they don’t feel comfortable weighing in.  

The majority of American, Australian and British frontline workers (67%) say that they are never, rarely or only sometimes listened to on topics that matter to them the most—operations (54%), safety (46%) and health/wellbeing (49%)—according to new research by SafetyCulture. In fact, 66% of American frontline workers said they are rarely, never or only sometimes listened to by management on these important topics. 

SafetyCulture’s new Feedback from the Field research report features the views of American, British and Australian frontline workers, defined as individuals who must “physically show up to their job.” These workers include those in the hospitality, retail, manufacturing … Read more...

Once Bitten, Twice Shy: Why Disaster Isn’t Inevitable

Disasters aren’t inevitable. From tragedies involving crowds to cataclysmic organizational failures, disasters often begin with minor failures that aggregate over time in complex systems.

Preventable deaths in the workplace happen around the world every day. They rarely make front-page news, even when they have important lessons we could learn to avoid them in the future. However, the deaths of eight people at a Houston music festival on November 5, 2021 have cast the spotlight on how multiple, seemingly minor factors can aggregate within a system and culminate in a tragedy that could have been avoided with better planning and more insightful risk management. 

Tragedies involving large crowds and poor planning have a long history. Despite the fact that event organizers often seem not to have learned from these disasters, there are several factors we might recognize in common with other similar events. Here’s a brief review of some of the most … Read more...

What Does the COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate for U.S. Government Contractors Mean for You?

A COVID-19 vaccine mandate recently issued by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force affects nearly all federal contractors
A COVID-19 vaccine mandate recently issued by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force affects nearly all federal contractors.

A recent vaccination mandate from the U.S. government will have a tremendous impact on the workforce of contractors and subcontractors that have contracts with the federal government. Many employers and employees are facing decisions they never expected to have to make.

A COVID-19 vaccine mandate recently issued by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force affects nearly all federal contractors. The COVID-19 Workplace Safety Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors requires the employees of federal contractors to be fully vaccinated by December 8 and imposes other pandemic-related workplace safety requirements.

On September 9, U.S. President Joe Biden announced his Path Out of the Pandemic: COVID-19 Action Plan. One of the main goals of the plan is to get more people vaccinated. As part of that plan, the president signed Executive Order 14042, … Read more...

Compliance Is the Road Map to Business Success

Compliance software is the road map to business success.
If we accept that environment, health and safety and quality (EHSQ) strategies are journeys toward business success, then it makes sense that compliance software is the road map helping you to get there.

Many of us have heard the phrase, “Quality is a journey, not a destination.” If this is remotely true, then the waypoints on this journey are better products, happier customers and lower costs all of which lead to business success. It is easy to repeat the journey metaphor in the spheres of worker health and safety along with corporate sustainability, either of which are proven paths to business success. So, if we accept that environment, health and safety and quality (EHSQ) strategies are journeys toward business success, then it makes sense that compliance is the road map helping you to get there.

In business, compliance means conforming to rules and regulations. These could be in the form … Read more...

Falls Top the OSHA Top 10 List of Safety Violations for More than a Decade

OSHA revealed the Top 10 safety violations for fiscal year 2021 at the NSC Safety Congress & Expo and once again, falls top the list.
OSHA revealed the Top 10 safety violations for fiscal year 2021 at the NSC Safety
Congress & Expo and once again, falls top the list.

One of the most highly anticipated events at every NSC Safety Congress & Expo is the announcement of the list of top safety violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). On Oct. 12, OSHA announced its preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards for fiscal year 2021 and for the 11th year, falls topped the list.

Kevin Druley, the associate editor of Safety+Health magazine, introduced Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, who presented the list virtually during the 2021 NSC Safety Congress & Expo, the world’s largest annual gathering of safety professionals.

Scott Gaddis, Vice President, Global Practice Leader – Safety and Health at Intelex Technologies Inc., joins David Wagner from Industrial Scientific to discuss “Why Read more...

The ‘Great Resignation’ Part Three: Employee Retention Starts Before the First Day on the Job

The new hire onboarding process is a great way to set the stage for an employee’s future and should be in every organization's Employee Retention 101 playbook.
The new hire onboarding process is a great way to set the stage for an employee’s future at the company and should be in every organization’s “Employee Retention 101” playbook.

The new hire onboarding process is a great way to set the stage for an employee’s future at the company. Starting a new job, even a highly prized one, is stressful. Recruiting and training a new employee is hard enough. Having to do it all over again because the new employee doesn’t “stick” is worse.

Intelex was awarded a Silver medal in Brandon Hall Group’s 2021 Excellence in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition, Human Resources, Sales Performance, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Future of Work Awards for Best New Hire Onboarding Program. The onboarding process starts a week before the employee begins and continues through the first week of employment and beyond.

At Intelex, onboarding programs … Read more...

The ‘Great Resignation’ Part Two: Is Career Transparency the Key to Engaging and Retaining Employees?

Is career transparency the key to retaining great employees? Many experts say it plays a huge role.
Is career transparency the key to retaining great employees? Many experts say it plays a huge role.

Jessica Stillman, recently writing for Inc., pointed to a new survey by Lattice that reveals an unexpected solution to the talent drain so many organizations are experiencing.

“What is this miracle intervention?” she asks. “Nothing fancier than career transparency, or a clear sense among employees of how they can grow in their jobs and how the company will support their efforts to reach their goals.”

Better yet, supporting employees on their career paths costs little or no money (at least at first) and retains employees who likely want to be there; they are just restless and looking for new opportunities. So why not offer them opportunities—or the path to new opportunities—at your organization?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, from April through June 2021, a total of 11.5 million workers quit Read more...

The ‘Great Resignation’ Part One: What Steps Is Your Organization Taking to Retain and Entice Employees?

Recognizing the strain resignations are placing on their workers and ability to produce goods, many organizations are addressing employee turnover proactively.
What if your organization experienced as much as 50 percent employee turnover this year? What if that number was 70 percent or higher? As an EHS or quality professional, that would be a nightmare and these days, not an impossible scenario.

If you’ve read our new e-Book, “The ROI of Safety: Making the Business Case for Safety and Health,” you’ll know—if you didn’t already—that the actual hard costs of injuries are but a drop in the bucket when it comes to the combined total of hard and soft costs related to serious workplace injuries and fatalities. Recruiting, onboarding, training, retraining, production slowdowns, disrupted supply chain schedules and more can double or even triple the actual medical cost of an injury.

The same is true of the “Great Resignation.” We’ve all heard that many employees did not return to their jobs when pandemic-related layoffs ended. These workers decided … Read more...