Worth its Weight in Gold: How Data Has Become the Driving Force Behind Effective EHSQ Decision-Making

Data and analysis to drive decision-making

In the words of acclaimed engineer, statistician, professor and author, W. Edwards Deming: “In God we trust, all others must bring data.” While Deming passed away over 25 years ago, those words ring true even today.


The Importance of Sound Decision-Making in EHSQ


While the importance of making thoroughly researched and well-analyzed decisions is important in most areas of business, in the EHSQ field, it is even more so as the safety of workers and the environment is the number one goal.

According to experts at BLR: “Data can identify trends, challenges and opportunities, and data-driven organizations know more about their processes and the markets in which they operate, providing them with more options when identifying strategies to respond to disruption and gain an advantage over less-agile competitors.”


The Growing Demand for Data


To highlight the growing popularity and applicability of data, reputable sources such as the Economist have … Read more...

How to Enhance RFP Preparedness to Ensure a Smoother Journey to Completion: A Quick and Easy Approach

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail,” is as timeless and universal as it gets.

While preparation does take work – at least upfront – it usually makes the rest of the journey smoother and shorter. In sum, it can lead to a more successful outcome, which is the objective of all business plans.


RFP Preparedness for ESHQ Software Procurement Projects: The Essentials


With budget season only a short distance away, procurement projects for the following year are also ready to start. As expected, software solution projects in ESHQ follow the same approach. Once you’ve figured out the basics—the budget, business and technical requirements and timelines—you can get right into the industry or sector-specific requirements.


With EHSQ software procurement projects having specific considerations, it’s important to know exactly what your organization requires to meet your ESHQ goals. The next logical step is to determine the real capabilities and … Read more...

RFPs Help You Compare Apples to Apples in Your Search for Solutions

Top companies embrace change as an opportunity to transform their business and beat the competition. They actively research, procure, deploy and manage new hardware, software and services to lower costs and increase revenues. Creating a request for proposal (RFP) often is an early step in finding solutions to your organization’s pain points.

RFPs standardize project specifics such as goal(s), scope, timeline and budget for potential vendors, and ensure you are comparing apples to apples. RFPs are a common best-practice for procurement by private and public companies and governments. In fact, the average public sector organization runs 18 RFPs a year.

“Major changes to your business require an expenditure of resources, including what can be a significant investment in time and money. The return on your investment should be EHSQ software that spans the gaps across functions and can connect with other systems at your organization that are part of production, … Read more...

Check Out the New Features Added to the Intelex Platform

Enhancements to the Intelex software platform improve usability and performance!

The Intelex platform keeps getting better and better! Intelex has delivered new features as well as usability and performance enhancements over the past months. Key items released include:

Photo Annotation

Now, your users can draw on photos before attaching them. They can circle a hazard, draw an arrow to highlight an observation, and more. Not only will you be able to better pinpoint exactly what is reported, it saves time in investigating or resolving a reported concern or safety hazard.

Email Warnings

Misconfigured data imports cost time, money, and result in a lot of frustration. You can now receive an email notification warning of misconfigured Data Import Templates. Minimize the time and troubleshooting required to import data cleanly the first time, without the headache.

Document Format Support

Uploading a document in Word? PDF? Excel? With our new release for the … 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...

Enhance Your Health and Safety Strategy by Incorporating Insights from ISO 45001:2018

Driving performance with ISO 45001:2018.
With ever-changing regulations in the health and safety landscape, it’s critical for organizations to stay abreast of new and updated safety standards. By incorporating ISO standard updates to internal policies and practices, companies will be able to reduce risk and demonstrate compliance, and ultimately move towards operational excellence.

Of course, that is only part of the equation. Let’s take a step back to understand all that is involved in creating a sustainable health and safety strategy for your organization.

Taking Your Health and Safety Strategy to the Next Level | A Multi-Faceted Approach

In order to develop an effective strategy, experts recommend that your organization starts with a solid safety management system, which includes “models for coordinating people, processes, technologies … and data.” Within this, best practice dictates that you incorporate the key new elements of ISO 45001:2018, specifically:

• Promote the integration of OH&S
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Making Your Working from Home Routine Work for You: 10 Tips and Tricks to Help Keep You Productive and Healthy

How to maximize your efforts when working from home.

Did you know that in the United States alone, even before COVID-19, over 5 million people, representing about 4% of the total population, work from home at least 50% of the time? In fact, some experts predict that in less than 20 years, over 70% of corporate employees will be working remotely. With COVID-19 quarantine as a part of our reality today, for many, working from home has gone from being an option to the only choice we have.    

So what does this mean, exactly? For starters, that it is not a temporary fad.  It also means is that while it is important to prepare for telecommuting (particularly for those of you who haven’t done so yet), it is equally as important to understand how best to do so, while remaining productive and active.

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Communicating in Crisis: The Role of EHS in Managing Communication

In Part Two of the series “Communicating in Crisis,” Scott Gaddis explains the role of the EHS function in gathering information to help the organization make informed decisions as part of crisis management efforts. Read Part One, “Communicating in Crisis: The Role of the EHS Practitioner.”

The EHS function often plays a role in internal and external communication during crisis management.

The EHS practitioner is likely to work along several paths in dealing with and communicating in a crisis.  In an emergency, the practitioner has multiple audiences that will need to be informed including employees, senior management and government agencies. The media and the public also are a consideration, but usually with the idea of supporting that activity with data that will be shared externally by others.    

It is imperative to gather as much information as you can about what happened. Taking for granted that people have … Read more...

Driving Next Level Safety Outcomes – Trends Oil & Gas Safety Professionals Need to Know About

New decade, new perspective. Do you know the five major trends forecasted to hit the Oil and Gas industry in 2020 and how they might affect you, your safety management system, and your company?

During the webinar “Driving Next Level Safety Outcomes – Trends Oil & Gas Safety Professionals Need to Know About,” Bobby Bourque of Industrial Scientific Corp. and I will discuss actions you can stay on top of these trends while future-proofing your safety initiatives and operational performance overall. We’ll also cover ways to protect your organization against any negative impacts the trends may pose and discuss how solutions from Intelex, Industrial Scientific, and Predictive Solutions can play a positive role in your safety management system. Whether you’re a seasoned safety professional or new to the job, we’ve designed the webinar for EHS professionals looking to stay ahead of the curve through technological adoption and intelligent management.

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Build Once, Deploy Anywhere: Accelerate EHSQ App Development with Intelex Application Builder

At some point along your digital transformation journey, you’ll have to make a critical technology decision. Do I buy commercial off the shelf applications and attempt to customize for my specific business needs? Do I develop applications from scratch, which involves time and assembling the necessary budget and resources to develop, test, QA and deploy? Or do I leverage a platform approach to build applications without coding and with enterprise security and governance controls baked right in?

Application development doesn’t have to be this complex. Consider a platform approach to application development built for business users to go from app idea to deployment rapidly, with the power of the Intelex platform capabilities including workflow and security built right in. Hundreds of Intelex customers have leveraged the power of Application Builder to build enterprise-grade business applications on the Intelex EHSQ platform.

No application development experience? No problem. With Application Builder’s intuitive … Read more...