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AIR-OSHA: Occupational Safety and Health Drones FRSA Supports Assignment of Benefits Abuse Reform Residential Roofing Considerations for Florida’s High-Wind Areas FRSA's First Future Builders of America Summit The Definitive Guide to Disaster Planning Roofing Day in D.C. 2019
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PRESIDENT’S COLUMN Bruce Manson
Women in Roofing
Barbara Mason, Bruce's wife, and their daughter Julia.
Melanie Luikart, FRSA's first female President.
Lisa Pate, FRSA's first female Executive Director.
Bruce Manson's mother, Gail Manson, 1927-1984.
May is the month that we honor our mothers and I can't think of a more appropriate time to honor the women in our industry. All of us can tell the great things our mothers have done, starting with bringing us into the world. I am especially grateful for my wife, Barbara, who not only gave birth to our five children – what a miracle to see – but also for helping me start a roofing company. For many years she would take our station wagon, pick up the crews and take them to our jobs (we didn't have a truck yet). She was great at collections with a baby on her hip. (My father used to tell our clients that Barbara had rented the baby. Not true!! We used our own baby.) When the market turned down in the early eighties, Barbara kept our family financially afloat by getting a job as Director of the Girls Club and then as Director of La Petite Academy. All of us have stories of how women in our lives have helped our businesses and grown our industry. We are proud of being a member of the FRSA, which is
credited with its first female FRSA President, Melanie Luikart, in 2003, and the first female FRSA Executive Director, Lisa Pate. The list of women that contribute to our industry is too long to mention in a short article, however, we wish all of the mothers and all of the women in roofing a "Happy Mother’s Day."
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FRSA LEGAL COUNSEL Cotney Construction Law, LLP
AIR-OSHA: Occupational Safety and Health Drones Trent Cotney, Cotney Construction Law, LLP Do you hear that buzzing on your jobsite? Despite your flawless work, that buzz is not the owner commenting on how well you installed their new roof. In the year 2019 and beyond, that buzz could be an OSHA inspector’s drone zipping by overhead. In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the Department of Labor (DOL) released an internal memorandum to the public in 2018. The memo expressed the DOL’s approval of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), or drone, usage by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) during inspections. The memo explained that while OSHA is working on obtaining a Blanket Certificate of Authorization (COA) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the DOL will allow OSHA to utilize drones in construction inspections provided that operations comply with the civilian operator rules codified at 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 107. When OSHA obtains the Blanket COA, it will be able to operate a nationwide drone fleet. As of the time of this writing, FAA imposed parameters of OSHA’s COA fleet are yet to be determined. In the interim, OSHA will continue operating pursuant to Part 107. Overhead observations of a jobsite by a federal agency have raised Fourth Amendment unreasonable search concerns. To address those concerns, prior to utilizing a drone a Compliance Safety and Health Officer (CSHO) must obtain express consent from the employer whose jobsite is being inspected. There is no requirement that OSHA obtain consent from the project’s owner as well. An employer may refuse a CSHO’s entry to the jobsite and demand the CSHO obtain an administrative warrant before conducting an inspection. Unfortunately for employers, OSHA’s standard to obtain a warrant is lower than that required for a police officer to search private property. Typically, the CSHO will get his warrant and return to the jobsite in a hostile state. The verdict is still out on whether the same process would apply to an employer’s refusal to allow OSHA to conduct drone operations. If the employer consents to drone usage, OSHA must comply with administrative procedures and statutory rules. Each OSHA region must appoint a Regional UAS Program Manager to oversee all drone activities within their region and ensure inspections are conducted in accordance with Part 107. Under Part 107, the OSHA inspection drone must be registered with the FAA, weigh less than 55 pounds, and be flown by a certificated Remote Pilot in Command (RPIC) who has passed an FAA Aeronautical Knowledge Test. The RPIC may, or may not, be an OSHA employee.
If OSHA intends to conduct drone operations, employers should anticipate a team of at least three personnel to be present: (1) the RPIC; (2) a Visual Observer (VO); and (3) a Safety Monitor. The VO must be an OSHA employee and will typically be the CSHO under whose authority the inspection is conducted. Regardless of if a drone will be used, employers should request that OSHA personnel present their credentials prior to all inspections. While the RPIC has the final say on whether a flight takes place, the senior onsite OSHA official will bear the responsibility for the flight operations. Flights may only be conducted during the daytime and the drone may not be flown over workers without overhead protection. When operating, the RPIC, VO, or Safety Monitor must keep a visual line-of-sight with the drone at all times. Additionally, the drone may not be flown at heights greater than 400 feet above the ground unless it is kept within a 400-foot radius of the building being inspected. In that situation, the drone may be flown up to 400 feet above the structure’s highest limit. In addition to the FAA rules, the state of Florida has additional drone laws. The “Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act,” codified in Florida Statute § 934.50, regulates the use of drones by governmental entities in Florida. Much like the federal guidelines, Florida requires that governmental personnel, such as code compliance officers, obtain written consent prior to conducting investigative drone operations. The statute explains that using a drone to capture images without express consent may violate a “person’s reasonable expectation of privacy,” entitling that person to a civil claim against the governmental entity and preventing the admission of illegally obtained images in legal proceedings. Other rules also apply in certain Florida localities. For instance, those operating drones recreationally within five miles of Tampa Executive, Tampa International, Peter O. Knight, or Plant City Airport must complete an online form. In Miami, drone operations are prohibited within a half-mile radius from the major sporting stadiums and a permit must be obtained for many drone activities in the city. Additional permitting is also required in the City of Orlando. www.floridaroof.com | FLORIDA ROOFING
The idea of having a CSHO dominate the airspace above your project may be worrisome. But the fact remains, drones are not going anywhere. Those in the construction industry should embrace the technology. Civilian model drone capabilities are quickly advancing. These drones will change the way roofers do business. For example, new models of “heavy-lift drones” are capable of hoisting hundreds of pounds. Can you imagine no longer having to haul a pallet worth of ceramic tiles onto a roof by hand? OSHA inspections strike worry into the heart of even the most seasoned project managers and superintendents. While your jobsite may be immaculate, an OSHA inspection is nothing to take lightly. If OSHA wants to inspect your jobsite or has already done so, you should
contact a qualified OSHA attorney to assist you and talk through your options. FRM Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation. Cotney Construction Law is an advocate for the roofing industry, General Counsel of FRSA, NWIR, TARC, TRI, RT3, WSRCA, and several other local roofing associations. For more information, contact the author at 866-303-5868 or go to www.cotneycl.com.
OSHA Updates and Reminders FRSA-SIF Safety OSHA is consistently updating, revising and placing special emphasis on different safety-related topics. Here’s the latest information: January 11, 2019 – OSHA provides compliance assistance resources to protect workers from falls. OSHA released a new series of fall safety videos, a training guide, fact sheets on ladders and scaffolding, and a short video on five ways to prevent workplace falls. The 6th Annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction has been scheduled for May 6-10, 2019. January 23, 2019 – OSHA final rule on tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. OSHA rescinded the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from OSHA Forms 300 and 301. Information from the OSHA Form 300A will continue to be required. January 23, 2019 – OSHA published new frequently asked questions on controlling silica in General Industry. This provides guidance to employers and employees on the standard’s requirements, such as exposure assessments, regulated areas, methods of compliance, and communicating silica hazards to employees. January 23, 2019 – OSHA Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Annual Adjustments. OSHA increased citation values as follows: ■■ Serious, Other-Than-Serious and Posting Requirements – $13,260 per violation ■■ Failure to Abate – $1,326 per day beyond the abatement date ■■ Willful or Repeated – $132,598 per violation February 1, 2019 – OSHA 300 logs are to be posted in all construction company offices which have 10 or more employees (remove employee names from the log prior to posting). Logs must remain posted in a visible location until April 30, 2019. 8
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February 7, 2019 – OSHA final rule published on November 8, 2018 requiring employers to document their evaluation of their crane operators (see 29CFR 1026.1427(f)(6)) became effective. Good faith efforts by contractors will be taken into consideration during the first 60 days of enforcement (until April 15, 2019). February 12, 2019 – OSHA urges employers to prevent worker exposure to carbon monoxide from portable generators and other equipment (air compressors, forklifts, motorized vehicles, power tools, etc.). Placement of the equipment to not expose workers or others to carbon monoxide poisoning is a significant concern. Even in well-ventilated conditions, if there is limited cross breeze to remove the carbon monoxide from the area, workers can feel effects from carbon monoxide. Ventilation systems shall be used in locations where levels of exposure are of concern. Place equipment away from work areas and direct equipment exhaust away from the work areas and building openings. February 13, 2019 – OSHA issued enforcement guidance on the requirements for evaluating crane operators that became effective February 7, 2019. Employers must evaluate their operators before allowing them to operate cranes independently. OSHA will provide compliance assistance in lieu of enforcement for those employers who have evaluated operators in accordance with the final rule and are making good faith efforts to comply with the new documentation requirement. March 2, 2019 – Deadline for electronic reporting of OSHA Form 300A for the 2018 calendar year. Injury Tracking Application (ITA) for all employers with 20 or more employees (roofing is considered a high injury and illness industry) are required to be entered on the OSHA website. FRM
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FRSA LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL Cam Fentriss
FRSA Supports Assignment of Benefits Abuse Reform Since 2012, FRSA has supported limitations on the use of Assignment of Benefits (AOB) provisions in contracts, agreements, or proposals for construction and repair work. We see substantial and growing abuse throughout Florida (not just in South Florida) of the use of assignment of benefits provisions causing, at a minimum, the following problems: ■■ roof repairs and replacements performed that are NOT necessary ■■ increases in insurance claims for roof work without evidence of actual damage ■■ collection or commitment of insurance proceeds without performance of the work. Honest, legitimate, and properly qualified roofing, construction, or repair companies do not always or routinely need to include an assignment of benefits clause in contracts. These companies operate, survive, and thrive and have done so for many years before the recent large increase in the use of this litigation tool. If, under certain circumstances, a roofing, construction, or repair company does need to include an assignment of benefits clause in a contract, that provision is subject to much-needed limitations. House Bill 7065 and Senate Bill 122 both passed and will be sent to the Governor, who is expected to sign them into law on July 1. The bill’s provisions include: ■■ in order to include an AOB in a contract, a notice explaining the AOB will have to be provided to the customer ■■ a customer will be allowed to rescind an AOB without
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penalty (but will have to pay for any work done to date) a contractor will be required to send the insurer the agreement within three days a contractor will be required to notify an insurer before suing a contractor must indemnify and hold harmless a customer if the policy does not allow for an AOB (i.e. work is done but insurer not required to pay contractor) a contractor may not bill the customer for any additional amount unless the customer specifically chose additional work at the customer’s expense a contractor (or any subcontractor) may not sue or file a lien for any amounts or part of the assignment agreement a contractor will be required to notify the customer before suing the insurer adoption of a schedule for attorney fees when the suit involves a vendor (will stop the “one-way attorney fees” that currently exist for consumers).
