National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down Scheduled for May 6-10

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is joining with occupational safety organizations for the 6th annual National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down, May 6-10, 2019. The week-long event will focus attention on preventing falls in construction, the leading cause of fatalities in the industry.

The national stand-down encourages employers and workers to pause voluntarily during the workday for safety demonstrations, training in hazard recognition and fall prevention, and talks about hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies, goals and expectations.

“Falls can be prevented when employers train and educate workers about these hazards properly and provide appropriate protection,” said Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt. “This should be a priority during the first week of May and must be a priority every day. OSHA has tools readily available for employers and workers to address the prevention of fall hazards.”

OSHA anticipates thousands of work sites and millions of workers to observe the stand down worldwide in 2019. To help guide their efforts, the Agency’s fall prevention webpage provides information on how to conduct a successful event, and educational resources in English and Spanish, including:

  • A series of fall safety videos that demonstrate how to prevent fall hazards from floor openings, skylights, fixed scaffolds, bridge decking, reroofing, and leading edge work.
  • OSHA’s Fall Prevention Training Guide that provides a lesson plan for employers, including several Toolbox Talks.
  • Fact sheets on ladders and scaffolding that describe the safe use of these types of equipment while performing construction activities.
  • A brief video, 5 Ways to Prevent Workplace Falls, encourages employers to develop a fall prevention plan, and to provide workers with fall protection and training.

Employers are encouraged to provide feedback after their events, and to obtain a personalized certificate of participation. The national safety stand-down is part of OSHA’s fall prevention campaign, and was developed in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, National Occupational Research Agenda, and The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR). To learn more about preventing falls in construction, visit OSHA’s Fall Prevention Campaign page.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

SPFA Announces 2019 National Road Show for Professional Certification Program

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the educational and technical voice of the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) industry, has announced a 2019 Road Show for the association’s Professional Certification Program (PCP). Designed by the industry to promote safety and the highest standards in the installation of spray polyurethane foam, the internationally recognized certification program will be brought to various locations across the country in partnership with industry-leading companies, to ensure its availability to participants in key regions nationally. 

The 2019 Road Show will stop at various locations across the U.S. to provide added ease and program access to certification participants. Exam Preparatory Courses and testing will be provided at each location along the way. The Road Show made its first stop on March 22-24, 2019 with Service Partners in Milpitas, California.

“This Road Show increases the Professional Certification Program’s accessibility to contractors,” said John Trace, spray foam territory manager with Service Partners. “Not only do these trainings make contractors more marketable, but they will also give owners and customers confidence that they are working with a skilled and certified workforce. It is a win-win for everyone.”  

Additional stops will be made at the locations of key industry partners who stand behind the value of the PCP and encompass some of the most influential players in the industry. In addition to Service Partners, SPFA PCP 2019 Road Show partners include: BASF, Carlisle, Demilec, Gaco/Firestone, Icynene-Lapolla, Profoam, Spray Foam Systems and TruTeam.

The next scheduled Road Show dates include: May 20-24, 2019 in Rutledge, Georgia (hosted by Profoam), June 18-20, 2019 in Duluth, Georgia (hosted by Service Partners), and August 19-23, 2019 in Rutledge, Georgia (hosted by Profoam). Additional dates will be announced soon and posted at sprayfoam.org in the Calendar of Events.

Established in 2013, the PCP program is standards driven and ISO 17024 compliant. Safety and product performance are the centerpiece of the program, which establishes a set of criteria through which individuals can demonstrate their knowledge, skills and abilities in working safely, efficiently and professionally. 

“The inherent value in being certified through the SPFA PCP is proof of passing a program which promotes the highest level of product performance as well as the health and safety of the contractor, occupants and other trades on the job,” says Kelly Marcavage, certification director with the SPFA. “Certification program participation continues to climb as members of the industry realize it is critical to be able to prove to customers that you adhere to the highest of professional industry standards.”

The PCP offers certification opportunities at various levels to accommodate and serve all insulation and roofing industry participants involved in the installation of the product. Certification testing levels include those for Assistant, Installer, Master Installer, Project Manager and Field Examiner. Additionally, company-wide accreditation opportunities are available through the program in the Contractor Company and Supplier Company categories. There is also a Supplier Representative certification that may be obtained for individual supplier and manufacturing professionals looking to demonstrate their understanding, experience and commitment to the industry in ways that relate directly to their contractor customers. 

For more information, visit www.sprayfoam.org.  

