U.S. Department of Labor Issues Memorandum Outlining Enforcement of Silica Standard

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a memorandum outlining the initial enforcement of the standard for respirable crystalline silica in general industry and maritime. Most provisions of the standard become enforceable on June 23, 2018. The standard establishes a new 8-hour time-weighted average permissible exposure limit, action level, and associated ancillary requirements.

During the first 30 days of enforcement, OSHA will offer compliance assistance for employers who make good faith efforts to comply with the new standard. OSHA intends to issue interim enforcement guidance until a compliance directive on the new standards is finalized.

OSHA’s Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for General Industry and Maritime discusses methods of compliance, such as using engineering and work practice controls, assessing exposure levels, respirator use, medical surveillance, and written exposure plans.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

RCI Manual of Practice Goes Digital

RCI Inc. announced that the RCI Manual of Practice is now available exclusively as an interactive PDF. According to the association, users can jump to various sections from the table of contents, search the document, and access it from any screen. The Manual of Practice Task Force is currently working on a revision of the 2010 manual.

The RCI Manual of Practice is designed to be a standard for practitioners performing roof, exterior wall, and waterproofing consulting and quality assurance functions. The manual is intended to provide a peer-reviewed structure for the practice of consulting in the construction of the building envelope, according to RCI. In simple terms, it describes what a professional consultant does and how the consultant does it.

For more information, visit www.rci-online.org.

OSHA Proposes Rule Changes for Crane Operators

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced a proposed rule designed to increase the safety of America’s construction sites. In addition to providing long-term clarity regarding crane operator certification requirements, the proposal reinstates the employer duty to ensure that a crane operator is qualified to safely operate equipment.

Under the proposed rule, a change to the categories of certifications for crane operators would ensure more operators are able to meet the requirement. The proposal discontinues a 2010 requirement, which never went into effect, that crane operator certification must include the crane lifting capacity for which the operator is certified. The proposal would expand the type of certification programs for crane operators.

Comments on the proposed rule may be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal, or by facsimile or mail. See the Federal Register notice for submission details. Comments must be submitted by June 20, 2018.

OSHA recently published a final rule extending the operator certification compliance date until November 10, 2018, in order to provide the agency with additional time to complete this rulemaking to address stakeholder concerns related to the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

Ridgeworth Roofing Company Showcases Commercial Roofing Projects on New Website

Ridgeworth Roofing Company has launched a new website, www.ridgeworthroofing.com, to provide an even better user experience and showcase the company’s exceptional commercial, institutional, condominium, and industrial roofing projects.

“All of us at Ridgeworth Roofing are proud to have served the Chicagoland area for 44 years,” said Rodney Petrick, Owner and President. “We’re also proud to announce the launch of our new website, which is designed to provide our current and future customers with a wealth of information about how we can provide them with the best products and service available in the roofing industry today.”

The new website features a project gallery that includes photos and details of a wide range of roofing applications on buildings such as schools, warehouses, commercial buildings, and a 36-story Chicago high rise.

“We’re excited to present in even more detail the extensive skill and expertise of our team,” said Petrick.

Ridgeworth Roofing is a family-owned business, founded in 1974 by Petrick’s father, Robert Petrick. The business continues to thrive today, driven by the same passion and dedication to customer service that Robert Petrick brought to the company at its start.

“Our company is more than a business,” said Rodney Petrick. “It’s a family legacy. Every project we take on advances the tradition of excellence in both craftsmanship and customer service my dad started in 1974.”

Ridgeworth Roofing’s commitment to customer service extends into its dedication to the local community. In addition to offering superior service at a fair price, the company has provided materials and labor for a number of charitable roofing projects.

A leader in the industry, Petrick serves as a member of various professional committees and has held key positions in the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), the Chicago Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA), and the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association (MRCA).

“Our new website is an attractive and engaging starting point for potential customers to see what we can do. We then encourage them to contact us about how we can solve their commercial or industrial roofing problems, no matter how complicated,” said Petrick.

For more information, visit www.ridgeworthroofing.com.

NRCA Urges Consumers to Recognize National Roofing Week, Identify Local Contractor

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) is urging communities to recognize the significance of roofs to every home and business during National Roofing Week, which takes place June 3-9. NRCA also is reminding consumers National Roofing Week comes at the beginning of summer storm season and encourages them to prepare for severe summer weather by identifying a local roofing contractor before a storm hits.

Severe summer weather often is followed by fraudulent contractors who show up and attempt to prey on the emotions of homeowners and business owners whose roofs have been badly damaged by a tornado, hail storm or hurricane.

