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U.S. Senate Proposed HEALS Act Includes Provisions to Help Construction Firms Recover

“Senate Republicans have crafted a relief measure that includes a number of vital provisions that will allow hard-hit construction firms to begin rebuilding their businesses and payrolls. Among the most promising of these provisions are liability reforms so construction firms that are protecting workers from the coronavirus will not be subjected to needless litigation. The proposal also includes important improvements to the Paycheck Protection Program and a much-needed expansion of the Employee Retention Tax Credit, both of which will help protect construction jobs," said Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) CEO Stephen E. Sandherr.

Quick COVID-19 Resources

Federal COVID-19 Guidance
A FEMA, CDC, and White House website,, is a good resource to share with your employees for guidance on how to protect oneself from the virus, current symptoms, and what to do if you think you are sick. It also includes testing facilities in each state.

FDA Updates on Hand Sanitizers with Methanol
The FDA is expanding its list of poisonous hand sanitizers and warns of dangers of methanol or wood alcohol. This substance can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested, and can be life-threatening when ingested. Click here to learn more.

SBA Virtual Mentoring and Training
SCORE, Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, and Veterans Business Outreach Centers are providing free business mentoring and training by phone, email, and video. Click here to find a local SBA resource partner.

Construction Company Offers Free COVID-19 App
BuildCenter, a subsidiary of COBE Construction, Inc., is offering a free health screening tool and attendance log app. The app helps construction companies maintain a daily attendance log for contact tracing and perform a health assessment on workers and visitors before they enter the job site. Click here to learn more.
Virginia Economy Recovery Fund to Award Grants of Up to $10K

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced $70 million for small businesses and nonprofit organizations whose normal operations were disrupted by COVID-19. Businesses and nonprofits must be in good standing, have annual gross revenues of no more than $1.5 million, and have no more than 25 employees, and certify that they have not received PPP or EIDL funding. Application period opens on August 10, 2020. A 1-pager is available here.

Click here to learn more about eligibility criteria, covered expenses, and how to submit an application.
Attention Virginia Employers: Virginia's COVID-19 Emergency Standard Took Effect July 27

As the first state in the nation to implement an emergency temporary standard (ETS) related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia's ETS covers every employer in the Commonwealth and includes mandatory requirements for all employers (with additional requirements for workplaces with certain exposure risk levels), training and leave requirements, and an anti-discrimination provision.

The ETS took effect on July 27, 2020. Employers will have 30 days to comply with the training requirements on the ETS and 60 days to comply with the training requirements on the employer’s infectious disease preparedness and response plan.

Coming in October: NIA's Next Online Thermal Insulation Inspector Certification Course

Thermal Insulation Inspector Certification  Program : This 4-day course will educate participants on how to inspect and verify that the materials and the insulation system have been installed in accordance with the mechanical insulation specifications .

This will include both live and pre-recorded sessions.
  • Part 1 on September 30–October 1: NIA's Introduction to Mechanical Insulation
  • Part 2 on October 6–7: NIA's Thermal Insulation Inspector Certification Course

To become a Certified Thermal Insulation Inspector , class participants must complete both Part 1 and 2, and receive a passing grade on the final examination at the end of each level.

All course materials will be shipped to participants.

New Sponsorship Opportunities Available

NIA’s Thermal Insulation Inspector Certification™ Course
Are you interested in getting your brand in front of Insulation Inspectors? NIA is now offering the opportunity to provide branded items (notebooks, pens, hand sanitizer, etc.) to individuals taking NIA's Thermal Insulation Inspector Certification course. This includes online and in-person courses! For more information and pricing details, please contact .
Host a Private Course for Your Team or Clients

Choose from NIA's Introduction to Mechanical Insulation Course (2-day course) or the full Thermal Insulation Inspector Certification course (4-day course). Both training courses can be held virtually or at the location of your choice and you can invite your employees, members, and guests.

Contact for pricing and more information. Discounted pricing is available to NIA members, Gold-Elite Foundation contributors, and engineers. Click here to download a flyer with more information about the benefits of hosting a course.
Resource: One Free Call with Legal Counsel
For NIA Member Companies on Any Safety Topic
Now through August 31
In the spirit of aiding all of our members during this critical time, NIA Legal Counsel Gary Auman of Auman, Mahan & Furry has offered to respond to 1 safety matter question, per NIA member company, via telephone call or email. Thank you, Gary, for your generosity and your safety expertise.

Contact Auman, Mahan & Furry at 937-223-6003.
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