How the Data Revolution is Changing the Safety Professional’s Role

The safety professional’s goal in an organization has not changed significantly since its inception. The mission of the safety professional is to safeguard workers and contribute to the goals of the organization by anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling workplace hazards. What has changed is the way we collect data and the data we collect. 

Organizations always have tracked data, looking for trends. Your organization may be most interested in tracking market and economic trends, but you probably focus on data related to leading and lagging indicators, such as near misses, audit reports, training records, and injuries and illnesses. Until very recently, tracking leading and lagging indicators of safety performance has been a matter of paper documents that either were filed in a cabinet or entered into a spreadsheet or rudimentary software program. The process of collecting the information was time-consuming, and the amount of information that could be collected was limited by available resources, namely, how much “spare” … Read more...

How to Increase EHSQ Program Adoption with Technology


Worker engagement and adoption is by far the most common topic of discussion whenever we meet with our clients to discuss their EHSQ program success. It makes sense too. The value you get out of any health and safety management or quality management program is only as good as the people (and the number of people) who use it – the more people across your organization understanding and participating in the program, the more successful it will be.

Likewise, from a technology standpoint, the data and potential insights you can get out of your EHSQ management system can only be good as the source data that you put in.

It stands to reason then that the most successfully implemented programs are ones where widespread adoption occurs, while programs that stall often end up stuck within individual departments or business units.

One observation to be made is that user adoption also … Read more...

Weight Loss, Safety and Behavioral Modeling

Throw out your scale and stop weighing yourself. It’s not about the numbers it’s about a lifestyle change.

For any of us who have tried to lose a few pounds we’ve been given some version of that advice. It’s good advice as well. One of the main challenges that people face when trying to lose weight is being distracted (and frustrated) by the numbers. The numbers on a scale can be frustrating, but more importantly they can be a huge distraction from the real objectives that you may have.

Ultimately losing 10 pounds is not a problem statement. Losing 10 pounds, or lowering your blood pressure and any number of health benefits that people want to achieve are a result of a much bigger objective. That is a permanent lifestyle change, or change in behavior.

It makes sense as well. If you step back from a view of health focused … Read more...

Making Sense of an Analyst Quadrant

Earlier this month, Verdantix published their 2016 Green Quadrant for EH&S Software. In the study, Intelex was recognized as a leader in this quickly growing and evolving market, reaffirming our mission to help our global clients build a safer and more sustainable world. We are proud to have received recognition as the vendor with the most complete set of capabilities amongst our peers.

Verdantix leverages their vast knowledge of the market as an industry leader when compiling reports like this.  As such, the report provides a wealth of information to inform buyers with a high-level view of the market.  So, we thought we would break it down for environmental, health and safety, and quality professionals who are evaluating EHS solutions and trying to make sense of where this market is headed.

The report, currently available directly from Intelex, is quite telling and will be a highly valuable tool Read more...

5 Steps to a Predictive Safety Culture

It’s that time of year. The beginning of a new year often means that many of us are preparing our resolutions. Whether your resolution is to improve your diet, lose weight or quit smoking, there is one piece of advice that’s broadly applicable when it comes to achieving any resolution. You’re far more likely to achieve your resolution goal if you’ve got a clear plan in place.

The desire to lose weight, or the desire to quit smoking in and of itself is not a plan to get there, it is the destination but not the map. Having a small child at home, I’ll pull out some of my dad advice when it comes to developing a plan to achieve something.

How do you eat an elephant? One bit at a time. All good plans involve taking what might seem like overly ambitious goals and breaking them down into smaller … Read more...

Webinar: 5 Critical Requirements for Mastering Organizational Change

Managing change in your organization can be a difficult and complicated process. One that if not done properly can potentially result in negative impacts across your business. It is essential that each proposed change is meticulously tracked and controlled to ensure risks are identified and workers and organizations are protected from these potential negative impacts. The problem is that many organizations rely on paper and spreadsheet based systems that are both difficult to audit and notoriously time consuming to execute.

Intelex’s Product Manager for Management of Change, Eric Morris addresses your pressing questions about how to effectively and efficiently manage change in your organization in this webinar he facilitated on how to streamline the management of organizational change and mitigate the risks that organizational and operational changes can pose.

Key topics Eric covers include:

  • How to integrate tasking, approvals and checklists to ensure a smooth, well thought out change
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    6 Ways the Wrong Software Vendor Can Cost You

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    Selecting the right software and software vendor can be a challenging task.

    The right software can help streamline your projects, keep your workforce safer, lower your negative environmental impact and empower your organization. On the other hand, the wrong software can impede your workforce and ultimately prevent you from delivering a quality product or service to your customers.

    On average, bad software costs the U.S economy over $60 Billion annually.

    We’ve outlined six ways selecting the wrong software vendor can cost you:

    1. Business Disruption

    Selecting, purchasing and implementing new software requires a great deal of time and often involves many people from across the organization. Poorly executed implementations can impact the productivity of key project stakeholders by diverting their attention from their primary responsibilities, impacting project timelines and regular operations.

    Rather than improving efficiency, software that does not meet requirements may force your users to consider additional software … Read more...

    4 Ways that EHS Can Help Redefine the Role of IT

    Aaron Levie, CEO of has said that “Enterprise software used to be about making existing work more efficient. Now the opportunity for software is to transform the work itself”

    While business transformation led by technology is impacting all of us, there is no department feeling this more than the Information Technology (IT) department.
    For most organizations, IT has always acted as the steward for all of the technology that supports business processes. But the nature of that stewardship is evolving. As our collective reliance on technology and the strategic value of that technology both increase, so has the impact that IT departments – and the budgets they carry – can have on an organization.

    This evolution is not just leading to bigger technology budgets for tools and systems, but for forward-thinking organizations it is also causing executives to rethink the role of IT altogether. After all, IT is leading … Read more...

    Webinar – Stress-Free OSHA Reporting: Essential Tools to Drive Down Incident Rates

    If your company is one of those who is required to keep OSHA’s Injury and Illness log, you’re likely feeling the pain of having to pull together the OSHA 300A Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses that is required to be posted on February 1st. Particularly given the fact that the list of severe work-related injuries that must be reported went under some changes recently and there were several formerly exempt industries that now are required to report.

    Many people are managing these reports using spreadsheets and paper, which can be onerous and time consuming. There is a better way! Leveraging technology to streamline the process and get visibility into your injury and illness rates can make a world of difference when it comes to reporting time.

    Watch this webinar and you will learn:

    • The challenges and consequences of conventional safety incident reporting.
    • How to strategically streamline safety incident reporting

    Webinar: Maximizing Productivity with an Optimized Occupational Health Program

    Whether you are a small company or a large enterprise, maintaining a healthy workforce with an efficient Occupational Health program leads to increased productivity, decreased absenteeism and fewer occupational injuries and illnesses.

    Learn how to leverage technology to realize the productivity gains of maintaining a healthy workforce. Utilizing a comprehensive health management system not only enables you to manage employee health records, and implement health and wellness programs, it also helps ensure compliance with industry specific medical surveillance requirements.

    Susan Tommy brings over 8 years of experience to the table working with clinicians and healthcare executives to develop and effectively implement health information systems. In this free webinar, Susan provides an overview of best practices and tools that will optimize your Occupational Health activities and maximize workforce productivity.

    Watch this webinar and you will learn:

    • Occupational Health best practices including key trends and business considerations
    • How to manage OSHA compliance