Save the Date: Roofing Day 2022

Roofing Day is right around the corner (April 5-6, 2022), and there are a number of ways for roofing professionals across the country to get involved.

What is Roofing Day?  Hosted and coordinated by NRCA, Roofing Day is one of the largest advocacy events on Capitol Hill. The event provides opportunities for roofing professionals to join together on Capitol Hill and advocate for the industry. It offers a chance for Congress to see and hear directly from the people and voices of the industry about the critical issues we face.

This year’s event will prioritize workforce funding and innovation to address supply chain challenges and worker shortages through Immigration Reform and Investment and Reform of Career and Technical Education. Although not all Congress members are expected to be available for in-person meetings due to the pandemic, in-person meetings will be scheduled for many participants, and some meetings will be held virtually.

According to the latest information available on the Roofing Day webpage, event highlights include:

  • Opening cocktail reception
  • Advocacy training and issues briefing
  • Presentations from members of Congress
  • Administration speakers who will address supply chain issues or Occupational Safety and Health Administration policies
  • Best practices for Capitol Hill meetings presented by a Congressional Chief of Staff panel
  • Capitol Hill meetings with congressional representatives (in-person and virtual)
  • Wrap-up Reception at the Top of The Hill Banquet Center

Along with the event highlights, NRCA has created a half-day event where expert speakers and panelists will convene to inform and inspire attendees. Additionally, there will be opportunities to enjoy D.C. and meet with fellow industry professionals through sightseeing tours and networking opportunities.

NRCA strongly encourages all roofing contractors to bring one or more crew members to help share their own stories.  And whether you choose to attend or simply help spread the word about the event, there are a number of useful print and digital resources available to use from the communications kit.

As far as cost is concerned, registration is currently listed at $95 for company representatives and $35 for field workers, students and spouses. There are also reserved room rates through the Grand Hyatt Washington available for registered attendees.

Registration closes in just a few short weeks (March 23, 2022), so if you plan on participating, visit the Roofing Day website to gain access to event details and register. You may also learn more about the event by viewing their promotional video here.

What to Look for in a Safety Trainer

As roofing and construction professionals, it is a given that safety and related trainings are vital to the success (and well-being) of your crews; that being stated, it can be a challenge to know which safety trainings are needed most by your team, and when and how to implement effective safety policies and procedures. For this reason, bringing a third-party safety specialist on board can be valuable for reviewing, improving, and monitoring your safety program; a trainer and consultant who focuses on safety is skilled in identifying weaknesses on a job site and in safety plans, as well as able to proactively address risks and liabilities that can lead to heavy fines and sometimes fatal consequences.

So, what should someone look for in a safety specialist, and how do you know if they are the right fit for your business?  Here are three basic things to look for in your safety trainer:

1. Experience

Experience in the industry and in safety training is critical to ensure that your trainer is skilled in multiple aspects of the safety process.  At Brauner Safety Services, programs are backed by more than 40 years of proven industry experience. The more years of experience a trainer possesses, the more likely they will have a comprehensive understanding of variations in job site risks, changes in standards, and diverse learning styles.

2. Quality

While most industry professionals understand safety standards, not everyone has the qualifications and quality of service to effectively train and apply those standards.  The bottom line is that when it comes to the safety of your crews, there are no shortcuts. Shortcuts in quality and training can easily lead to injuries and fatalities on the job.  For this reason, Brauner Safety Services provides personalized and high-quality training, paying close attention to the safety areas that are most important to each business operation. Over several decades, Jim Brauner has built a stellar reputation in the industry, taking time to understand his clients’ needs and developing safety programs that strengthen crews’ skills, confidence, and competence.

3. Reliability

What is quality without reliability?  Having a reliable source for your safety information and communications is necessary to ensure that you are providing the most accurate and relevant safety practices to your team.  Brauner Safety Services delivers the latest in CERTA, OSHA and roofing safety training in a timely and effective manner. Jim Brauner not only trains crews and managers, but he also trains future instructors at NRCA through the Train-the-Trainer program.  With more than 450 classes taught and a record of 0 fires and 0 losses with companies trained, Brauner Safety has proven its reliability to construction professionals throughout the U.S.

To learn more about industry safety training and education, or to schedule your next safety, OSHA or CERTA training, simply call us at: (407) 403-3959. 

