November 2016Volume 28Issue 4Radiofrequency radiation or RF radiation is a type of non-ionizing radiation. Common uses of RF radiation include microwaveovens, radar, industrial heating and sealing processes, and telecommunications and broadcast services. This category is the one ofmost concern to our industry, because you cannot see, touch or smell RF radiation.Cellular, broadcast and other telecommunications antennas put workers at risk of exposure to aninvisible hazard—radiofrequency (RF) radiation. Sources of RF energy on a rooftop often are notobvious and usually are not properly marked or defined as danger zones by warning signs. Inmany cases, for aesthetic reasons, transmitters or antennae are hidden by building elements thatcan obscure their presence yet not reduce the risk of serious harm to unsuspecting workers.There are two types of radiation: ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. Both are forms ofelectromagnetic energy, but ionizing radiation has more energy than non-ionizing radiation.Ionizing radiation, like x-rays or gamma rays, has enough energy to cause chemical changes by breaking chemical bonds. Sourcesof this type of radiation can be found in, for example, hospitals, nuclear energy plants and nuclear weapons facilities.Non-ionizing radiation causes molecules to vibrate, which generates heat.High exposures to RF can heat human tissue similar to how a microwave cooks food. This “thermal effect” can permanently damagetissue, especially the eyes, resulting in cataracts and harmful cognitive health effects. Direct physical contact with antennas can alsocause shock and/or burns to the skin. High exposures of RF are dangerous because: RF radiation is hard to recognize—invisible, odorless and tasteless By the time symptoms are felt you are already overexposed Levels can be low at the start of work, then spike without warning RF radiation may interfere with medical devises (pacemakers) and concerns have been raised about possible non-thermal effects(nerve damage and psychological injuries)There is less concern for exposures to the general public than for workplace locations suchas rooftops where worker proximity to transmitters, along with longer exposure duration,can more readily occur. And though the full extent of the biological effects of RF exposuresis not known, It is believed there is sufficient evidence to be concerned about occupationalhuman exposures. Ultimately, the FCC is charged with evaluating the effects of RFexposures and determining exposure limits.The following recommended precautions should be taken to minimize RF exposures: Ask a building owner or facility manager whether RF transmitters are present and, if so, their specific locations. The informationshould be provided in the form of a written map or drawing. Through the building owner or facility manager, ask the FCC licensee of the transmitter whether the equipment may be shutdown or barrier devices installed for the duration of the roofing work. RF-blocking personal protective equipment is available thatmay be useful, such as eyewear and clothing that protects the wearer from RF radiation.SOUTHEASTERN MICHIGAN ROOFING CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION3560 E. Nine Mile Road, Warren, MI 48091 (586) 759-2140 Fax (586) 759-0528 www.smrca.org
Page 2RF Radiation continued from page 1: If the equipment can be shut down orshielded, written verification from thelicensee of the dates and times thetransmitter will be shut down or ashielding device put in place must beobtained and lockout/tag outprocedures considered.If the transmitter must be removedand reinstalled to perform roofingwork, a roofing contractor mustinform the licensee so employees ofthe licensee can perform the removaland reinstallation.Roofing workers must be trained torecognize RF transmitters, told thehazards of working in areas wheretransmitters have not been shutdown and the symptoms of RFexposure, and told the importance ofheeding warning signs or restrictedaccess areas and the warning signsand restricted access areas may notalways be present.Careful planning by both employers andworkers can effectively reduce exposureto this invisible hazard.George SchenaJanuary 19-20, 2017CRCA Trade Show & SeminarsOakbrook Terrace, ILwww.crca.orgSchena Roofing & Sheet Metal Co., Inc.November 13Jim CoppensMid Michigan RoofingJanuary 29 - February 1, 2017Sprayfoam 2017Palm Springs, CAwww.sprayfoam.org/expo/November 15Brian MooreSchreiber CorporationNovember 29January 29 - February 2, 2017Carolinas Mid-Winter ExpoGreenville, SChttp://crsmca.org/meetinginfo.php?id 8&ts 1465302960Roger LaDukeLaDuke Roofing & Sheet MetalDecember 13February 27 – March 3, 2017NRCA’s 130th Annual Convention & Roofing ExpoLas Vegas, NVhttps://theroofingexpo.com/Kathy LaDukeLaDuke Roofing & Sheet MetalDecember 21Dan CaseyMarch 29-30, 2017NERCA 91st Annual Convention and Trade ShowAtlantic City, NJWww.nerca.orgT.F. Beck CompanyJanuary 7Joe CraneCrane Roofing, Inc.January 22Our deepest sympathy’s are extended tofamily and friends of:Joe Benson, Benson BuildingSupplyCAM michigan.gov/mioshaSoutheastern Michigan Roofing Contractors AssociationThe MiRCA is getting a new logoand a re-designed website! Be onthe lookout for this exciting newdevelopment!Michigan Roofing Contractors AssociationDetroit Roofers JATC Local 149Roofers Local #149
