Intelex HazardIQ for iNet – Advancing Connected Safety Across the Last Mile of Hazardous Environment Monitoring

At Intelex, we have an ambitious vision to eliminate death on the job by the year 2050, a vision we share with our parent company, Industrial Scientific. It’s a vision that informs not only what we do and how we do it, it’s part of the culture that we live and breathe every day.

Our mission is to deliver safer, cleaner and more efficient operations to our customers with the highest quality and best customer experience, every time, without exception. We are making a significant step forward in that direction with our new connected safety solution, Intelex HazardIQ for iNet. 

In all high-risk industries, workers are subject to a variety of environmental conditions that create elevated risks to their health and safety. Prompt detection and mitigation of these risks is critical to not only keeping workers safe from harm, but for optimizing EHS programs to make them more proactive in eliminating risks in the first place. With the pandemic accelerating the trend … Read more...

Forest for the Trees: Stuck in the Briars of Measuring Safety

measurement versus targets
Does your organization confuse measurements with targets? If so, it means you can’t see the forest for the trees.

Can you see the forest for the trees when it comes to data targets versus measuring safety? Or are you stuck in the briars, setting targets that ultimately undermine your intentions?

The beginning of a new year offers a fresh start. As teams got together to vision set the year, we congregate for goal meetings. The goals that come out of these meetings shape our strategy for the year moving forward.

While our departmental or company goal meetings are often conducted with the best intentions, they often miss the mark by confusing targets with measures. As it is expressed in the Goodhart law: when a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure. In other words, when we use measures (quantitative indicators) as the targets we are trying … Read more...

Revitalize Safety Management in 2021 with New Safety Trends

2021 Safety Trends

2020 created challenges across industries and practice areas. These anticipated safety trends for 2021 run the gamut from artificial intelligence to professional development. What’s tops on your list for 2021?

For most of us, the end of each year has come to represent a time of reflection and reevaluation and a time to look forward. This year in particular, with its unique set of challenges, has forced us to reevaluate the way we’ve been doing business and propelled change in many areas, including safety management.


The Applicability and Value New Safety Trends


With 2021 around the corner, it’s exciting to see what the future will bring to the practice of occupational safety. A blog published by Pie Insurance, explores the top safety trends that are expected to make waves next year:

Mobile Applications:

  • The application of new technologies and upgrades to mobile applications help workers stay connected to their
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How Amazon’s $800M Investment on Employee Safety is Aligned with the National Safety Council’s Safety Insights

Amazon's worker safety investments

The retail giant Amazon is setting a precedent in another area–by committing to investing $800M in worker safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. From purchasing testing equipment to hygiene-related cleaning supplies to developing new roles and practices, Amazon’s efforts to strengthen its safety culture closely align with the insights and recommendations provided to companies by the National Safety Council (NSC).

If there’s an organization that has been making news in the last few years, Amazon tops the list. From its highly popular Amazon Prime program to their use of AI in elevating logistics- and transportation-related processes, they are also an early adopter of technology and a champion of the customer experience.

Now they about to make a mark in the worker safety area.

Amazon’s Plan to Transform their Worker Safety Practices and Programs


With the end-goal of creating a strong worker safety program and culture, executives have committed to investing $800MRead more...

Safety First: Boosting Your Organization’s Culture of Safety by Steering Clear of Seven Dangerous Mistakes

Safety Management Program

As they say, “invest in tomorrow by practicing safety today.” While that may seem to be a very commonsensical statement, common sense is not always common.

With safety being a key component to most post-pandemic business continuity plans, there has been a re-focus on the culture of safety. Most organizations that have a safety-first mantra have put a strong focus on creating effective safety observation programs. According to Chuck Pettinger, Process Change Leader for Predictive Solutions Corp, these programs “bolster employee engagement and provide a great repository for leading indicator analysis.”

While the focus of any safety program is to incorporate best practices and learnings to ensure that your program is founded on foolproof methods, there is also a lot we can learn from their failures. Put another way, we can identify additional opportunities to further test and optimize.


