NRCA Supports Regulatory Reform

This statement is attributable to: William Good, Executive Vice President, National Roofing Contractors Association

NRCA commends the House for its approval of the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2015 (H.R. 185). This legislation is desperately needed to provide businesses with relief from excessive government regulations. The House approved the bill on a bipartisan vote of 250-175.

Roofing contractors face an unprecedented combination of regulations issued by the federal government, including rules issued by the Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and National Labor Relations Board, among others. The cumulative burden of counterproductive regulations is highly disruptive to entrepreneurs seeking to start or grow a business. Moreover, some regulations that have been issued in recent years provide little or no benefits to the public and can even be counterproductive in efforts to maintain a safe working environment in the roofing industry.

As such, NRCA strongly supports regulatory reform to provide small and mid-sized businesses with much needed relief from excessive regulations. The Regulatory Accountability Act will update the regulatory process that has been in place for more than 65 years under the Administrative Procedure Act. Among other reforms, H.R. 185 will hold agencies more accountable by providing on-the-record administrative hearings, requiring agencies to present supporting data to the public before a regulation is formally proposed, providing more rigorous rules for agency use of guidance documents, and requiring agencies to justify regulations as the best alternative among a range of options.

With these and other reforms, this legislation will provide more opportunities for public input during the development of regulations, minimizing the potential for rules that are burdensome to employers. The reforms implemented by this legislation also will greatly enhance the opportunity for success in legal challenges to regulations.

Again, NRCA applauds House passage of this bipartisan legislation that will inject greater transparency and accountability into the federal regulatory process, and looks forward to working with senators to advance this or similar legislation in the Senate.

NRCA and GAF Partner on a Website Dedicated to Low-slope Roofing Safety

In an effort to help roofing contractors provide more on-the-job safety measures for their employees, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has partnered with Parsippany, N.J.-based GAF to launch the GAF Commercial Roof Safety Guide, a website focusing on low-slope roofing safety. The website will include a series of webinars conducted by NRCA; the first webinar is scheduled for Jan. 21.

Along with the Western States Roofing Contractors Association (WSRCA), NRCA and GAF have partnered to develop this resource to increase contractors’ awareness, understanding and compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety requirements.

“NRCA will provide health and safety resources for GAF contractors in the form of select NRCA products and content experts for the GAF webinar series that will address OSHA issues related to roofing industry fall protection, ladder and scaffold safety, hazard communication and personal protective equipment,” says Harry Dietz, NRCA’s director of enterprise risk management.

Dietz will conduct the Jan. 21 webinar, which will focus on OSHA’s duty to have fall protection as it relates to roofing job sites.

A recent survey conducted by GAF found 49 percent of roofing contractors who perform low-slope roofing work wanted more training regarding OSHA standards and required safety equipment. The creation of www.gaf.com/safety is meant to address this need and provide a resource for contractors to access training, documents and equipment that enhance their awareness regarding low-slope roofing safety.

Visit the site for additional NRCA University safety webinars that are currently available.

Four NRCA Contractor Members Join The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress

AAA Roofing Co. Inc., Indianapolis; Blues Roofing Co., Milpitas, Calif.; Bone Dry Roofing Co., Bogart, Ga.; and Roofing Solutions LLC, Prairieville, La. have joined The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress at the Governor level.

Governor membership is reserved for those who commit $50,000 to the Alliance during a three-to-five year period. AAA Roofing, Blues Roofing, Bone Dry Roofing, and Roofing Solutions’ commitments entitle them to participate in the project task forces established to guide the Alliance’s agenda and to attend the semiannual meetings of the full Alliance.

For more information or to join the Alliance, visit the Alliance’s website or contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7513.

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress was established within the National Roofing Foundation (NRF) to create an endowment fund to serve as a highly focused resource for the roofing industry and its customers. The Alliance’s objectives are to conduct research and education projects that support high-quality programs for roofing contractors; ensure timely and forward-thinking industry responses to major economic and technological issues; and enhance the long-term viability and attractiveness of the industry to roofing workers. The Alliance also reaches out to the roofing community and its members and helps fund efforts dedicated to good works and charitable giving.

NRCA Awarded $137,000 OSHA Grant, Will Conduct Fall-protection Classes in Coming Year

The Rosemont, Ill.-based NATIONAL ROOFING CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION has been awarded a $137,000 grant through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Susan Harwood Training Grant program. The grant will enable NRCA to continue to conduct its successful Roofing Industry Fall Protection A to Z course free of charge for a year and will include classes taught in Spanish.

