5 Ways Your EHS Spreadsheet is Costing You Money

If your organization is like many, you may still be using a complex set of spreadsheets, emails and macros to manage your health and safety program. After all, that’s how you’ve been managing your EHS program for years, and for years that home grown solution has been “good enough.” But sometimes good enough is not really good enough when you consider the cost implications.

If you have an EHS program in your organization, you’re probably already spending a great deal of time and resources into improving health and safety at your company. However, if you still rely on manual processes, spreadsheets and emails to manage that EHS program then you may be spending far more than you bargained for when you add up the hidden productivity costs of a spreadsheet based system.

Here are 5 hidden costs of a spreadsheet driven EHS program you might not be aware of:

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The Secret to Streamlined Safety Compliance

Let’s face it, the world as we know it is changing. For the most part that’s a very good thing. As health and safety professionals one way that we see these changes is in increasing regulatory pressures. For example, as of January 2015, OSHA has increased pressure on U.S.-based businesses regarding reporting of workplace incidents. These new requirements include reporting work-related fatalities within 8 hours and severe work-related injuries within 24 hours.

Ultimately these changing regulations are a good thing. But the question that’s in the minds of businesses across America is “How can I keep up with these changing regulations, and do it in a way that isn’t disruptive to my business?”

After all, safety isn’t just about the human tragedies that can accompany workplace safety incidents, there is a significant financial cost to noncompliance as well. Fines for noncompliance with these regulations can run into millions of dollars … Read more...

Webinar – Stress-Free OSHA Reporting: Essential Tools to Drive Down Incident Rates

If your company is one of those who is required to keep OSHA’s Injury and Illness log, you’re likely feeling the pain of having to pull together the OSHA 300A Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses that is required to be posted on February 1st. Particularly given the fact that the list of severe work-related injuries that must be reported went under some changes recently and there were several formerly exempt industries that now are required to report.

Many people are managing these reports using spreadsheets and paper, which can be onerous and time consuming. There is a better way! Leveraging technology to streamline the process and get visibility into your injury and illness rates can make a world of difference when it comes to reporting time.

Watch this webinar and you will learn:

  • The challenges and consequences of conventional safety incident reporting.
  • How to strategically streamline safety incident reporting
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Webinar: How Untracked Data Costs Lives and Kills Profit

The classic approach to safety management typically involves documenting recordable incidents, lost time and — whenever they should occur — fatalities. But while this inherently flawed approach works for basic regulatory reporting, it does nothing to proactively reduce injuries, minimize costs and save lives.

To learn how to build the foundation for a proactive safety pyramid in this this Free 30 minute webinar.

Key topics covered include:

  • Highlights from key examples and studies showing the linked between untracked safety metrics and poor safety performance.
  • Revisiting the classic safety pyramid to find a new model for proactive safety management.
  • Strategies and tactics for identifying actionable metrics to improve safety performance.
  • A look at the true ROI of proactive management through tracking leading indicators, and more.

Here is a preview of the webinar:

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Webinar: Taking the Pain out of Injury & Illness Reporting

Ensuring incident forms are accurate and completed on time is a challenging process for any business. Yet, in order to avoid fines, reduce the chance of costly lawsuits, and stabilize insurance premiums – not to mention proactively mitigate the occurrence of incidents in the future – it is imperative companies stay on top of incident reporting requirements.

In this free 30-minute webinar you will learn how to never miss an incident-related requirement and how companies leverage Intelex’s revolutionary Incident Management application to effortlessly track and report on incidents and boost safety performance.

Key topics covered include:

  • How to develop a streamlined, automated process for documenting and reporting near misses, injuries and recordable incidents.
  • Automating the creation of injury and illness forms specifically for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB), and other regional regulatory bodies around the world.
  • Proactively measure and track all important safety
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Meet an Intelex Client: Ryan Orvis, CHS

Ryan is an Intelex System Administrator at CHS, a Fortune 100 company and leading provider of energy, grain and food solutions. Working out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Ryan is employed as a Business System Administrator focusing on Risk Management. When he’s asked what it was that made CHS choose Intelex, Ryan doesn’t hesitate.

