EPA: Existing Owners of Upstream Oil and Natural Gas Facilities Can Perform Self-Audits to Return to Compliance

EPA offers a new temporary program in an effort to improve compliance, environmental outcomes.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has temporarily expanded its voluntary self-audit and disclosure program for upstream oil and natural gas facilities by giving existing owners the opportunity to use EHS audits to find, correct and self-disclose Clean Air Act violations. EPA believes this self-audit program will motivate facilities to participate and start making the necessary changes to their equipment to address violations and return to compliance, improving air quality in surrounding communities.

“Upstream oil and natural gas facilities sometimes can have numerous emission violations. By temporarily expanding our self-audit program to existing owners, we expect more facilities to return to environmental compliance. This incentive to identify, correct, and self-disclose violations will provide additional public health and environmental protection in the surrounding communities,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Susan Bodine.

EPA is making …

‘If we don’t pass the audit, you can fire me’: Achieving the flawless EMS audit


Joey Ebanks, EHS and Training Manager for Caribbean Utilities Company (CUC) and Intelex client, dropped by the Intelex offices in Toronto, Canada this week to make a presentation to Intelexians on how CUC is using Intelex software, and how it has boosted the performance of its EHS programs.

Below is an excerpt from his presentation, an excellent anecdote that reflects Joey’s confidence as he entered an audit of his environmental management system (EMS) last month:

“In April we had a surveillance audit. The auditor came back in to look at 50 per cent of our EMS system. And I actually took the weekend off and went to Fort Lauderdale, had some fun. My boss, our VP, was very upset that I was not there, making sure everyone was ready for the audit. But I was absolutely sure we were ready. In fact I said to him, ‘I’m 99 … Read more...

Intelex Chosen as TL 9000 Quality Management System For Telenor Pakistan

We’re pleased to announce that Intelex has been chosen by Telenor Pakistan to provide them with a web-based software solution designed to address all aspects of an effective telecommunications quality management program including document control, nonconformance and corrective-action tracking, and audits management, etc.

Telenor Pakistan is a subsidiary of Telenor ASA – a telecommunications service provider in 13 countries across Europe and Asia. Since its launch in 2005, Telenor Pakistan has become the single largest direct European investment in Pakistan to date, which as a result has contributed to its success as the fastest growing mobile network in the country, with coverage reaching deep into many of the most remote areas of Pakistan.

When Telenor Pakistan began shopping for a software provider, they identified several requirements for the solution that would best meet their needs, the top three being an easy-to-use document control system, a reliable audits management program, and … Read more...

Profiting Without Paper

Profiting Without PaperThe May 2009 issue of Information Week Canada features an article by Richard Bray called “Pushing paper, right out the door: How an Ottawa company wound up in a paperless place.”  The article focuses on the pains and successes that OCM Manufacturing experienced during the transition to a paperless office. After their first paper-based attempt at ISO 9000 certification failed and hundreds of thousands of pieces of paper had to be destroyed Michael Julian, CEO at OCM, decided that the second attempt at ISO 9000 compliance was going to be a lot different, it was going to be completely paperless! Post-transition Julian says “Ask anybody around here, they wouldn’t ever want to go to a paper system, in both ISO documentation and in manufacturing documentation.”

“The bottom line benefits of eliminating paper have meant money in the bank. Since the paperless push began, OCM Manufacturing has eliminated at least three … Read more...

The ASQ World Conference for Quality and Improvement: May 18-20, 2009

The ASQ World Conference for Quality and Improvement is being held at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota from May 18-20, 2009. This year, Intelex will be sending three representatives; Bevin Lyon, Daniel Marcus, and Tomas Kuras. The guys will be available for live demonstrations of our:

  • Quality Management System
  • Nonconformance & Corrective Actions Module
  • Document Control System
  • Training Management System
  • Supplier Performance Tracking Module
  • Audits Management System, and more.

If you’re already using Intelex’s software please stop by for a visit! It’s always great to catch up with clients.… Read more...

