Business Management

  • Pipe Insulation Is a Valuable Asset that Must Be Managed

    An Industry Built on Tradition Is Slow to Adopt New Technology The mechanical pipe and valve insulation industry is one of those that is slow to adopt new technology. This is not because the industry is made up of Luddites, but because older industries tend to wait until a technology has been fully proven and

  • Legally Speaking: OSHA and Heat Stress

    With summer well underway, don’t be caught ill-prepared for a heat-stress incident and a subsequent visit by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)—establish your heat stress program today. Simply telling your employees that it is a hot day and they should take breaks when needed and to drink as much water as necessary will

  • Managing Safety Performance: Warning: Complacency Ahead!

    Leaders the world over face the same tough safety challenges that stand in the way of 0 injuries. These challenges begin with attitude and awareness; change, communication, and compliance; and risk and training. If everyone is going to go home alive and well at the end of every day, these challenges need to be met

  • The New OSHA Silica Standard

    More than a year ago, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) promulgated a new standard for addressing respirable crystalline silica. The Standard was effective on June 23, 2016, but enforcement was only to begin in the construction industry on June 23, 2017, and in the general industry on June 23, 2018. Recently, OSHA delayed

  • OSHA Regulatory Update

    Insulation Outlook staff recently reached out to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to get an update on the latest regulatory developments. In April, OSHA delayed enforcement of the silica standard that applies to the construction industry from June 23, 2017 to September 23, 2017. The agency has determined that additional guidance is necessary.

  • How HR Can Promote Flexibility in Blue-Collar Jobs

    When Rachael Sobon, SHRM-CP, started her job as the first human resources (HR) professional at CRP Industries 10 years ago, she quickly saw room for improvement. Sobon understood that the daily deadlines of a bustling warehouse required many of the Cranbury, New Jersey–based company’s 180 workers to be onsite at certain hours. However, she also

  • The Commercial and Industrial Mechanical Insulation & Laminated Metal Building Insulation Markets Exhibit Overall Growth

    Survey Confirms Market Expectations and Predicts Healthy 2017–2018

  • Managing Safety Performance: Compliance, Compliance, Compliance!

    When it comes to safety, every business leader wants exactly the same thing: for all team members to go home alive and well at the end of the day. The hard part is making that happen. In order to send everyone home safe every single day, every leader has to deal with a long list

  • Important OSHA Regulation Changes

    OSHA to Delay Enforcing Crystalline Silica Standard in the Construction Industry The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced a delay in enforcement of the crystalline silica standard that applies to the construction industry to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers. The agency has determined

  • Gazing into the Crystal Ball

    AIA: Even with Uncertainties Looming, Healthy Gains Projected for 2017 Building Activity By Kermit Baker 2016 was a chaotic year for non-residential building activity. For most serving this market, it turned out to be a successful year—construction spending in this sector rose almost 8%, according to current estimates—even as challenges to the industry were continually