How Multi-Faceted Safety Programs Can Effectively Drive a Strong Safety Culture
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OSHA Safe and Sound Week: Using Data to Make Decisions

It is a pivotal part of the safety process to have everyone involved, and more importantly, have them engage.

As we celebrate OHSA’s Safe and Sound Week focusing on the theme of management leadership, finding and fixing hazards and increasing worker participation and engagement, I recognize that at Intelex, we are closely aligned in this mission with our software platform.

At Intelex, our clients are experiencing great success in protecting their employees by using data to make decisions that help keep the work environment safe. Fundamental concerns like auditing, training management, risk assessment and reporting safety hazards – along with being able to prioritize, track and eliminate such issues – can now be controlled within an electronic centralized safety management system.  

With that said, there’s a side of safety management that OSHA called out in this year’s campaign that has long been elusive for some: worker participation. As a … Read more...

Being a safe employer pays off: Ontario announces program to reward excellence in health and safety

The Government of Ontario has announced that it will provide $140 million in WSIB (Workplace Safety and Insurance Board) rebates over three years for employers who successfully implement occupational health and safety management systems (OHSMS) in the workplace. The program is open to any employer regardless of sector or size, and while it will recognize existing safety management systems, it will also encourage organizations that don’t have safety management systems to create them. 

This program is the first of its kind in Canada. The incentive is part of Supporting Ontario’s Safe Employers, a voluntary program that recognizes employers who are working towards lowering the accident and injury rate among Ontario workers. The program is accredited by Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) under the authority of the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development with the goal of promoting health and safety in the workplace and encouraging continuous improvement in existing safety management systems. The program has … Read more...

An Insider’s Guide to Buying Safety Management Software: Part II

Navigating the world of buying Safety Management Software (SMS) can be quite a daunting task. To help you understand the ins and outs as well as the potential benefits for your organization, we got the facts from an industry expert.

In the first part of this guide we explained how SMS can help your organization ensure employee safety, comply with regulatory and legislative standards, and finally demystified the software industry so you felt comfortable asking the necessary questions so you can make the right decision.

Now in Part II we’re going to walk you through the fee structures and benefits of using software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology, how to maximize your ROI by implementing an SMS solution, and finally how to develop an effective business proposal.

Using the information in this whitepaper, as an EHS professional you will be equipped with the tools and information you need to secure the best solution … Read more...

An Insider’s Guide to Buying Safety Management Software: Part I

With an array of competitive vendors, seemingly complicated technologies, and solutions of varying scope and quality, purchasing enterprise safety management software can seem like an overwhelming process. However, understanding the inner workings of the safety software industry is not as difficult as it may seem.

Further, learning how to maximize your organization’s return on investment (ROI) by choosing the most appropriate software solution for your business needs can be a straightforward process.

The intent of Part I is twofold:

  1. Explain why Safety Management Software can help your organization ensure employee safety and comply with regulatory and legislative standards.
  2. Demystify the software industry, particularly as it relates to safety management software, and provide the questions you need to ask potential providers.

In Part II you will learn:

  1. How to maximize ROI by implementing a safety management software solution.
  2. How to develop effective business proposals that communicate the ROI potential of safety
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What Can Your Organization Learn from the Deepwater Horizon Disaster?

By Scott Gaddis and Graham Freeman

The Deepwater Horizon disaster has left an indelible mark on the field of health and safety. The images and footage of the massive oil rig engulfed in flames and slipping under the water are both emotionally powerful and a searing indictment of the mechanical and organizational failures that led to the tragedy.

The mechanical failures at the heart of the explosion are well-documented. A surge of hydrocarbons overwhelmed the malfunctioning blowout preventer (BOP) and travelled 18,000 feet to the rig, where they ignited and caused an untameable fire that killed 11 workers and injured 16 more. The open well dispersed approximately five million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over the next three months, leading to one of the worst environmental disasters in history. By 2017, British Petroleum (BP) had already spent approximately 62 billion dollars working to mitigate the impact of … Read more...