HR’s Top Priority? Safety and Wellbeing!

By Faith Tull, Intelex Chief People Officer

Human Resources (HR) plays a unique role for health and safety within a company. We wear many hats in our organization, but ultimately at the core of everything we do is our employees. Not only is HR present to provide guidance when cultivating careers, but also is a critical component when the well-being and safety of each employee is considered!

There are many facets in any industry where safety is essential. When people think of safety, they immediately think about workplace accidents. It’s overwhelming that over 2.6 million accidents* occur each year, and as an HR professional, this is a tough number to swallow because we work hard to bring in these talent individuals into our organizations.

As an HR leader, I’ve always been committed to improving workplace health and safety standards and have worked closely with many subject matter experts whose roles … Read more...

Health and Safety 101 for HR Professionals

Workplace health and safety (H&S) programs protect an organization’s most important asset: its people. No one wants to see their people get hurt on the job (or at home, for that matter). A company’s Human Resources (HR) department plays an important role in championing, administering and communicating H&S requirements. In some organizations, HR is multi-hatted and owns the H&S responsibilities.

However, the ins and outs of H&S can be overwhelming. There are a number of things you can do to make it less so.

  • Recognize that you are not solely responsible. Form a team to help! A team or committee can help you identify H&S risks, communicate H&S requirements throughout the organization, and obtain critical input and buy-in for your H&S program.
  • Set a company policy. It is important to have an H&S policy for the organization to serve as the cornerstone of the H&S culture. The policy should outline
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Leverage HR Data to Drive a Powerful EHSQ Program

By Saif Iqbal

For IT professionals responsible for Environment, Health & Safety, and Quality (EHSQ) programs, gathering the essential data required to make their program a success is harder than it seems. EHSQ often has heavy overlap with Human Resources (HR) data, and for many large organizations, the HR system is at the heart of every process. When success of one system depends on another, having a reliable flow of HR data into your EHSQ system brings value to the success of both programs.

A key measure of EHSQ success in all parts of the world is being able to meet the ever-increasing demands of compliance requirements – and this involves information about employees and the departments in which they work. Ensuring the workers’ information is available in your EHSQ system can have positive impacts on employee engagement, inter-organizational communication and helping to mitigate risks associated with inconsistent data.

So, … Read more...