PAWA poised to give health and safety act biggest overhaul ever

For the first time since it was created more than four decades ago, the legislation protecting America' workers is about to get a new set of teeth.

The Protecting America's Workers Act (PAWA), currently before Congress' Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, represents the single biggest expansion of workers' rights since the 1970 establishment of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, which has only seen minor amendments in the intervening years. Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), spoke before the subcommittee last month in strong support of the passing of the proposed bill, HR 2067.

"The workplaces of 2010 are not those of 1970," he said during his March 16 address, underscoring the urgency of updating the legislation. "The law must change as our workplaces have."

The proposed bill's many changes to the original act include significantly increased civil penalties and prison … Read more...

Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting

The discourse of corporate social responsibility (CSR) has gained considerable momentum in recent years with all signs indicating that this movement will continue with even greater force throughout the remainder of 2009 and into 2010. Business leaders that have had CSR programs up and running for several years will tell you that when their programs started there was very little measuring and reporting on established objectives, but with sophisticated consumers and stakeholders demanding greater accountability gone are the days of just saying "it's working."

A general framework for CSR reporting has been established by The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), a large multi-stakeholder network of thousands of experts, in dozens of countries worldwide. Intended to inform shareholders, stakeholders and the general public of all efforts to adhere to laws and ethical standards as well as any improvements to the sustainability of the company and the environment, CSR reports are a means … Read more...

Make Your Job Easier with the OpenPass API

Technologies has released its latest software innovation, the Intelex OpenPass
API, a revolutionary application programming interface that will enable its
users to sync and report data between multiple business management systems.

The Intelex
OpenPass API functions as a conduit for seamlessly feeding data between
multiple software programs. This means that Intelex’s environment, quality, and health & safety, and business management Software can now share data with pre-existing
business software applications; thereby, saving time and resources while
maintaining a degree of accuracy that’s difficult to achieve when data is
transmitted manually.

The City of Calgary
and St. Gobain are the first Intelex clients to take advantage of the OpenPass
API.  The City of Calgary used our
OpenPass API to import employee and location data from their pre-existing HR system
into their Intelex System. They also used the OpenPass API to export employee
injury data (i.e., incident number with date …

S&P Launches US Carbon Efficient Index

Standard & PoorIn an environment where corporations are demanding that their suppliers and business partners assume greener corporate processes, Standard & Poor’s launched the S&P US Carbon Efficient Index as a means of measuring the performance of large US companies with relatively lower carbon emissions.

According to Standard & Poor’s, the companies listed on the new US Carbon Efficient Index had a 48% lower carbon footprint when compared with the average company on the S&P 500. There are currently 362 companies listed, with plans to examine all 4,500 companies recognized on S&P’s indices.

To calculate the carbon footprint, S&P is working with the environmental research organization Trucost PLC. Trucost arrives at a figure by dividing greenhouse gas emissions by annual revenues.

With the potential for new and more conservative emissions regulations just around the corner, and an increase in consumer demand for socially responsible products and services, it appears that tracking corporate … Read more...

Another Successful EUEC

(Above: EUEC Energy & Environment Conference 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona)

(Above: Intelex's Steve Ross & Dan Marcus with Intelex Users and colleagues)

The EUEC Energy & Environment Conference was a great source for industry news and best practices, but this year's
conference was particularly relevant in light of President Obama's
proposed renewable energy initiatives, which include "Implementing an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050," and "Helping create five million new jobs by strategically investing $150
billion over the next ten years to catalyze private efforts to build a
clean energy future." (White House Agenda – Energy & Environment).

Information on managing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and other environmental initiatives.… Read more...

Using Intelex’s Quality & Environmental Web Systems to Get ISO Registered

It's not uncommon to hear about
organizations working feverishly to develop effective quality and environmental
management programs so that ISO 9001 or ISO 14001 certifications can be
attained. While securing these
certifications is a great accomplishment, implementing a web-based software
application after the fact is a trend Intelex's Account Managers are not
unfamiliar with.After discussions with
organizations such as these, it’s often the case that the ISO implementation
team was unaware that web-based quality and environmental management systems can
actually help work toward this certification, as opposed to simply maintaining
a compliant status.

Intelex's web-based Quality and
Environmental Management Systems are designed to help organizations implement
ISO standards and maintain ongoing compliance. Both Intelex's Quality and
Environmental Management Systems function as frameworks enabling organizations
to define an ISO registration schedule, identify project objectives, record
policies, assign and track ISO tasks, manage all ISO-related documents, and
provide real-time implementation progress reports. …

Greenhouse Gas Tracking

With initiatives such as the Kyoto Protocol and the Western Climate Initiative, tracking greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has become a necessity for many organizations. To help our customers address this business need, Intelex developed a Greenhouse Gas Emission Tracking Module in 2008.

Like all of Intelex’s systems and modules, the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Tracking Module is designed to be both scalable and configurable; in turn, making the system applicable to all emitter types and constituents.  The Intelex System has the ability to track a single point source at a single location or thousands of point sources around the globe. Larger emitters with multi-locations and diverse point sources will benefit greatly from the built-in location-oriented logic that allows all emissions of a common type to roll up to a top location for a top-down view of all point sources.

Organizations using the Intelex GHG Tracking Module have the ability to:

  • Define

Free Legal and Other Requirement Dashboard and Scorecards!

Legal and Other Requirement Dashboards and Scorecards are now available for free download on the Intelex-Exchange.  Import them directly into your Intelex System to get the most out of your Legal and Other Requirements Intelex Module. 

Legal and Other Requirement Dashboard

Metric Scorecard
Legal and Other Requirements – Metric Scorecard

Configurable Report Scorecards
Overdue Legal Requirements
Overdue Other Requirements
Overude Permits by Reapply Date
Legal Requirements – Next Year
Legal Requirement History – Current Year
Other Requirements – Current Year
Upcoming Legal Requirements – Current Year
Permit Renewal – Current Year
Overdue Permit Activities – Current Year

Graphical Scorecards
Legal Requirements by Type – Current Year
Legal Requirements – Current and Upcoming Year
All Overdue Legal Requirements
Other Requirements – Current and Upcoming Year
All Overdue Legal Requirements
All Overdue Permits
Permits – Current and Upcoming Year
All Overdue Permit Activities
Permit Activity by Month – Current and