The Impact of COVID-19 on the Construction Industry in the United States

COVID-19 and Construction

New research released by the Center for Construction Research and Training focuses on the economic impact of COVID-19 on the construction industry through September 2020, examining construction spending, new residential construction and the well-being of small businesses.

A recent report published by the Center for Construction Research and Training notes that COVID-19 has had a “stark impact” on the U.S. economy and many industries, including construction. “Impact of COVID-19 on Construction Businesses and Productions,” published by researchers Samantha Brown, MPH, Raina D. Brooks, MPH, Xiuwen Sue Dong, DrPH, found that while stay-at-home orders aided in “flattening the curve,” they had stark impacts on U.S. workers and businesses, including construction.

The pandemic hit some sectors of the construction industry harder than others, researchers reported. Overall construction spending dropped $68.4 billion from January to May and increased by $44.7 billion from May to September in 2020, remaining about $23.7 billion below January … Read more...

OSHA’s Site-Specific Targeting (SST) Directive: Full Inspections Only in Cases of Elevated Injury and Illness Experience

Updated OSHA Inspection Program

With the end-goal of utilizing limited enforcement resources to target workplaces with elevated injury and illness incidents, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced updates to its site-specific targeting program. The Site-Specific Targeting (SST) Directive takes the place of Site-Specific Targeting 2016, and focuses on non-construction organizations with a minimum of 20 employees.

The changes to the inspection program are as follows:

  1. The creation of a new targeting category for establishments indicating consistent injury and illness rate increases over the three-year data collection period, and
  2. Permits records-only inspections to be carried out when a compliance officer discovers that an organization was included in the program due to error. In these instances, a complete inspection will only be carried out when it has been determined that the reported number of injury and illnesses have increased.

With this in mind, it is important for organizations to focus on developing a … Read more...

People, Processes, and Tools: How Industrial Scientific and Intelex are Securing the Vaccine Cold Supply Chain

Students of history know that wars are often won and lost on the basis of their supply chains. Delivering the materials for war, such as ammunitions, medical supplies, and food, is a vital function in any military operation. An efficient and resilient supply chain can mean the difference between a world-class military and a ramshackle group of people unable to manage the basic principles of organization.

In the battle against the novel coronavirus, the supply chain for delivering the vaccine will be as vital for defeating the virus as was the research that produced the vaccine. Hundreds of thousands of workers and a mix of dozens of public and private organizations will make up the army that will be required to deliver the vaccine to the people that need it the most. Cutting-edge technology solutions for health and safety will be vital to ensuring the safety and security of the … Read more...

The Top 10 Intelex Blogs Focus on Technology, Trends and Personalities

Top 2020 Intelex blogs

With 2020 wrapping up, we’re taking a look at the Top 10 blogs published by Intelex in 2020. From emerging trends to emerging technology to emerging leaders, 58,000 people found something or someone that interested them in the Intelex blog.

Our most viewed blogs of the year are…

  1. More Lessons from the Boeing 737 MAX: How Culture of Quality Failures Led to Tragedy
  2. Infographic: Sustainability: Profits, Planet and People
  3. Coronavirus: Will It Cause Workplace Distraction?
  4. Ready to Return: Our Return-To-Work Tools Can Help You Safely and Successfully Reopen Your Workplace
  5. Kristen Duda: It Is Critical to Align Your Personal Values to Those of the Company You Work For
  6. Learning to Thrive: Learning Disabilities in the Workplace
  7. Margery Moore: Starting My Own Company Was the Only Way To Truly Honor My Dreams and Achieve My Goals
  8. How a Robust EHS Solution can Help you Address COVID-19 Related Challenges in your Organization

Our Gift to You: The 10 Most-Popular Intelex EHSQ, Technology and Return-to-Work Downloads

Top content downloads

Whether you’re looking for a checklist to help you manage return to work or recognize leading indicators, want information about energy efficiency and sustainability, or want to improve safety performance, we’ve got you covered with this Top 10 list of most-downloaded content from Intelex.