For many years, especially during legislative session, Ralph Davis – Streamline Roofing & Construction Inc., Tallahassee – FRSA Member, Director, and Chairman of the SIF Trustees, has participated at rallies, press conferences and Senate hearings on our behalf, requesting reform of AOBs. We thank him for the tireless hours and visits he has made to the Capital for the betterment of the industry! FRM
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Industry Updates Aon & BuildPay Partner on Construction Innovation
BuildPay, an upstate New York financial technology startup focused on improving the way all construction is paid for, has been chosen as a strategic partner with Aon (NYSE: AON), a leading global professional services firm. Aon’s customers will now have access to BuildPay’s revolutionary payment-risk reduction and end-to-end funds control technology. BuildPay was selected by Aon’s Global Construction and Infrastructure (GC&I) Technology Assessment Panel, which evaluates startup and emerging technologies in the construction industry that can reduce risk across all lines of insurance involved with construction. The objective of the panel is to foster needed innovation in a rapidly growing construction segment. “BuildPay is unique in addressing of chronic payment issues and risk throughout the entire payment chain, unlike the incremental process efficiencies other technology companies have focused on,” said David Bowcott, Global Director of Growth, Innovation & Insight for GC&I. On the partnership with Aon, BuildPay CEO Steve Wightman added, “We’re very excited to have been selected by Aon’s innovation group for this opportunity to innovate together. The construction industry’s archaic payment process is ripe for disruption, and Aon getting involved is the catalyst it needs.” “BuildPay’s blockchain approach advances fundamental benefits of security and transparency with an understanding of the end-to-end construction payment chain,” said Leah Hennessey, VP of Marketing & Product Development. “It mimics the way agreements, requests, and payment approvals are happening today. BuildPay delivers confidence as users will be able to see their funds and get paid quickly – as long as they perform.”
Duro-Last, Inc. Honors Contractors for Exceptional Service with A+ Service Award
Duro-Last recently recognized over 30 contractors with the first-ever Duro-Last A+ Service Award. This award recognizes authorized contractors that participate in Duro-Last’s new A+ Service Contractor Program, which was designed to oversee post-installation service requests by building owners. To earn A+ Service recognition, participating contractors must consistently demonstrate excellent quality and timeliness in their workmanship, documentation, and customer service. They work closely with the building owner and DuroLast to manage all aspects of the service request and ensure that the building owner’s needs are met. “Duro-Last is proud to provide exceptional customer service at all stages of a roofing system investment, including post-installation needs,” said Mitch Guettler, Director of Quality Assurance and Warranty Services at Duro-Last. “We
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understand that customer care doesn’t end once the roofing system is installed, and we are committed to partnering with our dedicated network of contractors to ensure that building owners have access to quality care for the lifecycle of their investment.” Florida contractors recognized with the 2018 Duro-Last A+ Service Award include: ■■ Dempsey Roofing Company - Lakeland, Fla. ■■ DCI – West Palm Beach, Fla. ■■ K2 Summit – Deerfield Beach, Fla. Congratulations!
NSU’s Huizenga Business College to Recognize Prominent South Florida Entrepreneurs
Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship is proud to announce three wellknown business leaders who will be inducted into the 2019 class of the Entrepreneur and Business Hall of Fame, the Huizenga Business College’s highest honor: Rita Case, Rob Kornahrens and Arlene Pecora. “I congratulate these exemplary business leaders who will be joining the ranks of an elite group of world-class entrepreneurs in our Entrepreneur and Business Hall of Fame,” said Dr. George Hanbury, President of NSU. “Each honoree’s story is exceptional and it will be my privilege to share their accomplishments at our awards ceremony in the hopes that they will inspire the next generation of business leaders.” The H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship’s Hall of Fame program is celebrating its 29th year in 2019. The event is being chaired this year by three former honorees and well-known South Florida entrepreneurs: Rick Case, Keith Koenig and Alan B. Levan. Robert P. Kornahrens serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of Advanced Roofing, a commercial roofing contractor based in Fort Lauderdale. Kornahrens is very active in a variety of professional associations and community organizations, including the National Roofing Contractors Association and Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Contractors Association. He has also served as Board Chair of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Winterfest Boat Parade, President of the Executive Association of Fort Lauderdale, President of the Construction Executives Association and board member of the Center for Environmental Invention
in Roofing. He has been awarded the Habitat for Humanity Spirit of Humanity Award, the Junior Achievement Laureate, Sun Sentinel Excalibur Award and the Fort Lauderdale Alliance Education Award. At NSU, Rob is actively involved in many ways such as serving on the Dean’s Development Council in the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography. He is a long-standing supporter and participant in the Halmos Scholarship Fishing Tournament and served as Co-Chair of the committee in 2017. “With great pleasure, I welcome the 2019 class,” said James Simpson, Ph.D., Interim Dean of NSU’s Huizenga Business College. “The honorees are not only accomplished, but leaders who have had influence and impact. The college’s namesake, H. Wayne Huizenga, would be very proud indeed that these distinguished entrepreneurs are being inducted into the Entrepreneur and Business Hall of Fame joining an exclusive group of men and women who have left a mark on the entrepreneurship community in South Florida.”
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Aluminum Association Creates Registration Manufacturers Association System for Additive Alloys Beginning with HRL’s (ARMA) has announced First-Ever 3D-Printed High-Strength Aluminum the election of Tim Kersey, HRL Laboratories, LLC, is commercializing its additively manufactured (3D-printed) high-strength aluminum, which has obtained the first-ever registration of an additive alloy from the Aluminum Association. HRL will be granted registration number 7A77.50 for the aluminum powder used to additively manufacture the alloy, and number 7A77.60L for the printed alloy. The Aluminum Association oversees alloy registration and product standards used throughout the industry. The association’s new additive alloy registration system was launched in February 2019 in response to a growing number of additively manufactured alloys. The first to be registered was HRL Laboratories’ high-strength aluminum, the first alloy of its kind to be printable. “Essentially, this will connect us to this particular alloy composition forever,” said Hunter Martin, the lead scientist on the HRL team that created the alloy. “These alloy numbers will always be trackable back to HRL, like a DNA signature. When I first contacted the Aluminum Association about registering our alloy, they did not have a way to register alloys printed from powders, so they decided to create a new system for registration of additively manufactured materials – a first in the materials space.” Zak Eckel, another HRL team member said, “We’re in the process of commercializing this material, which is already in high demand. As we scale up to commercial levels, AA registration validates our product. Companies who want the powder for their 3D printers can ask for its specific number, and it becomes a true commercial alloy.” As the aluminum industry’s leading voice in the US, the Aluminum Association provides global standards, statistics,
Vice President and General Manager for SOPREMA, Inc., as the association’s President for the 2019 term. ARMA represents North American asphalt roofing manufacturers as well as raw material suppliers, and serves to promote the long-term sustainability of the asphalt roofing industry. An active member with the association since the late 1980s, Kersey brings to the President’s role his rich roofing industry knowledge, proven leadership capabilities and a passion for communicating the benefit of asphalt roofing products to the building industry and the public. Kersey has served multiple terms as the Chairman of ARMA’s Low-Slope Roofing Committee, helping to craft technical publications and codes standards and supporting activities for low-slope asphalt roofing applications. He joined the ARMA Board of Directors when he joined the SOPREMA executive team in 2012, and he has served on the Board ever since. Due to his experience with the organization, Kersey was elected by his peers to the Executive Committee, ARMA’s governing body, and served as the treasurer/secretary for two years. He began his term as President on January 1, 2019. The ARMA President is responsible for facilitating the Board of Directors’ activities and setting the agenda for the organization. In 2019, Kersey plans to continue the organization’s momentum in driving awareness of the benefits of asphalt roofing in the residential space while also bolstering communications around the advantages of asphalt roofing in the low-slope/commercial market. Industry members can expect to see expanding interactions between asphalt shingle and low-slope roofing manufacturers, broadening public dissemination of ARMA’s statistical industry reports, more www.floridaroof.com | FLORIDA ROOFING
external-facing communications from ARMA and a general emphasis on increasing asphalt roofing representation in industry conversations. “I have had the pleasure of working with Tim since 2003 when I started with ARMA,” said Reed Hitchcock, ARMA’s Executive Vice President. “He has a breadth of technical knowledge and executive experience, and he also brings a great combination of fresh perspective and insight into the association’s history that we look forward to engaging further as he takes the reins as President.”
performance tests on TAMKO products for 57 years. TAMKO was also UL’s first ever roofing customer to receive a supplementary UL Evaluation Report, which demonstrates product compliance with building code requirements through technical evidence. “We are committed to safety at TAMKO, for our employees and customers, which is why we seek to provide safe, high quality products,” said Stephen McNally, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “TAMKO is honored to have earned this significant achievement in product safety and compliance.”
TAMKO Recognized by UL for More Than 50 Years of Dedication to Product
SFS Strengthens Market Position in US Construction Industry and Acquires Triangle Fastener Corporation
A first-of-its-kind award was presented to TAMKO Building Products, Inc. for more than 50 years of dedication to product safety and compliance by UL, a globally recognized third-party research and testing company. UL presented the “50-years Dedication to Safety” award to TAMKO on February 11 at the International Roofing Expo in Nashville, Tenn. in honor of UL’s 125th anniversary. This year, TAMKO also celebrates a significant milestone of 75 years in business. The award was presented to TAMKO for its long, continuous relationship with UL and its focus on product safety, as evidenced by its product certifications. “We are grateful to be a partner with TAMKO for over half of a century,” said Christopher Hasbrook, Vice President and General Manager of the Building & Life Safety Technologies division at UL. “We are privileged to have TAMKO’s loyalty, dedication to safety, and continued support of our mission – ‘Working for a Safer World.’” UL conducts product testing for manufacturers who choose to obtain third-party compliance certifications for their products, and UL has conducted product evaluations and certifications for fire, wind resistance and impact
Triangle Fastener Corporation (TFC), with headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pa., is a leading provider of fasteners and other products for the commercial construction industry. Thanks to this acquisition, SFS will be able to expand access to the market and its customers in the American building sector. TFC was founded in 1977 and supplies the commercial construction industry with a comprehensive assortment of customer-specific fasteners, as well as other application solutions. TFC sells through 23 separate branch locations in 15 states, and is one of the leading suppliers in the US. TFC will operate as a part of the Construction Division within the Fastening Systems segment. The company will be led by the existing management, thus ensuring its continuity. FRM
Morris Swope, CPRC (1927-2019) I would like to thank everyone for their phone calls, letters, flowers, gift baskets, and most importantly, prayers in our time of loss with the passing of my father, Morris Swope, CPRC. Dad was always over the top proud of his involvement and friendships at WCRCA, FRSA, and NRCA. His legacy included being President of FRSA, Vice President of NRCA, and recipient of the first-ever President’s Award given by the Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI), Birmingham, Ala. He was also
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recipient of most of the awards FRSA bestows, including his prized possession, the Campanella Award. All of the awards were great, but the "things" he appreciated most were the great friendships he had made over the almost 70 years of being in the roofing business. By living to almost 92, he saw some of his close friends pass before him to be with the Lord. It was quite evident from reading the letters and cards that were sent to us of the great friendships he left behind. It was a little hard to read some of them because they were "messages from the heart." The one thing that I do regret is that he could not have held on for a few more months to be able to install Brian as President of FRSA. I have a couple of months to prepare for it, but I will need your prayers for an inner strength to get through that night for sure. Thanks again for all of your love and support. Keith Swope, CPRC
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Problems and Pitfalls with Using Professional Employer Organizations or Working with Someone Who Does Mason Pokorny, Benjamin Briggs, and Phillip Lane While having a third-party handle your human resource and employee benefit needs may sound attractive, particularly if you are a small business, be sure to read between the lines when researching your options. Growing in popularity over the last decade, Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) seem to be, at least on the surface, the solution for which all small businesses have been looking. But is this “solution” right for you? PEOs combine staffing and employee benefits to “help” the little guy. The role of PEOs is to offer benefits, such as human resources, payroll, and workers’ compensation, to small businesses by having the businesses enter into a co-employment contract with the PEO. As a result of this contract, the PEO effectively becomes the employer of record for tax and insurance purposes and the businesses lease their employees back from the PEO. This business structure can pose problems in several areas.
may relinquish control to a PEO regarding various aspects of the business, the business may still be liable for those aspects that are now outside their direct control.