Page 3On October 26, the 2016 “Just Build It!” Construction Career Expo washeld at the Eastern Michigan Convocation Center presented by theWashtenaw Contractors Association in cooperation with the MichiganDepartment of Transportation. There were 1747 eight through twelfthgrade students and young adults from 51 schools and youth programslocated throughout southeast and central Michigan that attended.Exhibitors included skilled trade apprentices, engineers, architects,general contractors, subcontractors, colleges, universities, andconstruction associations. The Expo provided a career explorationexperience that is impossible to duplicate in a traditional educationalsetting.The Roofers Union Local #149 and SMRCA joined forces and showedthe kids how to heat weld and gave the students information on theroofing industry and apprenticeship program. Thank you to Bob Doyle,Adrian Bonds, Rafael Alcantar , Heather Hadley and Brian Gregg.The Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration(FAA) has issued a new rule for the commercial use of smallunmanned air systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones. Therule, effective Aug. 29, offers safety regulations for drones weighingless than 55 pounds that are conducting non hobbyist operations.Under the final rule, a drone operator must be at least 16 years old,have a “remote pilot in command” certificateand keep the drone within a visual line ofsight at all times. The new regulations alsoaddress height and speed restrictions andother operational limits, such as prohibitingflights over unprotected people on theground who are not directly participating in the drone operation.“With this new rule, we are taking a careful and deliberate approachthat balances the need to deploy this new technology with the FAA’smission to protect public safety,” says FAA Administrator MichaelHuerta. “But this is just our first step. We’re already working onadditional rules that will expand the range of operations.”NRCA issued a response praising the FAA’s drone rule anddescribing the effect the rule may have within the roofing industry.An excerpt of NRCA’s statement follows: NRCA believes the new rules issued by the FAA on thecommercial use of unmanned aircraft systems will providesignificant new opportunities for the use of such aircraft in theroofing industry. NRCA believes the final rule is a reasonable one and isespecially pleased the FAA listened to some of the concernsNRCA expressed during the rulemaking process. The FAA rule contains a provision for waivers to some of itsrules that, for example, should allow drones to be flown at nightin situations where they don’t pose any danger. NRCA believes drone use can be of enormous benefit to theroofing industry over time. Drones can be used to evaluateexisting roofs, help prepare estimates for new roofs, conductthermal imaging and even measure reflectivity performance.And the use of drones will mean fewer people will need to beexposed to rooftop hazards to conduct routine inspections.NRCA’s full statement is available at www.nrca.net/0616-Drones.Additional information about the rule is available at www.faa.gov/news/press releases/news story.cfm?newsId 20515.Professional Roofing Magazine—August 2016
Page 4With the elections now generally concluded,Congress will reconvene in a lame ducksession to deal with unfinished businessbefore adjourning for the year. In addition,Washington, D.C., will be focused on thetransition from the Obama to Trumpadministrations during the coming months. Ifyou have questions or need moreinformation regarding any of the followingissues, please contact NRCA's Washington,D.C., office at (800) 338-5765.Presidential ElectionDonald Trump stunned the politicalestablishment with his come-from-behindvictory to claim the presidency. Althoughsurprising to most political pollsters whopredicted a Clinton win, Trump's victory isconsistent with historical trends that haveseen one party capture the White House inthree consecutive terms only once sinceWorld War II. In that instance in 1988,George H.W. Bush succeeded RonaldReagan after years of strong economicgrowth. But in 2016, the relatively weakeconomic growth of recent years is theprimary reason that more than 60 percent ofvoters tell pollsters the U.S. is on the "wrongtrack." This unhappiness with the status quo,combined with the perception that HillaryClinton is "untrustworthy" among a majorityof voters, set up the 2016 race as a typical"change" election. This classic scenario wassomewhat obscured by Trump's own highunfavorable ratings, his campaign's relativelack of organization and resourcescompared to the Clinton campaign, anddissension within the Republican partyregarding his controversial candidacy. In theend, Trump was able to capture most latedeciding voters with his populist message ofchange