ARMA Releases 2019 Q1 Report on Asphalt Roofing Product Shipments

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has released its Quarterly Product Shipment Report, covering asphalt roofing product shipments in the United States and Canada in the first quarter of 2019. The report includes year-to-date shipment information and a comparison with the prior year’s data.

“The purpose of the shipment report is to provide interested parties insightful information on the asphalt roofing industry,” said ARMA’s Executive Vice President Reed Hitchcock. “Beyond receiving these quarterly summaries, those not eligible for ARMA membership may also apply for a subscription to the full, detailed report on the ARMA website.”

Asphalt Roofing Product Shipments

Shipments (squares) Q1-2019 Q1-2018 % Change YTD 2019 YTD 2018 % Change
Shingles – US (including Individual shingles) 37,414,443 39,951,603 -6.4% 37,414,443 39,951,603 -6.4%
BUR – US (not including saturated felts) 1,576,679 2,036,659 -22.6% 1,576,679 2,036,659 -22.6%
Modified Bitumen – US 7,557,680 8,359,572 -9.6% 7,557,680 8,359,572 -9.6%
Shingles – Canada (including Individual shingles) 4,143,208 4,734,237 -12.5% 4,143,208 4,734,237 -12.5%

Roofing product shipment data is collected from participating manufacturers by an independent third party, Association Research Inc., and aggregated to create this report.

For more information, visit https://asphaltroofing.org/quarterly-product-shipment-report.

Roofing Alliance Seeks Nine More Roofing Companies to Adopt Ronald McDonald House Roofs

The Roofing Alliance is looking to complete their mission of adopting 165 stand-alone Ronald McDonald Houses throughout the U.S. Lead by Rod Petrick, chairperson of the Roofing Alliance, the goal of inspecting, repairing, maintaining and replacing these roofs is within reach and will impact families with sick children across the country by keeping them together when they need it most.  Numerous roofing professionals have already risen to the challenge by adopting 156 of the roofs.

In April of 2017, the Roofing Alliance began working with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) by supporting their efforts to help families with critically ill children stay together and near the hospitals providing them medical care. Ronald McDonald Houses provide private sleeping rooms, meals, and opportunities for families to interact as they go through difficult times. Through sponsorship funds and the adoption of the roofs of the 165 stand-alone Ronald McDonald Houses in the U.S., the Roofing Alliance has brought together roofing professionals and companies who donate their time and talents to provide regular roof system inspections, maintenance, repairs and replacements.

 “We’re asking our partners to inspect the roofs and report back to us on the condition of the roof, the roofing system currently in place, the estimated life expectancy, anticipated and actual work to be done, and the dollar value of the in-kind labor and materials provided or available. Once we receive the information, we enter it into our database.    We want to maintain as much history as possible on the roofing systems for each house,” said Petrick, owner of Ridgeworth Roofing, Frankfort, Ill.

For more information, visit www.roofingalliance.net.  

Roofing Alliance Asks Roofing Contractors to Participate in Industry Research Survey

The Roofing Alliance has issued a call to all roofing contractors to help make the Roofing Alliance Workforce Survey a success. Understanding even the basics of how many roofing contractors, laborers and roofing professionals work every day can fuel advocacy, funding and investment. With that in mind, the Roofing Alliance funded a study through Arizona State University with the goal to:

  1. Capture a detailed description of the roofing industry workforce, its stakeholders and the work that they do; 
  2. Gather employment and demographic information on the roofing workforce, including an understanding of its challenges, trends and emerging issues; 
  3. Strengthen the National Roofing Contractors Association’s (NRCA) voice and role in Washington, D.C., by gathering important statistical data that can be shared with regulatory and federal agencies; 
  4. Serve as a member and industry resource by supplying key statistical data as a national association. 

To accomplish these goals, the Roofing Alliance needs participation by roofing contractors to capture the data and demographics that will help both the Roofing Alliance and NRCA put programs in place to attract the next generation of the roofing workforce. The participation of contractors is key to the successful gathering of the data and information needed for this important research.

The survey includes general questions about your company, and your current workforce. The survey takes approximately 7-8 minutesto complete. All individual responses will be confidential and anonymous. Only industry averages will be published in the final report.

To encourage participation, each person completing the survey will have a chance to win prizes including $50 Amazon gift cards (over 20 chances) and Max CN445R3 Superroofer Roofing Coil Nail Guns (3 chances).

