Mitigating Threats and Uncovering Opportunity: Learning About the Complexity of Risk

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the concept of risk-based thinking to worldwide attention. The global scale of the pandemic and the indiscriminate way in which the virus is transmitted mean that risk experts must consider a vast number of risk profiles when calculating the threat.

Consider this: COVID-19 can be transmitted from anyone to anyone, which means every single person on the planet is at risk. Yet the nature of the virus and the different contexts in which people live mean that not everyone shares the same level of risk. Elderly people and those with pre-existing conditions are at very high risk of serious complications from COVID-19, while young, healthy people are at a much lower level of risk.

The economy is facing an extreme risk from the disruption to the labor market and mandatory isolation of consumers who would normally be out spending money, yet fully digital enterprises like … Read more...

Are You Ready to Return to Work? Intelex Hosts Ready2Return Virtual Conference for Post-Pandemic Health & Safety and Business Continuity

The “new normal” of the post-pandemic workplace requires reimagining all aspects of the workplace, employee health and safety, and being ready for anything to ensure business continuity.

Intelex Technologies, ULC, a leading global provider of SaaS-based Environmental, Health, Safety and Quality (EHSQ) management software, is hosting a three-part post-pandemic workplace event, the Ready2Return Virtual Conference, taking place June 9, 16, and 23, 2020. Held over three consecutive Tuesdays, the free event is the first of its kind, bringing together a large, global community of experts and EHSQ practitioners to share best practices for the foreseeable phases in the re-opening of workplaces in the post-pandemic global economy. 
 
The “new normal” of the post-pandemic workplace requires reimagining all aspects of the workplace, employee health and safety, and being ready for anything to ensure business continuity. As the complexities that come along with returning employees to work and resuming business operations … Read more...

Driving Employee Engagement by Championing Microlearning Methods and Enhanced Communications Techniques

How bulletins and mircolearning can elevate employee engagement.


With the pace of business increasing at an accelerating rate, people managers often find themselves having to process new information very quickly as well as transfer this new-found knowledge to their direct reports. With each learner having his or her own way of processing information, this can, at times, be quite a feat.

As a result, experts in the training space have championed learning styles that have yielded positive outcomes for a high number of individuals. Of these, one approach that has had a noticeable impact is mircrolearning.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

Driving Progress through Bursts of Learning | Microlearning Simplified


Let’s start with the meaning of microlearning. Simply stated, it is “learning in small steps.” While that may not seem innovative at first, once you learn the benefits it provides, you’ll realize how underutilized a concept is has been … Read more...

What Is a Process Hazard Analysis and When Should You Do One?

When done correctly, a process hazard analysis identifies, evaluates, and controls the hazards found in processes that involve hazardous chemicals.

A process hazard analysis (PHA) is a set of organized and systematic assessments of the potential hazards associated with an industrial process in order to prevent and mitigate risks. When done correctly, a PHA identifies, evaluates, and controls the hazards found in processes that involve hazardous chemicals.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires PHAs to be updated and revalidated every five years. However, PHAs must be updated if aspects of your process change, including the addition or subtraction of equipment or hazardous substances or any change that could introduce a new hazard into the workplace.

Bad Process Safety = Bad Headlines

Every company wants to make headlines for great business practices, increasing profits, being recognized as an employer of choice, and being perceived as an asset to the … Read more...

Ready to Return: Our Return-To-Work Tools Can Help You Safely and Successfully Reopen Your Workplace

Cleaning, disinfecting, decontamination, and ventilation of the work area is an important step in returning employees safely to the workplace.

As a result of COVID-19, it is no longer business as usual. As businesses ramp back up, employers need a plan to reopen keeping safety and productivity top of mind.

Your COVID-19 Preparedness Plan should establish the policies, practices and conditions necessary to meet the regulatory requirements where you do business.

What Your RTW Plan Should Address

The plan should include and describe how your business will implement, at a minimum, the following:

  • Infection prevention measures;
  • Prompt identification and isolation of sick workers;
  • Engineering and administrative controls for social distancing;
  • Cleaning, disinfecting, decontamination, and ventilation of the work area;
  • Communications and training for managers and workers necessary to implement the plan; and
  • Provision of management and supervision necessary to ensure effective ongoing implementation of the plan.

