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In this edition of the SpheraNOW podcast, James Tehrani, Spark's editor in chief speaks with Dr. Adrian Mulholland, a chemistry professor at the University of Bristol’s Centre for Computational Chemistry in England, about the VR technology he and his team are developing to research anti-viral medications for COVID-19 and other diseases.…
 
In this edition of the SpheraNOW podcast, James Tehrani, Spark’s editor-in-chief, talks with Colin Keogh, a mechanical Engineer based in Ireland who co-founded the Open Source Ventilator project. The project is using open source to design emergency ventilators that can be 3-D printed to help meet demand during the global shortage caused by COVID-19…
 
In this edition of the SpheraNOW podcast, Ellen Bremseth, Spera's marketing communications manager, talks with James Tehrani, Spark’s editor in chief about the fall/winter issue of Spark magazine. They talk about the cover story, which discusses Integrated Risk Management 4.0 (IRM 4.0), the Robert Irvine Interview and much more. They also talk abou…
 
In this special edition of the SpheraNOW podcast, James Tehrani, Spark’s editor-in-chief, talks with former All-Star Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox pitcher Bobby Jenks about his recent Players’ Tribune article that detailed his experience following a bad outcome from a back surgery in 2011. Discussing so-called "concurrent surgeries" might se…
 
In this edition of the SpheraNOW podcast, James Tehrani, Spark's editor in chief, talks with Christopher Penn, the co-founder and chief data scientist at Trust Insights about how AI and predictive analytics can help mitigate risk in industry and more. If that's not enough, there's even a spirited discussion about AI and cookies that you won't want …
 
Coinciding with the fall 2019 Spark cover story on Integrated Risk Management 4.0, James Tehrani, Spark’s editor-in-chief, speaks with Jerry Shaughnessy, Sphera’s chief architech, about his background, where companies go wrong with their innovation strategies and how technology will continue to change the game for risk mitigation strategies. Don’t …
 
In the latest SpheraNOW podcast, Carrie Decatur, Sphera’s senior regulatory analyst, discusses the European Commission’s recent changes to Annex VIII that will, among other things, postpone the first compliance date for harmonizing poison centre reporting for mixtures intended for consumer use. Listen to the podcast to learn more about how to compl…
 
In this edition of the SpheraNOW podcast, James Tehrani, Spark's editor in chief, talks with workplace safety author and consultant Phil La Duke about how fatigue can lead to unsafe behaviors and Operational Risks in the workforce. He discusses what he's learned about fatigue and some of the ways companies can help workers get the rest they need to…
 
Coinciding with the fall 2019 Spark cover story on Integrated Risk Management 4.0, James Tehrani, Spark's editor-in-chief , speaks with David Stroud, Sphera’s vice president of MRO sales, about his background, how Maintenance, Repair & Operations fits into an Integrated Risk Management strategy and what the future might hold. Don’t forget to visit …
 
Coinciding with the Spark cover story on augmented, mixed and virtual reality for workplace safety, James Tehrani, the editor-in-chief of Spark, speaks with Cole Sandau, the CEO of Health Scholars, a health care training company based in Westminster, Colorado. Part of their training program includes VR experiences; some of which might surprise you.…
 
Coinciding with the Spark II cover story on augmented, mixed and virtual reality for workplace safety, James Tehrani, the editor-in-chief of Spark, speaks with Kristi Rawlinson, the head of marketing communications at STRIVR, a 3-year-old VR technology company that produces software designed to improve corporate performance. As Rawlinson says, “We …
 
In this SpheraNOW podcast, Scott Lehmann, Sphera’s vice president of product management for Sphera’s ORM for Operations solutions, discusses the potential of digital technology to help improve operations, reduce downtime and move to a proactive operational decision-making process. Technology is evolving rapidly—whether it’s with smart sensors, edge…
 
As a preview of the upcoming Spark cover story on augmented, mixed and virtual reality for workplace safety, James Tehrani, the editor-in-chief of Spark, speaks with Grant Winters, the director of business development in VR and online learning at Industrial Training International, a Woodland, Washington-based organization that offers a host of VR t…
 
In October 2018, Sphera’s media team visited flavor company FONA International’s headquarters in Geneva, Illinois, to learn more about the flavor-making industry. James Tehrani, Sphera’s content marketing manager, spoke with Jennifer Howell, FONA’s director of regulatory innovation. They talk about the complexities of creating new flavors and espec…
 
In this special edition of the SpheraNOW podcast, James Tehrani, the editor-in-chief of Spark magazine, talks with world-renowned nautical explorer Dr. Robert Ballard. Among his many major underwater discoveries, without question he is best remembered for leading the expedition that located the RMS Titanic in 1985. Ballard discusses his long career…
 
In the newest SpheraNOW podcast, James Tehrani, Sphera’s content marketing manager, talks with Ellen Bremseth, Sphera’s social media specialist, about the launch of Spark magazine. Spark is Sphera’s entry into the world of periodicals, and Tehrani—who also serves as Spark’s editor-in-chief—and Bremseth discuss the goals and origin of the magazine a…
 
In this edition of SpheraNOW, Narenderpal Marwaha, Sphera’s principal solutions architect, talks about moving from lagging to leading indicators to improve safety performance. But how do you pitch the cost-benefit analysis to stakeholders? Getting buy-in from organizations that have been focusing on lagging indicators for some time can be tricky, b…
 
John Crosman, Sphera’s lead process safety consultant, talks action management best practices, in the latest edition of the SpheraNOW podcast. It’s critical that companies close out actions for risk assessments to ensure follow-through. But, as Crosman explains, “a lot of us work in our own little bubbles or our own little words, and we forget that…
 
In this episode of SpheraNOW we discuss the importance of a properly implemented Incident Management System with Katherine Horn, a senior consultant at Huco Consulting. Part of the discussion centers around challenges and pitfalls when trying to implement an incident management system. Why is it that some implementation projects stall and struggle …
 
In this episode we speak with Meredith Boyer, a senior consultant at Huco Consulting, about audits and how companies can view them in a positive light to benefit their employees, facilities and the environment. Yes, we said audits. Boyer is passionate about Environmental Health & Safety audits, and you will be too after listening to her insights. T…
 
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