Earlier this month, the Roofing Alliance, the philanthropic arm of the National Roofing Contractors Association, unveiled a new training course and report on heat stress in roofing; the “Heat Stress for Roofers Training Course and Final Report” are available for purchase in the NRCA’s Bookstore.

In a news release, the Roofing Alliance said its report and training modules provide “important industry heat stress data and its effects on roofers.” Information includes how to prevent heat-related illnesses, contributing risk factors, policies and regulations surrounding heat stress, and a guide for providing a workplace heat-related illness plan.

Spearheaded by Dr. Kenneth Sands from Florida Gulf Coast University and funded by the Roofing Alliance, the research focused on three pivotal objectives:

Real-time Observation: the Roofing Alliance observed roof technicians in action, studying their behaviors and responses while working under challenging conditions.

Direct Inquiry: Roofing Alliance staff engaged technicians to gather firsthand insights about their experiences working in hot environments, shedding light on their challenges and strategies for coping.

Comprehensive Data Collection: Employing advanced monitoring techniques, the organization recorded technicians' core body temperatures and the environmental conditions they encountered. Rigorous equipment calibration and initial testing procedures were conducted to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the data.

“Special thanks go out to the Roofing Alliance Task Force Chairman Rudy Gutierrez of Shell Roofing Solutions and his dedicated task force members, along with Dr. Kenneth Sands and his team, for their exemplary efforts in developing this invaluable resource,” commented Roofing Alliance Executive Director Alison L. LaValley.

The “Heat Stress for Roofers Training Course and Final Report” are free for Roofing Alliance members. NRCA member price: $150 | Nonmember price $300

For more information, visit roofingalliance.net