Health and Safety
A well-designed and insulated system will protect personnel by:
- Lowering hot surface temperatures
- Preventing accidental burns
Thermal insulation is one of the most effective means of protecting workers from burns resulting from contact with hot or extremely cold piping and equipment. For hot surfaces, especially, insulation reduces the surface temperature of piping or equipment to a safer level, resulting in increased worker safety and the avoidance of worker downtime due to injury.
With today's specification tools it's very easy to calculate the insulation thickness needed to bring the surface temperature of your piping and equipment to safe levels.
In addition to the safety benefits of insulation, NIA member companies take job site safety very seriously and strive to meet the highest standards to protect their own personnel.
The Theodore H. Brodie Distinguished Safety Award
NIA promotes and recognizes safety in the workplace with this important annual award.
Health and Safety Committee
The NIA is committed to the health, safety and welfare of its members, customers, and the insulation industry. Through professional safety leadership, the Committee will actively promote the highest standards of safety and health excellence, to ensure a safe working environment.
If you are an NIA member and would like more information about joining this committee, please contact the membership department. You may also log in to the Members Only to download committee minutes.
- Legally Speaking: Healthcare Deadlines Approach—Act Now
Author: Paul Routh
Early Renewal Strategy
One of the most
important provisions of the new healthcare law, the Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly called the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or
"Obamacare," will take effect for plan years beginning on or after January 1,
2014 for small employers (those with fewer than 50 employees). These provisions
are known as the community rating restrictions, and there ...READ FULL ARTICLE
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration Regulatory Update
Author: Gary Auman
With the government shutdown in October, there has
been some uncertainty about the status of the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA). Now that the government is back up and running, OSHA is
resuming operations. During the shutdown, all OSHA litigation matters were put
on hold while the Department of Labor attorneys who represent OSHA, as well as
Administrative Law Judges with the Occupational Safety and Health Review
Commission, were temporarily furloughed, pending the conclusion of the shutdown.
In In 2012, the
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the construction industry has the
second-highest rate of fatal work injuries in the U.S., demonstrating the need
to make safety programs a priority. Now a new SmartMarket Report, published by
McGraw Hill Construction in partnership with ClickSafety, CPWR and United
Rentals, reveals that investing in safety practices is not only a way to
address this grim statistic, but that these investments also can yield
significant business returns. Large construction companies&mda...READ FULL ARTICLE
- Pre-Work Start-Up Safety Checklist for Contractors
Author: Gary Auman
Regardless of size, safety should be a key
component of every job, and contractors should make safety planning a priority
when they are creating their bids. The cost of having a safe job site should be
considered and made part of the bid; and if the contractor gets the job, it
should be treated as an integral part of the project. When contractors visit
job sites to obtain project information, they should also be evaluating safety
concerns to outline what is needed to finish the job safely and in compliance
with all applicable codes, standard...READ FULL ARTICLE
- Using Transitional Duty to Return Employees to Work After an Injury
Author: Gary Auman
As employers, we all
strive to avoid work-related injuries to our employees. We do this because we
do not want to see any of our employees injured, but also because of the costs
associated with work-related injuries. Work-related injuries that lead to lost
time usually result in an increase in our experience modification rate, which
ultimately affects our workers' compensation insurance premium. These premium
increases can cost a company tens of thousands of dollars each year for several
years after the industrial injury....READ FULL ARTICLE
- Heat Illness Prevention
Author: William J. McCaffrey
weather moves across the country, affecting more U.S. workers, it becomes
increasingly important for companies to focus on protection from heat-related
illness. A discussion of legal requirements for employers related to the
General Duty Clause and the need to address heat stress was featured in an
article titled "Heat Stress and the General Duty Clause" by NIA's legal counsel
Gary Auman in the October 2012 issue of Insulation Outlook, available at
www.InsulationOutlook.com. The following article ...READ FULL ARTICLE
View All Health and Safety Articles
DID YOU KNOW...
Personnel Protection is an Important Function of Insulation
By reducing the surface temperature of hot piping and equipment to a safer level, insulation protects workers from hazardous injuries. This results in increased worker safety and a reduction in downtime due to injury.