Ready to Grow your Network? Connect with Industry Professionals at the EHSQ Alliance Conference!

Spend time this year getting to know the people in your industry. At the EHSQ Alliance Conference this April, you’ll have all kinds of opportunities to network, learn and collaborate with hundreds of users, Intelex personnel and industry experts. Check out some of our biggest programs yet!

Alliance in Action Zone
The Alliance in Action Zone offers the chance to expand your network and add life to a growing community. Take advantage of the myriad opportunities to forge new connections, learn from your talented peers and explore innovative solutions from both Intelex executives and industry-leading EHSQ professionals.  Whether you visit the product networking zone, sponsor and partner stations, the communal meeting tables or enjoy a treat with your peers, you’ll never want to leave!
Alliance Live
Kick back after a busy conference day and enjoy food, drinks, entertainment and great company! Join us at Bangers and choose a beer from … 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 …

Quality 4.0: It’s time for a QMS Revolution

Why is it time for a Quality Management System revolution?

The world is more complex than it used to be. Businesses around the globe rely heavily on one another through densely intertwined supply chains. Human biases lead to … Read more...

In Business, It’s All About Your Ideas, Intelex CEO Tells Students

Businesses succeed or fail on the quality of their ideas, not on the fanciness of the way those ideas are conveyed to management and other decision-makers.

That was just one piece of advice Intelex CEO Mark Jaine conveyed to students enrolled in a Management Consulting practicum at Toronto’s prestigious Rotman School of Management earlier this month. The two-week program is designed to give students real-world experience in providing consulting advice to a company.

“We have a saying at Intelex: It’s great ideas that win. It’s not about the presentation. I don’t care how glossy your binder is. It’s the substance that matters,” Jaine said.

An entrepreneur himself, Jaine was more than happy to spend time with a group of students embarking on their own business careers. And having a successful Canadian CEO in front of them for a few hours was a big benefit to the students, instructor Scott Rutherford … Read more...

Put people – not profits – first, and other lessons learned from visiting Toyota

Auto Manufacturing Line

In late November, a group of Intelex employees made the 100-kilometer trek from Toronto to Cambridge, Ont. to the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) Inc. plant. The highly cross-functional team included members from Sales, Marketing, Consulting and Implementation, Sales Engineering, Customer Engagement, Customer Success, and Product Management. We wanted to gain insight, first-hand, into the activities within a world-class automotive manufacturing company that exemplify an integrated EHSQ management system – before the impending holiday season and 2018 bomb cyclone made headlines!

The team prepared extensively for the tour. We wanted to maximize our learning while on site and help retain this information long-term. We looked at the history of Toyota to discover why it had become so successful and capable of producing award- winning quality products, while exceeding customer expectations. We learned that each vehicle manufactured at Toyota’s TMMC plant goes through over 4,800 quality checks before leaving the facility! … Read more...

Learn from the Experts at Our EHSQ Alliance Conference Sessions

The EHSQ Alliance Conference is fast approaching and our lineup of highly informative and engaging sessions continues to grow. Regardless of whether your focus is on Health & Safety, Environment, Quality or insight into the entire EHSQ industry, we have a number of high-value sessions that will keep you in the know on the latest developments in your practice area.

Register today and join us April 18-20, 2018 in Austin, Texas!

The EHSQ Alliance Conference (formerly the Intelex User Conference) offers EHSQ professionals a wealth of networking opportunities, industry expert keynotes, in-depth breakout sessions and much more!

Here’s a sample of the learning opportunities and hands-on training sessions that await you in Austin. For a full session list and the agenda, visit the EHSQ Alliance Conference website.

Health & Safety:

Ergonomics and IoT – How exoskeletons are changing our understanding of worker health

Active exoskeletons can be used as …

Four Reasons Why Life Sciences Organizations Are Moving Their QMS to the Cloud

Life sciences organizations, including pharmaceuticals, and medical device manufacturers, constantly look for ways to reduce risk, increase patient safety, and achieve operational excellence. To be successful in these three areas, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing companies need to have robust management systems in place. This is even more critical than in other industries where the breadth of regulatory requirements is not as vast.

Transforming their QMS to the cloud can help them achieve these strategic objectives. Along this digital transformation journey, software validation can be a challenge with varying degrees of intricacy across organizations. Causes can range from lack of experience and expertise to the complexity of internal and external stakeholders involved. Ultimately, no one wants to receive a 483 from the FDA due to noncompliance with 21 CFR 11, which will put an organization in a bind and ultimately impact patient safety.

As pharmaceuticals and medical device manufacturers look …

The Value of an Integrated Approach to EHSQ Management

We need to take a different approach to managing Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality (EHSQ) efforts. It involves doing away with the E – HS – Q siloed, fragmented approach where departments have little or no communication or collaboration amongst each other. Instead, take an approach that is based on all departments sharing data and working with each other in a highly cohesive and efficient way that saves time, money and effort.

The concept is known as an Integrated Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality (EHSQ) management system.

In many companies, department leaders share many of the same concerns: fragmented technology, poor metrics, cultural challenges, inconsistent support of upper management, and siloed processes. Wouldn’t it make sense to manage these similar challenges – and look for shared opportunities – under one framework?

According to a recent report from LNS Research, organizations that adopt an integrated EHSQ management system achieve … Read more...

Now’s Your Chance to Win an Intelex EHSQ Alliance Award

It’s time to celebrate the great work the Intelex community is doing in the EHSQ space, from their innovation, to their industry leadership to their continued commitment to health, safety, quality and the environment. We’re doing so with Intelex’s EHSQ Alliance Awards, which will showcase the biggest achievements in the industry by Intelex customers, partners and community members.

Does your company have an inspiring success story to share with the world? Are you making a significant impact within EHSQ? If so, we want to hear about it! Submissions are now open in the following categories:


Environmental Stewardship

Recognizes outstanding contributions and leadership in environmental management by a customer that uses Intelex.

Health & Safety Performance

Given to an Intelex customer that has demonstrated outstanding contributions towards organizational health and safety.

Quality Excellence

Recognizes leadership in quality management by a customer that uses Intelex.

Supplier Management

Awarded for …

4 Best Practices for Life Science Manufacturers to Manage Risk


Managing risk for life science organizations is often seen as simply a way to achieve and maintain industry compliance, and not as a means to improving operational performance.

That’s far from the perception in other industries, where effective risk management also supports continuous improvement and competitive differentiation.

Industry leaders in risk management are committed to continuous improvement programs, which drive down risks on existing products. The reality today is that the changing nature of risks requires adopting effective strategies to properly prioritize and mitigate them.

Arguably life science manufacturers should adopt a similar approach that takes advantage of best practices from across industries.

To that end, manufacturers should focus on:

Using a single unified framework for risk management

A unified framework allows the ability to compare risks, and execute continuous improvement measures. Many possible risk models exist, such as failure modes/failure effects/causes/controls/verification, or hazards/harms/controls/consequences. A unified model allows manufacturers to … Read more...