Using Technology to Cultivate a Culture of Safety

Workplace accidents and fatalities are a common occurrence, but many safety incidents could have been avoided through improved training management, accurate data reporting, internal audits, and generating a culture of safety within an organization.

The American Society of Safety Engineers has published a great, unbiased article titled “Technically Safe: Gaining 360◦ Visibility with Technology” by Peter Thiveos. The article addresses the key components of a successful safety management program, business rules and practical solutions, the value of designating a safety champion, and the benefits of using technology to improve an organization’s safety performance.

Mr. Thiveos speaks to the need for a comprehensive system that addresses multiple facets including; training and certification management, incident and observation management, records and document management, risk assessment, monitoring and audit management, and corrective action management. “While all these systems have inherent benefits independently, collectively they provide unparalleled functionality and improvements in managing, compiling and reporting … Read more...

Make Your Job Easier with the OpenPass API

Technologies has released its latest software innovation, the Intelex OpenPass
API, a revolutionary application programming interface that will enable its
users to sync and report data between multiple business management systems.

The Intelex
OpenPass API functions as a conduit for seamlessly feeding data between
multiple software programs. This means that Intelex’s environment, quality, and health & safety, and business management Software can now share data with pre-existing
business software applications; thereby, saving time and resources while
maintaining a degree of accuracy that’s difficult to achieve when data is
transmitted manually.

The City of Calgary
and St. Gobain are the first Intelex clients to take advantage of the OpenPass
API.  The City of Calgary used our
OpenPass API to import employee and location data from their pre-existing HR system
into their Intelex System. They also used the OpenPass API to export employee
injury data (i.e., incident number with date …

Help Desk On Site

Notes from the Help DeskHey Blog readers!  With the release of Intelex 5 officially in the books, the Client Relations Team, in addition to posting free Intelex-Exchange content, would like to continue sharing success stories and other interesting musings/developments from the world of Intelex.

Just prior to the release, Project Consultant Devon Ambrose, along with Help Desk Team Lead Jeff Preager, had the opportunity to visit with Kikkoman Foods Inc., in Walworth, Wisconsin for the purpose of conducting on site training.  If you’ve ever used soy sauce in any of your gastronomic culinary experiments, I’m positive Kikkoman is a company you’re familiar with.

Using Intelex’s Environmental and Safety Management Systems, this particular training session focused on Safety Incident Reporting, Document Control, Audit Management, Safety Meetings, Hazards and Risk Assessment, and reporting (Dashboard and Scorecard building). 

Several factors helped make it unique: the most intriguing of which was an Intelex initiative to enhance Help Desk … Read more...

Enhance Standard Safety Incident Reporting

Intelex is happy to bring you the following Standard Safety Incidents (SSI) reporting tools free of charge on the Intelex-Exchange.  Two Dashboards along with a multitude of Scorecards and Configurable Reports aim to help make your SSI reporting process even more effective

Standard Safety Incidents Dashboard (1)

Standard Safety Incidents Dashboard (2)

Standard Safety Incidents – Total Incidents This Year by Month

Standard Safety Incidents – Total Incidents This Year

Standard Safety Incidents – Incidents in Last 90 Days

Standard Safety Incidents – Incidents in Last

Standard Safety Incidents – Rates for the Current Year

Standard Safety Incidents – Incidents Current Year vs. Previous Year

Standard Safety Incidents – Incidents Current Year vs. Previous Year (Graphical)

Standard Safety Incidents – Incidents by Status by Month

Standard Safety Incidents – Incidents by Stages

Standard Safety Incidents – Search by Record ID

Standard Safety Incidents

New Audits Management Dashboard

Attention Audit Module users!  A new Audits Management Dashboard is available for free download from the Intelex-Exchange.  You can also download several of the Scorecards and Reports used to build it.  As always, feel free to comment on how these products have helped your business or organization.


Audit Management Dashboard


Outstanding Audits – Current Year
Outstanding Follow-up Audits – Current Year


Outstanding Audit Follow-up Actions