Driving Progress through a Paradigm Shift: The Importance of a Strong Safety and Quality Culture to the Oil and Gas Sector

In the business world, the word progress is commonly associated with technological advancements, as well as developments in processes and procedures. There are additional drivers to progress and their significance can also have powerful results.

In the oil and gas sector, studies have shown that for companies to be successful in the long run, it’s critical for them to incorporate a strong culture of safety and quality.

How about we take a step back to understand the full picture?

The Traditional View of How Oil and Gas Companies Should Operate


While traditionalists will claim that an industry strongly based on scientific processes and technology don’t need to focus on employee-centered processes or procedures, their thinking has since been proven to be antiquated and potentially dangerous.

How so, you ask? Well, empirical research has proven that high-reliability organizations (HROs), which by nature, have a labor-heavy component to their operations, have shown … Read more...

NIOSH New Safety Study, World’s First Solar Powered Airport and More!

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

  • World’s first Solar Powered Airport
  • NIOSH new oil and gas worker safety study.
  • Automakers to Making Automatic Emergency braking a standard feature
  • Manitoba Trucking Association Launches Safety initiative

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.

  • Oil and Gas Worker Safety Study. Click here
  • World’s first Solar Powered Airport.Click here
  • Automakers Commit to Automatic Emergency Braking. Click here
  • Manitoba Trucking Association Launches Safety Initative . Click here

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FRA Railroad Safety Grant, Waste-to-Energy Project and More!

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

  • FRA Offers Railroad Safety Grant
  • California Oil Companies Fined For Failing to Report Water Use Data
  • Waste-to-Energy Project to Reduce Emissions by 40K Tons Per Year

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.

  • Oil Companies Fined for Failing to Report Water Use Data. Click here
  • Railroad Safety Grants for Safe Transportation of Energy Products by Rail Program.Click here
  • Waste-to-Energy Project to Reduce Emissions by 40K Tons Per Year. Click here

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Violence Against Health Care Workers and New Pipeline Safety Standard

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

  • Company Failed to Protect Murdered Employee from Workplace Violence
  • Oil & Gas Industry Rolls Out New Pipeline Safety Standard

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.

  • Epidemic in Violence Against Healthcare Workers. Click here
  • New Pipeline Safety Standard. Click here.

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NIOSH Firefighter Study, Air Quality Impacts on Fracking and More!

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

  • NIOSH Study Confirms Firefighters’ Higher Caner Risk
  • Study Finds Young Workers Unlikely to Report Minor Injuries
  • New Study Examines Air Quality Impacts on Fracking Wells

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.

  • Risk of cancer among firefighters in California, 1988–2007. Click here
  • OHS Insider’s New & Young Worker Compliance Centre. Click here.
  • Fracking may affect air quality and human health, OSU study finds. Click here

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National Fall Safety Stand-Down, OSHA Alliance, BSSE Hotline and More!

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

  • Top Risk Factors for the Upstream Oil & Gas Industry
  • OSHA & NCTE Form Aliance to Protect Transgender Workers
  • National Fall Safety Stand-Down
  • BSSE Announces Hotline for Near-Misses for Offshore Oil & Gas Operations

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.

  • Top Risk Factors for Upstream Oil & Gas Industry. Click here
  • OSHA and NCTE form alliance to protect safety, health of transgender workers. Click here.
  • National Fall Safety Stand-Down. Click here
  • Bureau of Safety and Environmental
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On the Road Again…Busy Conference Season for Intelex Continues!

We had a fantastic and eventful start to the conference season last week. The Intelex team is hitting the road once again this week. This time we will be making stops in Nashville, Tennessee for ASQ 2015 World Conference on Quality and Improvement and beautiful Banff, Alberta for the Petroleum Safety Conference (PSC).

See below for details and if you are attending be sure to stop by the Intelex booth and say hi to the team!

ASQ 2015 World Conference on Quality and Improvement
May  3- 6, Gaylord Opryland Resrt & Convention Center, Nashville
Intelex Booth Number: 719

The American Society for Quality (ASQ)  conference brings together quality professionals from around the world to share experiences and strategies on improving manufacturing quality and creating more efficient, leaner processes while also giving attendees the chance to network with 2,500 of the world’s leaders in quality.  Intelex will be exhibiting and spreading … Read more...

DOT’s New Rules for Crude Oil, Mysterious Factory Worker Deaths in China, Preventing Falls Through Building Design, 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:

  • Work-related depression/stress the “elephant in the boardroom”
  • Emergency shower safety in the workplace
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) proposes new oil-by-rail rules
  • PHMSA proposes reduced requirements for transporting explosives
  • Young factory workers in China dying mysteriously in their sleep
  • NIOSH recommendations on preventing falls through building design

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.

  • New proposed rules from the Department of Transportation on crude oil, flammable materials: Read them here.
  • Emergency shower safety protocol. Read it here.
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Calgary Gas & Oil Expo 2013

Today is Day 2 of the Gas & Oil Expo and Steve Buffett and Ethan Cushing are representing Intelex at the Stampede Grounds in Calgary, Alberta. With over 600 exhibiting companies and approximately 20,000 registered attendees, the Gas & Oil Expo is the largest Canadian energy event of the year. Several of Intelex’s clients are in attendance as well, including ATCO Gas, BP and ExxonMobil.

Oil and gas professionals from more than 60 countries around the world have come to Calgary for this event, from as far as China, India, South Korea and Russia. With an expanded outdoor exhibition area featuring free exhibitor presentations and live demonstrations, the expo is a great place to check out the latest technologies, products and services.

Intelex provides software systems to oil and gas companies to help them ensure the safety of their employees, reduce their environmental impacts and manage the processes that are … Read more...

Report shows U.S. lags on oil refinery safety, recommends more attention to performance metrics

Refining oil is a process by which crude petroleum is transformed into more useful products such as gasoline. It is a dangerous process, one that results in hundreds of safety incidents annually that are reported to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). However, while oil refinery incidents like explosions, fires and fatalities have prompted fundamental improvements to safety procedures in other countries, it appears that the U.S. is not catching on quite as quickly.

U.S. refineries sustain far higher financial losses than EU counterparts

The United States sustains financial losses from refinery incidents at a rate that is three times higher than the losses sustained by its European Union counterparts, according to a 2006 report by Swiss Re, the world’s second-largest reinsurer. In 2012 Swiss Re officials reported to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board that the incident gap between U.S. refineries and others across the world had only widened since … Read more...