Workers’ Compensation Insurance
One of the main reasons businesses choose to enter into co-employment contracts with PEOs is to outsource workers’ compensation compliance. In other words, rather than obtaining a workers’ compensation policy directly and handling coverage internally, businesses run their employees through a PEO so that the PEO handles workers’ compensation coverage for those employees. While this arrangement may be appealing, it again exposes the business to potential liability. Utilizing a PEO to provide workers’ compensation coverage for a business’ employees can often lead to a “coverage gap,” which is a period during which the employee is working for the business without having workers’ Loss of Control of Business compensation coverage. Businesses may not realize that Under the co-employment contract, your business the leased employees do not become official employees of retains control and oversight over the workplace producthe PEO—and come under the PEO’s workers’ compensativity and direction for the employees the PEO leases back tion policy—until the PEO fully processes the employment to the business. However, by entering into a co-employpaperwork the business is required to submit for the ment contract with a PEO, small businesses relinquish leased employees. This arrangement can lead to a lapse in control over certain aspects of the business, including time during which the employee is not on the PEO’s payadministrative tasks of HR, payroll, and workers’ compen- roll or covered by workers’ compensation insurance. This coverage gap may occur when a business hires sation. Now, you may be thinking: “Well, I don’t want to a new employee but does not submit all the necessary deal with that part of my business, anyway... that’s why I entered into this contract.” However, while on the surface paperwork to the PEO in a timely manner; or the coverage this arrangement may seem ideal, relinquishing control of gap may arise from the PEO taking several days to fully these areas poses unforeseen issues to your business. For process the employee and add him or her to the policy. instance, if the PEO fails to provide proper compensation, Example: A business hires a new employee Friday benefits, or insurance coverage to the leased employees, morning and the new employee starts working the your business may be liable even though the PEO had con- following Monday at 8:00 a.m. The PEO does not fully trol over these administrative tasks. This potential liability process the new employee's paperwork until the following is discussed in greater detail in the following sections. Wednesday. As a result, the new employee works for the business for several days without the required workers’ Joint Employer Relationship compensation coverage. Various employment laws acknowledge the concept of This coverage gap could be due to the business not sub“joint employment,” meaning that a single employee may mitting the necessary information and records to the PEO have two (or more) employers in the eyes of the law. This right away or the PEO simply taking a while to process is often the case in the employee leasing scenario, where the paperwork. Either way, this coverage gap exposes the both the PEO and the business leasing the employees business to liability. If the new employee is unlucky enough from the PEO are considered joint employers of the leased to suffer a workplace injury during the coverage gap, the employees. Even though the PEO pays the employee and PEO will likely deny the new employee’s claim, which will is the employee’s employer of record for tax and insurance likely prompt the employee to come after the business purposes, the employee may still bring an employment or for his or her medical bills and lost wages. Moreover, if wage-and-hour lawsuit against the business as the emthe Division of Workers’ Compensation visits the jobsite ployee’s joint employer. This means that while a business during the new employee’s coverage gap, ultimately the 16
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business – not the PEO – would be found in violation of Florida’s workers’ compensation laws. Such a violation will lead to a stop-work order, a full audit of the business going back two years, and an eventual monetary penalty. Another problem that may arise when businesses utilize PEOs for workers’ compensation coverage is lack of notice regarding policy cancellations. While an insurance carrier has certain notice requirements when canceling a policy, those notice requirements are owed to the company contracting with the carrier to provide coverage. In the PEO context, the insurance carrier only owes notice to the PEO, not the business for which the covered employee’s actually work. The carrier may choose to cancel its policies with the PEO after providing sufficient notice to the PEO; but the PEO may not be contractually obligated to notify the business of this development, which would leave the business temporarily uninsured with no knowledge of the situation. Furthermore, PEOs are not “technically” insurance providers to the business and are not subject to the same cancellation notice requirements that apply to traditional insurance companies. Unlike an insurance carrier, a PEO can give immediate notice to the business that it is canceling the employee leasing contract, which also cancels the business’ workers’ compensation insurance. It may take the business a while to obtain a workers’ compensation policy directly from a carrier or enter into a new contract with a different PEO. Therefore, a PEOs sudden cancellation creates a coverage gap during which the business either must cease operations or continue operations without the required coverage and, thus, expose itself to significant liability. An additional issue may arise if the PEOs workers’ compensation insurance carrier wrongfully denies an injured employee’s workers’ compensation claim. When an insurance carrier denies a workers’ compensation claim, the injured worker may opt to pursue a civil claim for negligence against the business for which he or she worked. If the business is not listed as an “additional insured” on the PEO’s insurance policy, the workers’ compensation carrier may refuse to pick up defense of the claims and indemnify the business for any damages incurred because the carrier does not technically insure the business (it only insures the PEO).
employee roster from the PEO to verify that every worker the subcontractor may have on the project is listed on the updated employee roster. If the prime contractor does not take this extra step to verify that all its subcontractor’s employees have coverage, the prime contractor would be exposed to potential workers’ compensation claims or a penalty through the Division of Workers’ Compensation. Moreover, a downstream contractor that utilizes a PEO may be subject to the coverage gaps discussed in this article. The downstream contractor’s coverage gaps expose the prime contractor to liability because, again, the upstream contractor is obligated to ensure every worker for a downstream contractor is covered while working on the project. Prime contractors often seek to obtain gap coverage in their workers’ compensation policy to ensure that they are not exposed to any uninsured claims from any subcontractor’s employees or a potential penalty from the Division of Workers’ Compensation. However, if the prime contractor utilizes a PEO rather than a traditional insurance carrier, the PEO does not offer this gap insurance and the prime contractor may have liability exposure.
What You Can Do to CYA
For some businesses, utilizing a PEO makes sense. Just be sure to read between the lines and do your due diligence before you decide to outsource your employees to a PEO. Take the time to fully consider and weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks and costs. Additionally, be sure to conduct the same due diligence when deciding whether to work with a subcontractor that uses a PEO. If you choose to work with a subcontractor that relies on a PEO for workers’ compensation coverage, be sure to regularly get updated employee rosters and verify that all the workers the subcontractor brings on the job are listed on the employee roster. Your business should also make sure that its subcontract includes language requiring the subcontractor to comply with workers’ compensation obligations, and fully indemnifying your business for any costs or damages it may incur if the subcontractor does not fully comply with its workers’ compensation obligations. FRM
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does Liability for Someone Else’s Employees not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal Even if you do not use a PEO, you should still be advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your aware and wary of other companies that do use them. specific factual pattern or situation. Contractors who sub out work to subcontractors that Cotney Construction Law is an advocate for the roofing receive workers’ compensation insurance through a PEO industry, General Counsel of FRSA, NWIR, TARC, TRI, RT3, are also subject to risk. Under Florida law, a contractor has WSRCA, and several other local roofing associations. For more an obligation to ensure that not only its own employees information, contact the author at 866-303-5868 or go to are covered under an active workers’ compensation policy, www.cotneycl.com. but also verify that all downstream contractors’ employees are covered under an active policy. When a subcontractor produces a Certificate of Insurance that shows coverage through a PEO, Florida law requires that the prime contractor obtain an updated www.floridaroof.com | FLORIDA ROOFING
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Residential Roofing Considerations for Florida’s High-Wind Areas Chris Fisher, Manager of Solar Product Development & Marketing, CertainTeed Corporation Given its unique exposure to hurricanes and storms that spawn from both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Florida is no stranger to high-wind events. This presents unique challenges to homeowners who may be considering roof improvements or rooftop solar. Consumers in wind-prone areas are more likely to want stronger products that can survive a battering. This puts additional pressure on roofing contractors who may have to recommend or sell stronger roofing products in order to satisfy the needs of their customers. While there are many roofing products on the market, many manufacturers offer premium, higher-performing versions of traditional roofing products designed to withstand extreme weather. These products may allow you to better meet the overall needs of your customers. Here are some products Florida roofing contractors should consider adding to their arsenal.
Heavier-Weight Asphalt Shingles
For most homeowners, three-tab or architectural shingles are going to be their go-to choice. Architectural shingles are typically thicker and more durable than
three-tab shingles, and are designed to create the appearance of more expensive roof materials like wood shake and slate. The nailing pattern of certain architectural shingles can also be a blessing for steep-sloped roof applications and may stand up better to wind and the natural forces of gravity. Many manufacturers offer dual- and tri-laminate versions of their most popular architectural shingles, which can often provide greater wind and impact resistance. This ‘good-better-best’ approach gives homeowners more asphalt shingle options and can be useful for older homes that may not have the structural support to accommodate heavier roof coverings such as tile or slate.
Metal roofing provides excellent wind resistance, with many versions designed to survive wind gusts up to 130 miles per hour. Thanks to a high strength-to-weight ratio, metal roofing can stand up to hail, hurricane-force winds, lightning and other weather extremes. Because metal roofing is often made of lightweight steel with a protective paint coating, metal roofing provides solid protection at a fraction of the weight of traditional roofing materials like slate and tile. For many reasons, concrete and clay roof tile are an extremely popular roofing material in Florida. In addition to traditional Mediterranean charm, clay tile lasts for decades, is insect- and rot-resistant and stands up well to heavy rains and inclement weather. However, tile is
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extremely heavy, expensive and fragile. Extra structural supports are often required to install a tile roof, and individual tiles crack easily when under foot. Metal roofing can emulate the look of tile while providing the same great protection at a fraction of the weight (600-800 pounds less per square). Metal roofing is also among the most sustainable roofing materials available today. When installed properly, metal roofing can often last for more than 50 years without the need of repair or replacement. Some metal roofs are 100-percent recyclable, leading to less waste when replacement is necessary. For discerning clients concerned about sustainability and permanence, offering metal roofing options can be a savvy business move. Metal roofing is also highly fire-resistant, which can mean lower insurance premiums.
traditional rack-mounted solar systems, which tend to be the least expensive option for most homeowners. These systems consist of solar panels that sit on top of a rack which is bolted through the roof to the structural members of the roof. Consistently high-wind speeds over time can stress modules and racking components to the point of failure. In many regions of Florida, rooftop structures must accommodate an uplift load rating of about 50 pounds per square foot (PSF), or 2,400 pascals, which is suitable for most rack-mounted solar systems. However, high-risk areas within high-wind zones can require up a 116 PSF rating (5,600 pascals). Low-profile solar roofing systems can be a great option for homeowners living in high-wind areas, as they are typically approved for use in high velocity hurricane zones (HVHZ). These systems integrate into existing asphalt or concrete tile roof systems and install Solar Roofing directly onto the roof decking. In essence, a solar shingle The demand for rooftop solar has grown as more or tile replaces the section where an asphalt shingle or homeowners seek to reduce their energy consumption concrete tile would be, resulting in a streamlined solar and rely on renewable energy sources. Many Florida roofing system that sits flush with the roof. This design residents, however, live within hurricane-prone regions. gives the system much greater wind resistance, which can Florida Building Code (FBC) for Miami-Dade County cate- be a selling point to homeowners who may be reluctant to gorizes high velocity hurricane zones (HVHZ) for buildings invest in rooftop solar. and structures into four wind-speed risk categories: Working in wind-prone areas requires some additional planning and different marketing strategies. With the ■■ Risk Category I: 165 mph; right product offerings, however, roofing contractors can ■■ Risk Category II: 175 mph; and deliver satisfaction to their clients despite the weather ■■ Risk Category III and IV: 186 mph or greater. conditions. FRM For Broward County, those risk categories (I, II and III/ IV) are 156 mph, 170 mph and 180 mph, respectively. Chris Fisher is Manager of Solar Product Development & Wind speeds of this magnitude present a challenge for Marketing and is responsible for Research and Development, as well as Marketing for CertainTeed’s solar division. He joined CertainTeed in 2009 as a Product Development Engineer and has been responsible for new product development activities leading to the commercialization of several generations of solar and solar roofing products. Prior to joining CertainTeed, Chris was the Manufacturing Manager and Head of Process Optimization for a solar module manufacturer. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Villanova University.