in key states dominated byDemocrats in presidential elections fornearly three decades to capture the WhiteHouse.Congressional ElectionsIn the Senate, Republicans retained majoritycontrol for the 115th Congress but did seetheir majority slip from 54 to 52 seats withthe losses of incumbents Kelly Ayotte (RN.H.) and Mark Kirk (D-Ill.). One remainingSenate race in Louisiana remains to bedecided in a run-off election in December,so a Republican loss there could furthernarrow the Republican Senate majority. Inthe House, Republicans also retained theirmajority but with a slight decline, as they losta net six seats and now will have a 238-193majority when the new Congress convenesin January. Senate Majority Leader MitchMcConnell (R-Ky.) will need to work closelywith president-elect Trump to developbipartisan support for legislation in theSenate because most bills require 60 votesfor passage. However, Republicans mayuse the "reconciliation" process that requiresonly 51 votes to move bills directly affect thefederal budget. President-elect Trump nowwill have to make the transition fromcampaigning to governing and will need toreach out to congressional Republicans,some of whom he has substantial policydifferences with, as well as across the aisleto Democrats, to move his agenda throughCongress.Workforce DevelopmentNRCA continues working in support oflegislation (H.R. 5587) to improve careerand technical education (CTE) programs.The bill includes recommendations fromNRCA and allied groups designed to makeCTE programs more responsive toemployers' workforce development needs,including more effective engagementbetween employers and educators inprogram development, expandedopportunities for work-based learning andincreased funding for CTE programs. Thelegislation was approved by the House withstrong bipartisan support in September, andNRCA now is urging the Senate to approvethe bill during the upcoming lame ducksession of Congress. NRCA sent agrassroots Action Alert urging all membersto contact their senators to urge Senateapproval so the bill can be signed into lawbefore the end of the year. Read NRCA'sAction Alert and take action to provide newopportunities for roofing contractors toaddress their workforce developmentneeds: ils/Story.OSHA Record-keeping RegulationNRCA continues working to address a newproblem with a regulation issued by theOccupational Safety and HealthAdministration (OSHA) that requiresemployers to submit injury and illness recordsto the agency so they may be posted onlinefor public inspection. In implementing theregulation, OSHA officials believe the risk ofretaliation against workers for reportinginjuries is so great there must be a limitationof mandatory post-accident drug and alcoholtesting, despite the fact that this practice iswidely used by employers to promote a safeworkplace. The preamble to the finalregulation expresses OSHA's opposition tomandatory post-accident testing, but theactual text is silent about its permissibility,thus creating uncertainty among employersregarding how the policy will be enforced.NRCA worked with 31 members of Congressto send a letter to OSHA that highlights thesafety benefits of post-accident testing andurges OSHA to reconsider itscounterproductive policy. Also, OSHA delayedthe effective date of the regulation's antiretaliation provisions (including the policy onmandatory post-accident drug testing) fromNov. 10 to Dec. 1 as a U.S. district court inTexas considers a lawsuit filed to challengethe legitimacy of these provisions.Section 385 Tax RegulationsNRCA scored a major victory when theTreasury Department issued its final ruleunder Section 385 of the tax code aimed atcurtailing corporate inversions. The final ruleallows the IRS to reclassify certain relatedparty debt as equity (stock), in whole or inpart, for federal income tax purposes in aneffort to curtail earning stripping transactions.NRCA aggressively opposed the proposedregulations and undertook numerous efforts tohave member concerns addressed in the finalrule. NRCA is pleased to report the final ruleincluded nearly all the changes requested andvirtually no NRCA members will be affected.The final rule includes exemptions fortransactions made by S corporations andacquisitions of stock associated withemployee compensation plans and allowsbusinesses to continue using cash pooling
