EHS Software Solves a Need for Speed for This Construction Company

Moss searched for a safety management system and settled on the Intelex Health and Safety Management platform to organize all the data it had been collecting.
Moss went searching for a health and safety management system and settled on the Intelex Health and Safety Management platform to bring all its data from various processes into a centralized database, including incident reporting, inspections, behavioral-based observations, recorded near misses, good catches and even safety suggestions.

Fast growing companies often find themselves needing a high-performance approach to environmental health and safety (EHS).

Take the case of Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based construction company Moss & Associates, whose vice president of environmental health and safety, Scott Gerard, recently told the story of his company’s business growth. During a presentation at the 2021 EHS Today Safety Leadership Conference, Gerard said Moss started out as a company of 300 people some 17 years ago and has today become an organization of more than 3,000 employees with expectations to reach 6,000 this year.

But high growth often moves too quickly past other corporate capabilities. In … Read more...

Incident Management: Is Your OSHA Recordkeeping Capturing Every Recordable Incident?

Goals and key performance indicators hinging on the number of incidents, recordables, days away and other factors are usually put in place to help drive a focus to safety, but the good intention can lead to unintended and undesired consequences, such as underreporting of injuries.

Employers in private industry reported 2.7 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses to the U.S. Department of Labor in 2020 as part of OSHA recordkeeping reporting. That’s a lot of paperwork.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard Part 1904, many employers with more than 10 employees are required to record and report any work-related fatalities, injuries and illnesses of their covered employees using OSHA Recordkeeping Forms 300, 300A and 301. (Certain low-risk industries are exempted, and minor injuries requiring first aid only do not need to be recorded.)

A 2018 report submitted to the United States Congress by the Office … Read more...

WHO/ILO: Work-Related Causes Claim the Lives of Almost 2 Million People Worldwide each Year

Maria Neira, Director of the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health at WHO: “These almost 2 million premature deaths are preventable. Action needs to be taken based on the research available to target the evolving nature of work-related health threats.”

Work-related diseases and injuries were responsible for the deaths of 1.9 million people in 2016, according to the first joint estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO) and International Labour Organization (ILO). These WHO/ILO global estimates on disease and injury in the workplace outline the level of preventable premature deaths due to exposure to work-related health risks.

“It’s shocking to see so many people literally being killed by their jobs,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “Our report is a wake-up call to countries and businesses to improve and protect the health and safety of workers by honouring their commitments to provide universal coverage of occupational health and … Read more...

Key Lessons Learned during COVID-19 and the Way Forward

Throughout the pandemic, tried and tested foundational public health measures have been effective and helped to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Throughout the pandemic, tried and tested foundational public health measures have been effective and helped to curb the spread of COVID-19.

A retrospective look at two-plus years of COVID-19 offers insightful lessons on how to manage challenging human factors in a pandemic, as well as understanding the nature of virus variants and the important value of vaccines.

Anthony Panepinto – a certified safety hygienist and the senior technical director of health, safety and environmental affairs for The Procter & Gamble (P&G) Company – shared his global organization’s pandemic experience, how the company needed to adapt and respond and what was learned along the way. He presented his story during the 2021 Safety Leadership Conference in December.

The early days of COVID-19 for P&G were a sprint to keep pace with understanding the nature of the disease, how to contain outbreaks and keep people safe, he says. His organization moved quickly … Read more...

Black History Month 2022 – Jade Shortt: Having an Impact on How People Live their Lives Is Contagious

Intelex continues our support of Black History Month by spotlighting four of our Black employees every Monday in February.
Intelex continues our support of Black History Month by spotlighting four of our Black employees every Monday in February.

Intelex continues our support of Black History Month by spotlighting four of our Black employees every Monday in February. Hassan Joseph, Jade Shortt, Zee Ndlovu and Tatiana Gomes will discuss their roles at Intelex, the reasons why they entered the tech field, their mentors and what inspires them. Please join us every Monday to celebrate Black History Month and diversity at Intelex.

Black History Month is an annual observance originating in the United States that celebrates diversity and Black achievement. It has received official recognition from governments in the United States and Canada, and more recently has been observed in Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

This week, we profile Jade Shortt, who is a Team Lead in Business Development. She has been with Intelex for 3 years.


Jade, what do … Read more...