3 Ways to Improve Safety in 2022

So, the last couple of years have offered little assurances when it comes to safety, specifically the health of employees.  That being stated, much of the industry made historical and impressive shifts in their operations to protect their workers, team members and clients.  From masking up and job site cleaning stations to rapid COVID-19 testing, vaccines and social distancing, the roofing and construction industries continued to march on.

These changes have not been without challenges.  In addition to improving and tightening general health safety practices, the industry has also faced major setbacks with the supply chain, requiring business owners to push back projects and work with suppliers and clients to set new, realistic, and sometimes lengthy timelines for project completion.

Amidst all of the changes, there is one thing that has and continues to remain a top priority for all construction business owners – Safety.  No matter the instabilities in supply availability or modifications in coronavirus safety procedures, safety on the job must always be at the forefront of any business.  After all, roofing and construction are considered the most high-risk industries in the nation, and safety policies and procedures must be solid and consistent despite the many challenges that have been presented over the year. 

For this reason, we are going to make it easy for you by providing a quick refresher for staying safe and prepared in 2022.  Here are three ways to keep your crews and businesses safe in the coming year:

  1. Offer Education – There is simply no substitute for proper and regular safety training.  A safe employee is a successful employee, and to maintain knowledge and skills on the job, regular training is essential. While some training and review of policies can be performed in-house, many job-specific trainings and certifications will require you to bring in a third-party professional like Brauner Safety Services.  From CERTA training and certification to OSHA and equipment training, Brauner Safety’s programs are proven and tailored to meet the needs of your crews.
  2. Upgrade Equipment – In addition to proper maintenance, roofing and construction equipment should be repaired and/or upgraded when necessary. The new year is a great time to review the condition of your equipment and take inventory to determine where upgrades or additional equipment will benefit your operations.  When it comes to safety, there are multiple fall protection systems and tools that are available for improving safety on the job.  Brauner Safety Services offers both the latest equipment and training to keep crews safe and successful on every job.
  3. Secure Safety Management – While safety policies and procedures are vital to a successful operation, the rules and practices are only as good as they are applied and used on the job.  For this reason, having a safety manager in place is necessary to maintain and track your safety program.  While this can be quite costly to have in-house, bringing in a specialist or consultant can be effective, and save time and money. For example, Brauner Safety Services assumes responsibility for establishing, implementing, and maintaining your safety program, from initial development to integration into your daily operations. Brauner Safety can provide you with a comprehensive program to train and certify all crew members, supply all administrative components, and teach an existing employee to fill the Safety Manager’s role at a fraction of the cost, all while ensuring compliance.

To learn more about steps you can take to ensure safety for your crews and team members, or to book a training session at your workplace or job site, contact Brauner Safety Services today!

OSHA Requests Input for New Heat Safety Rules

Although temperatures outside are dropping this time of year, things are heating up at OSHA when it comes to addressing heat hazards on the job. According to an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) that was published on October 27, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened up a public comment period as it prepares to formulate new rules for workplace heat hazards. As stated in the notice, the agency is interested in gaining information about “the extent and nature of hazardous heat in the workplace and the nature and effectiveness of interventions and controls used to prevent heat-related injury and illness.”

The effort comes after data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the three-year average of worker heat-related deaths has doubled over the past three decades.

OSHA is requesting stakeholder input as it moves toward creating a rule to protect workers from extreme heat exposure in indoor and outdoor settings. More specifically, the agency is aiming to receive input on heat-stress thresholds, heat-acclimatization planning, and exposure monitoring.

In recent months, OSHA has been making an effort to address heat hazards.  On September 21, 2021, the agency implemented a national enforcement initiative on heat-related illness. Additionally, OSHA is in the process of developing a National Emphasis Program for heat-related inspections. OSHA’s National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health will initiate a heat injury and illness prevention work group to share best practices, among other measures.

The comment period ends December 27, 2021. As posted by the Federal Register, comments and attachments (identified by Docket No. OSHA-2021-0009) may be submitted electronically at www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal.  There you will find instruction for making electronic submissions.

It is important to note that all comments, including any personal information you provide, will be made public as part of the public dockets. For this reason, OSHA cautions all commenters about submitting information that they would not want publicly posted, including contact name, date of birth and social security numbers, as well as any content within responses and comments.

Under OSHA law, employers are responsible for providing workplaces free of known safety hazards, and extreme heat is considered a significant hazard. To learn more about keeping employees cool in high temperatures, visit our previous post, “Keeping Crews Cool this Summer”. To gain access to the latest in safety education and training, as well as develop a comprehensive safety program for your team, contact Brauner Safety Services.

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