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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 Announces the 2015 Theodore H. Brodie Distinguished Safety Award Winners

NIA’s Safety Award is the only national award for outstanding safety performance in the mechanical insulation industry. NIA recognizes safety as a vital part of the industry and created this award over a decade ago to recognize top companies that have established structured safety programs to ensure the well-being of their employees and create safe working environments.

Download the 2015 Safety Award Applications:

Throughout the judging process, applicant companies remain anonymous and winners are evaluated on the basis of their overall safety program, means of communication, and safety policy. Safety programs are not judged against other safety programs, but rather, on the merits of that company's overall safety program. The awards program honors 4 levels of excellence: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

All applicants receive a tailored Safety Training Analysis Results (STAR) Report. The STAR Report contains valuable feedback and recommendations designed to improve your company's safety culture based on your answers to the application questions.

The 2015 Brodie Awards were presented at NIA's 61st Annual Convention/WIACO in Boca Raton, Florida.

Please visit NIA’s Facebook page for photos of the winners.

Theodore H. Brodie

Established in 2004 to recognize top companies that have established structured safety programs to ensure the well-being of their employees and create safe working environments, the Theodore H. Brodie Distinguished Safety Award is named in honor of Ted Brodie, NIA Past President and long-time active member, who worked tirelessly to create a greater awareness of the need for safe working conditions. Brodie first chaired the association's Health and Safety Committee in 1967, and he received the NIA's President's Award in 1988. Brodie was the president and CEO of New England Insulation Co., Inc. in Canton, Massachusetts, for 50 years.

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.


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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.

Other Benefits of Insulation:
  1. Reduces energy costs
  2. Prevents moisture condensation
  3. Reduces capacity and size of new mechanical equipment
  4. Enhances process performance
  5. Reduces emissions of pollutants
  6. Safety and protection of personnel
  7. Acoustical performance: reduces noise levels
  8. Maximizes return on investment (ROI)
  9. Improves Appearance
  10. Fire Protection

Now that I know insulation pays for itself and produces so many benefits...
What's The Next Step?
  1. Find an Insulation Contractor
  2. Perform an Insulation Energy Appraisal
  3. Review Insulation Manufacturers' Technical Literature
  4. Take a Class to Learn Insulation Fundamentals
  5. Get a Free Subscription to Insulation Outlook magazine
  6. Invite an Insulation Expert to Speak at Your Event
  7. Take Advantage of NIA's Free Online Technical Resources

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