NIA is proud to sponsor the Theodore H. Brodie Distinguished Safety Award, which is the association’s highest industry honor for outstanding safety performance. NIA recognizes safety as a vital part of the mechanical insulation industry and created this award more than 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. NIA’s Health and Safety Committee helps to oversee and guide the awards program.
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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. Companies are not judged against one another, but rather, on the merits of that company's overall safety program. Since each membership category has its own safety areas, there is a separate application and evaluation for each one. The awards program honors 4 levels of excellence: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.
The 2016 Safety Award applications are available below. The applications are due by January 31, 2017.
All applicants receive an individualized and detailed Safety Training Analysis Results (STAR) Report. The STAR Report is a document prepared by NIA's General Counsel and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Expert Gary Auman of Dunlevey, Mahan & Furry. The STAR Report contains valuable feedback and recommendations that can be implemented immediately to increase safety awareness and improve the company's safety culture.
The Health & Safety Committee is offering a new mentoring program that matches platinum winners with companies that would like assistance with the Safety Award program. If you would like to volunteer to be a mentor or be matched with a mentor, please contact NIA.
Safety Award Q & A
By Gary Auman
NIA’s General Counsel and OSHA Expert
Dunlevey, Mahan & Furry, Dayton, Ohio
Question: Who are the judges?
Answer: Regarding the composition of the judging panel, I am the only attorney on the grading committee; the remainder of the committee consists of volunteers from NIA’s membership who are safety professionals or small contractors. I estimate that among the judging panel, we average more than 20 years each in safety and/or Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) matters. Personally, I have been counseling and defending employers on safety and OSHA-related issues for more than 37 years. The volunteers who grade the application have a large task, requiring time away from their businesses and the review of hundreds of pages of materials submitted by the applicants, as the applications we receive contain anywhere from 5 to 250 pages of material.
Question: Are the applications anonymous?
Answer: The applications are all assigned a number and are graded completely anonymously with all company identifiers redacted. None of the members of the grading committee know whose application they have reviewed nor do they have access to the applicant information. After the scores have been totaled and the process is finished, the application numbers are then reconciled to the company name by an individual who is not a part of the grading panel.
Question: Does the grading process recognize the efforts the applicants make to provide their employees with a safe place to work?
Answer: I can affirm that the committee makes every effort to consider all relevant information from each company. We take care to consider that each applicant company has its own style for approaching safety, and we evaluate this approach for effectiveness and OSHA compliance. The committee works hard to balance the considerations of a well-meaning program with the expectations of OSHA. We want each participant in the NIA program to do as well as possible, but we also want them to get meaningful feedback on their program. Any critical feedback provided is meant to assist companies in providing for the safety of their employees and improving their overall safety culture.
For additional questions about the Brodie Awards, please contact Aimee Doyle at the NIA office at 703-464-6422, ext. 113.