CRCA’s 35th Annual Trade Show & Seminars Set for Jan. 18-19

The Chicago Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA) is preparing to launch its 35th Annual Trade Show & Seminars Jan. 18-19, 2018. The two-day event will include seminars, as well as over 130 manufacturer and suppliers displaying, demonstrating and promoting the newest products and technology in the roofing and waterproofing industry. Continuing Education Units are available for attendees.

The Roofing and Waterproofing Industry Breakfast on Jan. 18, 2018, opens Roofing Week in Chicago. This popular industry event is free to roof consultants, specifiers, building owners, building managers, and code officials. There is a nominal charge for contractors, manufacturers and distributors to attend. Entrance to the exhibition hall and the remaining seminars is free.

For more information, call (708) 449-3340 or visit www.CRCA.org.

OSHA Forms Safety Alliance with Chicago Roofing Contractors Association

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has established an alliance with the Chicago Roofing Contractors Association that will focus on sharing information about OSHA emphasis programs and occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.

“This alliance is an opportunity for OSHA and the Chicago Roofing Contractors Association to work together to train employers and workers about the unique hazards of the roofing industry, including falls,” says Angie Loftus, area director for OSHA’s Chicago North Area Office. “Our focus is to continue to improve the safety and health of workers at Illinois construction sites.”

OSHA and the Chicago Roofing Contractors Association will provide information and guidance to employers and workers. They will develop training and education programs for roofing contractors regarding hazards in construction and promote understanding of workers’ rights. Training programs on common hazards in the construction industry will be discussed quarterly. Additionally, the alliance will provide a forum for OSHA personnel to appear and speak at events sponsored by the association, including its annual trade show. OSHA will raise awareness of best practices, regulatory updates and national campaigns.

Through its Alliance Program, OSHA works with businesses, trade associations, unions, consulates, professional organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, and educational institutions to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. The purpose of each alliance is to develop compliance assistance tools, resources and to educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities.

OSHA’s Illinois area offices in Des Plaines, North Aurora and Calumet City are participating in this alliance. Employers and workers with questions about this or other OSHA alliances and partnerships can call the Chicago Regional Office at (847) 803-4800.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.