“We did a full comparison between Intelex and some of the other applications,” Ryan says. “The biggest reason was the flexibility that Intelex gave us.”

Meet an Intelex Client: Ryan Orvis – CHS from Intelex Videos on Vimeo.

When given the chance to elaborate on how Intelex has improved CHS’s business operations, Ryan stresses the value of having a software system that is up to the task of managing the data of a large, international company.

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The culture of denial, workplace injuries and lessons learned

Try to imagine this workplace injury scenario: A construction worker is seriously hurt on the job. It’s a very minor injury. Years later, under similar circumstances, a worker is killed from a similar incident. Why didn’t the company learn from the first incident?

Recent research in the International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics suggests three barriers to learning from previous workplace injuries and how companies can overcome them. In Workplace accidents as a source of knowledge: opportunities and obstacles, author Hernani Neto of the Univeresity of Porto, Portugal, suggests workplace injuries and other safety incidents must be understood as a source of knowledge.

However, here is another point that companies need to understand: Safety incidents don’t automatically become an effective source of knowledge. Companies have to work at it. Just because a company suffered a close call or an incident with an employee suffering only minor injuries doesn’t mean … Read more...

Injury reports in pharmacies suggest extra caution during peak flu vaccination months

A recent NIOSH study examined the reported incidence of needlestick injuries at a US nationwide pharmacy chain and revealed a few valuable conclusions. From 2000 to 2011 there were 33 needlestick injuries reported by 31 different pharmacy locations. Of these 33 injuries, 24 (73%) occurred from September through January, the period during which flu vaccinations are commonly administered.

Overall incidence of needlestick injuries was low, with annual incidence of needlestick injuries at these pharmacies ranging from 0 to 3.62 per 100,000 vaccinations. Injuries were most likely to occur after needle use and before disposal (58% of reported incidents). Additionally, researchers warned that needlestick injuries are often underreported.

The researchers believe that many if not all of the needlestick injuries they reviewed were likely preventable. Their recommendations included better tracking of injuries and following needlestick prevention guidelines. Vaccination providers can hopefully learn from the observations made in this study and … Read more...

New Intelex Case Study: BA Blacktop

We’re excited to share our recently released case study regarding BA Blacktop’s success with Intelex’s Quality Nonconformance and Standard Safety Incidents applications.  With unique objectives to streamline and unify their Quality and Safety management programs to improve tracking and monitoring processes, BA Blacktop turned to Intelex to help them achieve these goals.  The end result was remarkable, including a 56% reduction in spills since 2009, noticeable improvements in insurance premiums over the past 3 years, and 18% reduction in motor vehicle accidents since 2009 to name a few.

To learn more on how BA Blacktop utilized Intelex solutions to ensure a strong reputation and driving force towards success in the construction industry, check out the case study today! 

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The third annual Aberdeen Report – Environmental, Health and Safety: Going Beyond Compliance

So you’ve recognized the need to re-evaluate your Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) program. Now what? For starters, it’s important to address all regulations to ensure compliance within your specific industry.  By meeting these criteria, your company can better manage risks and unexpected adverse events in the workplace, and gain more control in return.

In its recently released third annual report, Environmental, Health and Safety: Going Beyond Compliance, Aberdeen delivers information on vital EHS initiatives within an organization and outlines how technology solutions can be key contributors to establishing an organizational roadmap towards compliance and beyond. 

The main points outlined in the report include pressures on driving a focus on EHS, overcoming organizational resistance to implementing an EHS strategy, and enabling visibility into critical EHS performance data and compliance mandates.  With inspiring case studies on consolidation and successful environmental system streamlining, this report provides many significant factors involved in implementing … Read more...