Duro-Last Oregon Plant Receives Safety Certification

Duro-Last Inc. has announced a local award and national safety certification received by its Grants Pass, Ore., manufacturing facility.

In late January 2017, Duro-Last received the 2016 Business Excellence Award from the Grants Pass and Josephine County Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Organization (OSHA) presented the Oregon facility with the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Site certification in November 2016.

According to Colene Martin, president/CEO of the Grants Pass and Josephine County Chamber of Commerce, “The Business Excellence Award is given to a chamber member who has a record of dependability, success and leadership. The criteria for selection include business character, business excellence, customer relations and community service. Duro-Last not only excels in these areas but also is known for their employee safety standards and the number of awards they have received for it over the years.”

The most recent safety award for the Duro-Last facility is OSHA’s VPP Star Site certification, which is the highest of three designations offered by the VPP.

The VPP promotes effective worksite-based safety and health, according to OSHA. This is for OSHA’s official recognition of efforts of employers and employees who have achieved exemplary occupational safety and health. The goal is to encourage private industry and federal agencies to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses through hazard prevention and control, worksite analysis, training and cooperation between management and workers. The VPP enlists worker involvement to achieve injury and illness rates that are below the National Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries.

Oregon OSHA Director Michael Wood presented the award at the Grants Pass facility.

“We are proud of the work we have done with OSHA, which has allowed us to learn the best practices of other VPP companies and has helped us understand the importance of continuous improvement in safety programs,” says Tim Hart, vice president of Western Operations for Duro-Last Inc. “We thank Oregon OSHA for recognizing the dedication our Grants Pass employees have to safety. Without our employees’ safety mindset, this recognition would not have been possible. We would also like to thank the Oregon VPP team for their encouragement and mentoring.”

This OSHA honor is not a one-time award, however. Retaining VPP Star Site status is an ongoing process, and continuous improvement is expected.

“Duro-Last was the first company in Oregon OSHA history to be awarded the VPP Star level on the first try. This is a milestone,” says Hart. “Usually a company gets the Merit status first, and then needs several more years to complete the application process for Star status. Our team decided to apply for the Star status directly. Our efforts took a little under two years because we had the cooperation and enthusiasm of the entire Duro-Last team.”

The Grants Pass facility will serve as a mentor to other organizations applying for OSHA VPP status. In 2016, Duro-Last was appointed to the Governor’s Oregon Occupational Safety & Health Panel. A graduate of OSHA’s Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP), Duro-Last is part of the Southern Oregon SHARP Alliance. Duro-Last also belongs to the Redwood Safety Committee, Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development Inc. (SOREDI), and the Grants Pass and Josephine County Chamber of Commerce.

“Since the first Duro-Last roof was installed in the 1970s, the company has been on a growth path,” says Hart. “In 1985, Duro-Last expanded into Grants Pass, Ore. In 1987, we purchased 47,000-square-feet of manufacturing and 7,500-square-feet of office space at the North Valley Industrial Park. In 1996, we completed and opened a 60,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. We expanded again in 2006, adding 35,000 more square feet of manufacturing space to accommodate EXCEPTIONAL Metals, a division of Duro-Last. Throughout it all, we’ve remained committed to safety, to quality and to being good neighbors to our communities.”

RISE Accepting Applications for the CSRP Exam

Roof Integrated Solar Energy (RISE) Inc. is accepting applications for its next Certified Solar Roofing Professional (CSRP) exam, which will be held March 3.

The CSRP designation is a voluntary certification for professionals who plan and oversee installation of roof-mounted photovoltaic systems. The credential evaluates whether candidates have the underlying knowledge required to successfully install a roof-mounted PV system. It certifies individuals for all building types—commercial and residential.

The exam will be scheduled at a testing center within 150 miles of your home and also will be offered at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas during the 2017 International Roofing Expo and NRCA’s 130th Annual Convention.

The application deadline is Feb. 3. To apply for the exam, visit here. For more information about RISE and CSRP, contact Brad Martz, RISE program administrator, at (800)323-9545, ext. 7574, or bmartz@riseprofessional.org, or visit the RISE website.

Kemper System Is Developing Product Declarations to Meet LEED Requirements

To satisfy new LEED certification requirements for green building construction, Kemper System America Inc. is developing both Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Health Product Declarations (HPDs) for liquid-applied roofing and waterproofing products.

The latest version of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, LEED v4, includes two new transparency elements for Building Product Disclosure and Optimization which can contribute up to four points towards a certification:

  • “Environmental Product Declarations” credits require the use of materials that meet EPD or similar disclosure criteria.
  • “Health Product Declarations” accrue “Material Ingredients Credits” for products that use designated methods to disclose composition to at least 0.1 percent.

To help customers obtain these new LEED certification points, Kemper System is planning to develop EPDs for products beginning in 2017 and issue upon completion; and to issue HPDs for all relevant products by the end of 2017.

Since the LEED rating system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in 1994, it has become a standard in green building certification, and it has adapted to meet the demands of building owners and regulators for transparency and sustainability.

