Earth Day 2019: Protecting the Planet One Best Practice at a Time

An indicator species is one whose condition tells us about the state of the environment and the ecosystems in which it lives. Lichens, bees, frogs and butterflies are just a few examples. These indicator species can tell us whether not only their existence is in danger because of environmental damage, but perhaps ours as well.

The theme of Earth Day 2019 is protecting our planet’s species. As we take time to reflect today (and hopefully more so in the future) it’s important to understand the small yet incredibly vital elements of a healthy ecosystem. When one part of that ecosystem stops functioning correctly, when an external actor is introduced into this delicate balance of organisms, the effects can be far-reaching.

At Intelex one of our core tenets has been to do business in a way that minimizes potentially damaging impacts on the environment. While we may not have a direct … Read more...

Knowing When to Buy EHS Software

At what point does the cost of purchasing and implementing new software become preferable to the cost of maintaining your existing organizational software? It’s an important question, especially when you consider that as much as two-thirds of the cost of the new software is probably going to come from your EHS budget. Like just about anything else, software has an expected service life. For most well-designed systems, their useful life cycle can be as long as six to eight years; for systems that are less well designed or for applications that evolve very quickly, the useful life of business software can be as short as three years.

To maintain workplace safety you need a tool that will provide software solutions for a wide variety of services like compliance management, risk management, safety management, incident management, audits, document control, training management … the list goes on.

According to a 2017 survey … Read more...

Ask Enhesa Vol. 18 Intelex Special draft

Featuring contributions from Tjeerd Hendel-Blackford and Shannon Summers Enhesa; Kristen Duda and Jessica Sarnowski, Intelex  

Why do Intelex and Enhesa partner with each other? 

Enhesa and Intelex started working together back in 2013 as there were clear mutual benefits of partnering. On the one hand, Intelex is a market leading EHSQ software platform and enables clients to manage their EHS program in one central platform, including compliance with EHS laws. On the other hand, Enhesa is the global market leader in providing analysis of global EHS laws and regulations, packaged as “regulatory content.” This means there is no overlap in what both companies provide, but a lot of mutual benefits in working together to serve our mutual clients’ end goals – which is ultimately to look after the safety of their employees and the natural environment in which they operate. 

Another way to look at it is by taking the analogy of a CD or Cassette player (remember those?). In this example, Intelex … Read more...

How Poor Quality is Costing Your Organization

The Cost of Poor Quality (COPQ) and its consequences can be difficult for organizations to measure, and it can be a struggle to convince executive stakeholders that Quality improvement projects to mitigate COPQ have real value and are not simply cost centers. The primary consequences of COPQ are the most obvious. Costs associated with process failures inside the organization include:

  • Excess scrap and waste material created by inefficient manufacturing processes,
  • Rework on defective or damaged products before they ship to market, and
  • Retesting and analyzing processes and procedures to determine point of failure.

If poor Quality is not caught before products or services make their way to end customers, the external costs can include those associated with:

  • Lawsuits,
  • Recalls,
  • Warranties,
  • Complaints,
  • Returns,
  • Repairs, and
  • Field support.

The traditional cost of poor Quality has usually been assumed to be between four percent and five percent of an organization’s annual revenue.[i]Read more...

ISO 45001 Challenges Leaders to Lead the Way

DOWNLOAD NOW ButtonThe effectiveness and ultimate success of any health and safety regulation or standard really does begin and end with leadership.

Full commitment and support by top business management in driving corporate-wide adherence to and support of regulations, policies and guidelines for safety, quality and pretty much any other regulatory directive is essential. It’s the power behind the punch.

That leaders need to lead is hardly an Earth-shattering revelation. But it’s a refreshing and necessary guiding principle behind the upcoming ISO 45001 standard, set for publication in April. The International Labour Organization estimates more than 7,600 people die each day from work-related accidents or diseases – over 2.78 million people every year.

This new standard spells out requirements for an occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) through a framework intended to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions.

What sets ISO 45001 apart is an … Read more...

FDA’s New FSMA Rules Mean Hard Times for Old Compliance Tracking

Food and beverage companies would be well-served by moving away from paper-based compliance systems and replacing them with modern, automated solutions.

Regulations contained in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food and Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) have made the food industry safer, improved product quality, and reduced food recalls. They have helped businesses focus on quality and manage suppliers in a more efficient and proactive way. This has minimized their costs of incidents associated with noncompliance, such as reinspections, food recalls, and even brand and reputation damages.

For most companies, FSMA has meant:

  • An increase in the frequency of inspections. Implementation of a prevention-based food management solution and a food safety plan is now a requirement for compliance.
  • Supplier verification. Companies that import foods internationally must ensure their suppliers are verified and their food products are safe.
  • More intensive sampling and testing of food. This requirement has placed an enormous
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EHSQ Community | Musculoskeletal Disorders

Community member Kamran Akhavan Attari discusses the importance of Organizations moving from the traditional “compliance” focus, to taking actions to help management and workers think about safety first when carrying out their responsibilities.  We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional community, and share your knowledge with other members.

  • Understanding how thought processes impact safety with member Kamran Akhavan Attari
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders: Is Your Workforce Protected? by Michael Kim and Matthew Marino
  • What are good leading safety indicators?  asks member Jerry Mathis
  • Are you sure your Workforce is protected from Musculoskeletal Disorders? by Tamara Parris

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EHSQ Community | OSHA and ISO 45001 Updates

Community Expert member Eric J Conn shares an update on the OSHA’s Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Data Submission and Anti-Retaliation Rule.  We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional community, and share your knowledge with other members.

  • OSHA’s Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Data Submission and Anti-Retaliation Rule with member Eric J Conn
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders: Is Your Workforce Protected? by Michael Kim and Matthew Marino
  • Next steps for ISO 45001 September 2017 by member Chris J Ward
  • Ask you ISO 45001 questions in our ISO 45001 OHSMS group

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EHSQ Community | ISO 45001

Our EHSQ members Chris J Ward and Jane Standerwick share an update from the ISO 45001 draft – update July 20th results ballot announcement. We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional community, and share your knowledge with other members.

  • ISO 45001 draft – update from July 20th results ballot announcement by Chris J Ward and Jane Standerwick
  • Organizational Behavior and Corporate Culture: The impact on Safety Management and Practices by Dr. Judith Erickson, Dave Rebbitt and our member Jim Loud
  • 3 Ways to Improve Your Company’s Safety and Employee Morale member Nicky Gomez
  • The Power of Change- MidWest EHS MIS User Group Event member Kay Eileraas

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The Conscious EHSQ Conversation: Our First with Vinay Nair, SVP of Marketing

The Conscious EHSQ Conversation

The company announcement has been made, the press release published, and the personal notice made to his social network; now, Vinay Nair shares why he came to Intelex, a leading provider of Environmental, Health & Safety and Quality Management (EHSQ) software, and how the mission of the company and its customers aligns with his own personal beliefs.

Vinay, tell us about your introduction to Intelex and the EHSQ industry.

When I was first approached about the Senior Vice President position at Intelex, I was surprised to say I was unaware of the company and knew very little about the EHSQ market. Having been an analyst that had covered the Canadian Enterprise Applications market, I prided myself on knowing the key players in the country. All this time, Intelex had grown into a formidable SaaS company right in the heart of Toronto and I missed it. But once I was introduced … Read more...