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.
- New Study Demonstrates that Safety Programs Improve Business Outcomes
Author: Michele Russo
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
- 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
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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.