Is an EHS Management and Sustainability Approach Right for Your Business?

Sustainability and EHS software may be just the thing your organization needs to help keep your workers safe and protected.

Keeping workers protected and workplaces safe needs the commitment and involvement of all divisions within a business. It also requires an integrated approach to what might be described as EHS&S or environmental, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability. One that includes:

  • Steps to define and prepare for risk,
  • Aligns a stronger and safer workplace culture,
  • Maps EHS and sustainability goals and objectives, and,
  • Consolidates for consistency across all business segments.

An EHS&S information management system may be just the thing your organization needs, but how would you know? Check out this four-phased approach, below, for answers and guidance.

Phase 1. Step Back and Evaluate Your Needs:

Are you only managing permits and compliance deadlines? If so and your business is small, simpler could be better.

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EHS ROI Should Be the Endgame, Rather than the Start of Your Investment Pitch

The inherent value of occupational health and safety (OHS) for every business and organization makes it seem unimaginable that anyone would argue the importance or necessity of protecting workers on the job. 

So why can it be so difficult to obtain additional and necessary investment to improve safety performance? Perhaps the answer lies in the capitalist axiom that business is business, after all, and any investment made must be measured by a resulting payback.  

When it’s necessary to quantify environmental, health and safety (EHS) investment dollar benefits, return on investment (ROI) comes into play. And, while there are many tools and calculators available to help construct an ROI, before spending the time and effort to build a business case, it’s necessary to understand a couple of fundamental things – namely, for whom ROI is important and whether it is truly how a business thinks about safety.  

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Intelex Research Reveals the Current State of ESG Adoption and Progress in Europe

Investing in companies that have embraced environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards is booming. Research shows the number of global ESG funds grew to 5,932 as of December 2021, up from 4,153 at the end of 2020 and represents investments valued at more than $2.7 trillion. 

Today’s socially conscious and forward-thinking organizations might want to catch this fast-moving ESG train, and would be wise to explore how environment, health and safety (EHS) and ESG can together drive better business results.   

It’s timely then that the current state of EHS and ESG adoption across Europe should be assessed to better understand how European businesses are progressing. Intelex’s European team undertook a survey of more than 700 EHS and ESG professionals from 10 European countries with respondents representing a wide range of industries – from energy and industrial manufacturing to construction and chemicals. The intent of the research was to better understand how … Read more...

ISO 45001 and ANSI Z10 Offer Valuable Safety Management Guidance

Industry standards exist to help set the foundation for a safety management system. For those who may not have a system in place or are looking to take an existing safety management system (SMS) to the next level, standards offer a guiding blueprint for the key and necessary components and practices. Two of the most common and ubiquitous are the International Organization for Standardization’s ISO 45001 and the American National Standards Institute’s ANSI Z10.

ISO 45001 is described as the world’s first international standard for occupational health and safety systems. It provides a framework for improving health and safety performance and is intended to control the factors that may result in injury, illness or death on the job. ISO 45001 is also described as process-based and considers risks and opportunities. The standard explicitly mentions mental health as an element that should be protected by the program.

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Here’s How Intelex Is Simplifying EHSQ Software Selection

Our Custom Product Demo Tour is designed to make the process of learning about environmental, health, safety and quality (EHSQ) software faster and easier.
The Intelex Custom Product Demo Tour was designed to make the process of learning about environmental, health, safety and quality (EHSQ) software faster and easier.

Finding and selecting the right environment, health and safety (EHS), quality control or environmental, social and governance (ESG) management software is overwhelming, expensive and a time-consuming task for many. And it’s an effort that can take up to six months on average for many organizations.

There’s the initial consideration of how to purchase software, which is confusing enough. Research shows 74 percent of software producers utilize subscription models, 65 percent utilize perpetual licenses, 59 percent leveraging usage-based models and 47 percent use outcome/value-based models.

Then there’s the matter of finding the right features and functions. While many look for common things, others seek unique variations that their organization might require. A buyer typically wants control of their purchase journey since many do their own … Read more...

