To better understand the analytical (risk management) and conceptual (visioning) facets of enterprise risk management,
this department, with the guidance of six committees, endeavors to help members develop a keener understanding of who
their businesses are in their markets and subsequent decision-making regarding risks their businesses face. As such,
staff help members manage tangible risks, such as health and safety matters, and teach leadership, management and
communication concepts needed to effect a successful vision by offering products, services and educational programming
to address them.
The Enterprise Risk Management Task Force worked for four years to better understand a typical roofing company's risk
profile and ascertain how NRCA might develop products or services to assist. In the end, it was determined the best
place to start is through education efforts. This resulted in a task force-developed half-day enterprise risk
management educational conference offered at the International Roofing Expo® (IRE) last February in Las Vegas. The
conference featured a primer on enterprise risk management concepts, a discussion panel with the five task force
members and a working group session where participants applied concepts learned. It was a successful event and will be
held again at the next IRE. The task force will continue to meet to determine what other ways NRCA might provide
enterprise risk management program implementation assistance.
NRCA Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management Tom Shanahan and NRCA Directors of Enterprise Risk Management Harry
Dietz and Rich Trewyn continued to participate in national health- and safety-related efforts, such as the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) Advisory Committee for Construction Occupational Safety and Health;
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's National Occupational Research Agenda Construction Sector
Council; Construction Association Safety and Health Information Network; American National Standards Institute's
National Construction A10 Committee, as well as its A10.24 Roofing Subcommittee; the ASTM International committee
addressing skylight design; and the ISO 45001 technical advisory group addressing safety and health management
The department worked closely with NRCA's Washington, D.C., staff regarding many regulatory issues. Most notably, staff
wrote Professional Roofing articles and Industry Issue Updates addressing key issues that likely will affect the
roofing industry, including OSHA's new silica standard; electronic injury and illness reporting requirements; new
Federal Aviation Administration requirements for the commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (drones); and the
unsuccessful effort by OSHA to extend the limitations period for recording injuries and illnesses.
The department continues to monitor the residential fall-protection issue—in particular, shedding light on OSHA's
unprecedented pressure exerted on state plan states to conform their fall-protection rules to the federal rules. Staff
continued to participate in CalOSHA Residential Fall Protection Committee meetings addressing this issue.
Staff helped members with requests for information in nearly 1,000 instances during the past year. Additionally, staff
gave presentations addressing safety and health topics at the 2017 IRE and to contractor members and many affiliate and
associate organizations, including the National Roofing Legal Resource Center; CNA, Chicago; and at various
manufacturer member events and captive insurer groups.
Staff revised program materials for Roofing Industry Fall Protection from A to Z classes, as well as the OSHA 10-hour
classes, and developed adjunct materials for licensing of the fall-protection class under a separate agreement. Staff
facilitated 11 Roofing Industry Fall Protection from A to Z classes, three OSHA 10-hour classes and 19 CERTA
Additionally, staff continued to serve as liaisons with CNA and National General insurance companies, which offer
general business and health care-related coverage, respectively, to NRCA members. Staff also started work on exploring
the viability of an insurance captive program that would, among other things, provide general business insurance
coverage for contractors who perform more than 10 percent residential-type work.
Staff met with OSHA's assistant secretary of labor regarding roofing safety issues; participated in the joint labor and
management safety committee hosted by the AFL-CIO's Building and Construction Trades Department; participated in and
informed members regarding national and international research and regulatory activities concerning occupational
exposures to asphalt fumes; partnered with OSHA and the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers
during the National Safety Stand-Down; and participated in a joint labor/management/government fall-prevention
Enterprise risk management staff also provided input and support for the Roof Integrated Solar Energy™ Certified
Solar Roofing Professional™ designation program and the Design Essentials for Roof Performance online
Addressing the leadership, management and communication aspects that support an effective enterprise risk management
effort, staff taught 15 For Foremen Only, Level 1 and six For Foremen Only, Level 2 classes; two For Senior Leaders and
Managers, Level 1 and 2 classes; and one For Owners Only class; and directed NRCA's Future Executives Institute and
Executive Management Institute, teaching the respective risk management, strategic planning and visioning courses for
Finally, Shanahan has been tasked with facilitating NRCA's Strategic Planning effort. He worked with NRCA's Executive
Committee in May on the initial part of the process and will be working with the board of directors, members and staff
for their input. A final plan is expected in October.