Page 5arrangements and short-term intercompanyloans. The rule also allows exceptions fordistributions (payments made to affiliatedcompanies) to include future earnings andallows corporations to net distributions againstcapital contributions. NRCA is thankful for thebipartisan support from numerous lawmakerswho helped highlight NRCA's concerns andthat the Treasury Department issued a finalrule that fully addresses them.Estate Tax RegulationsNRCA continues working to oppose theDepartment of Treasury's valuationregulations regarding the estate tax. Theproposed regulations target family businessesfor higher estate and gift taxes by forcing theestates of family-owned businesses todisregard important facts, such as control andmarketability, when ownership of a businesspasses to the next generation. This can beharmful because lack of control andmarketability greatly affect the value of abusiness. NRCA is supporting legislation, H.R.6100, the Protect Family Farms andBusinesses Act, sponsored by Rep. WarrenDavidson (R-Ohio) which would prohibit theIRS from publishing the final rule. Currently,the bill is only supported by Republicans, butlast year seven Democrats supportedlegislation to fully repeal the estate tax, so weare working to bring some Democrats onboard. A public hearing regarding theproposed regulation is set for Dec. 1, andmembers of the Family Business Estate TaxCoalition, of which NRCA is a member, willtestify in opposition to the proposed rule.Department of Labor Overtime RegulationThe Department of Labor's (DOL's) overtimeregulation is scheduled to take effect on Dec.1. The rule will more than double the currentsalary threshold of workers who are eligiblefor overtime pay under the Fair LaborStandards Act from 455 per week ( 23,660per year) to 913 per week ( 47,476 per year)and also provides that the threshold beupdated automatically every three years andtied to the 40th percentile of full-time salariedworkers in the lowest-wage region of the U.S.NRCA supports several compromise bills toease the burden of the regulation onbusinesses, including legislation that wouldphase in the overtime regulation's salaryincrease over a three- or four-year period andblock the automatic updates. Litigation also ispending in the courts. However, it appearsunlikely that any relief will be given beforethe rule takes effect next month, sobusinesses should be making theappropriate changes to their payrolls oremployee classifications as required by theregulation. More information is available onDOL's website: www.dol.gov/WHD/overtime/final2016/.Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces RegulationIn October, a judge issued a preliminaryinjunction against a new regulation thatrequires companies bidding on federalcontracts worth 500,000 or more to discloselabor law violations from the past three yearsas part of the bidding process. Theregulation, which implements PresidentObama's "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces"executive order, was set to take effect Oct.25. In the court order, the judge wrote thatthe plaintiffs "properly demonstratedimmediate and ongoing injury to theirmembers if the rule is allowed to take effect,"and that the regulation's requirements "arenowhere found in or authorized by thestatute" under which it is authorized. Thepreliminary injunction is in effect nationwideand blocks all aspects of the regulationexcept the paycheck transparency provision,which requires some federal contractors todisclose to their employees various detailsabout employee status and whether they areowed overtime compensation. Thegovernment may appeal the injunction, and aruling likely would occur in early 2017. Moreinformation regarding this regulation isavailable on the Department of laces/.EPA Jobs Evaluation RequirementOn Oct. 17, a federal court awardedsummary judgement to Murray Energy in itslawsuit challenging the EnvironmentalProtection Agency (EPA) for failing toevaluate lost power plant and coal miningjobs because of air pollution regulations. U.S.District Judge John Preston Bailey ruled thatunder Clean Air Act Sec. 321(a), the EPA isrequired to analyze the effects of itsregulations on employment. Sec. 321(a)states: "The Administrator shall conductcontinuing evaluations of potential loss orshifts of employment which may result fromthe administration or enforcement of theprovision of this chapter and applicableimplementation plans, including whereappropriate, investigating threatened plantclosures or reductions in employmentallegedly resulting from such administrationor enforcement." The EPA argued that thisrequirement is discretionary, but the courtruled otherwise. This legal decision haspotentially far-reaching implications, as it ispossible that every regulation promulgatedunder the Clean Air Act since 1977, includingthose affecting the roofing industry, may besubject to challenge.ROOFPACFor members heading to NRCA's FallMeetings in Chicago, join your industrycolleagues for a ROOFPAC receptionTuesday, Nov. 15, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at thePark Hyatt hotel. Sponsored by roofingsoftware company FCS Control, this is agreat opportunity to share a drink andnetwork with your industry friends andcolleagues while supporting ROOPFAC, thevoice of the roofing industry in Washington,D.C.! ROOFPAC actively supported 67candidates focused on pro-growth economicpolicies in the congressional elections Nov. 8and achieved a success rate of nearly 90percent. ROOFPAC contributions of 50 perperson are requested, and you may obtainmore information or RSVP by contactingROOFPAC Consultant Amanda Kornegay at(202) 246-6594 or [email protected] Ifyou are not able to attend the ROOFPAC FallReception but want to support NRCA'spolitical efforts, please go to the ROOFPACpage of NRCA's website:www.nrca.net/roofing/ROOFPAC-622.