“NRCA is acutely concerned with preventing roof-related falls. This OSHA grant has been and continues to be vital to that pursuit,” says Tom Shanahan, NRCA’s associate executive director of risk management. “It allows for one-on-one hands-on fall protection and prevention training that is importantly roofing-specific.”

Roofing Industry Fall Protection A to Z is a one-day class that provides updates about fall-protection systems and includes current OSHA state-plan requirements. It also features hands-on equipment demonstrations and techniques for self-rescue and relief of suspension trauma.

NRCA will conduct 12 classes in eight cities, including four classes in Spanish. View dates and locations at RoofingMagazine.com/events.

The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program provides grants to fund education and training for workers and employers to help them recognize workplace safety and health hazards, implement injury and illness prevention measures, and inform them of their rights and responsibilities. This year, OSHA awarded $10,687,000 in grants to 78 non-profit organizations.

For information about NRCA and its services and offerings, visit NRCA.net.

Oklahoma Roofing and Sheet Metal Honors Children of Deployed Oklahoma Soldiers, Receives NRCA/CNA Community Involvement Award

In recognition of its efforts to help children of deployed members of the U.S. military, Oklahoma City-based Oklahoma Roofing and Sheet Metal LLC was presented with the second annual NRCA/ CNA Community Involvement Award, an award sponsored by the National Roofing Contractors Association, CNA and the CNA Foundation. The award honors charitable works performed by NRCA contractor members.

Oklahoma Roofing and Sheet Metal was selected for the 2013 award for its involvement with “Horseback Heroes”, an annual event to honor the children of Oklahoma soldiers. The event gives the children the rare opportunity to spend the day on a working farm, taking part in activities that include horseback riding, cattle roping, and tack and grooming.

The event took place on the ranch of Oklahoma Roofing and Sheet Metal President and CEO Gerry Shepherd and was offered free of charge to more than 80 children, between the ages of five and 16, and their families.

The CNA Foundation awarded Oklahoma Roofing and Sheet Metal with $5,000 for the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation, which co-sponsored Horseback Heroes. The donation enabled Horseback Heroes to accommodate 163 children in 2014, allowing organizers to stick to their goal to never turn a child away from participating. Shepherd and the Oklahoma National Guard are hoping to grow the Horseback Heroes program to accommodate children of deployed soldiers from other states in the coming years.

“Although it requires us to buy and add another bucking dummy and find 20 more horses and two more buggies with teams to pull them, it also requires many more volunteers, more breakfast foods, more drinks and more lunch items,” Shepherd says. “Because of the award we received, we will be able to serve every one of these kids.”

NRCA currently is seeking entries for its NRCA/CNA Community Involvement Award. NRCA urges its contractor members to submit any charitable project, activity or donation completed between Jan. 1, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2014. One winning charity will receive $5,000. Two honorable mentions each will receive $1,000. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 31, 2014.

The awards will be presented during NRCA’s Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, during NRCA’s 128th Annual Convention in New Orleans. For more information, contact me at (847) 493-7548, or visit NRCA’s webpage.

VIEW VIDEOS ABOUT HORSEBACK HEROES
A video highlighting the Horseback Heroes program
Gerry Shepherd, president and CEO of NRCA member Oklahoma Roofing and Sheet Metal, is interviewed in an Oklahoma National Guard video about his work with the third annual Horseback Heroes program, which took place Saturday, Oct. 18, at his Covey Creek Ranch.

NRCA Issues Statement about President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

The following statement is attributable to William Good, executive vice president of the National Roofing Contractors Association:

For many years, NRCA has consistently supported immigration reform that increases border security, improves workplace enforcement without burdening employers, provides an avenue for workers to enter the U.S. legally when our economy needs them, and addresses the problem of the existing illegal workforce in a balanced manner. NRCA believes immigration reform that addresses all these components is needed to fix our broken immigration system, end illegal immigration, protect U.S. workers and meet the economic needs of employers in the 21st century.

NRCA believes that for immigration reform to be successful in meeting the needs of the roofing industry, it is imperative Congress be the deliberative body that addresses this issue. NRCA is disappointed the House did not take up immigration reform legislation in the 113th Congress and urges the new 114th Congress to move expeditiously on immigration reform measures in 2015.

NRCA also is disappointed President Obama decided to move forward with unilateral executive action which can, at best, provide only a temporary and partial solution to fixing our broken immigration system. NRCA is further concerned the president’s executive action could cause significant difficulties for employers with respect to employment eligibility verification compliance and will be reviewing the executive order to determine potential effects on employers.

