• Insulation Industry Webinar Examines IECC Codes on June 4
  • Register by June 9 for NIA's Understanding Specifications Course
  • Join Us In Person at the MGM National Harbor for NIA's Annual Convention
  • New NIA Learning Program on Submittals to Launch in October
  • NIA Training Fall Lineup: In Person & Virtual
  • NIA Supports Family Businesses
  • Putting NIA President Dave Cox's Theme into Action
  • New OSHA COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance
  • Take NIA's Selfie Challenge
  • Last Chance to Vote for Safety!
  • Insulation Outlook Editorial: Focus on Marine Insulation Systems
  • Owens Corning's Passive Fire Protection Webinar
  • Plus more!
Friday, June 4: Insulation Industry Policy Conference Webinar Series Examines
Significant Changes of the 2021 IECC
Topic: Significant Changes of the 2021 IECC and Its Impact on Buildings
When: Friday, June 4, 2021, Noon-1:00 p.m. ET
Presenter: Eric Lacey, Chairman, Responsible Energy Codes Alliance (RECA)

The 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) brings improved energy savings and new opportunities for states and cities to meet their energy-saving and carbon-reduction goals. This webinar will highlight significant changes in the 2021 IECC and how they will impact the design and construction of residential and commercial buildings.

At RECA, Eric leads a nationwide campaign to promote state and local adoption of up-to-date building energy codes. Eric is a Principal in Stone Mattheis, Xenopoulos & Brew, P.C.

Free Webinar! Click here to register.
Eric Lacey is Chairman of RECA, a group of regional and national energy efficiency advocates, environmental groups, and energy-efficient product manufacturers.
This Memorial Day, as we take time to honor and remember our nation's service members who made the ultimate sacrifice, we remain forever grateful for their service.

The NIA office will be closed Monday, May 31, in observance of the holiday. NIA wishes you and your family a safe holiday weekend.
Register by June 9 for the Understanding Specifications Virtual Course on June 24
Register Now: The Last Course Sold Out!
Registration is open for NIA's Understanding Specifications Course, taking place online June 24! During this 5-hour virtual course, participants will learn about the purpose and complexity of specifications, how they vary between market segments, and how to apply that knowledge to benefit their company. Click here to view a sample agenda.

The next course will take place virtually on June 24, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. CT.

We encourage you to get vaccinated and join us F2F for this long-awaited, high-caliber event!

Is your company interested in promoting your brand at this event? Learn more about sponsorship opportunities.
Start Planning Now for NIA's F2F Annual Convention in October

What: NIA’s 65th Annual Convention
Where: MGM National Harbor, Maryland
When: Oct. 26–28, 2021
Discounted Registration Deadline: Oct. 1, 2021

Who is ready to reconnect? We are excited to welcome attendees back together F2F (face-to-face) at the MGM at National Harbor! Click here to see the schedule, confirmed speakers, and current safety protocols.

Guests are welcome too, and fall is a fabulous time to explore all that the National Harbor and Washington, DC, area have to offer.

New Learning Program Alert: NIA's Understanding the Submittal Process to Launch in October
NIA's Understanding the Submittal Process is an intermediate-level course that will teach students how to identify the type and scope of submittal requirements, the components and importance of the submittal package, and the purpose of the submittal process.The first course will take place in a virtual format on Oct. 5.

NIA Learning Programs: Virtual & In-Person Opportunities This Fall
Growing Our Industry Network: Together for Tomorrow

During his term as NIA’s President, Dave Cox's theme is Together for Tomorrow, which focuses on the power of industry relationships to build confidence for the future. Now is a great time to put Dave's theme into action and tell others about all of NIA's benefits. Now through July 5, 2021, new companies will be able to join NIA for 50% off the normal dues rate and receive full benefits from July 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021.

If you know of a company that should be a member of NIA, please contact Aimee Doyle at 703-464-6422, ext. 113, or email membership@insulation.org. We are happy to reach out to them to share this membership promotion. Click here for more details about membership.
NIA Joins Broad Coalition to Support Family-Owned Businesses
NIA and 115 other organizations urged U.S. Senate and House leadership to protect family-owned businesses from tax increases by defending stepped-up basis and opposing any changes to current law. The letter with an accompanying economic study illustrates how repealing stepped-up basis by imposing capital gains taxes when assets transfer ownership at death would force many family-owned businesses to liquidate assets or lay off employees to cover the tax burden. This new tax would be imposed on top of any existing estate tax liability, further compounding the negative impacts and creating a second tax at death.

OSHA Updates: Vaccine Reaction Reporting Reversal, Hazard Communication Hearing, and Walking-Working Surfaces Input
OSHA Reverses Vaccine Reporting Guidance
In a 180-degree shift in policy, OSHA said that employers do not need to record adverse reactions from COVID-19 vaccines on their OSHA 300 logs. The new guidance is in effect at least until May 2022 and applies regardless of whether an employer requires, recommends, or incentivizes employees to get vaccinated. It rescinds previous guidance that said that employers that require their employees to be vaccinated as a condition of employment must record any adverse reactions to the vaccine if the reaction is:
  • Work-related (if getting the vaccine is a condition of employment, then it is work-related).
  • A new case.
  • Meets one or more of the general recording criteria specified in 29 CFR 1904.7.

