NIA's August 2019 E-News Bulletin
3 News Items for NIA Members Only! 
1. Apply by September 3 for NIA's Safety Excellence Award

NIA's Safety Excellence Award is the only national award for outstanding safety performance in the mechanical insulation industry. For NIA members only, show your commitment to safety and download an application today!

2019 Safety Award Schedule
Safety Award Applications Due: September 3, 2019
Winners Announced: April 16, 2020 (during NIA's Annual Convention, April 15-17, 2020)

Award categories and downloadable applications: For more information, click here or email Aimee Doyle.
2. NIA Members: Update Your Listing for the 2020 Membership Directory

Attention Primary Representatives: Don't miss out! Updated forms for the 2020 Buyer's Guide: Insulation Products & Providers have been mailed and are due back to NIA no later than Monday, August 19. Thank you for your membership and support of NIA!  Email niainfo@insulation.org for more information.

Stand Out by Advertising in NIA's 2020 Buyer's Guide: Insulation Products & Providers
  • NIA Member Advertisers will appear 4 times and get 2 full-color logos!
  • To advertise in the 2020 Buyer's Guide, please email ads@insulation.org
3. Members-Only Event: Register Today for NIA's Fall Summit!

NIA's Fall Summit 2019 is our annual members-only event and features topical speakers, tailored industry sessions, and networking opportunities to help members grow and develop new business relationships in just 1.5 days! Join us November 6-7, 2019, at the MGM National Harbor, just outside Washington, DC.

Unique Sponsorship Opportunities

3 Training Opportunities in September, October, and December
1. Become a NIA Certified Insulation Energy Appraiser in September

Register by September 6 to become a NIA Certified Appraiser during the September 24-25, 2019, course, which is taking place in Houston, Texas.  
 
NIA's 2-day Insulation Energy Appraisal Program (IEAP) course teaches students how to determine optimal insulation thickness and how a properly selected, specified, designed, installed, and maintained mechanical insulation system saves money and enhances system performance. Click here to view a list of Certified Appraisers who are NIA members. 

Click here for course details and to register. Deadline September 6.
2. Attend a Free Webinar in October on Best IT Practices

IT Best Practices to Protect Your Business
When: Thursday, October 17, 2019 (1:00-2:00 p.m. ET)
Cost: Free

Educate yourself on current IT best practices that you should be implementing at your business to protect your company's data and reputation. Focus will be set on the 4 core topics of internet, security, data, and email.

Speaker: Sylvester Oliver, President and Chief Technology Officer, GRS Technology Solutions

Click here to learn more and register

3. Don't Miss the Last Thermal Insulation Inspector Certification Course for 2019 

NIA's Thermal Insulation Inspector Certification is a 4-day course to educate and train insulation inspectors on how to evaluate installation work and determine whether it is compliant with mechanical insulation specifications. The August class sold out, so make sure you register by November 18!
2 Ways to Share Your Voice with NIA
1. Speak Up about the Industry in Insulation Outlook Magazine

Add your voice to Insulation Outlook magazine in September, October, and November.

November: Submit a quote about why you are thankful for insulation

Help Us Highlight Insulation System Longevity in November by Submitting Your Past Project
Fill out the project form to be featured nationally and submit your past projects that have stood the test of time!
  
Share Your Message through Advertising
Contact Rob and Justin today at ads@insulation.org.
2. Let's Make It Happen!

NIA President Dana Vlk's yearlong theme is action-packed. She invites everyone to take her Let's Make It Happen Challenge and make a difference in the industry!

Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission Rule Change Update

An Update from NIA Legal Counsel:

In late May the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) announced that starting on June 10, 2019, all Notices of Contest (NOC) would have to be electronically filed with the Review Commission. At that time, I was surprised because under the rules, the Review Commission does not take jurisdiction of an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) case until after the NOC is filed with the OSHA area director. But, because of the information we had received, I advised in the May/June issue of NIA News, that after June 10 any NOC should be electronically filed with the Review Commission. I also advised that any employer filing an NOC should continue to file the NOC by letter with the appropriate area director until all of the bugs had been worked out of the system.
 
We continued to investigate this new rule and we learned that my original concern was correct. The NOC in any OSHA case in which one has to be filed SHALL (MUST) be filed by mail, or by hand delivery by no later than midnight on the 15th working day after the employer signs for the citations with the area director who issued the citations. It does not and should not be filed electronically with the Review Commission. If an NOC has been filed during this period electronically with the Review Commission no harm has been done, as long as the employer followed the advice I gave to also mail a copy of the NOC to the appropriate area director.

For more information, please visit: www.oshrc.gov/.

To read the NIA News Safety Corner Article: Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission Rule Changes, click here.
Product Spotlight: NIA's Safety Handbooks for Insulation Workers and Distributors & Fabricators           
NIA's pocket-sized safety handbooks offer practical tips for contractors and workers looking to maintain a safe working environment. New sections include heat-illness prevention, fall protection, and distracted driving. Both handbooks contain English and Spanish versions of the text.   
 
NIA Members: 1-25 Copies, $4/each; 26+ Copies, $3/each.
Non-members: 1-25 Copies, $8/each; 26+ Copies, $6/each.

Key Dates
 
August 7, 2019
Technical Information Committee (TIC) Virtual Meeting
To register, email Julie McLaughlin

August 6-9, 2019 [Sold Out]
Sheraton North Houston at George Bush Intercontinental
 
September 24-25, 2019
Sheraton North Houston at George Bush Intercontinental
 
November 6-7, 2019
Fall Summit 2019
MGM National Harbor, National Harbor, Maryland (outside of Washington, DC)

December 3-6, 2019
Sheraton North Houston at George Bush Intercontinental

April 15-17, 2020
NIA's 65 th Annual Convention

For more information on NIA events, please email events@insulation.org.

Click here for the NIA Calendar of Events
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