NRCA urges Congress and the Obama administration to work together to pass immigration reform legislation that meets the needs of employers and workers in the roofing industry as soon as possible.

NRCA Releases Statement on 2014 Midterm Elections, Calls for Breakthrough of Partisan Gridlock

The following statement is attributable to William Good, executive vice president of the National Roofing Contractors Association

“We are pleased a vast majority of candidates supported by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and ROOFPAC, our political action committee, prevailed in the 2014 midterm congressional elections on Tuesday. In particular, we are pleased to see a pro-business majority has been elected in the U.S. Senate. We look forward to working with returning and new lawmakers in both parties to break through partisan gridlock and advance the policy agenda NRCA has been supporting for years. This includes pro-growth tax policies, relief from burdensome regulations, legislation that addresses the workforce development needs of our industry, and replacement of the so-called Affordable Care Act with market-based reforms to our health care system.

ROOFPAC, the voice of the roofing industry in Washington, D.C., was very active in the 2014 congressional elections, investing more than $300,000 in support of nearly 75 pro-business candidates during the 2013-14 election cycle. NRCA and ROOFPAC will continue to support members of Congress and other candidates who support government policies that enable roofing industry entrepreneurs to start and grow businesses.”

Applications Are Being Accepted for 2015-16 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced applications are being accepted for the 2015-16 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program. The merit-based scholarship is available to NRCA contractor or supplier member employees and their families to assist in furthering their education in pursuit of careers in the roofing or building construction industries.

Applicants to the scholarship program must be full-time employees of an NRCA member company or their dependent children or spouses with a minimum of one year of full-time employment with their companies as of the application deadline date. High school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll or who are already enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study at a two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for an entire academic year are also eligible.

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record; potential to succeed; leadership and participation in school and community activities; honors; work experience; a statement of career goals and aspirations; and an outside appraisal.

Each recipient will receive a $5,000 award that is renewable for up to three years of undergraduate study or until a bachelor’s degree is earned provided the awards are renewed annually and recipients maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.

Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Accepting MVP Award Nominations

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced it is accepting nominations for its 2014-15 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award program. In its 15th year, the MVP Program honors a maximum of 10 outstanding roofing workers. One winner will be chosen as Professional Roofing’s Best of the Best, an honor co-sponsored by OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Mass. The Best of the Best winner also is featured in an article in Professional Roofing.

The MVP Program recognizes leadership in the field. Roofing contractor firms can nominate any field roofing worker, foreman or superintendent. No more than three nominations per company branch will be accepted. Distributors and supplier firms may nominate up to five warehouse employees, warehouse foremen, drivers or equipment operators. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Criteria by which nominees will be evaluated include outstanding on-the-job performance; on-the-job safety performance; contributions to a team effort; community service and volunteerism; and other noteworthy contributions and activities.

Entries may be submitted by completing an official entry form, providing detailed descriptions of specific attributes, activities and other factors that make individuals noteworthy or unique. All entries must be submitted by Nov. 21, 2014.

MVP winners will receive two complimentary airfares and two nights’ hotel accommodations during NRCA’s 128th Annual Convention in New Orleans; one complimentary conference registration and exhibit hall pass to the 2015 International Roofing Expo®; two complimentary tickets to the NRCA Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception where winners and their companies will be formally honored; a $100 American Express gift card; recognition in Professional Roofing magazine, NRCA’s For Members Only newsletter and on The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress website; and recognition in a press release sent to local media and industry trade press.

Each person submitting a nomination by the deadline also will be placed in a drawing for an iPad2 16GB with Wi-Fi. In addition, each candidate will have his or her name entered into a drawing for a $100 American Express gift card.

Visit roofingindustryalliance.net/programs/mvp/ for more information or to submit a nomination, or contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director at (800)323-9545, ext. 7513 or bjudson@roofingalliance.net. Entry forms may be downloaded online and mailed to The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress MVP Awards Program, c/o National Roofing Contractors Association, Attention: Bennett Judson, 10255 W. Higgins Road, Suite 600, Rosemont, IL 60018-5607.

NRCA to Hold Semi-annual Regional Conference in Denver

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) will hold its semi-annual regional conference Oct. 15 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Denver. The conference will highlight roofing industry issues.

Roofing professionals from across the Midwest and western states are encouraged to participate in this one-day event. The conference will provide in-depth information about the most critical safety, risk management, technical, building code and legislative issues affecting roofing contractors.

Attendees also will hear from fellow roofing professionals about current issues, trends and challenges facing the industry.

Members of NRCA as well as non-members are encouraged to attend. For more information or to register online, visit NRCA’s website.