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COVID-19 and related information for the insulation industry. Click here to read the latest online.
Advocacy: Speak Out about SBA Loan Program
Tell Congress and the Administration to Fix the Small Business Administration (SBA) Loan Programs: AGC has an easy tool to write a letter asking to add more funding and to simplify the eligibility requirements for the SBA loan programs so construction firms and their employees can get needed coronavirus relief as soon as possible. Send a letter to your elected officials with 1 click.
Update: OSHA Issues Interim Recordkeeping Guidance
On April 10, OSHA issued interim guidance for enforcing recordkeeping requirements ( 29 CFR Part 1904) as it relates to recording cases of COVID-19. Under OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements, COVID-19 is a recordable illness, and employers are responsible for recording cases of COVID-19, if the case:
  • Is confirmed as a COVID-19 illness,
  • Is work-related as defined by 29 CFR 1904.5, and
  • Involves one or more of the general recording criteria in 29 CFR 1904.7, such as medical treatment beyond first aid or days away from work.

In areas where there is ongoing community transmission, employers other than those in the healthcare industry, emergency response organizations (e.g., emergency medical, firefighting, and law enforcement services), and correctional institutions may have difficulty making determinations about whether workers who contracted COVID-19 did so due to exposures at work. Accordingly, until further notice, OSHA will not enforce its recordkeeping requirements to require these employers to make work-relatedness determinations for COVID-19 cases, except where: (1) There is objective evidence that a COVID-19 case may be work-related; and (2) The evidence was reasonably available to the employer.

For more information, please visit OSHA’s COVID-19 web page.
Update: Critical Infrastructure Version 2.5 in Process
As we have previously notified NIA members, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is maintaining a Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response. This CISA memorandum is meant to help state and local officials determine how to protect their communities while also ensuring the security and resiliency of critical infrastructure. Ultimately state governors and local official guidance will vary based on state and region. NIA has been informed that CISA is currently working on version 2.5 of the guidance as the COVID-19 responses continue to evolve. When the updated guidance is released, NIA will provide an update.
Resources for You: COVID-19 Construction Tools
Get toolbox talks, insights on how to keep workers safe, cleaning and disinfecting procedures, easy-to-read safety posters, and more. Click here to learn more.
Update: SEICA Cancels Spring 2020 Conference
The Southeastern Insulation Contractors Association (SEICA) has canceled its Spring 2020 Conference, which was scheduled to take place in Pointe Vedra, Florida, in June. They look forward to seeing everyone at the SEICA 2020 Fall Meeting, October 11-13, in Nashville. For more information, visit SEICA's website.

For more regional insulation industry meetings, visit NIA's Industry Calendar of Events.
Resources for You: COVID-19 Call with Legal Counsel for NIA Member Companies
Auman, Mahan & Furry is offering a free 30-minute call on COVID-19 during April for NIA member companies. For more information, contact Auman, Mahan & Furry’s Labor and Employment Group at 937-223-6003.
Where to Find the Latest Information
NIA is curating the information and resources we send to members on our website, including legal updates, article resources, calls to action, and more. Please click here to find the latest updates.
We thank you for your ongoing commitment to NIA. Please take care of yourself, your family, and your business. If we can be of service to you and your business during this time, please contact NIA at niainfo@insulation.org .
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