Take the Roofing Alliance Workforce Survey

For more information, visit www.roofingalliance.net

NRCA Brings Workforce Issues to the White House

National Roofing Contractors Association Chairman of the Board Kent Schwickert, NRCA Chairman of the Board-Elect Nick Sabino and NRCA CEO Reid Ribble met with White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney April 3 during Roofing Day in D.C. 2019 to discuss the roofing industry’s workforce needs, including immigration reform and worker training incentives.

During the West Wing meeting—a first for the roofing industry—NRCA leadership explained a chronic shortage of qualified workers is the most significant limitation on the ability of roofing industry employers to grow their businesses. This problem will become even more acute in the future because of an aging workforce, educational trends and ongoing rebuilding efforts resulting from recent hurricanes and other natural disasters throughout the U.S.

Although NRCA is pursuing numerous initiatives designed to attract more U.S.-based workers to the roofing industry, providing for sufficient levels of legal immigration to meet economic demand remains vital to addressing the industry’s long-term workforce needs.

NRCA believes the security and economic needs of U.S. citizens should be paramount in immigration policy. NRCA is asking Congress to establish a visa system, such as the system proposed in the Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act, that meets the workforce needs of roofing and similar industries. This system should be governed by market forces, ensure employers undertake vigorous recruitment to hire U.S. workers first, and enable job creators to obtain the workers needed to meet demand and grow their businesses.

NRCA supports legislation that allows Temporary Protected Status workers who have a demonstrated track record of working legally in the U.S. with the opportunity to apply for permanent legal resident status. This would allow eligible TPS workers to continue contributing to their communities and increased economic growth.

“I appreciate that the president’s chief of staff took the time to meet with us and am pleased with our conversation,” Schwickert says. “It’s important to discuss these vital issues for our industry, and he was attentive and asked insightful questions as we discussed the roofing industry and our concerns. Although the political environment in Washington, D.C., remains challenging for solving the workforce issues facing our nation, we will continue working to solve them.”

NRCA looks forward to working with the Trump administration and Congress regarding bipartisan legislation to address visa reform such as that contained in the Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act and the need to retain the valuable contributions of TPS workers.

Roofing Day in D.C. is the largest advocacy event dedicated solely to the roofing industry. More than 400 roofing industry stakeholders from throughout the U.S. are in Washington, D.C., to meet with their elected officials.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

Industry Gathers in Washington for Roofing Day in D.C. 2019

Roofing industry stakeholders from every region throughout the United States participated in Roofing Day in D.C. 2019 April 3-4 in Washington, D.C. Led by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and partner organizations, the event is an unprecedented effort to elevate the image of the roofing industry and share its message with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

“For the second year in a row, more than 400 roofing professionals gathered in Washington, D.C.,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “No one is better equipped than them to communicate how federal policy affects their businesses and families. Democracy requires participation. I appreciate all who attended this important event.”

Since Roofing Day in D.C. launched in 2018, it is among the top industry fly-in advocacy events nationwide. This year, Roofing Day in D.C. participants made more than 250 visits to offices in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Attendees also were addressed by Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-Pa.) and Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-Va.), who shared their perspectives regarding the latest political and policy developments on Capitol Hill.

Roofing Day in D.C. is the largest advocacy event dedicated solely to the roofing industry. Stakeholders in attendance visited with members of Congress to advocate for the roofing industry regarding issues on which there is broad consensus: immigration reform that meets the roofing industry’s workforce needs; expanded workforce training incentives; and a robust buildings component for infrastructure legislation currently being debated by lawmakers.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

RCI Inc. Is Now the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC)

As of April 1, 2019, RCI Inc., a nonprofit association originally incorporated in 1983 as the Roof Consultants Institute (RCI), officially became the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC). (The acromyn is pronounced “eye-bec”).

The change, approved by the organization’s membership after extensive study, brand assessment, and industrywide feedback, aligns the association’s name and brand with its purpose and strategy heading into the future. RCI has grown from a small core of dedicated roof consultants to represent some 3,600 members, comprised of building enclosure consultants and other industry stakeholders specializing in roofing, waterproofing, and exterior wall specification and design. 

The evolving focus of the institute’s members in embracing the entire building enclosure called for a name that would clearly define its purpose as:

  • An international association 
  • A professional institute representing building enclosure consultants – architects, engineers and others such as ex-contractors who have gained the required education and experience 
  • A knowledge hub and leading authority on all things building enclosure (roofing, waterproofing and exterior walls) 
  • An institute attractive to professionals of all ages, races, and gender
  • An industry leader endeavoring to increase exposure, recognition, and usage of the institute’s resources by nonmember architects and engineers, government agencies (state and federal), as well as end-users such as school boards, universities, facility managers, etc. 