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Wearables Can Improve Worker Health and Safety Karen L. Edwards, Director of Communications and Member Engagement, RT3 At this year’s International Roofing Expo, there was plenty to see on the show floor with technology being a key focus. In fact, the Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3) presented a contractor panel where they discussed emerging technologies as well as existing ones and how these solutions are making an impact on their businesses. Discussions focused on how augmented reality will change field service, how robotics and automation both on the roof and in the air will impact the industry, how GPS and other tracking can save thousands of dollars, and how technology will change the way the industry interacts with home and building owners, as well as with insurance companies. One solution that has a promising outlook for the industry is the use of wearable technology to improve worker safety. Wearable technology can be as simple as a GPS tracker in a safety vest that can send an instant alert when a worker enters a predefined danger area on a job site, such as being within so many feet of the roof perimeter. There are also exoskeletons that have been created to assist workers with lifting heavy loads, reducing the chances of back injuries or strains. While visiting Microsoft’s Internet of Things (IOT) lab last fall with RT3, we saw smart helmets that could detect impacts and wearable monitors that could track workers’ vital signs such as heart rate and body temperature – valuable information that can let you know when a worker should stop and take a break. While all of this data can be lifesaving, contractors implementing the use of these devices should be prepared to ensure that their workers’ privacy and data are protected. The good news is that most companies that are providing a technology solution should have the infrastructure in
place to make sure that the data is protected and that privacy remains intact. However, as we have seen time and again, data breaches are not uncommon. RT3 member Trent Cotney of Cotney Construction Law said that contractors using new wearable technologies to keep employees out of harm’s way should revise their employee manuals to provide information on how to properly use the wearable technology. Further, contractors should include in employee manuals that while the wearable technology will better assist in keeping employees safe, it is not a guarantee and workers should still exercise caution when performing dangerous activities or working in hazardous areas. The World Wide Web just celebrated its 30th birthday and we have seen so many changes over those 30 years. We’re excited to see what’s coming next and how worker safety will benefit from new, emerging technologies. Stay up to date on the latest news in the industry, sign up for the RT3 Smart Brief newsletter at www.rt3thinktank.com. FRM Karen L. Edwards is the Director of Communications and Member Engagement for the Roofing Technology Think Tank.
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FRSA Brings the Roofing Industry to Our First Future Builders of America Summit Mike Silvers, CPRC, Silvers Systems Inc. & FRSA Director of Technical Services Anyone involved in the roofing industry knows that the greatest challenge we face is attracting and maintaining a willing and qualified workforce. FRSA continues to address this issue on numerous levels. So, when the opportunity presented itself to partner with other industry groups at the Future Builders of America (FBA) Leadership Summit this spring, FRSA and the FRSA Educational Foundation jumped at the opportunity. We not only became a major sponsor, but also committed to – for the first time – presenting a roofing program at the summit. The summit is attended by high school students active in FBA from throughout Florida. They spend several days at the camp learning about the construction industry and participating in other camp activities. We needed to present an introductory course on roofing for eight different groups of students. Each class would last 75 minutes and needed to include classroom and hands on work. The classes took place over two full days. Our classroom course was titled: “Why Roofing?” The intention was to expose the students to opportunities available if they chose to pursue a career in
the roofing industry: not only in the application, sales and management on the contracting side, but also in manufacturing, distribution, product testing and code compliance. We covered the importance of maintaining a watertight building envelope in order to protect all structures and the ramifications of not doing so. We also stressed the overall value of the roofing market and how it is less dependent on new construction than many other construction trades. We then covered some roofing basics including the principle of rise over run, and how roof types are referred to as low slope and steep slope and the difference between discontinuous and continuous roof coverings. Examples of steep slope (shingles, tile, metal, etc.) and low slope (single ply, built-up, modified bitumen, etc.) were shown and discussed. The hands-on portion of the presentation created a few challenges. The time for this segment was limited to about 30 minutes. Many of the students had never driven nails, so shingles would have been very challenging. A good option was roofing low slope wood frame mock ups with a self-adhered, low slope roof system. All but the first class started by removing the
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previous class’ work. They then nailed a base sheet in place, installed and stripped in the metal edge, and then installed a granule surface self-adhering cap sheet. This approach turned out to be the perfect combination of practical experience and an opportunity to explain roofing theory. I want to thank several folks who helped with this endeavor: Jim Bennett with CertainTeed who donated all the self-adhering components and Gulfeagle Supply which helped with the material logistics. I especially want to thank Les Sims, CPRC, Armstrong Roofing Inc. and Kenny Harp, Imperial Roofing of Polk County, who graciously donated a full day each of their valuable time. They had to endure multiple classroom presentations by yours truly, prior to providing invaluable direction and assistance with the hands on portions of the class. Overall, I think this was a good experience for these young students. Many of them stayed at the end of the class to ask questions. Some were interested enough
to ask about potential wages and other trade-specific items. This event is just one way to promote our trade and our industry. Hopefully it will create a spark with a few of these young people that our profession so desperately needs. We should continue to support this effort along with the new and very exciting regional apprenticeship programs and many other industry-specific training courses taking place throughout the state. The future of our industry depends on it. FRM Michael J. Silvers, CPRC is FRSA’s Director of Technical Services. Mike is an FRSA Past President, Life Member and Campanella Award Recipient. He is a Florida Licensed Certified Roofing Contractor, who brings over 40 years of industry knowledge and experience to FRSA’s team. Mike is available to FRSA members who have codes or technical questions and can be reached at 800-767-3772 ext. 169 or by email at email@example.com.
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Direct Metals Inc. — Screw Through Metal Roofing Panel Fasteners #12 WoodZIP SCAMP What is special: First and only long-life exposed metal roofing fastener with MiamiDade Product Listing number. 5/16” drive stainless cap head with bonded sealing washer. Example of application: 5V Crimp Panel, 3/4” Rib Panel, R Panel to wood substrates. Meets Florida Building Code Requirement R904.5.2 and Miami-Dade County Product Control Listed #L 16-0706.02. For more information, please visit: http://directmetalsinc. com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/12-WoodZip-SCAMP-for-5V-Crimpnow-only-longlife-fastener-with-Miami-Dade-Listing-and-certifcation-forexposed-fastening-03152019.pdf. To find a distributor or get more information about our products, please contact Direct Metals Inc. at 239-599-8527 or visit www.directmetalsinc.com.
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Carlisle SynTec Systems — CAV-GRIP III Low-VOC Adhesive/Primer Carlisle SynTec Systems’ CAV-GRIP III Adhesive is a revolutionary product that can be used to bond standard TPO membranes to horizontal substrates for warranties up to 20 years. CAV-GRIP III can also be used to adhere standard EPDM and all FleeceBACK membranes to vertical walls. This low-VOC, low-odor product can be used in temperatures as low as 25°F (-4°C), dries quickly, does not require stirring, and provides up to 60% labor savings because of quick and easy application and tack time of less than five minutes. For more information, call 800-479-6832 or visit www.carlislesyntec.com.
MFM Building Products Corp. — Premium HT Tile & Metal Premium HT Tile & Metal, introduced in 2019, is a selfadhering and self-sealing roofing underlayment for use with tile and metal roofing systems. Premium HT is composed of high-grade, reinforced polyester fabric laminated to a high-temperature adhesive system rated to 250°F. The product also features a fiberglass-reinforces core and a selvedge edge for a secure, monolithic seal. Product is 60 mil thickness and available in a 36” x 67” roll. Product carries a 30-year warranty and currently meets ASTM D 1970, TAS 103-95 and Florida Building Code 11842. For more information, please visit www.mfmbp.com.
Direct Metals Inc. — Metal Roofing Pipe and Conduit Flashings Pipe flashings for metal roofing plumbing pipe protrusions and standard pipe flashing for plumbing stacks. Florida Building Code Approval #FL 28400.2. For more information, please visit: http://directmetalsinc.com/wp-content/ uploads/2016/07/DMI-Pipe-Flashings-for-Metal-Roofing-Round-BaseMasterFlashing-Florida-Building-Code-Approved-2018-1.pdf. To find a distributor or get more information about our products, please contact Direct Metals Inc. at 239-599-8527 or visit www.directmetalsinc.com.
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Register today! Visit www.floridaroof.com July 17-19, 2019 | Kissimmee, FL | Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center Top 5 Reasons You Should Attend FRSA’s Convention and Expo 1
Over 220 exhibitors showcasing the latest trends in the industry Industry-specific seminars with continuing education credits to maintain your license
Complimentary invitation to the popular Welcome Reception Opportunities to be recognized at the S.T.A.R. Awards Dinner Additional networking opportunities at the golf, fishing and shooting tournaments, the FRSA Business Lunch, and the S.T.A.R. Awards After-Party
CONVENIENT & AFFORDABLE Centrally located in Kissimmee with the Expo, all events, and hotel rooms all under one roof at the beautiful Gaylord Palms Resort FREE admission to the Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Expo
Daily happy hour and cash prizes at the Expo Bid on exciting vacations, gift baskets, and merchandise at the Silent Auction Special activities for spouses and kids – Bring your family!
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FRSA Convention Seminars FRSA will be offering a total of 21 hours of industry-specific seminars during the convention, where you’ll be able to earn up to 10 hours of continuing education credit. Learn from those who know what it takes to do business in Florida and earn C.E. credits required to keep your roofing license active. Seminars include new topics such as:
FRSA-TRI Tile Installation Manual 5th Edition – Hip and Ridge Review – 2.0 hours G Update on OSHA’s Silica Rules for the Roofing Industry – 1.0 hour BSP How to Start or Grow a True Service Department – 1.0 hour G Workers’ Compensation Coverage and the Perils of PEOs – 1.0 hour WC Wage & Hour: Potential Pitfalls – 1.0 hour BSP Specialty Shingles – Code and Installation Requirements – 1.0 hour G Developing Marketing Plans – An Interactive Class – 1.0 hour G If you do not need continuing education credit, seminars are FREE. Seating may be limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis after those requiring credit have been accommodated.
For a complete list of seminars, visit www.floridaroof.com/convention/ Bring Your Crews for Great Courses Geared towards Workers, Foremen, and Superintendents. NRCA For Foremen Only, Level 1 or Level 2 Wednesday, July 17 / 8:00 am – 5:00 pm For Foremen Only, Level 1 is a program focusing on communication, leadership, and management skills for field managers. The Level 2 program dives deeper into these skills and introduces techniques to effectively handle relationships with customers and bosses. For Foremen Only, Level 1 must be completed prior to registering for Level 2. OSHA 10-Hour Training for Construction Thursday, July 18 and Friday, July 19 / 7:00 am – 2:00 pm This course teaches recognition, avoidance, abatement and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces and provides information on workers’ rights, employer responsibilities, an introduction to OSHA, fall protection, ladders and scaffolding, project documentation, supervisory techniques and OSHA Focus Four Construction Hazards. Attendees who complete both days of the class successfully will receive the OSHA 10-Hour Certification. These programs are not included in the Full Registration – C.E. Seminars Package or the 7-Hour C.E. Package and do not carry C.E. credits. Programs have limited availability and are open on a first-come, first-served basis. Course registration includes lunch.
