Your Training Probably Won’t Prevent Nuclear War, But It Might

Effective Training Strategies

On September 26, 1983, the Soviet early warning system detected the launch of five intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) from the United States. Rather than launch an immediate retaliation—which was the standard protocol—the Soviet commander on duty, Stanislav Petrov, determined that an attack by the United States would most likely involve an overwhelming number of ICBMs, not a handful. Petrov decided that the launch detection was a computer malfunction and did not issue orders for a nuclear counterstrike, despite not having the computer access to prove his belief. Petrov was proven correct when the American missiles did not arrive. In subsequent interviews, Petrov credited his training with providing him with the critical thinking skills to assess and judge the probabilities of the situation. Today he is recognized as the man whose clear thinking in a stressful situation helped prevent a global catastrophe.

While the consequences of poor training aren’t as high … Read more...

The Texas Blackout is a Powerful Reminder that Systems Can Be Fragile

Texas Blackout Energy

To describe the blackout that occurred in Texas recently as tragic would be an understatement. It had serious consequences on the well-being of individuals, took a heavy toll on the state’s energy infrastructure and will end up costing taxpayer’s billions to repair. However, what is truly heartbreaking is that the suffering continues for many.

To date, the weather conditions that caused the blackout have resulted in:


According to the Independent, the estimated cost of damages is close to the $50 billion mark. While it appears that the situation couldn’t get worse, ERCOT – the Electric Reliability Council of Texas – now says the Texas … Read more...

Black History Month 2021: The Honourable Justice Lori Anne Thomas: Find People Who Will Help You Through Adversity

The IntelexOne Visible Minorities, Womxn and Allies employee resource groups invited The Honourable Justice Lori Anne Thomas to join Intelex employees for a discussion on her career, the importance of representation in the judicial system and how allyship played a role in her career.   

The Honourable Justice Lori Anne Thomas is a judge in the Ontario Court of Justice (Toronto). Before her appointment, Justice Thomas was a criminal defense lawyer for 11 years. She was the President of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL) and was an executive board member on the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA) Board, where she was the only racialized member for four years.

She has made submissions to the Federal Government on proposed criminal law amendments. Justice Thomas is a frequent speaker on various topics at educational events held by the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, Law Society of Ontario, CABL, CLA, … Read more...

Lorenzo Tennant: Remain True to Who You Are and Never Forget the Obstacles You Have Endured and Overcome to Get to this Moment

Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration which recognizes the significant contributions of African-Americans throughout history, through their artistic, cultural, scientific and political contributions. The theme of Black History Month 2021 is “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.”

Intelex Technologies joins the celebration by launching a blog series that shares the first-person experiences of our employees and celebrating their accomplishments and contribution to Intelex. Our first blog introduces you to Lorenzo Tennant, who joined Intelex in June 2017 and now is the Director of Business Development.

What is your name, title and how long have you worked at Intelex?

Lorenzo Tennant, Director, Business Development, and I joined Intelex June 2017

What do you do at Intelex?

My role is to lead the Business Development department, which is the frontline function for the sales journey in our business. Our team is tasked with generating opportunities from an inbound and outbound … Read more...

Black History Month 2021 Celebrates the Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity

Intelex launches blog series in celebration of Black History Month.

Black History Month is an annual celebration which recognizes the significant contributions of African-Americans throughout history, through their artistic, cultural, scientific and political contributions.

Intelex Technologies joins the celebration by launching a blog series that shares the first-person experiences of our employees and celebrating their accomplishments and contribution to Intelex. Our first blog will introduce you to Lorenzo Tennant, who joined Intelex in June 2017 and now is the Director of Business Development. Look for it tomorrow.

“As part of building a culture of inclusion and belonging at Intelex, we are on a mission to ensure all employees can bring their authentic selves to work,” said Kellie Hart, Vice President, Human Resources, Intelex. “I am continuously in awe of the conversations we have been able to have as an organization and the amount of bravery and courage our employees have … Read more...

8 Checklists for 2020: A Quick Way to Check In and Level Up Your EHSQ Programs

These checklists from Intelex offer practical advice about managing aspects of safety like slips and falls and electrical hazards, help you touch base with employees during these stressful times, offer insight into your organization’s preparedness planning, provide guidance on quality issues like voice of customer and 5S, and much more!

Don’t Be Shocked – A Checklist for Electrical Safety – While the objective of protecting the safety of their employees continues to be a strong focus for employers, there still needs to be more checks in place to reduce injuries.

Embrace the New Age of Digital Learning: Training Management in the Age of COVID-19 – Learning and training is more important than ever. When the world moves quickly, sometimes in unexpected ways, we need to make sure our training can keep up and give our teams what they need to survive and thrive.

Back to Work Checklist for Mindful Leaders – While strategic vision … Read more...

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GAS HAZARDS AND THE COVID VACCINE

COIVD-19 vaccine and gas hazards

The latest blog by industrial Scientific (below) examines how the methods for storing and transporting the COVID-19 vaccine come with invisible hazards.  

I write this while sitting in a bed in the ER because it’s that urgent. We need to get 14 more of the O2 GasBadge Pro monitors… ASAP.”

This rush order was a request from an EHS leader at a world-renowned medical center.

The order came on the heels of the FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine and the distribution of those vaccine doses to health care facilities across the United States. The vaccine, manufactured by Pfizer, must be kept extremely cold at temperatures of minus 70 degrees Celsius and methods for storing and transporting the vaccine come with invisible hazards.

Both processes hinge upon the cold temperatures that are necessary to properly sustain the vaccine doses. Gas detection is a crucial element of ensuring safety in the distribution … 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
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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

To access our resource library, please click here.… Read more...

Are You a Business “Prepper”? Lessons for Today’s Organizations from Survivalist Culture

Prepper Culture and Organizational Resiliency

The traditional idea of a “survivalist” is that of a grizzled, perhaps eccentric, person living on the edges of society, digging bunkers in their backyard, stocking them food, and waiting for the end times. In popular culture, survivalists are usually depicted as part of a fringe culture that represents a seditious and even dangerous element in the modern world.

But a recent article by the BBC provides insight into the ways in which survivalist culture has become a broader, less radical “prepper” culture around the world. In the last decade, events such as Hurricane Sandy hitting New York in 2012, the massive power outage that plunged New York into darkness in 2019, and the COVID-19 pandemic causing worldwide shortages of critical supplies, have inspired a new generation to look at their emergency preparedness. These events have taught us that while apocalyptic cataclysms that devastate society remain unlikely, smaller high-impact events … Read more...