Brexit Worries, CDM 2015 Define Future of Health and Safety in U.K. Construction

The likelihood of a construction worker being killed on the job in the United Kingdom is on average four times higher than in other industries. With the sector employing roughly seven percent of the U.K. workforce, that translates into a high number of people who unfortunately do not return home at the end of the work day.

According to the U.K. Health and Safety Executive, the government agency that oversees workplace health and safety, there were 38 fatal injuries to workers (and six to members of the public) in the construction sector during the period between April 2017 and March 2018. That number has not changed in five years, with the average during the past half-decade sitting at 39 fatalities per year.

It’s easy to discern the causes for a large majority of these deaths. According to the HSE, a staggering 47 percent of construction-related fatalities were due to falls … Read more...

HSE Prioritizes High-Risk Industry Inspections in 2019

The U.K.’s Health and Safety Executive is making inspections in high-risk industries a priority for 2019, along with the completion times of investigations and subsequent decisions, according to the body’s 2018-19 business plan.

The recently released document provides an overview of what the HSE says it has accomplished in the 2018 and a full list of where it intends to focus its energies in the coming year.

The HSE will carry out 20,000 proactive inspections and increase its use of campaigns that focus this work on “specific issues and activities found in high-risk industries.” This will include a sustained focus on health risks associated with occupational lung disease (OLD) and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

As part of this targeted effort, the HSE will deliver five major inspection campaigns, each with at least 500 inspections in the following sectors: metal fabrication; agriculture; waste and recycling; food manufacturing; construction refurbishment (one that … Read more...

UK’s Health & Safety Executive Focuses on Engagement, Risk Management for 2018/19

As 2018 enters the final straight and we gallop into 2019, it seems it is only natural that we take a few moments to consider plans and preparations for the coming year. Regulatory agencies like the UK’s Health & Safety Executive (HSE) are planning for the coming year as well.

In particular, some industries should pay close attention as the HSE lays out where some inspections will be targeted (see below and Pages 8 & 9 of the report).

HSE’s Business Case for 2018/19 

Planning is as important for the regulator as it is for our own organizations. A particularly good source for a birds’ eye view on the priorities the HSE in the UK has identified and prioritized is the regulator’s business case for 2018/19.

The business case outlines the action that will deliver on its unwavering mission statement:

“At the Health and Safety Executive, we believe everyone has Read more...

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited Takes Home the Intelex Performance Award for Safety Performance

Congratulations to Agnico Eagle Mines for their achievement of the Intelex Performance Award for Safety Performance. The Safety Performance award recognizes a client who has shown outstanding contributions towards organizational health and safety by using Intelex software.

Currently, Agnico Eagle Mines uses Intelex’s Incident Management application in four languages across eleven different divisions. They are also leveraging six separate dashboards from within the application. To date, Agnico has used Intelex to record more than 11,000 incidents, with over 800 corrective/preventative actions, showcasing their commitment to improving safety in their workforce. Thanks to Agnico Eagle’s hard work and dedication, they’ve reduced their Accident Frequency Rate from 3.23 in 2011 to 1.90 in 2014!… Read more...

Nexteer Automotive Wins Intelex Performance Excellence Award for Dream Builder

We recently held the fifth annual Intelex User Conference and with it, the second year of the Intelex Performance Excellence Awards. We’d like to congratulate each of our winners for their astounding performance over the past year.

Our winner of the Intelex Performance Excellence Award for Dream Builder was Nexteer Automotive. To meet the requirements for this prestigious award, the Intelex client must have built innovative and inspiring applications from scratch, while demonstrating how they transformed their Intelex System into a major driver of success in the organization.

As winners of the award, the Nexteer Automotive team has developed not one but nine applications within the past year! Nexteer has built Intelex applications to monitor quality planning and supplier activities, house supplier compliance information, provide scorecards and performance-tracking tools to suppliers, track costs incurred due to quality issues, and so much more. The applications were built to meet the … Read more...

Food safety worker injuries,Transporation Safety Board’s Lac Megantic report, Workplace safety in schools and more on EHS This Week!

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

  • Occupational injuries involving insects
  • US ranks among top 10 international food safety violators
  • The worst causes of injuries for food safety workers
  • Transportation Safety Board of Canada releases Lac Megantic report
  • Students organize workplace safety training

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.

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics report on occupational injuries involving insects. Read it here.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Hazards & Exposures. Read about preventing insect-related injuries here.
  • Analysis of International Food Safety
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Webinar: Eliminating the Top 5 HSE & Quality Risks in Oil & Gas

Health, safety, environment (HSE) and quality professionals in the oil and gas industry must juggle competing and complex priorities on a daily basis. From conducting inspections to maintaining compliance with countless regulations, it can be difficult to proactively manage all of your HSE and quality risks while also ensuring the success of your day-to-day operations and the safety of your workers. To successfully address the top HSE and quality risks you face, you need the right strategies, policies and procedures in place.

From process safety management to permits, this FREE 30-minute webinar outlines the 5 major HSE and quality risks in the oil and gas industry, strategies for eliminating them and how implementing a risk management program can lead to better business practices.

Watch and learn how to stop HSE and quality risks in their tracks by:

  • Conducting proactive audits and inspections
  • Tracking leading indicators to prevent near-misses
  • Maintaining compliance
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Intelex Named a Leader in the Gartner 2014 Magic Quadrant for Environmental, Health and Safety Management Systems

I don’t know if you’ve heard by now, but Intelex was positioned as the EHS vendor with the greatest ability to execute in the marketplace in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Management Systems! This is Gartner’s first Magic Quadrant focused on EHS, which shows the progress and growth of the EHS industry.

The Magic Quadrant analyzes key EHS management system providers worldwide and positions them based on their “ability to execute” and “completeness of vision”. Vendors are placed into one of four quadrants as “leaders”, “challengers”, “visionaries” or “niche players”. Named both a Leader and EHS vendor with the highest ability to execute, we believe that our configurable solution and high customer satisfaction ratings earned us this position in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant.

According to Gartner, Leaders “deliver a full suite of EH&S functionality, and represent some of the largest, fastest-growing vendors in the market.” Intelex clients … Read more...

Live From the Intelex User Conference

Last week was a whirlwind of events – stemming from the 4th Annual Intelex User Conference, held at the King Edward Hotel in Toronto. The event had it all – visionary key note presentations, multiple hands-on training sessions and ongoing networking throughout the conference. The three day conference was even complemented with a great night out at the Rogers Centre, for the Blue Jays vs. Yankees game.

Every September we cherish this event, as it is an opportunity to connect in person with our customers, both local and international. The conference was an opportunity for clients to share best practices through seminars, exchange ideas in group projects, and learn new ways to operate and maximize the Intelex system.

Intelex’s CEO Mark Jaine provided the keynote speech at the event, on “Innovation, Transformation and Collaboration”. He showcased Intelex’s latest products, the vision of the company and discussed how our relationships … Read more...