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: OSHA Focuses in on Heat Stress
Author: Bob Dunlevey
Although there is no specific legal
standard for addressing hot-work environments, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is currently focusing its efforts on the
prevention of heat-related illnesses. OSHA has launched its annual Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers, and is focusing many of
their efforts on ensuring employers are addressing the threat of heat illness. A recent Washington memo to OSHA's Regional Administrators emphasized the importance
of this issue, and stated that "this memo directs the Field to expedite heat-related inspections and...READ FULL ARTICLE
- Preventing Mold Growth in Below-Ambient Systems
Author: Steve Fisher
Below-ambient systems create unique environments that have the potential for a multitude of issues, one of which is mold growth. Mold growth can occur either on or in
mechanical insulation on
pipes and tanks if the right conditions are present. When mold grows inside duct work, it can be a very significant issue, and cause for concern. The conditions in ducts
can be conducive for mold growth and the potential for health issues is high, particularly in schools, public buildings, and health-care facilities. Selecting the correct
insulation type and installing it
properly according t...READ FULL ARTICLE
- Recovering Safely
Work Is Coming Back: Will the Workers You Hire for the Job Meet Your Safety Standards?
Author: Ulf Wolf
This is the scenario: You have just landed a large, profitable job. The schedule is tight, but you can commit to it, and you have. The next
day—bless the chief estimator (and the recovering market)—you land another large, profitable job. It also has a tight
schedule, but not impossible. It is scramble time, though. You need 20 more crew, this week, to start next Monday.
You find them. Two great projects pushing your company to the limit (with
more on the horizon).
This is the question: In face of revived production demands, does safety take a back seat?
...READ FULL ARTICLE
- Legally Speaking: Health Care
Author: Paul Routh
It can be somewhat difficult to keep
abreast of the developments regarding
the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Following
is some additional information in
simple outline form to assist you as
you prepare for these new regulations.
The individual mandate originally
required legal residents to obtain
healthcare insurance beginning in 2014
or face a tax penalty. The tax escalates
$95 per person in 2014 to $695 per
person in 2016. But on December 19,
2013, Pr...READ FULL ARTICLE
- Safety Procedures for Employees Working Alone
Author: Ed Loosemore
it is acceptable for employees to work alone (unless a federal, state, or local
agency prohibits it), proper steps must be taken up front to provide them and
others with procedures to follow to ensure their health and safety. Businesses
should check the guidelines from the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) to ensure that their working-alone procedures follow all
first step in developin...READ FULL ARTICLE
- What Is a "Competent Person?"
OSHA’s Requirements for the Term Extend Beyond Simply Designating Someone with the Title
Author: Kyle W. Morrison
When a boss calls an employee a "competent person,"
it is not necessarily a compliment—it is a legal obligation.
A competent person is an employee who is able to recognize hazards
associated with a particular task, and has the ability to mitigate those
hazards. Many Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) construction
standards require someone on site—such as a Foreman, Supervisor, or other
employee—to be designated as a competent person.
...READ FULL ARTICLE
- Cold-Weather Injuries: OSHA Notes: Cold-Weather Injury Prevention Requirements and Contractor-Subcontractor Liability
Author: Gary Auman
The July issue of Insulation
Outlook featured an article about heat stress due to the serious nature of
this concern and the correspondingly strict stance the Occupational Safety and
Health Administration (OSHA) has taken on heat stress prevention. OSHA had
informed construction industry employers that if they did not have a heat
stress program in place, they would be cited for violations of the General Duty
Clause. Although a similar memorandum has not been issued regarding
cold-weather injuries, the same enforcem...READ FULL ARTICLE
- 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.
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