  1. Return-To-Work: A Template for a COVID-19 Business Preparedness
  2. Checklist 10 Leading Indicators Employee Engagement
  3. The Five Things You Need To Know About Incident Management
  4. Verdantix Green Quadrant EHS Software 2019
  5. Pandemic Preparedness: Propel Your Safety Culture Forward by Avoiding these 7 Mistakes
  6. Seven Leading Indicators to Drive Safety Improvement
  7. Achieving Energy Efficiency with ISO 50001
  8. Employer Preparedness Plan Requirements Checklist
  9. Evaluating Safety Program Performance
  10. EHS and Sustainability An Evolving Relationship

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How to Find the Right Answers Listening to the Voice of the Customer

Staying connected via online communitites

Over my career, I’ve relied heavily on online communities to get support and share best practices for critical software I use on a daily basis. The story of my time at Intelex has been no different.

When I started as a trainer 9 years ago, we had a thriving online community called Intelex Exchange that I logged onto daily to help speed up the process of learning how to use Intelex so that I quickly could ramp up so that I could train and coach others on it. Intelex Exchange also offered a great opportunity to interact with customers and other users of Intelex that I hadn’t had a chance to work with yet. I learned a lot from my experience with Intelex Exchange and it helped me grow as a trainer and later, in my other roles at Intelex.

Over the years, I feel like we’ve let some of … Read more...

How AI Is Changing the Way People Shop on Black Friday

Black Friday and AI

The retail industry, like many others, is currently experiencing a significant transformation, both by the upsurge in online shopping as well as through the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help forecast sales and enhance the customer experience. As such, AI is helping retailers predict consumer demand, and it provides them with insights to help develop personalized services to consumers during their online purchasing journey.

Despite the fact that 2020 has been a challenging year, it’s safe to say that many Americans will be trying to make the most of the holiday season – soon to be kicking off with Thanksgiving, followed by ever-exciting Black Friday!

Although COVID-19 has brought about serious disruptions to the economy, the effects to retail have been mixed. At the highest level, in-store shopping is expected take a serious hit this year, however, online holiday spending is forecasted to “surpass $189B in 2020 Read more...

How to Drive Business Transformation through Heightened Collaboration

Collaboration Drives Business Results

One of the qualities of critical thinkers, particularly in the business space, is to apply creative thinking either to solve business problems or identify opportunities. This ability to “reject standardized formats for problem solving” can be of great benefit, particularly during unpredictable times.

To say that 2020 brought about serious challenges to business leaders would be an understatement. From developing business continuity plans to doing a complete overhaul of their business model, these individuals have had to channel their ability to respond quickly, be agile, be resourceful and be confident in their decisions.

With over 85% of executives attributing the lack of collaboration or ineffective communication for workplace failures, many leaders have looked at people-focused approaches to solve current challenges.

This brings us to the objective of this blog: to examine how some leaders used collaboration as an engine to maintain productivity, drive employee engagement and boost employee morale.… Read more...

EHSQ Management Just Got Smarter: Intelex Acquires Compliance Automation Innovator ehsAI

Intelex acquires ehsAI
Artificial intelligence and machine learning enable ehsAI’s automation technology, propelling Intelex’s leadership in compliance management to the next level and beyond.

Intelex Technologies, ULC, a leading global provider of SaaS-based Environmental, Health, Safety and Quality (EHSQ) management software, announced it has acquired ehsAI, a next wave compliance automation technology provider. ehsAI uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to help organizations greatly reduce the costs and risks of permitting and compliance management.

“We are thrilled to have ehsAI join Intelex,” said Justin McElhattan, president of Intelex. “ehsAI augments our compliance management solutions and existing regulatory content partnerships. We look forward to innovating in collaboration with ehsAI to solve real customer pains with applied intelligence and advanced analytics. Whether it be compliance for environmental, health, safety, or quality compliance requirements, the possibilities are limitless.”

With this strategic acquisition of an innovator in the emerging AI regulatory content solution market, Intelex … Read more...

How to Sell Your Software Solutions to the C-Suite

Sell Software to Chief Officers

EHSQ practitioners know the value they bring to an organization. Keeping workers safe, protecting the environment, and meeting customer requirements are elements at which every business wants to excel, so anything we can do to help achieve that should be met with open arms by leadership, right?

Well, not always.

When the Value of EHSQ Software Doesn’t Sell Itself

If there’s anything EHSQ practitioners know as much about as their own value, it’s the feeling of rejection when pitching digital solutions for compliance and EHSQ software to leadership. Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, when the benefits of EHSQ should practically sell themselves, it’s not always easy to convince leadership that software is what the organization needs. Even fact-based arguments focusing on benefits like decreasing recall risk, giving leadership access to data, maintaining compliance, and improving audit preparation are not enough to loosen the purse strings for your … Read more...