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.
- Committee Days 2012 Safety Recap
Author: Gary Auman
Safety and Health Committee of the National Insulation Association (NIA) met
during Committee Days for a combined committee meeting and roundtable.
Following the 2011 Committee Days, the committee voted to dispense with a
separate roundtable (with separate registration) and expand the regular
committee meeting to include a roundtable discussion. This article summarizes
the information shared among the attendees at the committee meeting...READ FULL ARTICLE
- Insulation in the Hurricane Sandy Impact Area
Powerful "super storm"
Hurricane Sandy literally destroyed parts of New York, New Jersey, and other
areas along the East Coast. According to the Construction Claims Advisor,
"Estimates of the economic losses caused by Hurricane Sandy recently reached
$50 billion after experts assessed the costs of severe property damage,
shut-down subways and power outages. Hurricane Sandy's recent devastation along
much of the East Coast is a reminder of the significant factor weather can
contribute to the ...READ FULL ARTICLE
- Apply For The 2012 Theodore H. Brodie Distinguished Safety Award
The National Insulation Association
(NIA) knows how important safety is in
the workplace and strives to provide you
with resources to help your company
build upon and improve its existing
safety program. For 10 years, through
our annual Theodore H. Brodie
Distinguished Safety Award program, NIA
has been recognizing companies that
demonstrate excellence in safety and
instill strong safety values in their
employees. This award was named after
Theodore H. Brodie, in recognition of
his devotion to safety and his untiring
efforts to put safety in the forefront
of th...READ FULL ARTICLE
- NIA Safety Roundtable Recap
Author: Gary Auman
At the Annual NIA Convention in Scottsdale,
Arizona this past April, approximately 40 NIA members met with the
platinum-award winners of the Theodore H. Brodie Distinguished Safety Award to
discuss ideas and suggestions for creating and maintaining a top-notch safety
program. The group consisted of a wide variety of members, from insulation
contractors to distributors/fabricators and associates. This roundtable has
proven to be an extremely v...READ FULL ARTICLE
- NIA Announces the 2011 Theodore H. Brodie Distinguished Safety Award Winners
The National Insulation
Association (NIA) announced the 2011 Theodore H. Brodie Distinguished Safety
Award winners at NIA's 57th Annual Convention. This year, because of the large
number of award recipients, we judged applicants in two categories: Contractors
and Distributors/ Fabricators.
The Brodie Safety
Award, first given in 2004, was crea...READ FULL ARTICLE
- Recent Changes to OSHA’s Employee Discrimination Policies
Author: Gary Auman
On March 12, 2012, Richard E. Fairfax, the Deputy Assistant
Secretary for OSHA, issued "OSHA's Memorandum on Employer Incentive and
Disincentive Policies and Practices" to all regional Administrators and
Whistleblower Program Managers. This memo identifies OSHA discrimination 11(c)
violations to a level that many employers may not have anticipated.
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