During National Roofing Week, NRCA is urging consumers to research and find a reputable local roofing contractor ahead of the storm. Having this information in advance will protect storm victims from also becoming the victims of a fraudulent contractor.

“National Roofing Week comes at a time when knowing your local roofing contractor is more important than ever,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “Homeowners and business owners should protect themselves by putting their roofing contractor’s phone number on their refrigerator or in their cell phone in case of emergency.”

The roof is one of the most important components of a structure. It is the first line of defense against natural elements such as rain, snow or wind, yet it is often taken for granted until it falls into disrepair. During National Roofing Week, NRCA also encourages its members to participate by engaging in their communities and informing the public about the essential role roofs and professional roofing contractors play in every community.

NRCA will recognize National Roofing Week by highlighting the work, training and good deeds of its members and their employees on its various social media outlets.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net/roofingweek and www.everybodyneedsaroof.com.

CSI Announces Industry Wide Digital Construction Initiative

Driven by rapid change and the need to better integrate specifications, building products, and building information modeling (BIM), the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) announced CSI Project Dynamo, an initiative to expand its industry standard organizing principles to work more effectively with BIM to support the digital needs of design and construction professionals.

CSI Project Dynamo is a pilot program to expand the North American MasterFormat, Uniformat, and Omniclass standards for organizing construction information by creating a more robust connection between the standards and BIM objects. According to CSI, these standards are used by tens of thousands of AECO professionals globally, and embedded in a wide range of design and project software.

CSI Board Chair Ron Geren, FCSI, AIA, CCS, CCCA, said “CSI is founded on the principle of working across the spectrum of a project — from ownership, through design to construction and facility management — and serving the industry by meeting those broad and inter-connected needs. Because of this interdisciplinary approach, CSI can ensure the capabilities envisioned for this project serve the entire industry.”

“The focus of the effort is to ensure that data is accurate, timely and available when and where it is needed throughout the lifecycle of a project,” added Mark Dorsey, CSI Chief Executive Officer. “CSI Project Dynamo will consult with subject-matter experts, industry associations, and Construction Specifications Canada to create the pathway towards improved workflow and better organization of information to ensure we keep pace with the rapidly evolving digital world and meet diverse industry needs.”

For more information, visit www.CSIProjectDynamo.org and www.csiresources.org.

2018 I-RIM Conference in Costa Rica Hailed as Success

The 2018 International Reflective Insulation Manufacturers (I-RIM) Conference was held May 9-10 at the Marriott Los Suenos Golf Resort and Spa in Puntarenas Costa Rica hosting guests from around the globe. Countries represented include the US, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Australia, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Argentina and Chile. RIMA-I President Doug Kinninger, International Conference Chairman Sergio Luconi and RIMA-I Executive Director Mary Edmondson hosted the event presented in both English and Spanish.

The two-day educational conference was a great success with excellent presentations from all the countries listed and featuring Wednesday’s guest featured speaker Dr. William (Bill) Miller from Oak Ridge National Laboratory who presented a “Demonstration of Near Zero Energy Homes” and Thursday’s featured speaker Dr. Jan Kosny from Faunhofer Institute who gave a “Numerical and Experimental Analysis of Thermal Performance of Residential Attics Containing Aerogel-based Radiant Barrier Systems.”

Other presentations included:

Innovations in the Manufacture of Reflective Films – Veronica Ataya

  • Building Performance Software – Impact of Attic Radiant Barriers – Bill Lippy
  • ASHRAE 90.1 Update – Monty Millspaugh
  • RIMA-I Product Verification Evolution – Doug Kinninger
  • Fundamentals and Techniques of Measuring Water Vapor Transmission – Michael Joyce
  • The Power of the Marketplace – Steve Baden and Laurel Elam, RESNET
  • Reflectives and the International Code Council (ICC) – Wes Hall
  • Next Generation Reflective Insulation Facing Films – Ralph Dale
  • Radiant Energy Management & the Versatility of IRCCs – Lynn Walters
  • Regional Updates: Latin America – Sergio Luconi; Europe – Guy Delcroix; North America  and Australia – Mike Boulding and SE Asia – Kah Wei Yam
  • Latin America Building with Reflective Insulation Performance and Improvements After RIS – Pablo Sobrado
  • About RIMA-I and the Advanced Building Code Coalition (ABCC) – Bobby Byrd
  • New Digital Experiences – Mario Vargas
  • Does the Presence of a Radiant Barrier Increase the Chance of a Lightning Strike? – Brian St. Germain
  • Regulations in Latin America for Reflective Insulation – Pablo Sobrado
  • SAP Business One – Juan Bautista

If you were unable to attend this year’s event, presentations will be available for purchase (in PDF format) for $25/presentation or $200 for the full set. Contact RIMA-I at rima@rima.net for details or to place your order. We’d also like to thank the following sponsors for their participation: Celplast Metallized Products, JX Nippon ANCI, Inc., ECHOTape, Thermal-Economics and the Advanced Building Code Coalition.