Abby Ferri Named Safety Professional of the Year by ASSP

Abby Ferri, a career safety professional from Minnesota, prolific event speaker and co-founder of the Safety Justice League podcast is the American Society of Safety Professionals’ (ASSP) Safety Professional of the Year for 2022.

Ferri, a risk and EHS management consultant and ASSP member for 20 years, was recognized for her efforts to advance occupational safety and health in many ways, including a key role played in a recent ASSP governance change that sees diverse advisory groups replacing the organization’s long-standing House of Delegates. Ferri has served on the ASSP Governance Task Force that researched association governance trends and developed the recommendations that were later adopted to strengthen the group.

Among the efforts that Ferri helped spearhead was a move away from an established elected House of Delegates that dealt with all task-force issues to a more fluid and shorter-term appointed advisory groups that tackle singular topics. It was an … Read more...

Summertime ‘EHS Management’: Remember These 20 Tips to Stay Safe

Wear proper foot protection and eye protection while doing things like mowing your lawn or pulling out the weed wacker to tame some rough spots.

EHS management doesn’t stop when you leave work. With summer events and vacations come great opportunities for fun and family time. Unfortunately, for some of us, summertime means a trip or two to the local emergency room.

Here are 20 summer safety tips to help you avoid illness and injury, gathered from a variety of sources – including some EHS professionals – as well as some personal experience! With warmer weather comes new hurdles for EHS management, so many of these tips apply to outdoor workers as well as anyone enjoying some time off this summer.

1. Don’t forget the sunscreen! – Sunburn is painful and can ruin a holiday, but exposure to sun can have much more tragic results, such as skin cancer. Reduce … Read more...

To Reap AI’s Rewards, Employers Must Know its Dangers

The very real dangers surrounding artificial intelligence in human resources environments should not deter companies that are looking to bring the burgeoning technology into their organizations. They just need to fully vet vendors.
The very real dangers surrounding artificial intelligence in human resources environments should not deter companies that are looking to bring the burgeoning technology into their organizations. They just need to fully vet vendors.

Employers that implement artificial intelligence technology for human resources purposes and expect it to run effectively on its own will be setting themselves up for more problems than they had hoped to solve.

This was a key message that U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) head Keith Sonderling delivered during a recent webinar, “Artificial Intelligence in the Workforce.” The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, transgender status, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information.

The webinar, hosted by law firm Conn Maciel Carey, delved into … Read more...

The Environment Ranks Highest as an ESG Priority for those Surveyed in Europe

New research from Intelex of EHS and ESG professionals in Europe finds that more than half of organizations surveyed are prioritizing environmentally focused ESG activities ahead of other ESG-related considerations.
New research from Intelex of EHS and ESG professionals in Europe finds that more than half of organizations surveyed are prioritizing environmentally focused ESG activities ahead of other ESG-related considerations.

Doing good for the planet is emerging as the primary area of environment, social and corporate governance (ESG) focus for those tasked to manage the progress of ESG initiatives in their organizations, according to recent research conducted across Europe by Intelex.

The environmental aspect of ESG consumes more attention than either of social or governance elements, according to a 2022 survey of more than 700 environmental health and safety (EHS) and ESG professionals from 10 European countries, including the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.

The third section of the report, Engaging Workers Growing Business and Protecting the Planet, reveals more than half of organizations surveyed are prioritizing environmentally … Read more...

Research Shows ESG and EHS Connect People, the Planet and Profits

Recent Intelex research reveals the companies that a customer chooses to do business with, in addition to how these organizations treat employees, people and the planet are interconnected considerations with a significant impact on the future success of an organization.

The research report, Engaging Workers Growing Business and Protecting the Planet, reveals the common thread that ties these considerations together, according to those surveyed, is the application of environment, social and governance (ESG) criteria and environmental health and safety (EHS).

The report, commissioned by Intelex, surveyed more than 700 EHS and ESG professionals from 10 European countries, including the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.

The second chapter of the report, The Business Impact of Getting it Right (or Wrong), examines how doing the right things can have far-reaching consequences and affect everything from how easy it is for an organization to attract … Read more...