Yes, You Should Argue with Success: Why You’re Luckier Than You Think You Are

Many organizations operate according to the maxim “you can’t argue with success.” In other words, if it works, it’s worth doing. You might have heard this in another guise when someone says, “I don’t care how you do it, just get it done.” 

But what if you should argue with success? What if what you think is success is simply sheer luck that the small failures that take place unnoticed every day simply haven’t yet aggregated into an inevitable cataclysm that results in injury, financial damage, or loss of life? 

Humans are not particularly good at extrapolating possible negative future outcomes from the information they learn from past events. We’re prone to assuming that if something has gone well when we performed the task on a previous occasion, that it will always go well. As a consequence, we get an inflated sense of our abilities and our skills at handling other similar situations, and the level … Read more...

Seven Leading Indicators to Drive Safety Improvement in Your Organization

The safety profession has a fixation on measuring using purely negative values. OSHA recordable and lost-time injuries spring to mind—both are lagging (negative) indicators.  

“Once they occur, there is nothing that can be done but to investigate and hopefully learn enough to avoid similar incidents in the future,” says Carey Usrey, Process Improvement Leader at Predictive Solutions in the Insight Report “Seven Leading Indicators to Drive Safety Improvement in Your Organization.” “But even these metrics are flawed, in that a lack of injuries or incidents does not necessarily equate to a safe workplace. It could be a matter of just being lucky.” 

For almost 20 years, Predictive Solutions has helped companies move from “just being lucky,” or in many cases, having not been lucky at all, to saving lives by predicting and preventing workplace injuries. 

According to Usrey, safety experts have made a sound case to adopt leading … Read more...

The Evolution of EHS: How Times Are Changing – And How to Change with Them

A new eBook from Environment + Energy Leader, The Evolution of EHS: How Times Are Changing – And How to Change with Them, sponsored by Intelex, shares insights from EHS experts and Intelex insiders on justifying your costs to the C-suite, building or expanding a successful EHS program, and using software to solve EHS complexities. They discuss the changing role of the EHS manager and how to incorporate new responsibilities into an already complicated mix. 

The eBook points out that an effective EHS program is built on a few key elements: people, processes, and – to varying degrees – technology. 

“I am a huge fan of the idea that, the better we ‘build’ people, the better our organization performs,” says Scott Gaddis, VP and EHS practice lead at Intelex, who was interviewed for the article. He says that in the organizations where he has led safety, such as Coveris … Read more...

Learnings from Safety Professionals: Issues Involved in the Gathering of Leading Indicators

 In December, 2016, our EHSQ Community had several Leading Indicator Mastermind sessions with Dr Vince Marchesani and Tamara Parris to discuss the use of leading indicators in our community members industrial workplaces.

During our sessions we learned of the 56 participants, currently 34 members are collecting leading indicators as part of their safety data gathering efforts. Interestingly most people, 26 members, are using manual methods to collect their data. When asked, who do you share the data with the majority, 28 members, reported they share it at safety meetings with their whole team. Which we found surprising because in past conversations consultants often elude that this data is shared with the Executives who establish the policies and budget that guide safety programs.

During the two sessions we noticed four reoccurring conversational themes:

  • identifying strong leading indicators to monitor
  • collecting quality data
  • creating a “No Blame” work environment
  • value of incentive
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Intelex Community | This Week: Accountability

Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality Professional Community

We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional discussions. This week Community Member Alan Quilley shares a post to encourage our community to look at accountability in safety programs and Making Safety Easy Through Human Engagement:

  • Accountability: Making Safety Easy Through Human Engagement;

  • Workplace Fairness and Psychological Safety: How they Impact Safety Culture. Members Blaine Donais and Ann Morgan discuss Workplace Fairness and its Impact on Safety Culture and more;

  • Is That My Employee? Multi-Employer, Joint-Employer, Independent Contractors and Temp Workers. Our Member Eric Conn‘s Webinar on Legal Accountability; and

  • Small Entity Size Standards Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act – Rule

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Intelex Community | This Week: Assessments

Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality Professional Community

We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional  discussions. This week Community Member Jason Dea shares a post to encourage our community to look at using Materiality Assessments for EHS sustainability reporting efforts.

  • Materiality Assessments in 4 Simple Steps

  • How Workplace Fairness and Psychological Safety Impacts Safety Culture

    Webinar

  • NEW June Update Post in ISO 45001 Group

  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System: – Proposed

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Intelex Community | This Week: Training

Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality Professional CommunityWe invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional discussions.

This week Community Member Alan Quilley shares a post to encourage our community to look at Safety Training for Executive Leaders.

  • Safety Training For the Corporate Executive

  • How Workplace Fairness and Psychological Safety Impacts Safety Culture

    Webinar

  •  EHS Pedia – Encyclopedia of Environment Discussion Group

  • Air Quality State Implementation Plans; Approvals and Promulgations: – Rule

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Intelex Community | This Week: Leadership

Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality Professional CommunityWe invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional discussions. This week Community Member Andrew Sharman shares a post to encourage our community to look at the key traits and behaviours of a Safety Leader.

  • The Savvy Safety Leaders Guide to Spotting a Wrong ‘Un

  • Get the Record Straight: OSHA’s Proposed Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Rules Webinar

  • Leading and Transformational Indicators in EHS&Q Discussion Group

  • National Highway-Rail Crossing Inventory Reporting Requirements – Rule

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Intelex Community | This Week: Quality

Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality Professional CommunityFind out what’s new; we are talking about best practices in Quality Control,

Integrating Workplace Health and Safety for Business Results and Leading Indicators in our discussion group this week’s update on the Intelex Community!

  • AS9100 Quality Control Standard, Revision A (PDF)

  • Integrating Workplace Health and Safety for Business Results

  • Mergers and Transfers Between Multiemployer Plans – Proposed

  • Leading and Transformational Indicators in EHS&Q
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Intelex Community | This Week: OSHA

Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality Professional CommunityFind out what’s new; we are talking about best practices in Environmental Management, Hazardous Materials Table, OSHA Rules and in our OSHA discussion group this week’s update on the Intelex Community!

  • Best Environmental Management Practice for the Food and Beverage Manufacturing Sector
  • Hazardous Materials Table, Special Provisions, Hazardous Materials Communications, Emergency Response Information, Training Requirements, and Security Plans – Rule

  • Get the Record Straight: OSHA’s Proposed Injury and Illness Record-keeping Rules
  •  OHSA discussion group
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