CertainTeed Achieves ISO 9001 Certification at Roofing Plant

CertainTeed’s roofing business has achieved International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001 certification at its Little Rock, Ark., plant.

ISO 9001 standards were created to help companies establish requirements to maintain and manage processes influencing quality. To secure the globally recognized certification, CertainTeed developed a formalized quality management system that underwent rigorous review by third party auditor Underwriters Laboratories.

“CertainTeed has made manufacturing quality roofing products a priority for more than 110 years. We continue this quality commitment by achieving ISO 9001 certification,” says Tim Ginsbach, plant manager at CertainTeed’s Little Rock roofing plant. “This is a reflection of the dedication and hard work of all our employees. It was clear that they treat this as much more than a question of compliance to a standard, but as a way to provide confidence in the products and services they deliver to our customers.”

To secure ISO 9001, the Little Rock plant successfully demonstrated the ability to consistently manufacture roofing products that meet customer demand and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. In addition, the facility pledges to constantly find ways to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the quality management system, including processes for continual improvement and assurance of conformity to requirements.

In operation since 1952, the Little Rock roofing plant and its 81 employees manufacture four CertainTeed commercial modified bitumen roofing membrane product lines: APP (Atactic Polypropylene) modified, including the Flintlastic GTA cap membrane; SBS (Styrene Butadine Styrene) modified hot and cold applied products, featuring Flintlastic Ultra Poly SMS base/ply sheet and Flintlastic GMS mineral surfaced polyester cap membrane; SBS modified Flintlastic SA (Self-Adhering) NailBase, PlyBase, MidPly and Cap; and traditional BUR (Built-Up Roofing), including GlasBase base sheets and Flintglas mineral surfaced cap sheets. Many of the cap membranes are available in CertainTeed’s CoolStar highly solar reflective mineral surfacing.

This is the Little Rock plant’s second ISO certification. Previously, the plant received ISO 14001, created to help companies minimize their environmental impact and achieve continual improvement of environmental performance.

CertainTeed operates 12 roofing facilities throughout the U.S. that are fully engaged in quality control while reducing the company’s environmental footprint. Collectively, the plants divert more than 250,000 tons of waste a year from landfills. In addition to bituminous commercial roofing, CertainTeed offers innovative products that significantly boost the energy efficiency of a home, including Landmark Solaris solar reflective asphalt shingles and the Apollo II solar roofing system.

Malarkey Roofing Products Focuses on Sustainability and Safety

Malarkey Roofing Products announces GreenCircle Certified LLC Waste Diversion from Landfill certification of Malarkey manufacturing facilities and congratulates employees on new safety milestones.

GreenCircle provides third-party certification of sustainability claims through a rigorous scientific evaluation based on internationally recognized standards and guidelines. All three of the Malarkey asphalt roofing facilities achieved the Waste Diversion from Landfill certification, demonstrating responsible management of end-of-life materials.

“We are thrilled to certify Malarkey Roofing Products for their outstanding achievements in Waste Diversion,” says Certification and Operations manager at GreenCircle Certified LLC Anne Bevan. “Through a combination of innovative ideas, employee engagement, and a commitment to the environment, Malarkey has successfully made a huge reduction in its impact.”

In the GreenCircle certification process, diversion and reduction can be achieved through a combination of approved methods. Malarkey utilized the methods of source reduction, recycling, energy recovery, and reuse of materials to achieve waste diversion from landfill thresholds. The evaluated Malarkey facilities achieved diversion rates of 90 percent or greater as follows:

  • Portland, Ore. – 94 percent waste diversion
  • South Gate, Calif. – 92 percent waste diversion
  • Oklahoma City, Okla. – 90 percent waste diversion

The Portland location has a fiberglass mat facility on site, which was not included in this analysis in order to achieve a more direct comparison to other facilities in the industry. Malarkey plans to pursue separate certification for the mat facility at a later date.

“Malarkey has promoted sustainability internally for years with initiatives like our renewable energy usage in Portland and recycling programs across all of our facilities,” says Malarkey President Jim Fagan. “Sustainability is a vital aspect of our commitment to our customers and local communities. It is an asset to have third-party validation that shows how we are doing and where we can continue to improve.”

In addition to promoting sustainability, Malarkey continues to promote safety throughout their facilities. According to plant manager Steve Rosko, the Portland facility achieved 31 months with only one OSHA recordable accident, including a milestone in July 2015 of more than one million hours worked without an accident.

“Safety has been a priority at Malarkey for a long time,” says Rosko. “I stress two things with our employees: safety and product quality. This is a family business, and we treat our employees as a member of the family.”

According to President Jim Fagan, Malarkey has taken great strides in environmental and safety standards, with plans to pursue additional environmental certifications in the future. That direction is reflected with Malarkey Environmental Health and Safety Officer for the Portland facility, Mike Tuel, who looks to continue evolving facilities to set the standard for roofing manufacturing operations.

“We have a legal responsibility to comply with environmental and safety standards,” says Tuel. “But we also see it as a moral obligation to our communities. It’s the right thing to do, and it is reassuring to know that commitment comes from the very top of our company to continue this path.”