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The Definitive Guide to Disaster Planning Agility Recovery Between 2013 and 2018, Florida experienced a total of 1,291 severe weather events, including: 194 wind events in excess of 65 mph, 606 hail storms, 237 tropical storms, 246 tornadoes and 8 named hurricanes. If this makes you think twice about creating and implementing a disaster plan, then this article will provide some necessary guidelines and items for consideration.
Why Does My Company Need a Disaster Plan?
A lot is asked of today’s business leaders, and the challenges faced on a daily basis already occupy the lion’s share of a leader’s time. However, in addition to other strategic initiatives inherent to the role, leaders must also be confident in the ability to maintain critical operations despite business interruptions. Revenue generation, customer satisfaction, employee well-being, and legal or contractual obligations can all be dramatically impacted by even the smallest incidents, not to mention the large scale regional events that are increasing in frequency and severity across the globe. Even if a company is located in a low-risk area for natural disasters, man-made and isolated incidents pose an ever-present threat. For this reason, strong, well-led companies must have a disaster plan in place to overcome a variety of business interruptions and ensure your company can: ■■ Recover from any disaster, ■■ Protect your source of revenue, ■■ Fulfill moral responsibilities to stakeholders, ■■ Facilitate compliance, ■■ Reduce exposure to civil or criminal liabilities, ■■ Enhance your company’s image and credibility, ■■ Potentially reduce insurance premiums, and ■■ Build company-wide consensus and a culture of preparedness. The responsibility of ensuring the viability of a company lies with senior management. Therefore, steps must be taken to establish a business continuity program and prepare to overcome interruptions. This will allow your company to satisfy moral obligations to employees, clients, and the community, as well as fulfill compliance responsibilities to customers, stakeholders, and regulatory entities. The information contained in this article will outline the most basic, yet impactful steps any organization should take to build resilience in the face of all manner of threats. In many cases, these steps will not require complex, long-term projects for implementation, nor significant capital investment. Instead, much of the commitment simply depends on prioritizing the attention of your organization and building a company-wide culture of preparedness. The hardest step is often the first when it comes to implementing such a strategy, but with the help of the following information, the road 32
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toward preparedness does not have to be overwhelming. Step 1: Assemble a Disaster Team There is perhaps no more important element to a successful disaster strategy than gaining support and buy-in across your company. Additionally, an effective strategy cannot be created nor implemented without the help of others. Therefore, obtaining leadership approval is an important first step that is necessary for gaining support and funding each element of your plan. Of course, building a capable team will also set you up for success. Therefore, you should involve your employees in the disaster response planning process to let them know you’re ready for whatever crisis may occur and build buy-in towards a culture of preparedness. By working together, you can design a plan that will accommodate the challenges faced throughout the company during a disaster. Responsibilities of the disaster team include: ■■ Provide guidance, oversight and approval of resources for the continuity program ■■ Facilitate the implementation and routine testing of the program ■■ Ensure collaboration and buy-in across all departments ■■ Execute the plan should the need arise When assembling your team, it’s important to include members from all departments of the company. Downtime after a disaster affects departments in various ways. Involving all departments allows for equal consideration of priorities and critical tasks, and protects any critical inter-dependencies. Once you’ve chosen your team, it’s key to establish clear communication and focus on the same goals. Here are some tips for building a high level of consensus among your team: ■■ Determine and agree upon high level goals and prioritization (goals may include safety, physical security, or fiscal well-being) ■■ Solicit input from all involved ■■ Ensure buy-in for resource allocation Determine roles – team members must have defined responsibilities, tasks, schedules, and deadlines in order for your plan to succeed. The distribution of tasks will depend on the size of your company, and roles may not necessarily relate to current job descriptions. Possible roles include: ■■ Disaster team leadership ■■ Vendor/supplier relations ■■ Spokesperson/communications ■■ Data/technology ■■ Facilities management ■■ Safety/security
■■ Financial oversight Step 2: Understand Your Risks Identify. Prioritize. Mitigate. It is necessary to consider all possible incidents and the impact each may have on your company’s ability to conduct essential operations. Properly identifying and prioritizing risks allows you to focus mitigation efforts in the most effective areas. Identify and examine your internal and external risks to customize your disaster plan to your company’s current needs. Areas of potential threat include: ■■ Weather-related disasters (consider the historical record of any catastrophic, naturally occurring events in your area) ■■ Facility location (consider your geographic location and your proximity to potential threats originating nearby, such as power grids or major transportation corridors) ■■ Facility design/construction ■■ Technology failures ■■ Isolated incidents ■■ Supply chain disruption (Risk to your company extends to all of the external vendors and suppliers you rely on to deliver your everyday services and products to clients.) Prioritize – the best way to understand and prioritize risk is by using this basic formula: risk = probability x impact. Focus mitigation efforts on the risks with the highest
importance, measured by multiplying the probability that an event will affect your company by the impact that event would have on your business operations. Mitigate – develop a strategy to mitigate your risks, and manage risks that cannot be mitigated (for more on this, see step 4). Three options for mitigation include: ■■ No cost solutions (e.g., moving power sources away from the ground floor) ■■ Solutions that require an investment or cost your company is able and willing to accommodate (e.g., purchasing an on-site generator) ■■ Solutions with a cost your company cannot endure, and thus must be insured against (e.g., a building fire destroys the entire facility, including all equipment) Step 3: Determine and Prioritize Essential Business Functions Critical business functions are activities that are vital to your company’s survival. Although protecting revenue is a key concern for most companies, revenue generation is actually the outcome of a myriad of other functions within a company. Even for industries that rely on a direct-to-consumer transaction of products or services, ensuring quality and delivery timeframes may be a critical process that lead to satisfying customer demands. Keep in mind, the process of identifying your critical business functions will require careful cross-referencing with findings from your risk assessment analysis. Typically, critical business functions are
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functions that: ■■ Affect the safety and security of employees and customers ■■ Are the most sensitive to downtime ■■ Fulfill legal or financial obligations to maintain cash flow ■■ Play a key role in maintaining your market share and/or reputation
6. Determine the impact (both quantitative and qualitative) that the loss of this function has on your organization. 7. Be sure to consider and incorporate the loss of outside vendors, suppliers, service professionals and other aspects of your supply chain on the function in question.
Step 4: Create an Emergency Management Plan Now that you’ve assessed the risks your company faces ■■ Safeguard an irreplaceable asset and analyzed your critical business functions, use those Determine and analyze essential business functions by conclusions to identify and consider available mitigation conducting a simple Business Impact Analysis (BIA), which and recovery strategies. Begin by considering each of the will document the impact on your company resulting from Critical Business Functions discovered to develop plans and interruptions to regular operations. In order to conduct a strategies protecting each from the top risks posed to your BIA, follow these steps with your disaster team: organization. This is where all your discovery will begin to take the 1. Divide the company into functional business units. form of detailed strategies. Therefore, extra time should be 2. For each business unit, identify all routine and critical taken in this major stage of the process to clearly articulate functions, their major attributes, and any inter-departthe steps involved, including their anticipated timeframes mental dependencies. and required resources. 3. Identify the staff that must be available and actively Tasks: working for the function to remain operational. ■■ Mitigate potential risks (when cost effective). 4. Specify any equipment, applications, or tools that must ■■ Develop options to establish continuity procedures that be available to active staff. will protect critical functions and processes should a 5. Estimate the maximum amount of time your orgathreat actually occur and require recovery. nization can remain viable without this function in ■■ Document and vet proposed recovery strategies while place (consider that the more immediately you need determining scope and required resources so that a something recovered, the more it will cost).
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cost-benefit analysis can be conducted for each proposed strategy. Establish who will participate on the Recovery Team and include detailed descriptions of their responsibilities. Roles and responsibilities can include: ■■ Life safety – first aid, protective equipment, evacuation planning, shelter-in-place planning and alert notification.
such as restroom facilities, HVAC, food and water. Communicate with larger teams and organizations, plan for restoration of normal operations and transition to such. ■■ Management of recovery vendors, partners and existing supply chains. ■■ Crisis communications and situational awareness.
■■ Liaison with authorities, first responders and government. ■■ Incident stabilization (keep the incident from escalating, minimize its effects, and bring it under control) – inEstablish how your company’s critical functions will clude firefighting, medical treatment, containment, continue to operate immediately after an incident. This relocation/direction of traffic and personnel and protec- may include details about functioning with reduced staff, tion (isolate the scene). replacing compromised systems, offering partial services, relocating staff and operations, communication protocols, ■■ Damage assessment – inventory damaged property, and mitigation or recovery procedures. locations and infrastructure (IT), document damage Establish how actual logistics will proceed in terms of (take pictures, descriptions, and notes), assess value, determine immediate replacement options, notify crisis precisely outlining and adhering to timelines, decision points and verified procedures. management team of impacted facilities and assets, Establish, in detail, the required resources needed for contact insurance carrier, coordinate activities, and mitigation and recovery. Required resources will vary cooperate with proper authorities (consider your own by organization and function widely, therefore guidance internal investigation). ■■ Contingency plan execution – act on the recovery strat- should be sought from the findings of your Critical Business Functions to properly detail and comprehensively outline. egy, perform roles related to alternative procedures Establish the procedure by which the Emergency Plan and processes, restoration of basic services such as ofwill be enacted. Who has the ability to declare the disaster fice space, power, communications (telephone, Internet, or put the plan into action? fax, etc.), IT networks and hardware, applications, data, It should be noted that not every strategy is either unique assets, employees and partners, and other items,
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warranted or worth the investment. A simple cost-benefit analysis should be undertaken at this stage of the planning process to ensure that any recommended element of the strategy properly fits the companyâ€™s needs and resources available. Implementation and execution needs can now be considered as well as whether to internally execute the strategy or work with an outside vendor. Though some companiesâ€™ disaster teams are often incredibly capable and resourceful, there are many other variables to consider that could place internal recovery plans at risk or failure. Successful companies will establish a strategic mix of internal and external capabilities to enhance both execution and resilience. Step 5: Create a Communications Plan When a disaster occurs, the need to communicate happens immediately. Your employees and customers will look to you for real-time information, wanting to understand how they will be impacted. No matter how robust your overall plan may be, without the ability to communicate promptly and effectively during a crisis, these plans are destined to fail. Communication may be the most important component of your disaster plan, and both internal and external strategies are crucial. Here are some important steps to follow:
and personal email, and complete family information. Regularly update this list and make sure employees know how to access it. 3. Set up an alert notification program that is tested and updated. 4. Standard communications methods often fail during a disaster. Use multiple alternative communication methods such as text messaging, an emergency webpage, or social media, and consider a plan to redirect your phone to cell phones or an answering service. 5. Create a list of key external contacts for before, during and after a disaster. Possible contacts include: clients, vendors and suppliers, business or operational partners, media and other community resources, government disaster response entities and insurance agencies. 6. Utilize social media to post real-time updates, direct clients and employees to alternate locations, and provide emergency contact information and instructions. 7. Test your communications plan at least once a year.
