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CERTA Train-the-trainer Authorization Program
Monday, Feb. 5, 2018
7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Roof Technologies Inc.
631 Manhattan Blvd.
Harvey, La. 70058

Members: $695 | Nonmembers: $795

During this 10-hour train-the-trainer workshop, participants will learn how to certify others in safe torching techniques. Through classroom instruction and hands-on torching activities, they will learn best practices for torching as well as instructional methods to conduct effective daylong training sessions. Although this is an authorization class, current trainers may attend to be reauthorized.

Program prerequisite: Participants must be proficient in the use of a roofing torch, be able to speak and read English, and have some experience training others. Each participant is required to complete a prequalifying questionnaire and submit it before the start of the class.

Note: Class size is limited; prior registration is required. Tuition fee includes course materials, breakfast and lunch.

Bill Steinmetz
Amy Staska

Roofing Industry Fall Protection from A to Z
Monday, Feb. 5, 2018
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Members: $595 | Nonmembers: $695

It is an employer's responsibility to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) regulations that apply to his or her workplace and employees.

This interactive, full-day class focuses on fall-protection systems and includes up-to-date state-specific OSHA requirements. The class also features demonstrations of equipment and techniques for self-rescue and relief of suspension trauma.

After attending this program, students will be able to:
  • Recognize fall hazards that are present during roofing installation and repair
  • Use appropriate controls for fall hazards on low-slope and steep-slope roofing projects
  • Identify strategies and techniques for rescue and self-rescue operations
Harry Dietz
Rich Trewyn

Technical Issues: Low-slope Roof Systems
Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018
7:45-9:15 a.m.
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Mark S. Graham, NRCA's vice president of technical services, will provide an overview of developing and current roofing-related technical issues applicable to low-slope roof systems. Topics will include concerns with concrete and steel roof decks, issues with polyisocyanurate insulation, use of coverboards, FM Global and Underwriters Laboratories requirements, and low-slope roof system changes in IBC 2018 and ASCE 7-16. Time will be allotted at the end of the presentation for questions from attendees on these and other low-slope roof system topics.

Mark S. Graham

Union Breakfast Program: Recruiting, Training and Retaining Roofing Technicians and Leaders of Tomorrow (for contractors only)
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018
7-9:15 a.m.
7-7:45 a.m. | Union Breakfast Program
7:45-9:15 a.m. | Recruiting, Training and Retaining Roofing Technicians and Leaders of Tomorrow
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Members: $20 | Nonmembers: $20

With construction worker shortages at an all-time high and demographics working against us, it is crucial we do everything possible to recruit, train and retain roofing technicians and the leaders of tomorrow.

At the local level, management, labor and joint trust funds are implementing innovative strategies designed to attract and retain new workers, such as offering fast-track health care eligibility. The International Roofers Union has taken a big step forward by creating a comprehensive training regimen for new business representatives to help shape better leaders.

Join us for this important and timely session, and make sure to bring your own recruitment and retention best practices to share!

Bill McHugh
Reid Ribble
Kinsey Robinson
Jim Hadel
Jordan Rittenauer

NRCA's Objective Data Collection Results Under OSHA's Construction Silica Regulation
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018
7:45-9:15 a.m.
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

This session will focus on the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) construction crystalline silica rule as it affects a number of roofing operations. It will offer an overview of the specific regulatory provisions found in 29 CFR ยง1926.1153 that address contractor compliance. The initiative by NRCA and roofing industry partners to collect objective data on worker exposures for a variety of tasks in roofing also will be discussed. Additionally, best practices, equipment and methods to reduce or eliminate worker exposures to crystalline silica will be presented.

Attendees of this session can expect to:
  • Increase their familiarity with the provisions of the OSHA construction silica regulation
  • Be able to identify tasks or operations that may involve exposure to crystalline silica
  • Increase their awareness of the objective data collection as it affects the requirement for initial exposure monitoring
  • Increase their familiarity with best practices, equipment and methods that may reduce exposures
Harry Dietz

For Foremen Only, Level 1
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Members: $595 | Nonmembers: $695

Take a proactive approach to employee education by sending your field managers to this class, which focuses on communication and management skills.

Foremen often have excellent roof system installation skills but may lack strong communication and management abilities that would help them lead more effectively. This course teaches your foremen how to communicate effectively and work well with all types of people. Your foremen will learn how to handle tough situations tactfully, especially when disciplinary action is needed. They also will learn how to establish credibility, build rapport with crew members and motivate workers to improve job-site productivity.

Tom Shanahan
Amy Staska

Technical Issues: Steep-slope Roof Systems
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018
9:30-11 a.m.
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

This presentation will address technical topics in residential roof assembly design and construction. The presenters will answer questions that tend to be asked most frequently and those that present roofing contractors with the most difficulty according to NRCA's technical support line database. Questions from the audience also will be answered.

Attendees can expect to:
  • Learn NRCA best-practice recommendations and where to find technical information
  • Become familiar with NRCA best practice recommendations for residential roof assembly design and construction
  • Learn expert answers to technical questions commonly asked by homeowners
  • Better understand code provisions applicable to residential roofing projects
  • Gain technical information resources applicable to residential roofing projects
Maciek Rupar

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