January is National Radon Action Month

January is National Radon Action Month and the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General are urging all Americans to take action and protect their health by testing their homes, businesses, schools and other buildings for radon. Radon is impossible to detect by humans as you can’t see, smell or taste it but it is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America, claiming the lives of about 20,000 people annually.

Here are four things the EPA recommends you do this month to take precautions against radon:

  • Test Your Home – EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General recommend that all homes in the U.S. be tested for radon. Testing is easy and inexpensive. Learn more about testing your home, including how to obtain an easy-to-use test kit here.
  • Attend a National Radon Action Month event in your area – Look for radon events in your community. Contact

Intelex discusses Oil and Gas safety management in ISHN

As in other high-risk sectors, workplace safety is of utmost importance in the Oil and Gas industry, where the smallest of near-misses and at-risk behaviours can result in devastating consequences for frontline workers, not to mention catastrophic environmental impacts. In light of this, it’s hard to believe some oil and gas companies still rely on archaic, paper-based systems for EHS management. Yet in spite of the adoption of state-of-the-art EHS management systems by some industry leaders, paper- and spreadsheet-based systems are still in widespread use.

That said, the trend is changing and businesses are increasingly beginning to see how streamlined EHS management systems are ultimately investments with great returns that help companies navigate increasingly complex regulatory waters. Learn more about this dynamic by checking out my article “Goodbye to paper and spreadsheets” in the most recent issue of ISHN (Industrial Safety and Hygiene News). You’ll have to register … Read more...

‘Canadian tech has come a long way and the future is bright’: Intelex featured in Techvibes

With all the doom and gloom surrounding Research in Motion’s (RIM) current situation, the Canadian tech market has been getting a rough rap. That’s a notion Intelex is challenging, as published in a recent article by Techvibes, a great Vancouver-based Canadian technology news publication.

According to  Knowlton Thomas, the Techvibes article author:


RIM, which held the title of Canada’s largest tech company for several years, has cast a dark shadow over the country’s tech sector. But one Toronto company believes that shadow consists only of RIM—that Canada’s tech space is actually humming, and they’re one of the companies driving that success.

That’s something Intelex President and CEO Mark Jaine would agree with. As he says:

“While we sympathize with the current plight of companies like RIM, we do want Canadians to know it is not all doom and gloom in the Canadian tech sector. We are proof that the Canadian tech Read more...

EPA dishes $69.3 million towards contaminated sites cleanup & community revitalization

Contaminated sites stemming from abandoned industrial and commercial properties are a problem. Other than being an eyesore, they can significantly prohibit the growth and economic development of their surrounding communities. It is for this reason the EPA announced on May 24th that they will be dispersing $69.3 million in grants towards new investments that will provide funding for communities to address these contaminated properties, redevelop them and in turn boost their economies, create jobs and improve and protect public health.

EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson believes that these properties can serve as the cornerstones for rebuilding struggling communities, “These grants will be the first step in getting pollution out and putting jobs back into neighborhoods across the country. Clean, healthy communities are places where people want to live, work and start businesses. We’re providing targeted resources to help local partners transform blighted, contaminated areas into centers of economic growth.”

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Keeping Ontario’s Young Workers Safe

According to the Institute for Work & Health, new workers are four times more likely to be injured during their first month on the job than at any other time. With summer getting into full swing, students and young workers are heading out into the job field and now is the time to ensure they are properly instructed, trained, supervised and following the proper procedures.

To ensure that our young workers are properly protected, the Ontario Ministry of Labour has created an Online Portal for Young Worker Safety. The portal includes links to resources, tools, calculators, videos and contact information that provide our young workers with the knowledge they need to stay safe of the job. Also included are helpful tip sheets that are individually tailored for young workers, parents, supervisors, employers and the general public.

The ministry has launched Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages as well to … Read more...

Intelex on Quality and Cities in Municipal World

The need for quality management is apparent in an industrial context, but how about…a municipal organization? Well, just as quality management has expanded its reach from manufacturing to customer service, quality can have a huge role in any organization, including municipal corporations.

So check out the latest issue of Municipal World for an article I wrote on Quality Management in Municipalities. You’ll need a subscription to Municipal World to read it (unless you are already among their thousands of subscribers…after all, these guys have been around for more than 115 years!) 

In the meantime, check out our recent webinar on Quality Management in Municipalities where Intelex partnered with The Town of Ajax, one of the very first municipalities in North America to achieve ISO 9001 certification. In this free 30-minute discussion, David Forget, Ajax’s Manager of Quality Service, joined Intelex to examine exactly how municipalities and other service-based organizations can benefit from ISO 9001 registration and streamlined quality … Read more...

Intelex named one of Canada’s Top 50 Small and Medium employers!

What a year! Following a cascade of achievements in awards competitions, Intelex has just received a huge accolade. We’ve been named one of Canada’s 50 Best Small and Medium Employers! The competition, which pitted Intelex against hundreds of other small and medium employers across the country, was facilitated jointly by Queen’s School of Business and AON Hewitt. The results were recently featured in PROFIT magazine.

Everyone at Intelex is thrilled by this achievement, which is another feather in an increasingly packed cap! In the past few months alone, Intelex was included on:

These wins are a gratifying acknowledgment of our relentless focus on creating a progressive work environment that prioritizes the … Read more...

Intelex named one of Toronto’s top employers…again!

The accolades just keep piling on. Only a week after being singled-out as one of Toronto’s top employers in the Globe and Mail, Intelex was ranked 15th out of 35 of the Greater Toronto Area’s best employers in yet another employment award competition, the results of which were published in the Toronto Star last week.

Organized by Queen’s School of Business and Aon Hewitt, the Best Employers in the GTA competition evaluated workplace culture, benefits, retention, and most importantly, employee engagement. According to contest coordinators, the results of this study were influenced heavily by a survey conducted to determine how employees actually feel about their employer.

“The real litmus test of whether or not an organization is a Best Employer lies with the employees themselves,” explained Neil Crawford, Aon Hewitt’s study leader. “This study goes beyond satisfaction (how much I like things here) and commitment (how much I want to be here) to measure … Read more...

Oman Electricity’s Intelex-powered EHS system featured in Omani Times

Oman Electricity Transmission Company (OETC), a massive utility provider covering the entire nation of Oman, had its environment, health and safety (EHS, or HSE in the Middle East) management system featured in the Times of Oman today. OETC’s HSE management system is provided by Intelex with the help of Middle East partner Barik Group.

OETC has implemented Intelex’s complete EHS management solutions, and leverages the system to manage auditing, nonconformances, incident and near-miss reporting, safety meetings, KPI reporting, and much more. Across the region, utility companies must meet stringent regulatory EHS and reporting requirements.

As OETC GM Said Al Hadabi remarks in the Omani Times article:

(The) online reporting system has played a vital role not only keeping OETC in compliance with regulations and standards, but also in maintaining a safe workplace across all the sites. OETC will now have a 360-degree view of not only their employees’ activities, Read more...

Intelex named one of Toronto’s top employers!

Only weeks after being included on Deloitte’s list of the 500 fastest technology growing companies in North America, Intelex has another accolade to shout about. Today we were included in The Globe and Mail’s list of the Greater Toronto Area’s Top Employers 2012!

That’s another great feather to add to our cap. The write-up in the Globe indicated we are 118 employees strong, but since that data was collected earlier this year, we have actually grown to over 150 employees! And as we continue our trend of impressive year-over-year growth, we’re poised to leave that number in the dust in 2012.

On that note, we’re hiring! If you live in or near the Toronto area, don’t miss the opportunity to land a great job at a great company.… Read more...