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Health and Safety

A well-designed and insulated system will protect personnel by:
  • Lowering hot surface temperatures
  • Preventing accidental burns
Insulation protects equipment and personnel

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.

Articles

  • Legally Speaking: OSHA Focuses in on Heat Stress
    Date: July 2014
    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

  • Recovering Safely
    Work Is Coming Back: Will the Workers You Hire for the Job Meet Your Safety Standards?
    Date: July 2014
    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
    Date: May 2014
    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.

    Individual Mandate Postponed

    The individual mandate originally required legal residents to obtain healthcare insurance beginning in 2014 or face a tax penalty. The tax escalates from $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
    Date: March 2014
    Author: Ed Loosemore

    While 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 federal rules and regulations.

    The 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
    Date: March 2014
    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
    Date: February 2014
    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
    Date: December 2013
    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
    Date: December 2013
    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

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