10 Tips to Prevent Workplace Injuries

Each day, millions of workers head to manufacturing facilities, oil and gas refineries, mines, shipyards, airlines, food distribution hubs, farms, stores and more. Thousands of workers won’t return home from work.

Over 1 million work-related deaths occur annually, according to estimates from the International Labour Organisation and hundreds of millions of workers suffer from workplace injuries and occupational exposure to hazardous substances worldwide.

These fatal injuries and illnesses are emotionally and financially devastating for the workers and their families. For employers, the loss of an employee in a workplace incident results in the loss of a coworker and friend, in many cases, as well as possible citations and fines for violations of workplace safety and health standards, the cost of medical bills, lost productivity, workers’ compensation insurance increases and low morale among the workforce.

The best way to avoid these disruptions and costs is to eliminate workplace hazards. Read our … Read more...

Is Your Workplace Safety Culture Lagging, Leading or Transformational?

When a workforce buys into safety, good things happen. When everyone from the CEO to the rookie shipper/receiver comes to work each day recognizing how important safety is to them and their colleagues, the number of fatalities, injuries and near misses invariably starts to plummet.

As any EHS professional will tell you, increasing engagement in safety is easier said than done. Competing priorities, such as rigid product ship dates, unforgiving supply chain schedules and other factors tied directly to the bottom line, can have a negative impact on safety practices and the safety culture. It’s only when buy-in occurs at all levels – from the C-suite to the newest employee – that culture can be transformed. 

Fortunately, robust new technologies and modern workplace health and safety approaches like Human and Organizational Performance (HOP) are providing companies with a greater ability than ever before to increase engagement levels across the enterprise. … Read more...

The 5 Basic Principles of HOP (Human and Organizational Performance)


Conversation is imperative for HOP and most critical to success. Active listening and learning (worker-to-worker and worker-to-management) is necessary to understand where failure and loss is possible.

Human and Organizational Performance systems, better known as HOP, have garnered much recent discussion and interest by many organizations, who see it as a better approach to improving safety performance. The premise of HOP is the idea that human error is inevitable so perhaps through better process systems management and analysis, organizations might lessen the effect of human error through the promotion of defenses that reduce risk.  

It is with this thinking that organizations can build management system robustness by understanding how workers perform their daily work tasks and then understanding what the gaps or errors are within the management system and close the gaps through what is commonly referred to as defenses. 

Conversation is imperative for HOP and most critical to success. Active listening and learning (worker-to-worker and worker-to-management) is necessary to understand where failure and loss is possible. It requires looking back at past events where loss was experienced, reviewing the present where errors are armed and ready to strike, and it’s an eye into the future to identify certain job tasks that promote the chance … Read more...

Expert Connect: Planning for Long-Term ESG Management Success

Don’t miss our next Expert Connect session on August 4 about ESG management: “How To Position Your Business For Long-Term ESG Success.”

ESG – Environment, Social, and Governance – is an extremely hot topic among the financial community, business leaders, investors, governments and even the general public. For the capital-focused stakeholders, ESG metrics present a robust, non-financial way to assess risk exposure. For morality-focused stakeholders, ESG metrics help demonstrate how much a company concerns itself with being a force for net-positive change.  

“Whatever the reason, ESG management, reporting and performance needs to be top of mind for businesses around the globe. But where do you start? How do prepare for elevated investor scrutiny, potential new regulation, or elevated social pressure? How do you get a handle on your carbon footprint and report it to customers? How do you ensure a strong ESG posture versus your direct competitors and peers?” asked … Read more...

Manufacturing: Surviving our New Normal

By early 2020, manufacturing had regained much of the momentum it lost after the 2008 recession. Then the pandemic hit, bringing with it staffing and supply chain woes.

(The following is an excerpt from our report, The New Retool: Pivoting Manufacturing To Be Ready for Anything.)

As the COVID-19 pandemic exploded around the globe, it’s not surprising the industry that makes personal protective equipment (PPE) rapidly ramped up production. The demand for N95 respirators and a range of other vital protective equipment like faceshields, gloves, atmosphere-supplying respirators (supplied-air respirators (SARs), self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBAs) and combination SARs/SCBAs) and protective garments initially overwhelmed supply.

A video from the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) – “Beyond the Mask” – shows how the PPE industry responded to the unprecedented challenges posed by the worst public-health crisis in a century.

“Beyond the Mask” reveals the behind-the-scenes work involved in getting PPE into … 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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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.

Our … Read more...