Safety Matters

  • Masking the Issue: The Case for Cloth Face Coverings

    For those in the construction industry, wearing a mask is all about safety—though usually a mask is worn to protect us from external exposures. NIA’s Health and Safety Chair explains why wearing a simple cloth face covering is vital for the public good and is an act of solidarity.

  • A “Fresh Eyes” Approach to Safety Audits

    You can’t fix what you don’t see. A fresh set of eyes can spot areas for improvement, making your jobsites safer and more efficient. Read about options for where to find “fresh eyes” and examples of how they have made a difference.

  • Scaffolding 101: An Introduction

    On-the-job risks need not climb just because personnel are up on scaffolding. This article provides an overview of what to look for to keep everyone safe on your job site when scaffolding is in use.

  • Safety Matters: Voluntary to Mandatory

    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is crucial to every worker’s safety. Here is a look at the safety standards for common safety gear.

  • OSHA Regulatory Update

    An OSHA spokesperson provides the latest regulatory developments for our readers.

  • Safety Matters: Safety Culture: As Explained by Goofus and Gallant®

    A comparison of two insulation companies and their different approaches to safety.

  • Safety Matters: Raising the Industry to New Heights

    Often, the biggest hazard on a jobsite is simply getting to the area to be insulated, inspected, or repaired. The piping, duct work, or other mechanical systems are typically high above the ground, exposing workers to a potential fall.

  • Safety Matters: Don’t Be Caught Sleeping on the Job

    Still trying to pick a New Year’s Resolution? How about one that is easy and free and can make you healthier, smarter, less stressed, and happier? If the name of the column didn’t already give it away, we’re talking about getting more sleep in 2019. So why is Safety Matters concerned about how much sleep

  • Safety Matters: ‘Tis the Season—Keep Safe this Holiday Season

    This month we want to help protect you at work and at home. Please use these tips if you are planning on celebrating any of the upcoming holidays. Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Solstice, it’s important to stay safe! It’s the holiday season! The winter holidays are time for family, friends, festivities,

  • Safety Matters: Using Leading Indicators to Improve Safety Performance

    In previous Safety Matters columns, we have discussed ways in which a company’s safety performance could be benchmarked, including the frequency and severity of injuries and illnesses and the cost of workers’ compensation claims. These are typically referred to as lagging indicators and consist of the recordable incident rate, DART incident rate, and Experience Modification