Page 8NRCA continues to work with industry partners to collect airmonitoring data in advance of the enforcement of OSHA’s new silicarule. The rule’s enforcement is scheduled to begin June 23, 2017.NRCA is working closely with the Asphalt Roofing ManufacturersAssociation and Tile Roofing Institute to conduct exposure testing todetermine whether exposures are a concern and develop objectivedata as the rule allows to help members prepare for OSHAinspections. NRCA will have much more to report as the processcontinues, and they are grateful for the support they have receivedfrom affiliated roofing contractor associations.If you (or someone you know) would like to be part of theMichigan Roofing Contractors Association (MiRCA),contact the Association Office at 586-759-2140 or [email protected] for information and anapplication.The 2017 term for all Detroit Apprentices will be as follows:Apprentice Two & Single Ply OneMonday evenings starting on January 23The 2017 SMRCA Golf Outing will be atThe Links of NovionMonday, May 22, 2017Apprentice One & Single Ply TwoTuesday evenings starting on January 24BUR One & Steep Slope OneWednesday evenings starting on January 25BUR Two & Steep Slope TwoThursday evenings starting on January 26All classes begin at 6:30 pm.Mark Your Calendar!Journeyworkers Skill Advancement Training Classes are available atno cost to all Detroit 149 members.Dues must be current in order to enter the Training Center.The 2017 MiRCA 52nd Annual ConventionJuly 20-23, 2017Shanty Creek Resort—Summit VillageReservations can be made online now at:http://reserve.shantycreek.com/?g 294366The Training Center also offers:Fall Protection Competent Person CourseIf you are interested in any of these classes contact the TrainingCenter at 248-543-3847 or [email protected] to makearrangements.
Page 9SMRCASAFETYA safe jobsite is assured because SMRCA crews complete the M.U.S.T. Safety Trainingand Drug Testing.MULTIPLE SERVICESRELIABLEA SMRCA Roofing Contractor has the ability to provide the roof you need because of ourexpertise in a variety of roofing applications and techniques.SMRCA Contractors are Union trained professionals bringing an Industry leading standardof service, quality and knowledge to every project.CONFIDENCEProjects completed by SMRCA Contractors provide a Michigan roofing contractor 2 yearstandard workmanship warranty.ACCOUNTABILITYSMRCA Contractors are established companies with years of experience in providingresponsive service, superior workmanship and exceptional value.Call us today at 586-759-2140 to receive our free “Roofing Facts” brochure or contact one of the SMRCA Contractorsbelow for a no-cost estimate on your next roofing project.Southeastern Michigan Roofing Contractors Association MembersT. F. BECK COMPANYRochester Hills, MI(248) 852-9255www.tfbeck.comLUTZ ROOFING COMPANY, INC.Shelby Twp., MI(586) 739-1148www.lutzroofing.comROYAL ROOFING COMPANYOrion, MI(248) 276-ROOF (7663)www.royal-roofing.comJ. D. CANDLER ROOFING CO., INC.Livonia, MI(734) 762-0100www.jdcandler.comM.W. MORSS ROOFING, INC.Romulus, MI(734) 942-0840www.morssroofing.comSCHENA ROOFING & SHEETMETAL CO., INC.Chesterfield, MI(586) it, MI(313) 837-1420www.cdetroit.comNEWTON CRANE ROOFING, INC.Pontiac, MI(248) 332-3021www.newtoncraneroofing.comDETROIT CORNICE & SLATECOMPANYFerndale, MI(248) 398-7690www.detroitcorniceandslate.comNORTH ROOFING COMPANYAuburn Hills, MI(248) 373-1500www.northroofing.comLADUKE ROOFING & SHEETMETALOak Park, MI(248) 414-6600www.ladukeroofing.comSCHREIBER CORPORATIONWixom, MI(248) 926-1500www.schreiberroofing.comDAVE POMAVILLE & SONS, INC.Warren, MI(586) 755-6030www.PomavilleRoofing.comwww.smrca.org
Nov 08, 2018 · Michigan Roofing Contractors Association Detroit Roofers JATC Local 149 Roofers Local #149 George Schena Schena Roofing & Sheet Metal Co., Inc. November 13 Jim Coppens Mid Michigan Roofing November 15 Brian Moore Schreiber Corporation November 29 Roger LaDuke LaDuke Roofing