Don’t Fall For It: The National Fall Safety Stand Down Aims to Reduce Construction Falls

While falls from heights often are a focus in construction, falls to the same level can be fatal and should be included in your fall safety training.
While falls from heights often are a focus in construction, falls to the same level can be fatal and cause thousands of serious injuries a year as well and should be included in your fall safety education and training.

Falls are among the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 351 of the 1,008 construction fatalities recorded in 2020 (BLS data), which is why OSHA holds the National Safety Stand Down to Prevent Falls in Construction every year. This year, the stand down is May 2-6.

In 2020, 805 workers died in falls, and 211,640 were injured badly enough to require days off of work. Workers don’t have to fall from a high level to suffer fatal injuries; 136 workers were killed in falls on the same level in … Read more...

Frontline Workers Say They Are ‘Seen but not Heard’

A new research report finds that operations, safety & health and wellbeing are what are most important to employees, though they don’t feel comfortable weighing in.
Operations, safety and health and wellbeing are deemed the most important topics within an organization for most frontline workers.

A new research report finds that operations, safety & health and wellbeing are what are most important to employees, though they don’t feel comfortable weighing in.  

The majority of American, Australian and British frontline workers (67%) say that they are never, rarely or only sometimes listened to on topics that matter to them the most—operations (54%), safety (46%) and health/wellbeing (49%)—according to new research by SafetyCulture. In fact, 66% of American frontline workers said they are rarely, never or only sometimes listened to by management on these important topics. 

SafetyCulture’s new Feedback from the Field research report features the views of American, British and Australian frontline workers, defined as individuals who must “physically show up to their job.” These workers include those in the hospitality, retail, manufacturing … Read more...

Your Training Probably Won’t Prevent Nuclear War, But It Might

Effective Training Strategies

On September 26, 1983, the Soviet early warning system detected the launch of five intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) from the United States. Rather than launch an immediate retaliation—which was the standard protocol—the Soviet commander on duty, Stanislav Petrov, determined that an attack by the United States would most likely involve an overwhelming number of ICBMs, not a handful. Petrov decided that the launch detection was a computer malfunction and did not issue orders for a nuclear counterstrike, despite not having the computer access to prove his belief. Petrov was proven correct when the American missiles did not arrive. In subsequent interviews, Petrov credited his training with providing him with the critical thinking skills to assess and judge the probabilities of the situation. Today he is recognized as the man whose clear thinking in a stressful situation helped prevent a global catastrophe.

While the consequences of poor training aren’t as high … Read more...

Safe + Sound Week: 10 Ways to Get your Program Started

As part of OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week, the agency has a number of resources available for download.

If you are not quite ready to implement a complete safety and health program, you can download a one-pager outlining these simple steps the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) suggests you take to get started. Once these steps are completed, your organization will have a solid base from which to take on some of the more structured actions you may want to include in your program.

  1. Establish safety & health as a core value – Tell your workers that making sure they finish the day and go home safely is the way you do business. Assure them that you will work with them to find and fix any hazards that could injure them or make them sick.
  2. Lead by example – Practice safe behaviors yourself and make safety part
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Training Application Spotlight: Training Management Made Easy

Whether your workers are receiving training on mobile devices, laptops or in a classroom, Intelex’s Training Application can help you plan and track their progress.

Engage your workers in training and track the results in the Intelex Training application and you’ll discover the benefits extend beyond EHSQ.

Experts agree that the time spent on training can be a leading indicator that offers insight into the effectiveness of your safety and quality management systems. Effective training is a vital component to manage risk and build a strong and resilient safety and quality culture. Yet, challenges persist in many organizations. A global diverse workforce, lone worker and remote worker scenarios and evolving industry regulations add complexity to training efforts.  

According to the article “Training Records: A Source for Leading Indicators,” on EHS Daily Advisor, “…Your training records can provide you with leading indicators you can use to evaluate the effectiveness of your overall safety program.”… Read more...

Grow Your People, Grow Your Business

The training environment is changing rapidly, and many of us are facing unprecedented challenges.  

The COVID-19 crisis has brought about the need for us to think differently about how we deliver learning experiences. With the volume of information and the gravity of issues like the current pandemic, the ability to distill down to the right information at the right time and to the right audience is crucial.

This webinar will outline the roadblocks for developing impactful training sessions and tips for updating your learning environment to fit the growing needs of your training audiences. We will also highlight how employees learn and how to tailor and target the right training strategies that can help mitigate risk and streamline the transfer of knowledge throughout your organization. 

Whether you have employees working from home, on the front line, or doing remote fieldwork, being able to train them and increase their knowledge and … Read more...

Driving Agility through Cloud-Based Microlearning, Bulletins and Best Practices in Digital Learning

With so much for people managers and corporate trainers to factor in when developing their post-pandemic Return-to-Work initiatives, organizations are turning to resourceful teaching approaches to ensure that employees are provided with the right training to be successful. In parallel, companies are also leveraging effective communications techniques to ensure their workers remain connected – both to their managers as well as to each other. While this is taking place, leaders continue to put their strategic focus on business continuity.

Impossible? We think not. Feasible? With the right tools and techniques – very much so.

Redefining Training to Drive Agility


At the highest level, what has become clear is that not only do the techniques, tools and processes we introduce have to work well in today’s climate, equally as importantly, they have to help workers become agile to adapt to future changes. Decision makers are now realizing that this idea, which … Read more...

Learning to Thrive: Learning Disabilities in the Workplace

Elisa Blasi is a Senior Technical Training Specialist at Intelex, and has learned that sometimes, standing out in the crowd is a good thing.

At a very young age I was diagnosed with a learning disability, which would impact the way I read, write, and understand numbers for the rest of my life. From that point on, I lived in constant fear of being outed as the student who was different and who was perceived as stupid.

As a child, I would have given anything to fit in. I wanted to blend in with all the other students who could take notes from the board and read aloud to the enter classroom.

Today, I am a Senior Technical Training Specialist at Intelex. I travel around the world and train large groups of subject matter experts on environmental, health, safety, and quality applications. I develop training roll-out strategies and customize learning … Read more...

Agri-Business Looks to Feed EHS Learning Across the Company

It’s all about serving the need for learning across the organization when it comes how CHS Inc. – a North American agri-business that provides grain marketing services to farmers – uses a comprehensive management system to guide its efforts.

Charley Kubler, CHS’s Environmental, Health and Safety Systems Manager, says his company uses Intelex software to manage a comprehensive set of training programs, in addition to requirements for U.S. Homeland Security, health, safety and environmental management, food and feed safety, plus rail, barge and fleet transportation.

“All in we have about 55 programs that we operate,” … Read more...

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...