If you are a … Read more...

Dangerous Drivers: Roads Are Less Crowded but Riskier

Distracted drivers, the presence of greater numbers of bicyclists and pedestrians, and speeding have contributed to an increase in roadway fatalities.

If you’re like me, you’ve noticed an uptick in risky driving in the past couple of months. Although there are fewer cars on the roads, I’ve noticed drivers weaving in and out of traffic in alarming ways. My area has experienced multiple fatality crashes attributed to speeds of up to 100 mph. I’ve witnessed drivers ignoring traffic signals and traffic signs, cutting off other drivers, and generally behaving badly.

Apparently, it’s a thing: Preliminary estimates and data from the National Safety Council are showing emptier but riskier roads during COVID-19 pandemic. Despite fewer vehicles on the road, roadway deaths have increased.

Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council show that as Americans began driving less and covering fewer miles, the emptier roads became more lethal. Early data indicate a … Read more...

How a Robust EHS Solution can Help you Address COVID-19 Related Challenges in your Organization

With the profusion of COVID-19 related information readily available, it’s critical to focus on the things you can control and to create an action-based plan of attack. While creating long-term plans is important, there are actions that should be taken today.

It makes sense to start with identifying the resources and tools that you need to successfully protect employees. Once you’ve established buy-in from leadership, develop a dedicated task force (if possible) that combines EHS, quality, production, human resources and other internal shareholders who can help develop a return-to-work strategy. Once that task force has been created, the next step is to identify the tools required to address this.

Gaining Insights from Organizations Who Launched Employee Benefit-Focused COVID-19 Response Programs

Since the outbreak of this pandemic, there have been some companies that have introduced some innovative solutions to manage issues they have faced related to COVID-19. These success stories have … Read more...

Learning to Thrive: Learning Disabilities in the Workplace

Elisa Blasi is a Senior Technical Training Specialist at Intelex, and has learned that sometimes, standing out in the crowd is a good thing.

At a very young age I was diagnosed with a learning disability, which would impact the way I read, write, and understand numbers for the rest of my life. From that point on, I lived in constant fear of being outed as the student who was different and who was perceived as stupid.

As a child, I would have given anything to fit in. I wanted to blend in with all the other students who could take notes from the board and read aloud to the enter classroom.

Today, I am a Senior Technical Training Specialist at Intelex. I travel around the world and train large groups of subject matter experts on environmental, health, safety, and quality applications. I develop training roll-out strategies and customize learning … Read more...

OSHA Guidance for the Construction Industry During Coronavirus Disease 2019

OSHA recently published COVID-19 Guidance for the Construction Workforce.

(This Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) blog is reprinted with permission from the authors and from the law firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP.)

We have issued several GT Alerts on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Our first Alert, published Jan. 31, 2020, provided general information on OSHA requirements and steps for employers to consider as COVID-19 began to appear in the United States, before work shutdown and shelter orders were in place.

The second alert, published March 25, 2020, provided guidance for essential workers. The third alert, published April 14, 2020, examined whether an employee’s COVID-19 case is work-related and recordable. This fourth alert covers recently published guidance provided by OSHA for the construction industry, “COVID-19 Guidance for the Construction Workforce.”

List of COVID-19 Recommendations

Although OSHA targeted the construction industry, this concise list … Read more...

Using Mobility to Increase Business Agility

With the Intelex mobile application, every employee can report real-time data on incidents where and when they occur, allowing for accelerated response and resolution anytime, anywhere, on any device.

Protecting the health and safety of your employees and ensuring product quality is a 24/7/365 job. Keeping employees productive, aware, and engaged is a critical component of your EHSQ program.

The Intelex Mobile application helps you simplify data intake, and get communications and best practices to the right people at the right time. It also will help you build an engaged workforce for improved EHSQ program adoption.

The fifth webinar in Intelex’s Product Webinar series focuses on Intelex Mobile. The webinar is Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 10 am. The webinar will feature Aaron Davis, Senior Product Marketing Manager, and Dylan Adams, Senior Product Solutions Consultant. They will demonstrate:

  • How mobility can increase efficiency and productivity, and build business agility  
  • How
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