Step 6: Create an Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place Plan If a life-threatening event were to occur, orders to evacuate or shelter-in-place are issued to protect life safety. 1. Assign a lead and backup communications coordinator Threats to consider include building fires, severe weather and outline roles for each. events (tornado, flood, hurricane), gas leaks or other utility 2. Create an internal emergency contact list with each accidents, workplace violence, and unique threats caused employeeâ€™s home and cell phone numbers, business
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by the nearby environment. Be sure to follow all threats identified in your Risk Assessment. Provisions for notifying building occupants should be established; alarms must be distinctive and recognized by all those within your place of operation. If possible, alarms should automatically notify first responders and have an auxiliary power supply as backup to power loss. They should be unique to the threat to indicate the action to be taken (either evacuation or shelter-in-place). An evacuation plan should: ■■ Establish a clear, concise explanation of situations that would require an evacuation. ■■ Identify a clear chain of command to authorize and issue an evacuation command. ■■ Specify evacuation procedures for each defined area within the office, floor, building and complex, including primary and secondary routes and exits. ■■ Include detailed, accurate maps and diagrams posted along routes (include at least two escape routes from each room, and indicate location of equipment like fire extinguishers and first-aid kits). ■■ Identify an exterior assembly area (at least 100 yards away). ■■ Include suitable arrangements for those with disabilities. ■■ Include a means to account for all employees (and
identify known absences) and known visitors. ■■ Designate which, if any, employees will remain after the evacuation alarm to shut down critical operation or utilities before evacuating (employees must be trained to recognize when to abandon the operation and evacuate themselves). A shelter-in-place plan should include: ■■ Established scenarios appropriate for taking shelter (such as severe weather events, gas leaks, workplace violence). ■■ Ensure shelter location is stocked with supplies (food, water, battery powered radio, first-aid kit, flashlight, batteries, and emergency contact information.) ■■ Ensure shelter location has the following characteristics: interior roof with fewest windows and vents, room for all personnel and guests to sit (10 sf per person is recommended), access to some kind of communication device (landline preferred), and room for storage of emergency equipment and supplies. Best practices for evacuation or shelter-in-place events include: ■■ Assess the location and condition of existing signage and emergency equipment. ■■ Incorporate training into employee onboarding process and employee handbooks.
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■■ Hold initial educational sessions to make employees aware of the most likely threats.
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■■ Conduct drills at least twice annually, ensuring scenarios are as realistic as possible. Drills should be conducted with notice and without to simulate unusual conditions that can occur during an actual emergency. Conduct discussions or debriefs afterwards to identify areas for improvement.
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Step 7: Create or Restock Your Emergency Kit An Office Emergency Kit should include far more than simply First Aid supplies. When disaster strikes, time is of the essence, beyond protecting health and safety, you must consider elements needed to ensure critical functions can continue. Below you’ll find a list of items needed to care for employees, as well as those supplies required to keep your business operating: First Aid Supplies/Kit ■■ First Aid reference guide ■■ Antibiotic ointment ■■ Gloves/triage kit ■■ Anti-inflammatory/pain meds ■■ Masks ■■ Eye wash/irrigation ■■ Bandages/sterile gauze ■■ Hand sanitizer and wipes ■■ Waterproof tape ■■ Emergency blanket ■■ Ice packs ■■ Burn gels/dressing ■■ Sanitary supplies ■■ Sting/bite swabs ■■ Tweezers/scissors ■■ Blood-stop pack Emergency Supplies ■■ Nonperishable food, minimal prep ■■ Tools, gloves, protective gear, blankets ■■ Water – 1 gallon per person per day ■■ Battery powered radio/NOAA weather ■■ Flashlight, lanterns, extra batteries ■■ Battery backup, solar and crank charges Protecting Continuity of Critical Functions ■■ Cash/paper checks ■■ Login and password credentials ■■ Your Recovery Plan ■■ Building access keys ■■ Important documents ■■ Emergency contact list copies 38
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■■ Cleaning supplies ■■ Basic tools Nice-to-Haves ■■ 2-Way radios or satellite phone ■■ Emergency fuel supply Step 8: Back Up Your Data When a disaster occurs, you need critical systems and applications back up and running as quickly as possible. Your employees and customers depend on these critical systems to be available for the company to operate. It is important to note that disasters related to your IT systems can range from a single corrupted file that could take down your email system, to having your servers destroyed in a natural disaster. Every disaster is different and it is important to have flexible backup systems in place that can react to your specific situation. Everyone in your company would agree that backing up your data is essential. Here are some guidelines to ensure effective restoration. ■■ Employ a hybrid-cloud backup system which allows for quick restoration of data in the event of a localized failure. It allows for offsite cloud recovery scenarios in the event that a local datacenter has been rendered unusable. It also replicates data offsite for long-term retention to meet audit requirements. ■■ Backup your data as often as possible, with critical systems backed up at least once per hour. A customized schedule for each server should be developed and maintained. ■■ Specific resources should be in place for managing the backup process. If your company isn’t large enough to have dedicated resources, consider partnering with a company that focuses on Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity. ■■ Document the backup recovery process for each server. Understand which servers need to come up in a disaster to meet certain business requirements and understand in which order they should be recovered. Record which servers are backed up and at what interval so there isn’t any misunderstanding about protection levels, retention periods, etc. Documentation should be stored in a location where anyone on the recovery team has access to it. ■■ Smaller companies may want to consider purchasing an external drive and copying all company information to it. Store it in a safe location, waterproof safe or offsite location. ■■ Test your backups regularly in different scenarios using your server and cloud backup. ■■ Make sure more than one person knows how to access your data and make sure they are trained and up to
speed on the recovery strategy. Step 9: Prepare Your Employees Help your employees feel safe and prepared for a disaster. Develop a plan and let employees know about it via email, workplace trainings, and postings throughout your building. Practice the plan and hold an unscheduled drill so that employees understand how to implement your plan. At home personal preparedness is also important. If an employee is ill-prepared for a home disaster and can’t report to work, your company suffers. Notify your employees ahead of forecasted weather events and make sure they stay informed about other potential risks to their home. You should also encourage your employees to take the following steps in their homes and with their families. ■■ Create an evacuation or shelter-in-place plan and know where to go if their family gets separated. ■■ Maintain a home emergency kit at all times. ■■ Store critical documents somewhere safe and accessible and store duplicate copies in a separate location. ■■ Practice evacuation routes and how to get out of the house from a variety of exits. ■■ Develop a communication plan to remain in touch with family members during a crisis. ■■ Be familiar with local warning systems and emergency plans.
Assess the impact of loss of power on your operations. Know how long you can last without power and establish your strategy accordingly. Determine your company’s power needs in advance. ■■ Know what phase your electrical service is (single or three phase). ■■ What is your voltage service? (208v, 240v or 480v?) ■■ Is your power requirement for a Wye or Delta generator? ■■ How many amps do you need to power key systems? (Determine the peak Amperage draw over the past 1224 months. ■■ What size generator will be required? ■■ Determine whether your building has a power transfer switch. Step 11: Find an Alternative Place to Work The best recovery comes from the best preparations. Now is the time to think about where you might temporarily set up or permanently relocate if your place of business becomes nonoperational. Your relocation plan should be clear so that when the time comes, you can simply tell your team to activate it. Strategies may involve third party contracts, partnerships or reciprocal agreements, or displacing other activities within the organization. Make sure your strategies
The most effective way to generate employee buy-in is to build a culture of preparedness in the work place and make preparedness fun. Lead by example and share your own personal preparedness plans, consider hosting contests and offering incentives for participation. Step 10: Plan for a Power Outage Power loss is the number one interruption to which Agility responds. In fact, nearly 70 percent of all businesses in the US will lose power sometime in the next 12 months. Since every company has different power needs, it is important to know and understand your risk as well as your building’s power requirements. Mitigate the risk by backing up your data regularly and install at least one landline telephone. Obtain and test uninterruptible power supply (UPS) devices and surge protectors. Install and regularly test and maintain an onsite generator, and develop a work-from-home procedure. Consider preparation for mobile generator recovery and know your power requirements ahead of time. Florida Roofing.indd 1
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include multiple means of recovery with tiered or phased recovery implementation. Suggested recovery site options include: 1. Primary site: use of unoccupied space or common areas for displaced employees in a minimally affected situation. 2. Alternate internal: site owned by your company unaffected by the event. 3. Reciprocal: client, vendor or partner site accessed through formal agreement. 4. Hot site: vendor-provided site with shared recovery capability but ready for immediate occupancy. This could be a shared or dedicated access location. 5. Warm site: vendor-provided site with shared capability requiring some preparation. 6. Cold site: readily accessible location requiring full provisioning for recovery. 7. Mobile: fully functional office deployed anywhere, independent of terrestrial infrastructure.
■■ Meet compliance or regulatory requirements. ■■ Increase employee, management and community confidence in the plan; this includes setting realistic expectations for response team members. ■■ Expose holes, gaps, misperceptions, or other potential failures of the plan. ■■ Be conducted both with and without notice. ■■ Improve your overall readiness. When you’re running a test, make sure to take notes during the exercise. What was the task or issue? When was it started or identified? Was it resolved? How? What problems arose? Review the findings with participants and then update and distribute your written plan making sure to write down notes for consideration on your next test. Business continuity planning is an ongoing process, and testing is a critical step in continually assessing and improving the strategy as your company grows and evolves. Your testing process should run in a continual loop: test-feedback-improve. Remember, a successful test is not necessarily one that runs flawlessly, but an exercise that allows you to identify failures and therefore improve your plan and increase your ability to serve customers after a disaster. FRM
Important considerations should include: facility type, location and accessibility, recovery timeframe, cost, availability and reliability of vendor facility, impact to employees, customers and vendors, access to transportation networks or basic services, duration of typical recovery, uplift or Agility Recovery began as a division of General Electric buildout requirements, ancillary costs (connectivity, lodging, nearly 30 years ago recovering internal operations. They quickly travel, etc.) and whether or not you need guaranteed or realized many other organizations needed a dedicated team dedicated space. of experts to efficiently recover from business interruptions Step 12: Test Your Plan and expanded from serving exclusively large organizations to Testing your disaster recovery plan is not only an become the dedicated team of recovery experts for organizaessential part of planning, but a step that could mean the tions of all sizes in nearly every industry in the US and Canada. difference between giving in to a crisis and surviving one. Agility’s technology, capabilities, and processes have evolved This is the culmination of your planning process and allows significantly in the last three decades, and they continue to a thorough assessment of both mitigation procedures and innovate as the risks your company faces change and intensify. recovery strategies. A good test will: Agility Recovery will always maintain an unwavering commitment to protect your company's mission and organization. ■■ Feature realistic scenarios based on identified risks to Visit www.agilityrecovery.com or call 866-364-9696 for more your organization. information.
