2011 proved to be a year of fits and starts for safety and health-related issues affecting the roofing industry. There is no shortage of items the various government agencies and research entities have on their agendas that can directly affect you. The main issues in 2012 are how you can comply with the regulations already in effect and how the regulations being developed might evolve.
Residential fall protection
The debate continues to rage regarding how roofing contractors performing steep-slope roofing work should protect workers from falls.
In December 2010, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a new residential fall-protection directive with new requirements effective June 16, 2011. As a result of an outcry by the homebuilding and roofing industries, including a failed lawsuit by NRCA, OSHA issued another directive to delay implementation until Sept. 16, 2011.