Enterprise Mobile Apps – Don’t Just Shrink the Screen

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Do you have a smart phone? I do, and chances are you do as well. In fact, research from Mary Meeker shows that today there are over $2.5 billion smartphone users around the world. Much like the internet before it smart phones and the rising use of mobile devices is a technology trend that is influencing many facets of our lives today, both personal and professional.

Over the last few years mobile has driven significant changes in how, where and when we use the internet. The internet’s initial value proposition of – all the world’s information available to anyone – has now become – all the world’s information available anywhere. This constant connectivity has impacted all areas of our lives, from how we navigate around town, to how we do our work, even to how we shop. In fact, earlier this year mobile use reached a very significant milestone. During … Read more...

How to Save $1.2 Million in Workers Compensation Dollars

Blog Image_PaceIndustries_450Pace Industries is North America’s largest full-service aluminum, zinc, and magnesium die casting company. Founded in 1970, Pace operates 12 divisions with 21 facilities and over 4,200 associates across the U.S. and Mexico. Today, their safety performance is a source of pride and a competitive advantage within their industry. But Pace Industries has learned a lot along the way.

Pace Industries focuses on building a strong safety culture in a number of ways, from committing to personal safety pledges to investing in safety by providing appropriate resources, training and education. “We challenged our leadership team to give our EHS personnel more responsibility,” says Kenny Sandlin, Vice President of Health & Safety at Pace Industries. “To give them authority, to empower them, but also to give them resources. Intelex was one of those resources.”

Barriers to Safety Excellence

Not too long ago, the majority of Pace Industries’ safety data was still … Read more...

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...

ASSE Safety 2014 – Intelex Safety Experts at Booth #1559!

Intelex’s Steve Ross and Brett McLennan at the ASSE Professional Development Conference & Exposition.

From June 8-10 safety professionals from around the globe will be attending The ASSE Safety 2014 Professional Development Conference & Exposition in Orlando, Florida. Three full days of education sessions, roundtables and lectures from industry experts is what attendees of Safety 2014 can expect when they invade the Orange County Convention centre this year.  This ASSE conference is an annual occurrence for the Intelex team and we are thrilled to announce we will be returning again this week!

Vice President of Enterprise Solutions, Stephen Ross will be accompanied by Safety Solutions Specialist Brett McClennan at the event. Make sure to stop by booth #1559 (look for the bright Intelex-blue) to chat with our experts about the latest concerns that organizations face in safety.  Steve and Brett will be available for live demos of a variety of … 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...

Workplace injuries and the bottom line: indirect incident costs are staggering

This week the Intelex Blog introduces its newest contributor, Robert Smith. Head of Injury Management Solutions, Robert has tons of experience in Human Resource and Disability management, including a long stint with WSIB. Robert will blog on a biweekly basis on issues related to compensation, claims management, case management, and much more. This week Robert tackles the real costs of workplace injuries.

I have been directly involved in workers’ compensation issues for well over 20 years and, like many of you, I have heard the stories of the costs of a workplace injury and how important it is to implement health and safety programs and to manage claims. Yet time after time I have conversations with employers who still do not grasp the big picture. 

So what is the big picture? Most companies are aware of how their workers’ compensation premiums are calculated and that poor performance results in … 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...