Is COVID-19 the Most Powerful Catalyst for Permanent Workplace Change?

While some precautions and new ways of working were temporary during the initial pandemic outbreak – like masking while at work – others are here to stay, such as remote work for digital knowledge workers and labor market disruptions related to “essential” workers.

COVID-19 has been the most powerful catalyst for workplace change and technology adoption during these past three years. It has also placed new stresses on workers and given pause to the notion of what occupational safety in today’s workplace means.

“The most obvious future-of-work trend today is the role that SARS Coronavirus 2 (COVID-19) has played in our immediate past, the role its many variants and sub-variants play in our present day and what role the coronavirus will play in our future. It is a megatrend that may dictate how future work is organized,” says John Howard, the director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and … Read more...

The Data Collection Components of a Safety Management System

Safety Management Systems report essential business information, ensure compliance requirements, help to manage risks and improve operational performance.
Safety Management Systems report essential business information, ensure compliance requirements, help to manage risks and improve operational performance.

The scope and maturity of a safety management system (SMS) to manage safety risk in the workplace varies by industry type, location and company because some are more regulated than others and that dictates the level of maturity and robustness a system requires. However, there are common components every SMS has, including:

Incident Reporting to capture, track, investigate and report on all incidents and near-misses, including injuries and illnesses, spills, property damage and vehicle incidents.

Audit Management that includes scheduling, tracking, data collection and reporting for all internal or external audits to simplify and ensure compliance across all company locations and operating jurisdictions.

Document Control that improves document management across the complete lifecycle of an organization’s compliance efforts and activities. It’s important to control access to sensitive files, forms … Read more...

ESG Considerations Mean We Must Change the Way We Think About Risk

Mitigating ESG risk in a world of seemingly constant disruption isn’t an easy task, but there is help. Risk frameworks are critical for incorporating risk-based thinking for ESG into your organization’s strategic vision.
Mitigating ESG risk in a world of seemingly constant disruption isn’t an easy task, but there is help. Risk frameworks are critical for incorporating risk-based thinking for ESG into your organization’s strategic vision.

In his annual letter to CEOs, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink described the decarbonization of the economy as “the greatest investment opportunity of our lifetime.” He also noted that “we focus on sustainability not because we’re environmentalists, but because we’re capitalists and fiduciaries to our clients.” In other words, ESG’s focus on sustainable economies that serve the interests of diverse stakeholders is a fundamental tenet of capitalism.

However, Fink sounds a note of caution regarding the risks involved in ESG. “It will also leave behind companies that don’t adapt, regardless of what industry they are in,” Fink says. “And just as some companies risk being left behind, so do cities and countries that don’t plan for the future. … Read more...

NSC Publishes Guidelines for Serious Injury and Fatality Prevention

Serious injury and fatality prevention is dependent on effectively identifying and controlling risk.
Serious injury and fatality prevention is dependent on effectively identifying and controlling risk.

The National Safety Council’s (NSC) Campbell Institute – Center of EHS Excellence recently released details of two frameworks described as “a new direction for research on leading indicators” for serious injury and fatality (SIF) prevention.

In a white paper titled, Serious Injury and Fatality Prevention: Leading Indicators, Cumulative Risk and Safety Networks, cumulative risk assessment and social network analysis are proposed as SIF prevention frameworks. The research involved a working group tasked to define a set of key leading indicators relevant for SIF prevention and interviews were conducted with nine Campbell Institute member organizations as the basis for the white paper’s recommendations.  

Representatives from organizations interviewed shared details about their data collection efforts and analysis strategies, leading indicators related to SIF prevention, leadership and employee engagement around SIF prevention and the challenges their organizations have faced. … Read more...

Cory: No Waste from Waste

By focusing on recycling and resource recovery, Cory keeps materials in use for as long as possible and helps grow London’s circular economy.

Cory’s goal is to ensure London has a safe, clean and sustainable way of managing its recyclable and non-recyclable waste. The company uses a river-based infrastructure to help London manage its recyclable and non-recyclable waste, making the city cleaner and safer.

Founded in the mid–late 1800s and incorporated 125 years ago in 1896 as W.M. Cory & Son, the company has evolved from a coal distribution company on the River Thames into one of the UK’s leading waste management, recycling and energy recovery companies. Their vision is to be partner of choice for sustainable waste management throughout London and the South East of England.