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Roofing Day in D.C. 2019 Lisa Pate, FRSA Executive Director On April 4, 2019, Roofing Day participants met with members of Congress to discuss issues important to the roofing industry, speaking with one voice as a united industry. Participants wore red and “Roofing Day” lapel pins and badges creating a visible industry presence. The issues selected for Roofing Day were approved by NRCA’s Government Relations Committee, the Roofing Day Advisory Task Force and all Roofing Day affiliates. The issues were selected because they unite all segments of the roofing industry and are timely to focus on within the context of the political environment in Washington, D.C. During Roofing Day in D.C. 2019 participants advocated in support of the following issues: ■■ a robust buildings component for infrastructure legislation ■■ immigration reform that meets the roofing industry’s workforce needs ■■ expanded workforce training incentives. A large contingency attended again this year from Florida; about half were first-time attendees. Having been through the process last year, it was much easier for many of us to navigate not only Capitol Hill, but facilitate working with congressional members. NRCA did an incredible job of preparing participants on the issues and on what to expect once we arrived at Congressional offices. During the best practices training, Prime Advocacy, NRCA’s logistics firm, reviewed the steps and protocol for a successful meeting and conducted a role-playing session with Reid Ribble. They also arranged the meetings for attendees with their
local House of Representative's member and Senators. Most participants had three meetings on Capitol Hill – one each with the Senators from their state and their Representative in the House (or their staff) based on the location of the participant’s business (some participants had four or more meetings based on unique circumstances). NRCA prepared packets ahead of time for each meeting, which contained information on each of the three topics, to be left at each Congressional office, along with maps and shortcuts for each of the six buildings. They couldn’t have made it any easier for us to actively participate, which provided attendees with the opportunity to focus on the topics. The Florida group was scheduled to meet with staff from Senator Rubio’s and Senator Scott’s offices – unfortunately, we didn’t visit with either Senator. NRCA warned us about this, but also noted that Congressional staff are extremely sharp, understand the topics, and have the ear of the person they work for. They serve as our contact, and ultimately, our link to each elected official. Our group was large (47 people in total – see group photo), so we ended up meeting in a conference room and a public area to address our concerns. Members who visited their House of Representatives member had better luck meeting them in person. Tammy Hall, CFS Roofing Services LLC, Ft. Myers, Fla. was fortunate enough to meet Senator Scott while using the underground subway in the Senate building. I think our group will agree, there was ample opportunity to discuss topics with staff and participants took turns discussing issues. A few members of our group were in the U.S. on H-2B visas and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and spoke, giving Congressional staff visual reminders and placing a face with the topic. One of those speakers was Ivan Elias, Kelly Roofing, Bonita Springs, Fla., (pictured with the Dreamers sign) originally from Guanajuato, Mexico. He provided a moving testimony of his years in the U.S. working for Kelly Roofing, about his wife and two children (both born in Florida), and asked what would become of them if he was forced to leave the U.S.? So, amid a beautiful spring day with the cherry blossom trees in full bloom, 450 Roofing Day participatants converged on Capitol Hill, united, and speaking with one voice. Our meetings focused on:
Immigration Reform that Meets Workforce Needs
Roofing industry employers provide family-sustaining jobs for qualified employees but face chronic workforce shortages because of an aging workforce and other demographic trends. Immigration reform that meets employers’ workforce needs and helps
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combat illegal immigration is vital to addressing this long-term problem and boosting economic growth. The roofing industry supports increased border security, expanding E-Verify to combat illegal immigration, and visa reform that allows workers to enter the U.S. legally when our economy needs them. We stressed that sensible immigration reform should address the workforce needs of the roofing industry in a way that ends illegal immigration without encouraging a hidden economy. Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act The Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act (H.R. 1740) by Reps. Smucker (R-PA) and Rooney (R-FL) establishes a visa system that meets the needs of a 21st century economy. It is governed by market forces and will provide more visas in times of economic strength and fewer during downturns. Participating employers must use E-Verify and may only participate if unemployment in their area is five percent or less. It protects workers, is easy for employers to use, and will enable job creators to obtain the workers needed to sustain and grow their businesses. H.R. 1740 will address chronic workforce shortages by establishing a two-track system that matches willing
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employers with willing temporary workers based on economic conditions. To obtain a permit to hire a visa holder, an employer must test the market and attest that the position cannot otherwise be filled. Unlike existing visa programs, once the worker arrives on the job, he or she or the employer may terminate the relationship at any time. If this occurs, the employer is free to hire another visa holder and the worker is free to take a job with any employer who holds a permit. Workers will be tracked as they move from job to job under a system similar to that which is now being used to track student visa holders. This new, innovative visa system will help address workforce needs in a balanced manner and is vital to the success of the roofing industry. Temporary Protected Status The roofing industry also supports legislation to allow qualified individuals who have been working legally in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to adjust to legal permanent resident status. This will enable hard-working individuals (the workforce participation rate among most TPS holders is over 80 percent) with a strong track record to continue contributing to their companies and our economy. The roofing industry appreciates the introduction of the â€œDream
and Promise Act” (H.R. 6) by Rep. Roybal-Allard (D-CA) which will provide qualifying TPS workers with legal permanent resident status and allow them to remain productive members of their communities. We urged lawmakers to work on a bipartisan basis to develop balanced solutions that fix our broken immigration system and meet the needs of employers and employees and grow our economy.
Support a Robust Buildings Component in Infrastructure Legislation
One of the most effective ways to sustain strong economic growth is through making needed investments in buildings, roads, bridges and other public infrastructure. The roofing industry urged Congress to work on a bipartisan basis to approve legislation that provides for improvements to our aging and over-burdened public building infrastructure in a fiscally responsible manner. Buildings should be given parity in funding and incentives for any broad infrastructure package considered by Congress in 2019. Infrastructure legislation should recognize the role of the built environment, which includes elements that are critical to our
communities such as schools, airports, hospitals, federal and other public buildings, etc. It should further recognize the role of roof design and installation in terms of building functionality, resiliency, sustainability and energy efficiency. Infrastructure investments should be evaluated based on a life-cycle cost-effectiveness analysis and should ensure best practices and consensus building codes and standards are implemented to deliver maximum value to building owners and taxpayers. Quality assurance for public buildings would include professional design with quality materials and carefully vetted installers, and commitment by owners to properly maintain and care for the building asset. The roofing industry supports “The Public Buildings Renewal Act” (H.R. 1251) as a component of broader infrastructure legislation. H.R. 1251 is a bipartisan bill proposed by Reps. Blumenauer (D-OR) and Kelly (R-PA) to provide new financing options for improvements to public buildings. Once enacted, this bill will spur private investment in public building infrastructure that is in desperate need of being upgraded through an expansion of public-private partnerships (PPPs), which have been critical as a means of delivering projects on time, on budget, and with greater value to taxpayers.
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Currently, the use of PPPs for public infrastructure is limited because, unlike the transportation sector, buildings are not eligible for tax-exempt facility bonds. This inequity prevents public building PPPs from combining tax exempt financing with private financing, resulting in an increased cost of financing. The average public school building is at least 40 years old and the current backlog of maintenance and capital projects adds up to a $45 billion funding gap annually. This need for upgraded schools and other public buildings is not being met and Congress must take action to address this problem. If passed, H.R. 1251 (and companion legislation soon to be introduced in the Senate) will catalyze the use of private investment to rebuild rapidly deteriorating public buildings. We urged members of Congress to cosponsor this bipartisan legislation and urged that it be included as a component of a broader infrastructure package considered by Congress in 2019. Finally, it is crucial that infrastructure legislation include provisions to enhance workforce skills and STEM education training to provide employers with the workforce necessary to make infrastructure investments a reality.
Support Expanded Workforce Training Incentives
Chronic workforce shortages are the top challenge facing roofing industry employers as demographic trends and economic conditions make it more difficult to find skilled employees to fill well-paying, family-sustaining jobs. Ex-panded work-based training is critical to addressing the future needs of the roofing industry in highly competitive labor markets.
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The roofing industry commends Congress for approving the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act in 2018. This legislation to reform and expand career and technical education (CTE) was a major focus of Roofing Day in D.C. 2018, and this new law will enhance workforce development in the roofing industry as it is implemented in the coming years. It is now time to take the next steps in addressing workforce needs through expanded skills training. In 2019, Congress will consider reform of the Higher Education Act (HEA), the existing law which provides federal investments in post-secondary education. HEA reform should include expanded workforce training funding and incentives that enable roofing industry employers to develop skilled individuals necessary to sustain and grow their businesses. At a minimum, HEA reform legislation should include: The â€œJumpstart Our Businesses by Supporting
Students (JOBS) Act” (S. 839), a bipartisan bill by Senators Portman (R-OH) and Kaine (D-VA) to extend eligibility for Pell Grants to short-term/competency-based workforce programs. This will provide more students with access to training now being developed that will enable workers to become certified under the new ProCertification program designed to enhance career pathways in the roofing industry. The “College Transparency Act” (S. 800/H.R. 1766), a bipartisan bill by Reps. Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and Mitchell to improve access to post-secondary educational and workforce data. This will enable students and parents to better compare the costs and economic returns of pursuing careers in roofing and other trades with the cost of pursuing college degrees. The roofing industry urged lawmakers to cosponsor the above referenced bills and ensure they are included in broader HEA reform legislation. Investments in education and training have never been more important, and HEA reform should help workers obtain the skills and credentials needed to succeed in rewarding careers in roofing and other industries that provide
family-sustaining jobs. Additionally, lawmakers were urged to join the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus, which consists of members interested in developing new initiatives to address the workforce needs of employers and employees. The Congressional CTE Caucus is chaired by Reps. Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Glenn Thompson (R-PA) in the House and Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Todd Young (R-IN) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) in the Senate. NRCA did an awesome job preparing us on these topics for Roofing Day in D.C. 2019 – they handled all the leg work; all we had to do was show up and make the connections. If you didn’t attend Roofing Day but would still like to have a voice, please contact your local Congressional members. Roofing Day 2020 dates are April 20-21 – something you may want to consider participating in. We’ll keep you posted as time draws near. In the meantime, enjoy the photos taken by Florida members. FRM
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Roof Coatings: A Viable Option? R. Lance Manson, RRC, CDT, BSCM, Senior Roof Consultant, Delta Engineering & Inspection, Inc. intended to extend the potential service life of the entire roof system by restoring its protective surfacing. It is not a replacement for a properly What is a Roof Coating? functioning roofing assembly. A roof coating is film forming to the roof surface to No expectation should be exprovide weathering protection for the original roof mempressed or implied that a roof brane. A roof coating is a fluid material consisting of solids coating can restore a failing and a carrier, solvent- or water-based, which is delivered to roof system. Roof coatings can the project in pails, drums, or totes. be misused or misrepresentThere's an analogy of sunscreen to roof coating: suned as a new roof, a cover, or a screen leaves a residual layer of film over the surface of fix-all, and a viable solution for the skin, a temporary sacrificial barrier to protect. A roof a failed, leaking roof. However, coating performs the same task to the roof membrane that a roof coating is only as good as the roofing system it is the sunscreen performs to skin. protecting. In Part 2 of “Roof Coatings: A Viable Option?” I’ll go into more detail about the pros and cons of coating roofs, coatings verses reroofing or recovery, and the overall performance and surface protection coatings offer.
Why Do We Coat Roofs?
The application of a roof coating serves as a preventative maintenance measure to reduce a roof’s exposure to infrared heat (IR), ultraviolet radiation (UV), and moisture;
When Not to Coat a Roof?
In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, I received an interesting call from the president of a condominium association on the west coast of Florida in regards to their
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roofs. He informed me that he was not quite sure if he was happy with the fact that my opinion about one of their roofs was correct. Their roofs consisted of a polymer modified bitumen membrane roof system, with varying ages and useful life. Prior to our involvement, the association had issues with one building, which had continually leaked; the board president stated that the surface of the roof was like the moon; he was referring to all the blisters (first red flag). When not to coat a roof: If the general appearance of a roof resembles the surface of the moon or a patchwork quilt, in which the patches have patches, a roof coating is more than likely not a viable option.
To Coat or Not to Coat?
