Health & SafetyImportant Safety Information

Roofers face many hazards, such as falls, burns, electrocutions, chemical exposures and hoisting accidents. Health and safety programs benefit everyone in the roofing industry -- workers stay alive and well, employers' costs are kept down for insurance and lost time on the job and customers are pleased that the job is completed smoothly and on time.

Through the years, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, state safety agencies and employers have set safety rules. An established and well-running safety program is a crucial complement to those rules. Such a program helps enforce the rules and standards and ensure cooperation from workers and management as well as provide a labor-management forum for working out new rules and procedures as needed.

The Roofing Industry Partnership for Safety and Health is a program sponsored by labor, management and the government. It promotes safety by offering roofing contractors a package of incentives designed to improve their safety performance.

In addition, the Roofers International Union has produced, through OSHA funding, a comprehensive set of safety and health materials for classroom instruction and for use by all members interested in health and safety issues. Read more...

Fall Protection Posters
Fall protection posters are available to local unions, JATCs and signatory contractors of the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers. These full-color, 22" x 28" wall posters are available in sets of 12 each. 
Fall protection poster
Sets are offered English and Spanish versions. 
The poster themes are:
•Ladder Setup
•Ladder Alignment
•Inspecting and Donning Personal Fall
Arrest Systems
•Suspension Trauma and Post Fall Arrest Rescue
•Fall Forces
•Roof Holes and Skylights
•Warning Lines
•Personal Fall Arrest Systems
•Safety Monitor
•Competent and Qualified Persons
•OSHA Training Requirements
These posters were produced by the Roofers and Waterproofers Research and Education Fund under various OSHA grants. To request a set of posters for your business or training facility, please e-mail
Radio Frequency Radiation Hazards 
You cannot see it, it's invisible and odorless; however, over-exposure to RF radiation can be harmful to humans. Our membership is particularly vulnerable to RF radiation over-exposure as a result of the amount of rooftops that host wireless antennas. There are currently over 600,000 operating devices in the United States alone, and that number is expected to double in the very near future as the demand intensifies for more-powerful wireless devices.

RF safety is not being provided to our members and the FCC licensee is required, by their license obligation, to ensure that no one, regardless of employment, is over-exposed to RF radiation. Our union takes this safety threat seriously and we encourage all of our members to take a short Worker RF Radiation Survey as shown below. We also have some FAQs regarding RF radiation and that will assist your knowledge of this hazard.

Click on the following link to learn more about RF hazards and to take a short survey that will help promote a comprehensive RF safety solution: Frequently Asked Questions for Roofers (and take the Exposure Survey at the end.)
In November 2014, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers (UURWAW) issued a Joint Safety Alert to increase awareness among roofing workers of possible radiofrequency (RF) hazards. To read this alert in full, click here
Fall Prevention Stand-Down
OSHA has designated May 8-12, 2017, for the 4th annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. The event is a nationwide effort to remind and educate employers and workers in the construction industry of the serious dangers of falls--the cause of the highest number of work-related deaths in the construction industry.

Any workplace can hold a stand-down by taking a break to focus on "Fall Hazards" and reinforcing the importance of "Fall Prevention". It's an opportunity for employers to have a conversation with employees about hazards, protective methods, and the company's safety policies and goals.  It can also be an opportunity for employees to talk to management about fall hazards they see.
Let’s pledge to continue our efforts to increase awareness of fall hazards, not just for that week but throughout the year so that all workers are safe performing the critical, quality work they do and are able to go home to their families each day!
For more information on the 2107 National Fall Prevention Stand-Down, click here.
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