Coeur Mining & Intelex Win EHS Innovation Award for IIoT-enabled Worker Safety

Drones, wearables, fatigue sensors, and engaged employees integrated with Intelex EHS management software are central to the success of Coeur Mining Inc.’s 2019 EHS Innovation Award-winning approach to environmental, health, and safety management in the Metals, Mining & Natural Resources sector. Announced at the Verdantix Americas Summit in Atlanta, GA this week, Coeur Mining was named the winner of this prestigious award that recognizes organizations that use innovative technology approaches to keeping workers safe, protecting the environment, and delivering superior business results.  

Coeur’s motto is “We Pursue a Higher Standard,” which is a philosophy that applies to everything the company does. The company’s EHS program extends across the entire organization with the goal of enhancing EHS culture and achieving standards that move beyond regulatory requirements.  

Making IIoT-enabled EHS a Reality 

Coeur’s innovative approach is built on the foundation of technology devices such as IIoT sensors, wearables, automation, analytics, and unmanned aerial … Read more...

Why Your People Are Your Most Important Metric

In the workplace, health and safety strategies specify the need for actions that management expects. Efforts to meet such expectations are employed and measured to ensure a successful journey. Though it is doubtful you are at war where you work, Sun Tzu’s approach involved first looking at the battlefield in detail (your organization), evaluating the enemy (poor performance), understanding any strengths or weaknesses (gaps in the management system) as well as the capabilities (resources) required to win. Once all of this is done, it’s merely a question of deciding what must be deployed and monitored for victory.  

Though they are not exciting parts of the process, the acts of measuring and evaluating how well the organization has implemented its health and safety strategies are the measure of management system success. Metrics are measures used to track, monitor and gain an understanding of the effectiveness of business processes. Such measures are … Read more...

How the Data Revolution is Changing the Safety Professional’s Role

The safety professional’s goal in an organization has not changed significantly since its inception. The mission of the safety professional is to safeguard workers and contribute to the goals of the organization by anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling workplace hazards. What has changed is the way we collect data and the data we collect. 

Organizations always have tracked data, looking for trends. Your organization may be most interested in tracking market and economic trends, but you probably focus on data related to leading and lagging indicators, such as near misses, audit reports, training records, and injuries and illnesses. Until very recently, tracking leading and lagging indicators of safety performance has been a matter of paper documents that either were filed in a cabinet or entered into a spreadsheet or rudimentary software program. The process of collecting the information was time-consuming, and the amount of information that could be collected was limited by available resources, namely, how much “spare” … Read more...

Ontario Increasing Workplace Safety Inspections

Businesses in Ontario should prepare for a workplace safety blitz. Between October 1 and December 27, 2019, inspectors from the Ontario Ministry of Labour will be performing safety inspections across the province, focusing on the health care, mining, and construction sectors.  

Inspectors will be focusing on musculoskeletal injury and respiratory illnesses. Musculoskeletal injuries, such as tendonitis, back pain, and carpal tunnel, are among the most frequently occurring workplace injuries on all worksites in Ontario. They are common injuries for workers who engage in heavy physical labour, including repetitive actions and heavy lifting in awkward positions, and can damage joints, soft tissue, ligaments, and bones. According to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), they also account for more than one-third of all lost-time injury claims in the province. In 2017, that meant approximately 19,000 claims that cost WSIB $72 million and resulted in a cumulative 462,000 days of lost work time. Inspectors will be looking to ensure … Read more...

The First Day of Fall (Safety)

On average, slips, trips and falls cause nearly 700 fatalities per year. Furthermore, twenty percent of the 30,000 forklift accidents that occur each year involve a pedestrian being struck by the vehicle. 

The first day of fall is a great reminder that preventing pedestrian accidents in the workplace has long been challenging but not impossible. Working alongside a wide range of material handling equipment, traveling across ill-prepared work surfaces and dealing with elements like weather, congestion and poor illumination is, in many cases, part of work for many. Add a distraction such as a cell phone and we have a perfect storm of substandard conditions met by an increase of undesired behaviors.  