For more information on the 2018 I-RIM Conference including photos of the event, session descriptions, speaker bios and information on how to purchase copies of the presentations, please visit https://www.rimainternational.org/i-rim-conference/2018-i-rim-conference-costa-rica/.

Moser Roofing Solutions, LLC Recognized for Donating Roofing Repairs to Mom’s House

Moser Roofing, a family owned business that provides award-winning installation and services to commercial properties in Lancaster, Lebanon, Dauphin, Berks, Bucks, Montgomery, and Chester counties, as well as the Mid-Atlantic states, recently contributed significant roofing repairs to the Queen Street facility of Mom’s House of Lancaster.

Mom’s House has served families across Lancaster County for over 27 years, specifically through offering child care services and educational and life skills support to single parents who desire to continue and complete their education.

Moser Roofing’s contribution allows Mom’s House to provide quality care to single parent families across Lancaster County move their families out of poverty and onto a path toward long-term economic stability.

“Mom’s House is honored to have the support of Moser Roofing. Their generosity fuels our mission and removes barriers to serve current and future families. We are so grateful to Moser Roofing Solutions, LLC!” said Sara Johns, Executive Director for Mom’s House.

“I want to personally thank you for the opportunity to serve you with in our community giveback program for roofing repairs.” said Josh Moser, President, Moser Roofing Solutions, LLC

For more information, visit www.moserroofingsolutions.com.

Metal Roofing Alliance Adds Two New Members

The metal roofing industry is growing rapidly, and so is the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) — MRA announced that it recently added two new members, including:

PermaLock Aluminum Shingles Company, MRA Manufacturer Member

Headquartered in Utah, PermaLock has offered exceptional aluminum roofing products since 1948 for residential and commercial customers. Designed to last a lifetime, PermaLock aluminum shingles are lightweight yet extremely strong, making them a highly-durable and sustainable choice. For more information about PermaLock Aluminum Shingles, visit www.permalockroofing.com.

Foundation Finance Company, MRA Ancillary Member

Foundational Finance Company offers dealers and home improvement contractors a solid finance program foundation on which to build their sales. Headquartered in Schofield, Wisconsin, Foundation Finance Company can be found online at foundationfinance.com.

“Our members help strengthen the metal roofing industry by offering great resources, expertise and knowledge to homeowners,” said Renee Ramey, executive director of MRA. “It’s exciting to see market adoption for metal roofing continuing to grow in the United States and Canada thanks to their support.”

Since 1998, MRA has served as a leading voice in driving market adoption of metal roofing and raising awareness for its exceptional durability, environmental benefits and all-season protection in any climate. MRA members benefit from increased marketing support, online lead generation and increased awareness through consumer and contractor information and educational initiatives.

For more information, visit www.metalroofing.com.

NRCA to Hold Educational Events for National Safety Stand-Down

As part of its annual support for the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction taking place throughout the U.S. from May 7-11, 2018, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) is partnering with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to host two educational events aimed at reducing fall fatalities in the roofing industry.

The latest statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show 92 workers in the roofing industry died in 2016 from falls that occurred as they were doing their jobs. Those numbers reflect 92 families that have been changed forever by the loss of a loved one — a spouse, father, mother, son or daughter.

Organized by OSHA, the National Safety Stand-Down is an effort to focus company and worker attention on the significance of fall hazards in construction and emphasize the importance of effectively implementing fall-protection systems on every project.

On May 7, NRCA will offer a free webinar at 1 p.m. (CDT), that will kick off with an introduction from Dean McKenzie, OSHA’s director of the directorate of construction. It will focus on how to use a job hazard analysis (JHA) and other pre-job resources and activities during the job and after its completion. A roofing company’s safety culture and its effects on fall prevention also will be addressed.

The second event, a live half-day fall-prevention awareness seminar, will take place Tuesday, May 8, from 8 a.m. until noon at NRCA’s headquarters in Rosemont, Ill. Topics will build off the previous day’s webinar, including performing a JHA, discussing and demonstrating hazards associated with rescuing a fallen worker while suspended by his or her fall-arrest system, key fall-protection regulatory requirements and case studies from attendees’ fall-related experiences. All attendees are encouraged to listen to the webinar before attending the seminar.

Job foremen, superintendents, roofing contractors and safety directors are encouraged to attend both events.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.