NRG Energy Receives Ignite Performance Excellence Award for Environmental Stewardship

Congratulations to NRG Energy for receiving the prestigious Environmental Stewardship Award for their outstanding contributions and leadership in environmental management through the use of the Intelex software. Recipients of the award must be able to demonstrate how their use of Intelex has driven improvements in their environmental performance.

NRG is continuously improving environmental performance. NRG implemented Intelex across the generating fleet in 2007 to 35 power plants. Intelex gave NRG the tools and transparency to track environmental performance that prior to implementing Intelex was tedious and time consuming.

The company established an environmental performance baseline in 2011 and demonstrated a 51% improvement in environmental performance with a growth to ~100 generating stations. NRG uses Intelex Incident Management, Corrective Actions and root cause applications to report incidents, ensure root cause and corrective actions are completed.

We want to once again congratulate the entire NRG Energy team on a remarkable year thus … Read more...

Recap and Key Takeaways from NSC 2015

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • Updates from NSC 2015
  • Themes Covered at NSC 2015

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • Getting the best ROI for EHS. Click here
  • Do you know the 4 V’s of Big Data?. Click here
  • NSC Program Guide .Click here
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Rail Safety Improvement Act, EPA Toxic Spill, Massive Explosion in China and More!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • Massive Explosion In China Tianjin
  • EPA Spills Toxic Wastewater Into Colorado’s Animas River
  • The Rail Safety Improvement Act & Positive Train Control
  • NIOSH to examine vehicle crashes in Oil & Gas Industry

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • EPA Spills Toxic Wastewater Into Colorado’s Animas River. Click here
  • The Rail Safety Improvement Act & Positive Train Control. Click here
  • NIOSH wants to study vehicle crashes in oil and gas industry. Click here
  • Massive Explosion In China Tianjin.
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Violence Against Health Care Workers and New Pipeline Safety Standard

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • Company Failed to Protect Murdered Employee from Workplace Violence
  • Oil & Gas Industry Rolls Out New Pipeline Safety Standard

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • Epidemic in Violence Against Healthcare Workers. Click here
  • New Pipeline Safety Standard. Click here.
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US Refinery Workers Reach Tentative Deal, FMCSA Launches Mobile App, Poison Prevention Week and More!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • Poison Prevention Week: Poison Prevention in the Workplace
  • FMCSA Releases Mobile App to Identify Safety Data for Truck and Business Companies
  • US Refinery Workers Reach Tentative Deal
  • New MHCC Report on Psychological Health and Safety

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • U.S. Refinery Workers Reach Tentative Deal. Click here
  • FMCSA Announces New Smartphone App to provide Safety Data . Click here.
  • OSHA Chemical Hazard Communication. Click here
  • Mental Health Commission of Canada Report on Psychological Health
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5 Facts about Working Safe in Hot Weather

The US Labor Department has launched their annual summer campaign to prevent heat-related illnesses and it’s the perfect opportunity for us to review the best practices for how to work safe when dealing with extreme weather. Here are some facts and tips that you should be aware of going into the summer months, particularly if you’re responsible for the health and safety of outdoor workers or if you’re an outdoor worker yourself.

1. The Risk is Real!
Thousands of employees become sick each year and many die from working in the heat. In the US in 2012, there were 31 heat-related worker deaths and 4,120 heat-related worker illnesses.

2. Know the Warning Signs
If you or a colleague experience some or most of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from heat exhaustion: dizziness, headache, sweaty skin, weakness, heat cramps, nausea, vomiting, and fast heartbeat. A heat stroke can be … Read more...