Both slips and trips result from an unintended or unexpected change in the contact between the feet and the ground. Slipping occurs when the friction between the foot or shoe sole and the floor surface provides insufficient resistance … Read more...

Fall Protection Tops List of Top 10 Most Cited Violations

Fall protection once again tops the list of OSHA’s most cited violations, followed by hazard communications and scaffolding violations.

The National Safety Council and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2019 in San Diego at the National Safety Congress.

Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA directorate of enforcement programs, presented the Top 10 on the Expo floor as part of the NSC 2019 Congress and Expo, the world’s largest annual gathering of safety professionals.

The rankings for OSHA’s Top 10 most cited violations typically vary little from year to year; Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501) tops this year’s list for the ninth consecutive year. Eye and Face Protection (1926.102), a newcomer to last year’s list, remains in the No. 10 spot. Like the other most cited violations, fatalities and injuries related to fall … Read more...

A History of Labor Day’s Impact on Health and Safety

September 2, 2019 Marks the 125th Anniversary of Labor Day 

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American and Canadian workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our countries. 

From the events that shaped the start of the labor movement to the often-tragic events that shaped workplace safety and health, the contributions and sacrifices of people made over the past 125 years has shifted worker safety from reactive to preventative.  

The future, though, is predictive and through connected people, processes, and “things,” technology has the potential to create a zero/zero future: zero worker harm/zero worker deaths. 

While past events like the founding of Labor Day and disasters like the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire have helped shape the practice of health, safety and industrial hygiene, recent events – such … Read more...

The Connected Worker: A Roadmap for Preparing Your Organization for New Technology to Reduce Safety Risks

In the workplace of today, many of your workers are already connected to their mobile devices. While they’re working, their smart watches are alerting them to emails and social media messages, their fitness devices are counting their steps, and their phones are receiving emails and selecting the music they’re listening to. So why not integrate that connectivity into the workplace? 

Connected workers = safer workers. That means connecting your people to information, technology, and to each other to keep them safe and to maximize the positive impact to your bottom line. From inspectors using checklists on their tablets that feed directly into your EHS management system to frontline workers using smart glasses with heads-up-displays, virtual assistants for generating reports and scheduling tasks, and augmented reality for training and organizational learning, the world’s leading organizations are already embracing smart technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) to move their EHS programs to the next level. 

The … Read more...

10 Steps to Take Your Safety Management System from Good to Great

Taking your EHS management system from good to great requires more than just buying a tool or paying lip service to the idea of safety. It requires a strong safety culture that integrates people, processes, and tools so that every worker is connected not only to the technology, but to their peers. Connected workers = safer workers, and that means connecting the organization as a whole to the core value of safety. 

In the new Intelex checklist 10 Steps to Take Your Safety Management System from Good to Great, EHS expert Scott Gaddis, Vice President and Global Practice Leader—Safety and Health at Intelex Technologies Inc., shows you the fundamental principles you need to build upon to make sure your EHS management system can keep your workers safe, provide business value, and provide a positive impact for your bottom line. When it comes down to it, every organization is built out of … Read more...

Use Mobile If You Want to Get Your Safety Management Program Moving

Do you know how to evaluate and implement EHS mobile applications? There are a number of mobile applications available on the market and deciding which ones will work for your team can be a daunting task.  

It doesn’t have to be daunting. Many companies successfully use mobile applications to enhance their EHS programs.   

To find the solutions that are right for you, first ask yourself these questions: Why do you want to implement mobile? Why would your stakeholders want to implement mobile? 

Are your goals to: 

  • Increase engagement among workers? 
  • Reduce time and barriers to report hazards or incidents? 
  • Improve operational visibility and reporting? 
  • Increase data accuracy? 
  • Include EHS in a company-wide digital strategy? 

If so, then going mobile should be a focus for your organization. Our new webinar “Get Your Safety Program Moving with Mobile” examines companies that have successfully implemented EHS mobile applications into their safety management systems.  

We will dive into real … Read more...