Kindly note that all correspondence, financial transactions, contracts, and references to RCI should be changed to the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants or IIBEC.

The IIBEC website is now under construction. For more information, visit https://rci-online.org.

ARMA Offers Subscription to Detailed Shipment Report

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) is now offering an annual subscription to its full detailed shipment report, which provides asphalt roofing product shipment data for the United States and Canada.

The quarterly report shares product shipments by geography and product type for asphalt shingles, modified bitumen, and built-up-roofing (BUR) materials. The report offers quarterly and year-to-date shipment data, as well as comparisons to the previous year’s reports.

The report is available through a 1-year (4 quarterly reports) subscription for $7,500. Subscription is only available to entities that do not qualify for ARMA membership.ARMA will continue to issue summary quarterly reports, which can be found on the ARMA News & Press page.

“The asphalt roofing shipment data is relevant and valuable to a number of industries, which is why we’ve decided to make this information available,” said ARMA Executive Vice President Reed Hitchcock. “We expect professionals from an array of industries will find the report useful.”

For more information, visit https://asphaltroofing.org/quarterly-product-shipment-report/

BLUEFIN Announces New CEO, President and Five Staff Promotions

BLUEFIN, LLC, announces two internal executives assume roles of president and chief executive officer (CEO) and the following five staff promotions effective immediately.

Jeremiah “Miah” Dancy becomes president of BLUEFIN and Richard Rast moves from president into the newly created role of the CEO.

As president, Dancy takes on overall responsibility for day-to-day operations of BLUEFIN. Dancy formerly served as the chief operating officer and joined BLUEFIN in November 2011. This move builds on his extraordinary achievements, proven success in managing BLUEFIN’s largest client over the years, and more than 20 years of experience in construction and facility asset management. 

Rast will focus on strategy, potential new acquisitions, and relationship management with key clients and partnerships in the industry as CEO. He has more than 35 years of experience as an owner and manager of several firms providing facility asset and energy management, consulting, and technology expertise to the facilities industry. Rast started BLUEFIN almost 15 years ago and began planning this succession to support the continued growth of the company well into the future.

“Miah’s new role as president is a move we’ve been planning for a while, and now is the right time to make this change. I couldn’t be prouder of what we’ve built in these nearly 15 years,” said Rast. “I’m excited to have Miah as president, and I’m confident BLUEFIN is in good hands for many years to come.”

BLUEFIN is a leader in facility asset management for commercial roofs, pavement and building envelope. Though sales earnings are proprietary, according to Rast, BLUEFIN had its best year in company history in 2018 with record revenue and profits. The company also completed the acquisition of PRSI, its second acquisition in as many years, opened two new offices in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and Olympia, Wash., and added dozens of new people in 2018 to support that growth. According to Rast, BLUEFIN is on track for an even better 2019.

In addition to these leadership changes, BLUEFIN is pleased to recognize the following staff promotions.

Dave Greene, REWO, RRO has been promoted to senior project manager. Greene joined BLUEFIN in June 2014 and implemented significant improvements to some of BLUEFIN’s most significant projects, including creating and leading a safety program that resulted in an improved EMR score of 0.85. 

Victor Espitia has been promoted to project coordinator. Espitia joined BLUEFIN in November 2015 as a survey technician and has worked tirelessly as part of BLUEFIN’s field team. Through his project management and people management skills, Espitia has improved the value BLUEFIN provides to clients.

Chris Stanek has been promoted to the senior project support specialist. Stanek joined BLUEFIN in September 2014. Stanek will now manage the project support team, help develop BLUEFIN’s computer-aided design capabilities, and support automated mapping for BLUEFIN’s proprietary roof management software, Roof Express.

Sean Stranger-Thorsen has been promoted to senior survey technician. Stranger-Thorsen joined BLUEFIN in May 2016. He takes a committed approach to training and teaching new employees the assessment process and how to work safely. His leadership in the field has been a strong asset to numerous field projects.

Lidiya Aman has been promoted to project support specialist. She began working on a part-time basis as a data entry specialist for BLUEFIN in June 2017. Aman takes increasing levels of responsibility through this new role including ownership of two projects and ensuring data is reviewed and cleaned to satisfactory condition for client review.

“I’m very proud of the whole team’s achievements, and it is a privilege to continue supporting the work each person at BLUEFIN is doing day in and day out,” said Dancy. “I’m looking forward to taking on these new responsibilities and watching and supporting BLUEFIN and our people grow.” 

For more information, visit bluefinllc.com.