ILO Director-General Urges G20 to Focus on a Human-Centered Pandemic Recovery

In 2020, the equivalent of 161 million full-time jobs were lost in the G20, and 255 million in the world as a whole.

Speaking at the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meeting in Catania, Italy, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder emphasised the need to prevent long-term scarring of economies and societies and to shape an inclusive, sustainable and resilient response that leaves no one behind.

“We are all aware of the devastating impact of the pandemic on our health, our lives, our societies, our economies,” said Ryder, adding, “It has had a cataclysmic impact on the world of work.”

He went on to highlight three aspects of the pandemic and how the impact was felt in the workplace.

In 2020, he noted, the equivalent of 161 million full time jobs were lost in the G20, and 255 million in the world as a whole. As a result:

  • The number of people
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How Does Refrigerant Management Help Save the Environment?

The COVID pandemic and ambitious drive to vaccinate the global population made the capacity and integrity of the cold chain as part of supply chain management even more important.

Every day, billions of tons of cargo move around the world by sea, air, rail and road. Much of this cargo is food, beverages and pharmaceuticals that require temperature-controlled transportation to prevent spoilage.

A temperature-controlled supply chain is often called the “cold chain,” a series of refrigerated production, transportation, storage and distribution activities that maintain and monitor a consistent and correct temperature appropriate to the item being transported. For example, fish products must be transported at -18°C, meat and fresh dairy products at + 6 °C while fresh fruit and vegetables need temperatures between 0°C to 16°C depending on the type. Any deviation, however minor, can destabilize the safety of the goods, force an expensive recall and/or result in spoilage and … Read more...

Summer Reading: Blog Posts You Might Have Missed

Missed a few blogs? Here’s an opportunity to catch up on your reading!

Have You Started Planning for Post-Pandemic Procurement?
Many organizations now are considering more options, such as repatriation and re-shoring, to increase the agility of their supply chains.

Are You Ready to Build a Principle-Based Safety Culture?
Is worker safety and health the foundation upon which everything else at your organization is built?

Data Quality – It’s a Dirty Job, but Someone’s Got To Do It
Forty-seven percent of newly-created data records have at least one critical (e.g., work-impacting) error.

Changing Business for Good: Why I Do What I Do
Rowing in the same direction: Gavin Stephenson exlains why he’s proud to be part of the Intelex team.

Mining Pain Points and Solutions: How Technology Makes the Difference
Our infographic highlights some interesting mine safety and health facts, pain points and solutions.

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The Deep End: Four Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Risk It When It Comes to Corporate Compliance

Everyone has a different risk tolerance. For example, I recently discovered that my risk tolerance for pool access is higher then previously thought.

It took three hours to get each kid ready for the pool. one hour of which was spent agonizing over an outfit. There were last minute diaper changes, food requests and preparatory complications. Once we finally made it to the pool, nature intervened, and one kid had to return home. In the meantime, it was closing time for the pool and rather than have her miss pool time, I decided I was going into the pool with her even though it was against pool rules.

The lifeguard confronted me, and I challenged him to fine me for that extra little bit of pool time. He admitted he had no authority to do that, but he said he could suspend me instead. In the end nothing happened, but … Read more...

Expert Advice about Using Control of Work to Leverage Your Safety Performance

Don’t miss our next Expert Connect session on July 14: Leveraging Safety Performance through Control of Work.

For most safety and health professionals, regardless of career maturity, their role most likely is involved with building management systems and implementing programs based on the risks residing in the work system.

For the July session of Expert Connect, we will explore an essential, but often overlooked, part of the safety management system called Control Of Work (COW). COW is used to request, review, authorize, document and control risks before tasks are performed by the worker. In addition, we will look at more granular elements like permit to work, hazards identification, isolation management and risk assessment.

COW has quickly become an identified best practice across the globe to gain and maintain better control of worker safety. This is a session you don’t want to miss, according to one of our panelists, Eric Fishman, … Read more...

The Top 10+1 Hot Tips for Summer Safety

Everyone wants to enjoy summer fun and activities. That said, there are hazards associated with most summer activities. Here are some tips to protect yourself and your family from summer safety hazards.

