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March 24, 2015

  1. CRCA / OSHA Alliance Background

    Date Signed: January 24, 2014

    Alliance Overview:

    The alliance was developed to provide Chicago Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA) members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to safety and health hazards in roofing, and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA Act).

    Evaluation Period: This report covers the time period of January 24, 2014 to January 24, 2015.

    Implementation Team Members

    • Mark Duffy, CRCA Co-Chairman Health & Safety Committee
    • Shawn Sullivan, CRCA Co-Chairman Health & Safety Committee
    • Bill McHugh, CRCA Executive Director
    • Linda McHugh, CRCA Administrator
    • Larry Joswiak, OSHA Assistant Area Director, Chicago North Area Office
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Besides the alliance/safety committee meetings, additional meetings and planning for projects are conducted via email and conference call.

    2014: May 7, 2014, September 2, 2014, October 8, 2014 and December 16, 2014

  3. Activities and Products


    Four alliance/safety committee meetings were attended by OSHA personnel and CRCA committee members including management and field personnel, covering a variety of topics including OSHA jobsite inspections, current local and national emphasis programs, OSHA campaigns and initiatives. Topics included falls hazards, ladder safety, residential fall protection final rule, quarterly Region V fatality report statistics, electrical hazards, silica proposed rule changes, updated hazard communication requirements and heat campaigns.

    The process involves an implementation team made up of representatives of each organization, including CRCA non-management employees, who met to develop a plan of action, determined working procedures and identified the roles and responsibilities of the participants. The implementation team meets at least four times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance, including the planning and implementation of all events and activities such as project groups, the annual trade show seminar planning and other alliance meeting. Examples of the education and activities planned to fulfill the alliance's objectives for this segment include:

    • Safety Stand Down: On June 12, 2014, numerous CRCA contractors’ construction sites throughout the Chicagoland area joined in the inaugural OSHA Stand Down by voluntarily ceasing work for 30-60 minutes to provide focused training on how falls from ladders, scaffolds and roofs can be prevented by planning ahead and using the right safety equipment. These CRCA member firms presented this focused safety training via tool box talks to approximately 125 non-management personnel. The training material was reviewed to ensure accuracy and consistency at all sites.
    • CRCA Safety Survey: CRCA and OSHA personnel developed and sent a survey to approximately 1,800 CRCA member firm management and field personnel to determine the most common means safety education is received by non-management personnel, the frequency and the topics as well as who provides the training. The survey also helped determine additional safety topics that participants felt additional training are needed on and the preferred method of training. CRCA member firms were sent these important findings to use in the development of more comprehensive safety education on a company-wide level.
    • CRCA Membership Meeting: On Sept. 9, 2014, approximately 135 CRCA Members met to learn about current OSHA initiatives and trends in citations to be used in creating more comprehensive jobsite and other safety training. Specific attention was given to fall protection.
    • CRCA Trade Show Safety Seminar: On January 23, 2015, 295 roofing contractors (both CRCA Members and Non Members) attended an annual safety seminar at Drury Lane Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace. The theme of this year’s seminar was "Roofing Safety – Then & Now". The programming included a historical development of OSHA, personal testimonies of two management representative and two field representatives of the advancements in safety over the past years, how company safety programs are established and how a typical service and production job site is approached from a safety perspective. The seminar also included OSHA personnel presenting on the most common OSHA cited violations as well as information on the Record Keeping Reporting changes. This educational session also provided opportunity for a question and answer session where safety concerns from employers and employees were addressed with OSHA and CRCA educators. In addition to the widely attended safety seminar, safety vendors were also available for attendees to learn about equipment and tools needed to develop safe roofing and waterproofing practices.
    • The CRCA Today: A quarterly magazine publication, with a hard copy distribution of 10,000 Illinois and surrounding states’ roofing and waterproofing contractors as well as associated firms, provided a venue for OSHA's initiatives and safety education outreach. Such topics as the June safety stand down, texting while driving, residential fall protection education and the updates on recordkeeping reporting were covered in 2014 and January 2015. This publication also has an electronic distribution of over 6,000 readers including general contractors, building officials and other construction firms.
  4. Results

    OSHA has been very successful in establishing a strong relationship with the Chicago Roofing Contractors Association and maintaining open communication with their members. The annual CRCA Trade Show safety seminar is well-received and provides an opportunity for question/answer session(s) with the stakeholders and open dialogue about current issues and trends affecting their industry. They also provide an avenue to highlight fatality/injury trends in the industry within Region V as well as inform employers and employees of current OSHA enforcement initiatives/regulations.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    Going forward there are several items on the agenda including:

    • The 2015 National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction is scheduled for May 4 - 15, 2015.
    • 2015 Alliance Meeting dates: March 25, 2015 with additional June, September and December meeting dates to be finalized.
    • Safety education will be presented at the September or November CRCA Membership luncheon with an anticipated attendance of 125.
    • 2016 CRCA Annual Trade Show Safety Seminar will be held January 22, 2016.

Report Prepared by: Larry Joswiak and Linda McHugh

For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at (202) 693-2340 or go to www.osha.gov.

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