COVID 19: The Roofing Alliance’s Commitment to Safety

As a membership-based organization committed to the roofing industry, the Roofing Alliance is dedicated to ensuring that all roofing professionals are safe on the job. This includes preventing workers from potentially being exposed to airborne chemicals, fumes, and other harmful substances. Many of our members have generously provided funding to roofing industry studies and projects in the past that focused on a variety of exposure-related, safety concerns in roofing, including:

  • National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) Silica Objective Data Collection Project (2017): study was performed to “ensure the health and safety of roofing workers who may be concerned with exposures to respirable crystalline silica.”
  • Moisture Release in New Concrete Roof Decks Study (2016): study was conducted “to better understand the moisture release and drying characteristics of normal-weight and lightweight structural concrete roof decks.” 
  • Roofing Asphalt Fumes Research Project (2009): performed “a qualitative risk assessment of asphalt fumes in the occupational setting in an effort to better understand the actual risk of exposure based on all the research performed to date.”

Related: Learn More About Past Programs Funded by the Roofing Alliance

With the spread of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), a new form of exposure has been introduced to all individuals around the world. Now more than ever before, it’s important for roofing professionals to consider worksite safety practices that can effectively reduce the spread of COVID-19. Roofing employers must first educate themselves on the best prevention strategies to implement and then deploy these strategies. As this pandemic continues to present unique safety challenges for roofing professionals, many of our members are tirelessly working around the clock to find solutions. 

All Things Begin With Safety 

As a “community spread” disease, many areas of the country have been affected by COVID-19. In fact, the United States now leads the world in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases. As the respiratory disease spreads person-to-person, this highly contagious virus is forcing roofing employers to institute new safety strategies to protect the health of workers. 

For guidance on preparing your roofing project for prevention of the spread of COVID-19, we encourage roofing professionals to prioritize safety and read as much helpful information as they can, such as these employer’s guides to COVID-19 published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention (CDC). As the spread of COVID-19 continues to stretch across the country, these public health organizations are frequently updating their guidance manuals to give direction to employers on the latest methods to take on to mitigate the spread of the respiratory disease.

Advice for Stopping the Spread 

During this pandemic, we encourage roofing employers to put forth the best safety practices to help prevent the spread of the virus. 

  • Train your workers on safety and cleanliness initiatives 
  • Educate your workforce on detecting the symptoms associated with COVID-19
  • Strategically place posters around your jobsite encouraging these initiatives 
  • Encourage sick workers to stay home
  • Separate anyone showing symptoms from their coworkers
  • Thoroughly clean all objects and equipment shared by the workforce
  • Provide additional resources (sanitizer, soap, and disinfectants) at the workplace 
  • Stay up to date on the latest news in your area
  • Communicate with other roofing professionals in your area for insight
  • Consider ways you can utilize roofing technology if you’re workforce is reduced
  • Provide roofing training to all workers on essential functions of the project

Depending on the severity of the virus in your community, roofing contractors will need to be prepared for potential absenteeism, alternatives to scheduling their workforce, reducing the number of workers working at one time, and performing a risk assessment of their day-to-day operations and their business. 

An Organization Committed to Safety

As the Foundation of the NRCA, the Roofing Alliance is working in tandem with the national organization to assist contractors, suppliers, distributors, and manufacturers during this difficult time. As a community of well-respected industry professionals, it’s our goal to do everything in our power to help mitigate the threat of COVID-19, so our industry can continue to thrive. Currently, through our partnership with NRCA, we are providing a variety of helpful resources to combat the spread of COVID-19, including free webinars, safety tips, and a new COVID-19 resources section dedicated to roofing contractors during this pandemic. We encourage all roofing professionals to stay informed of the latest information related to safety practices to utilize on the jobsite in order to combat the spread of COVID-19.  

To learn more about our membership program, including our past and current projects focused on improving safety practices and roofing industry technology initiatives, please visit our website.

Membership opportunities with the Roofing Alliance are available to all roofing professionals. For more information on our organization’s objectives or how you can join the Roofing Alliance, please contact us today.