1. Heat Safety

The first thing most people think about when they hear “summer safety” is heat stress and heat-related illness. The human body normally can regulate its temperature through sweating, unless it is exposed to more heat than it can handle. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can escalate rapidly, leading to delirium, organ damage and even death.

People at every age are at risk of suffering from a heat-related illness, but infants, those over 65 and people who are ill or have chronic health conditions or have certain medical conditions are more vulnerable. When temperatures soar or when spending time outside in hot weather, take extra breaks and drink lots of water. For employees who must work … Read more...

Intelex Pulls Ahead, Receives EcoVadis Silver Sustainability Rating for its Commitment to ESG

Research has shown time and time again that companies with strong ESG performance can weather economic downturns better, are less likely to experience catastrophic incidents, attract better talent and deliver above-baseline ROIs.
Research has shown time and time again that companies with strong ESG performance can weather economic downturns better, are less likely to experience catastrophic incidents, attract better talent and deliver above-baseline ROI.

EcoVadis recently announced that Intelex Technologies, ULC scored in the top 17% of software companies assessed by EcoVadis for corporate social responsibility and sustainability. Intelex has made a commitment to the principles of environment, social and governance (ESG), including global sustainability, labour and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement. Investors increasingly are applying these non-financial factors to their analysis process to identify material risks and growth opportunities.

“Holding ourselves accountable for continuous improvement in sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and ESG is a key priority for Intelex,” said Justin McElhattan, president of Intelex. “Our Silver Rating and improved performance in the most recent EcoVadis assessment demonstrates our commitment to be a trustworthy, responsible business that’s driving change in … Read more...

Mining Pain Points and Solutions: How Technology Makes the Difference

Approximately 230,000 miners work across 11,500 metal/nonmetal mines in the U.S., while 64,000 work in the nation’s 1,000 coal mines. The mining sector employs 3.7 million+ workers worldwide.

In 2020, mining-related deaths declined and the mining industry achieved its highest compliance with U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration health standards, which protect the long-term health and safety of miners. The year 2020 saw all-time-low average concentrations of respirable dust and respirable quartz in underground coal mines, as well as exposure to dust and quartz for miners at highest risk of overexposure to respirable dust.

That said, the agency issued thousands of citations in 2020 for violations of the Mine Safety and Health Act, and the fines for all of those citations add up to millions of dollars. And despite the good news of fewer fatal injuries and fewer citations, miners continue to die and be seriously injured at work.

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Changing Business for Good: Why I Do What I Do

Rowing in the same direction: Gavin Stephenson exlains why he’s proud to be part of the Intelex team.

(Gavin Stephenson is Director of Sales for Intelex in the EMEA region. He wrote this “blog” and posted it on LinkedIn with this explanation: “Intelex is on the lookout for great talent. Rather than simply posting a list of open roles, I wanted to explain why I do what I do … why I joined Intelex, why I love my job, why I think we are changing business for good and why this is a great opportunity for hungry, humble, smart people.”)

When I started my search for a new position some 3 years ago, I was keen to find a company that would be a long-term investment for me, I am not getting any younger after all!

It was also important to me to work for a company and with a … Read more...

Biden’s FY 2022 EPA Budget: $11.2 Billion with Focus on Environmental Justice and Science

U.S. President Joe Biden’s FY 2022 budget request of $11.2 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency makes historic investments in environmental justice, science and support for the agency’s state and local programs, and reverses years of declining operating budgets

Submitted to Congress on May 28, 2021, the budget advances key EPA priorities, including tackling climate change, advancing environmental justice, protecting public health, improving infrastructure, creating jobs and supporting and rebuilding the EPA workforce.

“The FY 2022 President’s Budget proposes the investments needed to advance EPA’s mission across the board. The budget boosts support to our state, local and Tribal partners, increases support for national treasures like the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay, accelerates job-creating water infrastructure improvements, elevates environmental justice across the agency, increases support for science and importantly, makes sure all EPA offices have the operational budgets and workforces they need to deliver for the American people,” said EPA Administrator … Read more...