In an effort to help roofing contractors provide more on-the-job safety measures for their employees, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has partnered with Parsippany, N.J.-based GAF to launch the GAF Commercial Roof Safety Guide (www.gaf.com/safety), a website focusing on low-slope roofing safety. The website will include a series of webinars conducted by NRCA; the first webinar is scheduled for Jan. 28.
Along with the Western States Roofing Contractors Association (WSRCA), NRCA and GAF have partnered to develop this resource to increase contractors’ awareness, understanding and compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety requirements.
“NRCA will provide health and safety resources for GAF contractors in the form of select NRCA products and content experts for the GAF webinar series that will address OSHA issues related to roofing industry fall protection, ladder and scaffold safety, hazard communication and personal protective equipment,” says Harry Dietz, NRCA’s director of enterprise risk management.
Dietz will conduct the Jan. 21 webinar, which will focus on OSHA’s duty to have fall protection as it relates to roofing job sites.
A recent survey conducted by GAF found 49- percent of roofing contractors who perform low-slope roofing work wanted more training regarding OSHA standards and required safety equipment. The creation of http://www.gaf.com/safety is meant to address this need and provide a resource for contractors to access training, documents and equipment that enhance their awareness regarding low-slope roofing safety.
Visit http://www.gaf.com/safety for additional NRCA University safety webinars that are currently available.