In its updated guidance, the agency said it is working diligently to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations and "does not wish to have any appearance of discouraging workers from receiving COVID-19 vaccinations," and also does not wish to disincentivize employers' vaccination efforts. As a result, OSHA will not enforce 29 CFR 1904's recording requirements to require any employers to record worker side effects from COVID-19 vaccination through May 2022.

OSHA Notice of Informal Hearing on Hazard Communication Standard
OSHA has issued a notice of an informal hearing on the agency’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) for Sept. 21, 2021, at 10 a.m. ET, and will be held virtually. Individuals interested in participating in the hearing must submit a notice of intent to appear at the hearing, along with any submissions and attachments, identified by Docket No. OSHA-2019-0001, electronically at www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Submissions and requests to appear must be received by June 18, 2021. Read the Federal Register notice for additional details (www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-05-20/pdf/2021-10523.pdf).

OSHA Proposes Updates to Walking-Working Surfaces Standard
OSHA is proposing updates in the handrail and stair rail system requirements for its general industry, Walking-Working Surfaces standard.OSHA published a final rule on walking-working surfaces and personal protective equipment in November 2016 that updated requirements for slip, trip, and fall hazards. The agency has received numerous questions asking when handrails are required, and about the height requirements for handrails on stairs and stair rail systems.This proposed rule does not reopen for discussion any of the regulatory decisions made in the 2016 rulemaking. It focuses solely on clarifying some of the requirements for handrails and stair rail systems finalized in 2016, and on providing flexibility in the transition to OSHA’s newer requirements. Follow the online instructions at the Federal eRulemaking portal to submit comments by July 19. For more information, read the Federal Register notice.
Insulation Outlook Selfie Challenge
Take a selfie with your issue of NIA's magazine—at home, in front of the insulation at your plant, or on vacation—to promote insulation anywhere and everywhere. Send your photos to editor@insulation.org and post them on social media with #NIAmeets.

Connect with NIA on social media to share your photos!
NIA President Dave Cox and Trudy at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.
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Last Chance to Vote! Click Select to Share Your Top Choice
What is the #1 safety topic you most want to hear about from NIA's Health & Safety Committee?
COVID-19 Claims/Policy
Ladder Safety
OSHA Updates
Safety Technology
Workers' Comp
Don't see your #1 safety topic listed? Email Aimee Doyle with your idea!
Coming Soon: NIA's Revised
Insulation Estimator's Handbook
This classic NIA reference tool is getting a complete update! Known throughout the industry for providing the data needed for almost every type of mechanical insulation estimate, this handbook contains valuable technical information for estimating insulation, as well as formulas and conversions, information on insulation accessories, and technical variables of an insulation project.
Stay tuned for more information on pre-release discounted, members-only pricing to be shared in NIA’s communications this summer!

Email niainfo@insulation.org for more information.
August Insulation Outlook Spotlight: Marine Insulation Systems
From aquaculture and grain to defense and energy, the world’s marine sector literally directs the flow of goods that power and protect our planet.

Don't miss out on promoting your brand through advertising or editorial (or both!) in the August issue of Insulation Outlook! Email editor@insulation.org today if you want to suggest a topic that should be covered or ads@insulation.org to build your brand.
Upcoming Issues
July: Commercial Insulation Systems
August: Marine Insulation Systems
September/October: Convention Double Issue
Keynote Speaker: Doug Harris, Kaleidoscope Group CEO/Thought Leader
Sponsored Event
Virtual Event: ABC's Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Summit on June 14
Associated Builders and Contractors' (ABC's) virtual Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (IDE) Summit on Monday, June 14, will explore the complexity of IDE in today's world and evaluate its historical journey and sustainable future in the construction industry.

Doug Harris, CEO of the Kaleidoscope Group, will lead attendees in an interactive, and virtual discussion on fostering inclusion and ultimately achieving exceptional business outcomes.

Oct. 12: Save the Date for Passive Fire Protection in Industrial Applications, an Owens Corning-Sponsored Webinar
The processing and storage of flammable liquids and gases poses significant fire risk for facilities. Proper insulation systems can help safeguard personnel and protect industrial systems. During this webinar, you will learn about design considerations and how thermal insulation can provide passive fire protection on industrial process piping and equipment.

Are you interested in sponsoring a webinar? Contact training@insulation.org for more information.
Key Dates

June 4
Noon-1:00 p.m. ET

June 24
Registration Deadline: June 9
Virtual course

July 13-16
July Board of Directors Meeting (closed meeting)
Hotel Viking Newport, Rhode Island
July 27
Technical Information Committee Virtual Meeting
12:00-4:00 p.m. ET

Aug. 10
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Sept. 15-16
Virtual Course

Sept. 15-16 and Sept. 22-23
Virtual Course

Oct. 5
Virtual Course

Oct. 6-8
Metal Building Laminator Committee Meeting
Tampa, Florida

Oct. 12
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Oct. 25
MGM National Harbor, Maryland (in-person course)

Oct. 26-28
MGM National Harbor, Maryland (in-person event)

Nov. 9-10
Registration Deadline: October 21, 2021
Virtual course

Nov. 30-Dec. 3
Houston, Texas (in-person course)
For more information on NIA events, please email events@insulation.org.

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