NRCA launches new roofing careers website
The resources emphasize opportunities for success can be found on the roof, in the shop, in the office and in manufacturing facilities, underscoring the stability and income a roofing industry career can provide.
The website also features training and educational resources available for individuals who are starting careers in the roofing industry, as well as for experienced workers.
A section for parents and educators offers information about the positive aspects of working in the roofing industry, including no school debt, the high demand for roofing workers and the potential for workers to thrive and establish solid careers.
Additional resources offer industry statistics and information regarding wages and career opportunities.
Roofing Alliance calls for award nominations
The Roofing Alliance is seeking nominations for its 2021 Gold Circle Awards program, which recognizes NRCA and Roofing Alliance members for their outstanding contributions to the roofing industry. Gold Circle Awards categories include outstanding workmanship/innovative solutions and safety preparedness and performance. Unique roofing-related projects, programs and services completed between June 1, 2018, and May 31, 2020, are eligible for the competition. The deadline for entries is Oct. 23.
The Roofing Alliance also is accepting entries for its Most Valuable Player Awards Program. MVP Awards formally recognize outstanding workers who achieve work-related and personal goals to which others aspire. Any field roofing worker, foreman or superintendent from roofing contracting firms and any warehouse employee, warehouse foreman, driver or equipment operator from distributor and supplier firms are eligible for nomination. Nominations are based on significant contributions in two categories: outstanding on-the-job performance/workmanship and outstanding performance/other noteworthy contributions outside the workplace. The deadline for entries is Nov. 20.
One MVP Awards winner will be chosen as Professional Roofing’s Best of the Best. Co-sponsored by Professional Roofing and OMG® Roofing Products Inc., Agawam, Mass., the recognition will include a special prize and feature article in Professional Roofing magazine.
Additional information and nomination forms are available at roofingalliance.net.
DuPont joins NRCA’s One Voice initiative
DuPont, Wilmington, Del., has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative as a partner member.
NRCA’s One Voice initiative is a transformational approach to addressing the roofing industry’s most critical issues and concerns—with one voice—to secure its future.
Manufacturers, distributors, architects, engineers, consultants and service providers are invited to fully engage with NRCA, as partners, and actively address the industry’s most pressing issues, including workforce certification; effecting change in Washington, D.C.; building codes and insurance; and increasing professionalism in all industry sectors.
OSHA offers heat illness resources
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s heat-related resources can help protect outdoor workers.
OSHA’s Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers aims to raise awareness and educate workers and employers about the dangers of working in hot weather and provide resources and guidance to address those hazards. Workers in outdoor industries—such as agriculture, construction, landscaping and transportation—are at particular risk.
Thousands of employees become sick each year, and many die from working in the heat. Labor-intensive activities in hot weather can raise body temperatures beyond the level that typically can be cooled by sweating. Heat illness initially may manifest as heat rash or heat cramps but quickly can escalate to heat exhaustion and then heat stroke if preventive measures are not followed.
Heat illness disproportionately affects individuals who have not built up a tolerance to heat (acclimatization), and it is especially dangerous for new and temporary outdoor workers.
OSHA offers heat illness educational materials in English and Spanish, as well as a curriculum to be used for workplace training. Additionally, OSHA offers a webpage that provides information and resources regarding heat illness—including how to prevent it and what to do in case of an emergency—for workers and employers. The webpage is available at www.osha.gov/heat/index.html.
National Roofing Week is Aug. 23-29!
National Roofing Week 2020 will take place Aug. 23-29 to raise awareness of the significance of roofs to every home and building.
Celebrated each year, National Roofing Week serves as a reminder the roof is one of the most important components of every structure.
National Roofing Week promotes the good deeds of the roofing industry and stresses the value of professional roofing contractors and the importance of making informed decisions when maintaining or replacing any roof system. During National Roofing Week, NRCA 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.
In celebration of National Roofing Week, NRCA will host the We are Family Raffle, sponsored by A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply, Aurora, Ill. NRCA member companies are encouraged to take a group photo of all employees—their roofing family—and submit it to NRCA for a chance to win a prize. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, Aug. 19.
Additionally, in the spirit of the industry’s generosity, NRCA Giving Day will be held Tuesday, Aug. 25, to benefit the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program and help shape the future of the roofing industry. The Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program helps individuals seeking to further their education to pursue careers in the roofing or building construction industries; employees of NRCA contractor and supplier members and their families are eligible. Donations currently are being accepted; NRCA Giving Day donations will close at 11:59 p.m. Aug. 25.
NRCA also will be sharing its members’ stories through its various social media outlets and Professional Roofing magazine. Members throughout the U.S. are encouraged to share their stories of charitable giving, crew and staff appreciation, and signature roofing projects with NRCA.
National Roofing Week 2020 is sponsored by ABC Supply Co. Inc., Beloit, Wis.; A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply; Carlisle SynTec, Carlisle, Pa.; GAF, Parsippany, N.J.; National Women in Roofing; and Polyglass U.S.A., Inc., Deerfield Beach, Fla.
In addition, the Canadian Roofing Contractors Association has announced Canada’s first annual National Roofing Week celebration will take place Aug. 24-28 to coincide with NRCA’s National Roofing Week.
CRCA’s initiative aims to raise awareness of the importance of “having a roof over your head,” Canada’s roofing industry and the important work CRCA members perform year-round. During the week, CRCA members and other roofing contractors will highlight the importance of roofing professionals in Canadian society through various actions and initiatives, such as job creation, continuing education and/or involvement in the community.
Each day of CRCA’s National Roofing Week will have a dedicated theme, and Canadian roofing professionals are encouraged to post photos and videos on social media using #RoofingWeekCanada, #CRCA, #NationalRoofingWeek and #RoofingCanada.
Additional information about CRCA’s National Roofing Week is available at roofingcanada.com/canadian-roofing-events.
Face mask requirements vary by state
Governors and public health officials throughout the U.S. have implemented measures to help contain the spread of COVID-19, and even as businesses begin to reopen, face coverings likely will remain as a preventive measure, according to www.littler.com.
Numerous jurisdictions have encouraged—or mandated—individuals to wear face coverings when in public, especially when social distancing cannot be maintained effectively. Some directives also obligate employers to provide masks for their employees.
Facing Your Face Mask Duties, a state-by-state list identifying the jurisdictions where face coverings are recommended or required, is available at www.littler.com/coronavirus. The list does not include face covering guidance at the local level.
Employers now can monitor employees’ TRAC progress
The TRAC dashboard includes the TRAC packages a company has purchased; the organization’s individual TRAC package redemption codes; the number of employees who have redeemed each TRAC code; a list of employees who have redeemed each TRAC code; whether employees are taking the English or Spanish version of a TRAC package; and employees’ percentages toward completion of the entire TRAC package, among other factors.