SmartSite Releases Cloud Based Software to Manage Safety at Construction Sites

  • by Rory Hughes - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 14:56

Software startup SmartSite has recently released hardware and cloud based health and safety software to help manage QHSE processes at constructions sites, using sensors to track employee exposure to health and safety hazards.

Designed to reduce site safety risks, the hardware/software combination will monitor air particles, hazardous substances, noise and vibration levels, and exposure to UV rays to ensure construction workers are working safely and aren’t being exposed to harmful conditions.

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Improving Safety Culture Through Employee Engagement

  • by Rory Hughes - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 14:41

A recent study has found that workplace cultures in which employees are engaged in their jobs and QHSE practices are not only more efficient and productive, but are also safer places to work overall.

Gallup's 2016 study -- examining over 82,000 business units and 1.8 million employees in 230 organizations, across 49 industries and in 73 countries -- shows that organizations with high engagement scores have 70% fewer safety incidents.

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Alberta Worksites Prepare For Safety Blitz

  • by Rory Hughes - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 00:00

Alberta’s construction companies have been warned to prepare themselves for surprise safety inspections this summer. These safety inspections are part of the province’s plan to improve Alberta’s worksite culture and QHSE, by making sure employers and workers avoid taking shortcuts when it comes to health and safety. Occupation Health and Safety officers will be out in force, and the inspections are to continue until the end of September, also taking place on weekends and outside working hours.

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Microsoft Cloud Is Picking Up Steam

  • by Rory Hughes - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 00:00

During the Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, Microsoft announced the opening of their new Azure datacenters in Toronto and Quebec, making their Dynamics CRM Online available through the Microsoft Cloud in Canada. The two data centers are set to come online next year, supporting Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics CRM online. With the availability of Microsoft’s Dynamics CRM Online and other cloud services continuously expanding into new markets, this recent announcement speaks to Microsoft’s growing commitment to expand their cloud technology, not just in Canada but globally.

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ISO/TS 15066: New and Improved Safety Specifications for Collaborative Robots

  • by Rory Hughes - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 00:00

Published earlier this year, ISO/TS 15066 are a set of technical specifications and QHSE requirements designed to mitigate risk by providing clear guidelines on how collaborative robots are to be used safely. The more detailed and clearly outlined specifications in ISO/TS 15066 will allow manufacturers to better determine if they have achieved the intent of these safety specifications, and perform better risk assessments.

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Changing Canadian Health and Safety regulations hint at greater universal standardization

  • by James MacTavish - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 11:41

Recently, the Government of Canada has announced new Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) regulations as part of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). These new regulations will help protect Canadian workers who use, handle and store hazardous products in the workplace by ensuring QHSE standards and regulations are consistent both across Canada and internationally.

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Day Two - ASSE - The Mentality of Safety

  • by Brendan Clavelle - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 11:06

Day two of the ASSE show and I am happy to report it has been incredibly insightful, with the resonating theme of how companies view safety in their organization. Most people spend significant amounts of time thinking through the technology that their QHSE processes require without actually thinking through the processes involved or the people behind those processes. Here are some key takeaways:

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Day One - ASSE Professional Development Conference - Atlanta, Georgia

  • by Brendan Clavelle - Thu, 07/07/2016 - 00:00

As the Business Development Manager for NeoSystems Inc., a Calgary-based Health and Safety ISV company, shows like the ASSE Professional Development Conference are critical to understanding the evolving HSE space. It’s exciting to speak to likeminded individuals and companies like my own that represent the tide of change in the once stagnant moving industry and see where the industry is moving.

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