According to OSHA, non-compliance can cost roofing contractors up to $7,000 for each occurrence of a serious violation. Committed to helping its customers maintain a safe work environment as well as avoid these fines, GAF, has partnered with the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and the Western States Roofing Contractors Association (WSRCA) to launch gaf.com/safety.
GAF recently conducted a survey that found 49% of roofing contractors who do low-slope roofing wanted more training on OSHA’s standards and required safety equipment. The creation of gaf.com/safety addresses this need and will provide a resource for contractors to access training, documents, and equipment that enhance their awareness regarding low-slope roofing safety. The site will feature:
- A monthly webinar series hosted by NRCA, highlighting the most commonly cited safety issues with specific guidance on what is required to remain in compliance
- An archive of NRCA University safety webinars free to download
- ·A library of “Toolbox Talks” supplied by Western States available for download to help contractors supplement their OSHA training efforts
- A GAF Low-Slope Safety Kit available for purchase, containing many common roof safety items needed on a commercial job, including an OSHA-approved first aid kit, fire extinguisher, perimeter flags, gloves, a hard hat, and NRCA Pocket Guide to Safety
“Ensuring roofing contractors are in compliance with OSHA standards not only helps keep them safe, but also helps avoid potentially significant fines, stated Brian Impellizeri, senior marketing manager at GAF. While safety is a concern for roofing contractors, it’s also one for GAF, NRCA, and WSRCA. This partnership allows us to collectively leverage our assets and capabilities to deliver a resource that increases awareness and understanding of low-slope safety.”