The NFBA is the only national trade association that represents post-frame industry professionals. The association is the country's primary source of post-frame building resources, research, networking, news and education.
NFBA is thrilled to announce the launch of our new postframeadvantage.com!
As part of the Post-Frame Market Initiative (PFMI) NFBA implemented a revamp and modernization of the former Post-Frame Advantage website. This new, completely redesigned website serves as the ultimate resource for architects, designers and building owners considering post-frame projects. The purpose of the reinvigorated site is to educate these building professionals on the benefits of post frame—which include design flexibility, cost effectiveness, durability and sustainability—and to demonstrate (via online educational modules, photo gallery, case studies, etc.) how post frame is an excellent choice for low-rise commercial, institutional and residential applications.
This new website was designed and built strategically. Unlike the previous site, the messaging that accompanies this new site embraces post frame’s agricultural roots. It demonstrates how post frame's history in the agricultural sector puts post frame in a strengthened position for non-agricultural construction projects.
The website continues to boast a robust lead generation function (“Find a Post-Frame Builder”) that directs website visitors to NFBA member builder companies who construct commercial post-frame buildings.
The Gail Miller Recognition Program for Safety Excellence
This program is a new member benefit and component of the NFBA Awards Program. But in this program everyone who enters is a winner!
Program entry form for builder companies
Program entry form for supplier companies
Heat Illness Educational Material for Workplace Training
By Gary Auman, NFBA Legal Counsel
On May 22nd, OSHA issued a news release that it was kicking off its 2014 Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers. OSHA is taking heat illness issues very seriously. In its news release OSHA reported that in 2012 there were 31 heat-related deaths and 4,120 heat-related illnesses.
In the OSHA news release Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health is quoted as stating that “Over the past three years, lack of acclimatization was the cause in 74% of heat-related citations issued. Employers have a responsibility to provide workplaces that are safe from recognized hazards, including outdoor heat.” It is further reported in the news release that “Heat illness disproportionately affects those who have not built up a tolerance to heat (acclimatization), and it is especially dangerous for new and temporary workers.”
As part of its preparation for the summer season, OSHA has developed heat illness educational materials in English and Spanish as well as curriculum to be used in workplace training. OSHA also has a web page to provide information and resources on heat illness. The page is available at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/index.html.
There is a heat app that is available for mobile devices to monitor the heat index at work sites. You should be able to download this app from your app store. OSHA also provides the following link for the app: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/heat_index/heat_app.html. Finally, OSHA reports that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will include pertinent worker heat safety information on its heat watch Web page at http://www.noaawatch.gov/themes/heat.php.
Congratulations on a Successful Fall Prevention Week!
Fall Protection Week Took Place June 2-5, 2014
Did you know that falls are the leading cause of death in construction workers? Falls accounted for 269 of 775 construction fatalities in the U.S. in 2012. This year's purpose of the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down was to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction. Fall prevention safety standards were among the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards during fiscal year 2012.
And so, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) goal was for workers across the country to hold a stand down.
What is a Safety Stand down?
A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to their employees about fall hazards and to reinforce the importance of fall prevention.
How do you conduct a Safety Stand-Down? Construction companies conduct a Safety Stand-Down by stopping work to provide a focused Toolbox Talk on a safety topic-such as ladder safety, fall protection equipment, or scaffolds safety.
How NFBA Participated
NFBA recognized Fall Prevention Week by alerting members--on a daily basis--to safety tips. NFBA's Legal Counsel, Gary Auman, also provided invaluable news items on protecting your employees and company. Click here to access the Safety News NFBA sent June 2-4.
If you are an NFBA member and your company held a stand down, please let us know and we will share your story. Email
Kudos goes to Wick Buildings for their participation in this important week.
NFBA Launches Online Supplier Marketplace
NFBA is pleased to announce that an eagerly anticipated benefit has just launched: The Supplier Marketplace is a directory tool easily accessible on the NFBA website (see left-hand menu).
How it works
Prospective customers seeking building supplies visit the directory and search by company name, product type, or state. The directory listings contain logos and links that lead directly to each supplier’s dedicated profile page. Branch office locations are included in the profiles.
The benefit to supplier members
This directory replaces the former "Find a Supplier" search tool with a more robust, supplier-customizable listing. Prospective customers may contact the suppliers directly through their profile page. Suppliers have the ability to post company news and information about their products, and a company overview via their Members Only login. All supplier listings include a link to the respective supplier member's website.
The benefit to builders and purchasers
This is a convenient “one stop shop” in your supplier search effort. You don’t have to hassle with relying on a Google search engine, and making multiple calls and inquiries. You can reach established suppliers directly here on the website—all while knowing that NFBA is a name to trust when it comes to industry-committed professionals experienced in post-frame supplies.