On the Importance of CERTA Training

With all of the safety measures that roofing professionals have been forced to create and implement in the last year as a result of COVID-19, there has been an increased risk for falling short on industry-specific safety standards and training.  While the pandemic has put all workers (and all industries) at risk, roofing and construction remain high-risk industries that require regular training and reinforcement of industry-specific best practices in order to maintain safety on the job.

While the Fatal Four (falls, electrical exposure, struck-by and caught-in/between situations) are well-known and a given when it comes to addressing job-related risks and developing a comprehensive safety program, training that is specific to certain tools and equipment is equally as important.  The truth is that proper safety is multifaceted and requires dedication to learning and acquiring the skills necessary to identify risks, as well as understand the tools and resources that are available to mitigate those risks.

For this reason, we are focusing on just one of the many safety trainings that is essential for roofing professionals – CERTA Training. 

What is CERTA Training?

According to NRCA (National Roofing Contractors Association), CERTA is an acronym for the Certified Roofing Torch Applicator program. It is a training program designed to teach roofing workers how to safely use roofing torches.

CERTA training demonstrates how proper roof system configuration design and application techniques can result in fire-safe installations. In 2003, insurance industry representatives approached the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) to address concerns about increasing incidents and losses occurring from roofing workers’ torching activities. There was a clear need for focused safety training addressing torching activities, and as a result, the CERTA program was developed.

The current CERTA program provides the best practices and newest industry requirements for torching activities.  The requirements are met through a certification program where authorized trainers such as Brauner Safety Services deliver effective behavior-based training to roofing workers.  There is simply no comparable training program available in the roofing industry. 

Upon completion of a CERTA Training program with Brauner Safety Services, participants will be able to:

  • List personal protective equipment requirements for torching activities.
  • Describe basic first-aid procedures associated with torching activities.
  • Explain proper steps and procedures for handling propane gas cylinders.
  • Identify components of a torch assembly.
  • Demonstrate safe assembly, lighting and use of torch equipment.
  • Identify the key elements of comprehensive pre-job inspections.
  • Recognize hazardous areas.
  • Demonstrate safe torching techniques near hazardous areas.
  • Explain post-job fire watch and other safety-related duties.

From a business perspective, CERTA Training just makes sense.  The program offers business owners multiple benefits including but not limited to insurance savings, hazard/liability control, and improved employee safety.  CERTA Training lowers the risk for roofing contractors, assures compliance with insurance underwriting guidelines and reduces exposure of personal and corporate assets.

To learn more about CERTA Training and to schedule your next session, contact Brauner Safety Services today.

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