The company’s vision is to be the partner of choice for sustainable waste management for London, with the objective of preventing unnecessary … Read more...

Don’t Fall For It: The National Fall Safety Stand Down Aims to Reduce Construction Falls

While falls from heights often are a focus in construction, falls to the same level can be fatal and should be included in your fall safety training.
While falls from heights often are a focus in construction, falls to the same level can be fatal and cause thousands of serious injuries a year as well and should be included in your fall safety education and training.

Falls are among the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 351 of the 1,008 construction fatalities recorded in 2020 (BLS data), which is why OSHA holds the National Safety Stand Down to Prevent Falls in Construction every year. This year, the stand down is May 2-6.

In 2020, 805 workers died in falls, and 211,640 were injured badly enough to require days off of work. Workers don’t have to fall from a high level to suffer fatal injuries; 136 workers were killed in falls on the same level in … Read more...

Workers’ Memorial Day: Remembering the Dead, Fighting for the Living

On April 28 every year, the world pauses to remember and honor the workers who have died from workplace injuries and illnesses. The day serves as a reminder that we must work together to achieve safer and healthier workplaces and a more sustainable world.  

At Intelex, we’ve dedicated our careers to preventing death on the job and protecting the planet. We are proud sponsors of the National Safety Council’s Work to Zero initiative, which helps educate employers about new technological safety advancements that promise to reduce and ultimately end workplace deaths by the year 2050. For 30 years, Intelex has understood that data and technology play a critical role in reducing workplace incidents, making an aspirational goal like zero workplace deaths by 2050 achievable.  

Each year, on Workers’ Memorial Day, we stop to remember why we are so passionate about our work. 

According to the International Labour Organization, an … Read more...

Lessons from the U.S. Army Climate Change Strategy

As the threat of climate change becomes a reality, the world will become a more dangerous place. To meet this challenge, the U.S. Army has released its first climate change strategy.
As the threat of climate change becomes a reality, the world will become a more dangerous place. To meet this challenge, the U.S. Army has released its first climate change strategy.

One doesn’t usually think of the military as being concerned primarily with sustainability. However, the U.S. Army is proving that climate change preparation is necessary for every organization by releasing its first ever Climate Strategy. The strategy emphasizes making the Army more adaptive and resilient to a changing world while decarbonizing its operations in line with the government’s overall approach to meeting climate reduction targets.

This approach will be an important component of a strategy designed to increase the Army’s self-sufficiency and maintain its operational superiority in the face of climate-related disruption. The U.S. Army generates more pollution than 140 of the countries in the world, which means its sustainability efforts will make a significant contribution to international … Read more...

Earth Day & Emissions: Net Zero Needed by 2050 to Limit Global Warming

Emissions must be dramatically reduced within this decade and decline to net zero by 2050 to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

If you follow this blog, you’ve heard us mention our support of efforts to eliminate death on the job by 2050. These efforts are part of the Work to Zero initiative from the National Safety Council. Funded by the McElhattan FoundationWork to Zero is making innovation more accessible by helping employers explore the value of safety technology and how to determine an organization’s readiness for adopting new technology solutions.

But eliminating death on the job isn’t the only “zero” we’re thinking about. On April 5, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the third part of its Sixth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change. The other parts of the report is AR6 Synthesis Report: Climate Change 2022 and AR6 Climate Change 2022: Read more...

How the War in Ukraine Is Impacting ESG and Supply Chain

Business resiliency and crisis management are more critical than ever, and supply chains that can adapt quickly to global disruption by developing diverse supplier relationships should become the norm and not the exception.

Russian’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022 marked a radical shift in global geopolitics. Almost two years after the COVID-19 pandemic caused unprecedented global disruption, the rapid changes across Eastern Europe has further demonstrated that the world as it existed in 2019 is over.

As Blackrock’s Larry Fink has pointed out, the era of globalization that we’ve come to consider the natural order of things over the last 30 years is over. Only time will tell what the implications of these events will be. In the meantime, organizations will have to come to terms with new ways of working in a world in which cataclysmic disruptions can happen in a day and change the global landscape … Read more...