Meet an Intelex Client: Ashlee Bronson, Oliver Tolas

Ashlee Bronson works as a Quality System Coordinator at Oliver Tolas; a global medical device and pharmaceutical packaging company with over 40 years experience providing high-value, cost effective packaging solutions for customers in the healthcare industry. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI with manufacturing sites on three continents, Oliver Tolas works aggressively to comply with environmental, health and safety (EHS) regulations, maintain an ISO 13485 quality system and achieve a zero landfill impact. Oliver Tolas came to Intelex to improve their document control and training management process. In this video, Ashlee Bronson shares how the Intelex system has closed the loop between document control, task management and training.

Prior to Intelex, Ashlee used an electronic document control system that was not effective in organizing documents or aligning with other internal processes and workflows. The previous system was cumbersome to use and could not tailor their vast library of documents for … Read more...

U.S. Mine Fatality Trends Prompt 2015 Updates to Outreach and Enforcement

In 2014, the U.S. coal mining industry reported the lowest number of coal mining deaths in recorded history; this follows a steady decline in coal fatalities over recent years. Yet the overall fatality count for the U.S. mining industry in 2014 was just the fourth-lowest annual total on record.

The explanation? A spike in fatalities in the metal/nonmetal (MNM) mining sector. This sector reported their own record low fatality numbers back in 2011 and 2012, with 16 deaths each year. However, MNM fatalities rose to over 20 in 2013, and reported another increase in 2014 with a total of 25 deaths in the sector.

“Unacceptable” according to MSHA chief Joe Main, who has announced an increased focus in 2015 on combating fatal incidents, serious injuries and their root causes, particularly in light of the increasing fatality numbers in the metal and nonmetal mining sector.

Increasing Enforcement Efforts

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Webinar – Building an Effective Training Strategy for a Growing Workplace

Acknowledging the need for an effective training strategy is only the first step you need to take to ensure your organization is ready for the myriad of challenges that will be part of keeping your workforce properly trained, highly productive, and happy. Studying a pool of 3,000 companies and their communications efforts, the University of Pennsylvania discovered that a 10 percent revenue diversion into capital improvements yielded an average 4 per cent increase in productivity while the same amount invested into developing human capital more than doubled that gain to 8.5 per cent!

The question isn’t whether your company needs a Training Strategy, it’s about whether or not you can effectively implement one. This free 30-minute webinar looks at the critical considerations for building an effective training strategy that companies can use to promote exponential and sustainable workforce growth through education and communication.

Key topics covered include:

  • Defining what, exactly,
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OSHA’s Effects on Temporary Workers

In the past year, OSHA has broadened their initiatives to protect temporary employees from workplace hazards. This focus on the safety of temporary workers has tightened the standards for business owners looking to hire temporary employees. Organizations who fail to meet these standards face serious OSHA fines for violations and liabilities.

As a result of a recent death of a temporary employee, inspections revealed that many temp workers had not been fully trained or provided protective equipment, making them vulnerable to serious workplace hazards. These hazards included misuse of toxic chemicals, lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), lockout and tag-out protection violations, and more. These are only a few of the hazards temp workers are dealing with in the workforce.

Inspections
To combat the lack of safety for temp workers, OSHA inspectors will assess whether employers who use temporary workers are complying with their responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and … Read more...

Meet an Intelex Client: Candi Castellano, CMC

Candi Castellano is an Administrative Assistant at Commercial Metals Company (CMC), a Fortune 500 steel company based in Texas that recycles, manufactures, fabricates and trades steel globally. The company has been using Intelex’s software for approximately two years now, and in the video below Candi discusses the improvements she’s seen in that time.

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“It used to take me a day to prepare my reports for month end and now it takes me about an hour,” says Candi, who is thrilled with the time savings she’s been able to achieve in her job.

CMC uses Intelex’s Incident Management system and a custom form that they call their “Safety Action Form.” Prior to Intelex, there was a need to increase reporting consistency across the organization’s different locations. “Among our 120 locations everyone had different reporting systems,” Candi explains. … Read more...

The evolution of EHS systems and the pivotal role Intelex continues to play

On last week’s EHS This Week podcast JP and I talked about the new OSHA National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Isocyanate. If you listened you know that Isocyanate is one of the chemicals that was responsible for the devastation in Bhopal in 1984 that left an estimated 20,000 dead and hundreds of thousands injured, with many of them being permanently disabled. 

It reminded me how infrequently we here at Intelex talk about that catastrophic event despite the fact that our company history is deeply ingrained in the story. With almost 30 years between the tragedy and today I suppose it is to be expected that the close tie is all but forgotten.

I thought I’d use this post to remind the Intelex community of the role we have played in helping companies ensure the safety of their employees and in mitigating the occurrence of horrific tragedies such as the one … Read more...

Training Gap Analysis 101

Training new hires in the tech industry has become a challenging pursuit among training and development professionals. As technology endlessly evolves, training objectives have to follow suit. This can cause large gaps in your training program if they are not addressed early and often. Conducting a Training Gap Analysis is a great way to stay on top of the dynamic beast that is your tech organization.

What is a Training Gap Analysis?

Essentially, a Training Gap Analysis describes the difference between the job skills that your people are currently gaining or improving through training and the skills that they will need in the immediate future to keep your company competitive.

The idea behind any Gap Analysis is to create a bridge between where your organization is and where it needs to be. In training, it is about making what we train as close to what actually happens on the job.… Read more...

True competence starts with strategy

We’ve discussed how training is not competence and how compromised employee competence can hurt all aspects of business performance. So, what do you do about it? Today I’d like to discuss a very simple approach to developing effective training and cultivating workplace competence.

While a high level of employee competence makes the difference between a simply serviceable workforce and one that truly excels, many might contest that achieving competence is easier said than done. This is true; properly training staff can be a significant burden on any organization. Simply providing training, tracking training, and measuring competence post-training involves substantial costs, multiple dedicated, full-time trainers, depending on the organization’s size – burdens that are significantly reduced if not entirely eliminated for organizations that use the right training tracking and management software. Coupling these software tools with a training strategy will generate results for any organization of any size, under any … Read more...

The organizational costs of incompetence

Yesterday we talked about how being trained doesn’t necessarily equate with competence. Today we’ll take a brief look at how that discrepancy can impact organizational performance.

To start, take a look at the picture to the right. Now, by no means are we casting aspersions on the capabilities of these two able-bodied young men by implying that they are incompetent, as the title above alludes. However, given the tremendous level of accuracy, acuity and precision required every day in their individual roles within their manufacturing setting, it’s a good entry point for this discussion to consider how one hole in their training could, at any point, on any day, engender compromised competence, thereby resulting in a possible environmental, health or safety-related disaster or impact product quality.

Training touches every part of your business

The benefits of a training program that cultivates actual competence are multifaceted and impact all aspects of … Read more...