That building’s roof was the oldest and the association’s repair bills were only growing after each passing storm. The association decided it was time to do more than keep trying to repair the failed roof and reached out to multiple roofing contractors and received several reroof proposals for various membrane systems with a typical 15- to 20-year warranty. Unexpectedly, they received a proposal for the application of a silicone-based roof coating to the existing roof; the contractor did not recommend replacing it (second red flag), and their proposal included a 15-year manufacturer’s watertight warranty against leaks. After considering the duration of the warranties and a cost comparison of the coating to the reroof (or roof recovery), the association elected to coat their problematic and leaky roof, as recommended by the one contractor. When considering to coat vs. reroof or recovery: if three out of four contractors recommend reroof or recovery and do not recommend coating the roof, be skeptical of advice that goes against the others.
force winds peeled back the association’s coated roof, which allowed bulk water to enter the units below. Based on the results of a moisture survey conducted by our firm on all six buildings, which included thermal (IR) cameras, impedance roof scanners, and verification testing, we recommended applying a roof coating to four of the six buildings to restore the UV and heat protection which had been lost due to the loss of granular surfacing and replacing the two wet and failing roofs, which included the coated roof. Our recommendations and preparation of a project manual came prior to Hurricane Irma impacting the west coast of Florida. Prior to our involvement, the association had received previous recommendations to replace all the roofs or recover them, but the cost was beyond what they had in their budget at the time. Our goal was to limit replacement or recovery to only the roofs which absolutely required it and provide a solution to extend the life of the remainder of the roofs in the most economical manner. Based on the condition of the assessed roofs, excluding the two which required replacement, a fibered aluminum coating was specified to extend the useful life by at least seven-years (warranted for 10 years) to provide ample time to build up their reserves. Based on the ages of the roofs, two buildings should be re-evaluated at year seven, and a recoat may be an option, which would further extend the life of at least two roofs. Fibered aluminum coatings have a long history of consistency in their performance in Florida’s harsh climate, and was one of the most economical options for the association. A slightly modified Ketone Ethylene Ester (KEE) single-ply roofing system, with 36 years of local proven performance, was specified for the two roofs which required replacement.
Unfortunately, the coating was not applied in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, the contractor failed to register the roof for the warranty, and was no longer in business when problems arose. The roof coating was misused and sold as a viable solution for the association’s failed and leaking roof. Upon completion of our assessment, we reported that the attachment of the coated roof was compromised, the coating had trapped moisture, and that the roof would more than likely become dislodged during the next high-wind event. The photograph at right was taken after Hurricane Irma impacted the west coast of Florida; tropical
Photograph of coated wind-damaged roof taken by Delta Engineering & Inspection, Inc.
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Always judge a roofing product by proven local performance, not by warranty durations. Local is key, because a product that performs extremely well in Arizona may not perform well in Florida’s climate.
Overall Performance vs. Surface Protection
Additionally, based on our analysis of the existing roof system, we recommended the installation of hurricane peel stops to improve uplift resistance and reduce the potential for catastrophic failure during a high-wind event. Steel batten bars were secured along the center of the sheets to the roof deck and trusses and stripped in with a torch-grade polymer modified bitumen membrane. The association’s roofs were prone to a certain mode of failure called peel action, which was observed in the photograph of the wind damaged roof. Restoring the protection to the roof without consideration of the system’s overall performance is a mistake; one that could cost an owner more money than what it would have been to do it the right way the first time.
“DIRFT – Do it Right the First Time”
The laps/seams of the existing membrane and new membrane were reinforced with mastic and embedded fabric; the fabric improves the tensile strength of the mastic and prevents cracking or splitting. Reinforcing the seams/laps helps maintain the water tightness of the overall system and decreases the potential for damage to the coating system, which is caused from movement (thermal or wind) in the membrane system. Upon completion of the remedial work, installation of the hurricane peel stops, and sealing of the seams/laps, the four roofs were coated with the fibered aluminum product.
What Was the Conclusion?
In this case, the silicone roof coating was misused as a cover and fix-all solution for the leaking roof which had far more systemic issues. The silicone-based coating was not the issue, rather how it was misused. The wind damaged coated roof was not able to perform and function on its own, nor was it able to meet the wind uplift pressure applicable to it. The temporary ability of the coating to mitigate leaks was of little use, when the gust of wind peeled away
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FRSA Members Giving Back to the Community
Dynasty Building Solutions, LLC Doing Their Part to Supports Cancer Research
Dynasty Building Solutions, LLC has joined a 10-week fundraising campaign team that will raise money to help patients in Tampa Bay and surrounding areas with co-pay assistance, gas cards to get to and from appointments, and to fund research to find cures for blood cancer through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Corporate support is vital to the success of this campaign and ultimately for the chance to cure blood cancers. LLS is the fastest growing non-profit voluntary health organization dedicated to blood cancers. Since its founding in 1949, LLS has provided more than $1 billion for blood cancer research.
Polyglass Helps Fight Cancer with the Dolphins Cancer Challenge Partnership Polyglass U.S.A., Inc., a leading manufacturer of roofing and waterproofing systems, announces its proud support of the Dolphins Cancer Challenge for the third consecutive year. The Challenge took place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on April 6. As a “Fighter Partner,” Polyglass helps the Dolphins Cancer Challenge raise funds for innovative cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Polyglass employees walked, ran, and biked as part of the charitable event.
“The opportunity to support the fight against cancer aligns perfectly with our values as a company,” says Scott Lelling, Director of Strategic Marketing for Polyglass U.S.A., Inc. “We are proud to support life-saving research that touches so many in our communities.” The Dolphins Cancer Challenge is dedicated to improving lives by financially supporting cancer research at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (SCCC) at the University of Miami. Since 2010, participants have raised over $27 million. For more information on the Dolphins Cancer Challenge visit https://dolphinscancerchallenge.com/.
It Takes A Village – Atlas Joins Team to Give WWII Vet a New Roof
In September 2017, Hurricane Irma pummeled the Caribbean with maximum sustained winds of 180 mph. The Category 5 storm demolished 95 percent of the small island of Barbuda before making landfall in the Florida Keys. As one of the most intense hurricanes in history, Irma left incredible devastation in her wake — killing more than 50 people and causing nearly $65 billion in damages. One of the millions of homes in Irma’s path belonged to 94-year-old World War II veteran Leo McLarney in Cutler Bay, Fla., about 20 miles southwest of Miami. The hurricane-force winds left gaping holes in his roof, which led to mold.
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Because he lives on a fixed income that goes toward his 24-hour at-home care, McLarney, who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor and fought in the Battle of Guadalcanal, was unable to afford the repairs to his home. So more than a year after the storm, his roof remained covered in blue tarp. In early January 2019, CBS4 Miami aired a story about McLarney and donations poured in through Neighbors4Neighbors.org, a nonprofit created in 1992 in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The organization connects South Floridians in need with people and companies that can help. To get the work underway, John Pimentel, Director of Miami-Dade County’s long-term disaster recovery group, FRIEND (Florida Regional Interfaith/Interagency Emergency Network in Disaster), organized a team. More than 50 companies wanted to help, so Pimentel started with the first to respond — Atlas Roofing. Adam Stanley, Territory Sales Representative for Atlas, then assisted Pimentel with much of the project management. With the support of Frank Iammarino and Suncoast Roofers Supply, which supplied and delivered the Atlas products and other roofing materials, and Z Roofing, which donated the labor for the installation, McLarney finally got a new roof. Pimentel said he’s never seen a project come together so fast. After the original CBS4 story aired January 2, an initial inspection was completed, measurements were
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taken, all of the supplies were ordered and delivered, and the work began less than two weeks later. On January 30, the new roof passed its final inspection. “A very special thanks to Leo McLarney for serving and protecting our country during one of the darkest times in world history, for his great sense of humor and for allowing us to be part of his life for a little bit,” Pimentel said. “His smile and amazing character sure touched every single person involved with this project!” FRM FRSA wants to share your story of giving back to your community. For more information, please contact Lisa Pate at email@example.com.
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Each year, the FRSA Educational and Research Foundation looks forward to an exciting FRSA Convention and Expo. It’s a great place to see the latest industry products, network with industry professionals, attend quality seminars and, of course, win big with the Foundation’s Silent Auction. This year’s Silent Auction includes some amazing gifts, from industry products and services to specialty gift baskets and attraction tickets! We are so grateful to all the valuable donors that make this event possible and support our education and research programs. Each year the Silent Auction generates thousands of dollars that directly support the Foundation’s programs and services.
If you are interested in donating an item for the Silent Auction, please see the information below. You can also bring your donation to the FRSA Registration Desk at the start of the Convention. For more information and to submit a donation, visit www.floridaroof.com, and click on the Educational Foundation link, contact Meghan at 800-767-3772 ext. 123 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Robert "Lance" Manson, RRC, CDT, BSCM Delta Engineering & Inspection, Inc., Senior Roof Consultant, 4 Years Lance is a member of FRSA’s Board of Directors, co-chairs the Codes & Regulatory Compliance Committee, serves on the Roof Tile, Governmental Affairs, and Building Committees and is active on the Young Professionals Council. How did you get started in the roofing industry? I literally started at ground level, cleaning baseboards with a toothbrush at my father's roofing company. I was later promoted to fastener sorter and Dad imparted the important knowledge of how much each fastener was worth. As a reward, he brought me to my first FRSA Convention in 1996 and I must have spoken to every vendor and they unloaded every sample they had on me. I'm fairly certain Dad saw it as free inventory because it all went to the office. What’s your favorite part of the job? As a Registered Roof Consultant (RRC) at Delta Engineering, I have the opportunity to do what I enjoyed most while working as a roofer: coming up with solutions to the unique problems that present themselves with each reroof. Now, I get to design and test those solutions for owners and roofing contractors. What’s the most unusual roofing project you’ve been a part of? I was retained to design the attachment of the roof systems at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, which was a 1.3 million square foot reroof project with 64 separate roof areas. This included both calculating the wind loads on all 64 roof areas and calculating fastener densities, row spacings, ribbon spacings, etc. and doing it in a manner in which the roofers in the field could understand. After reviewing all the test reports, calculating the uplift pressures, and performing the attachment calculations, I decided to lay out the results in a table and format the table like one that every roofer is familiar with, those found in a typical Florida Product Approval. The roofers in the field found it easy to follow and the project was a huge success. What do you consider a waste of time? When people go off-topic during a meeting and only one or two people are getting anything from the conversation. What is your dream job? To build tiny houses. To be a writer. If you could spend time with three people (living or not), who would they be and why? Tom Reise - Uncle Tom was the youngest person in peacetime to be promoted to General. He had the most interesting stories, but | May 2019 died young. Dale Carnegie - his work still guides men and woman 54 FLORIDA ROOFING
on how to be successful leaders in their businesses and in life. My family. What’s your favorite vacation? I enjoy going on cruises because I don't have to drive, I don't have to cook, and I don't have to do anything if I don't want to. How long have you been involved with FRSA? Three years on my own and since 1996 with my family. What do you personally find most rewarding about being involved with FRSA? The friendships I've developed over the years have really influenced me and the knowledge and wisdom I've been able to pick up have truly helped me be successful. I enjoy being able to influence the roofing industry in a positive way and invest in the industry that supports my family. I've known and been around members of the FRSA for so long that they're more like a second family. What advice would you give to someone interested in joining the roofing industry? You absolutely must join the FRSA. You get more from the FRSA than you can ever put into it. Successful roofers are not just members, they're also involved in the FRSA because we can all grow from one another and avoid mistakes out on the roofs. The technical support as well as the opportunity to benefit from the SIF and the safety programs and training they provide are huge for the success of any roofing company. What’s your favorite pastime activity? Woodworking. Movies. What would be your ideal place to live and why? Breckenridge, Co. – I would love to get away from the hot summers in Florida. Lakewood Ranch, Fla - winters are great here, not too cold and not too warm. What other activities and organizations are you involved with? International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants IIBEC (formerly RCI). What would surprise others to learn about you? In high school I was afraid of heights, so much so, that I would get dizzy if I walked too close to the rail on an open elevated walkway. Fast forward to today, I've walked on roofs over 27-stories high, with no parapet and with the roof extending out beyond the building – and I'm not even phased by it.
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