The NRCA-OSHA partnership

Proving the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is committed to improving safety in the roofing industry, OSHA has awarded NRCA two educational grants for 2007.

The first grant is a $183,072 Susan Harwood Training Grant to develop a one-day training session addressing fall hazards, applicable regulations, hazard abatement and rescue techniques for roofing personnel. The class will be offered in English and Spanish in 10 locations throughout the U.S. and will be free of charge for participants.

The schedule, class dates and locations will be finalized by the end of the year. The class, Roofing Industry Fall Protection from A to Z, will be offered between February 2007 and May 2007 and will help increase workers' awareness of fall-protection hazards and teach them about specific equipment and work practices to avoid these hazards.

Roofing workers will learn OSHA fall-protection requirements and the components of fall-protection systems. The course also will feature equipment demonstrations for self-rescue and relief of suspension trauma.

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