COVID-19 Protocols and Safety: What Back to Work Looks Like at Intelex

As our employees return to the office, their safety is top of mind. Show tunes and freshly baked bread are just the icing on the cake!

Like many of you, we’ve been closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 and its variants in the cities, states, provinces and countries where we have offices. Many of our employees have been working remotely since March 2020, but as we start to return to offices in greater numbers, we thought we’d share what our new normal is like at Intelex.

We all know how COVID-19 has impacted our daily lives and the same can be said for our office protocols and procedures. One of the most common questions I get asked daily is: “What do I need to do to when I come into the office?”

For the inquiring minds out there, here are some of our new COVID-19 protocols and best practices for … Read more...

OSHA Set to “Sharpen Its Teeth” in 2022: More OSHA Citations, Inspections Part of the Occupational Safety and Health Forecast

Higher OSHA violation penalties, more inspections and an increase in OSHA’s penalty authority are all possible developments on the U.S. workplace health and safety front in 2022.
The total number of federal OSHA inspections increased in 2021 over 2020, and it is likely we will see that trend to continue this year.

Higher OSHA citation penalties, more inspections and an increase in OSHA’s penalty authority are all possible developments on the U.S. workplace health and safety front in 2022, according to a law firm specializing in OSH matters.

With the Biden administration expected to funnel more federal money toward the agency that oversees health and safety in American workplaces in the coming year, observers can expect to see an increased effort to hold employers accountable for failures to protect their workers.

The total number of federal OSHA inspections increased in 2021 over 2020, and it is likely we will see that trend to continue this year, noted Aaron Gelb, a partner with Conn Maciel Carey, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm. He made his observations during a … Read more...

Artificial Intelligence Stakes its Claim in EHS Management

ehsAI’s cloud-based platform applies NLP algorithms to interpret and extract EHS requirements from regulatory documents.
ehsAI’s cloud-based platform applies NLP algorithms to interpret and extract EHS requirements from regulatory documents. This output can be exported into EHS software systems such as Intelex EHS Management Software to manage requirements and tasks and ensure timely execution.

Artificial intelligence (AI) technology, in the context of EHS management, seems a perfect fit in an essential area: the need to wade through a morass of complex and ever-changing regulations, compliance, permits, consent decrees and other critical EHS documents. It’s a human-intensive and often error-prone task that, if done improperly, risks fines and other penalties for failure to comply.

Document deconstruction – to identify the actions that EHS professionals are required to take – is difficult, time-consuming, complicated and expensive because of the manual grunt-work need from many people to pore through and analyze EHS documents. 

Vancouver, Canada-based ehsAI has developed an AI technology based on machine learning and natural … Read more...

Black History Month 2022 – Hassan Joseph: Take the Best that Exists and Make it Better

Black History Month is an annual observance originating in the United States that celebrates diversity and Black achievement. It has received official recognition from governments in the United States and Canada, and more recently has been observed in Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

This year, Intelex continues our support of Black History Month by spotlighting four of our Black employees every Monday in February. Hassan Joseph, Jade Shortt, Zee Ndlovu and Tatiana Gomes will discuss their roles at Intelex, the reasons why they entered the tech field, their mentors and what inspires them. Please join us every Monday to celebrate Black History Month and diversity at Intelex.

Our first profile is Hassan Joseph, who has been a Team Lead for our consultants in the services department for four and a half years. He helps them with their day-to-day work, provides coaching and mentoring and handles their performance reviews.

Hassan, … Read more...

Visual Literacy Helps Safety Professionals See the Bigger Picture

Visual lessons grounded in art education – visual literacy – can make a difference in how much you see, which can be a lifesaver in hazardous work situations.
Visual literacy is a new term that’s being applied to safety and hazardous situations at work. If workers see what they might otherwise miss, they’re apt to take action and improve their own personal safety as well as the safety of others.

The visual lessons grounded in art education – known as visual literacy – can make a difference in how much you see and how to interpret the meaning of it. This idea holds intriguing potential for safety hazard identification, where it’s easy to miss important details in all-too-familiar workplace surroundings.

“Typically, it takes an incident to inform us that a hazard exists. While it’s really important that when we have an incident, we identify and fix it, it’s also a lousy way to run a safety program if that’s all you’re focused on,” says Doug Pontsler, the chairman and managing director of the Center of Visual Expertise or … Read more...