Safety Advantage Program

The Roofing Contractors Association of Washington (RCAW) members have indicated a strong interest for the Association to establish a Safety Advantage program to benefit the RCAW members through improved safety programs. The Safety Advantage program will be an agreement between the RCAW and the WA Department of Labor and Industries. The goals of this program are to establish a safe work environment, ensure that safety plans are effectively implemented, and to ensure employees are aware of their safety responsibilities. The annual cost for this program for RCAW members is $1,550.00. 

Safety Advantage Application

Preliminary Requirements/Program Audits:An RCAW Safety Director or an outsourced company will perform an initial audit on member companies who participate in the Safety Advantage Program to make sure they are up-to-date on all their necessary training. Audits will then be performed on a quarterly basis. Audits will not be announced to member companies. Audit will be performed on multiple work-site of a company to ensure they are not overextended by material, employees, or other resources. If a company has been qualified in the Safety Advantage program for five or more years job-site safety audits will be every other year.

Participating RCAW Safety Advantage members must have a representative of their company attend a minimum of six (6) RCAW Safety Committee meetings. These are one hour meetings and they are held once a month.

Preliminary Requirements:Participating RCAW Safety Advantage members must complete a self inspection of their facility to verify they are meeting the core safety requirements of the WISHA laws and rules.

After self inspection every Safety Advantage member will have an L&I consultant or an outside consultant (Evergreen Safety Council, etc.) visit their workplace to verify the company is meeting the safety requirements and to make recommendations on any areas needing improvement.

Required Training: 
The Safety Advantage Program is voluntary for RCAW members. If interested in participating in this program each member will be required to meet or exceed specific training requirements.Core training classes:The Safety Advantage Program will consist of a core training program that all participating RCAW Safety Advantage member companies must complete.

The following ‘Core’ classes will be train-the-trainer courses. Written documentation will need to be provided by each participating company showing they have trained their other employees on the train-the-trainer classes they completed.

  1. Heat Stress
  2. Hazard Communication / MSDS
  3. Ergonomics

The following ‘Core’ classes will need to be completed by every employee in that company that performs that job function.

  1. Fall Protection / Safety Monitor
  2. First Aid / CPR
  3. Proper Protection Equipment (PPE)

Specialized training classes:The Safety Advantage Program will consist of a specialized training program that companies must participate in only if they do that type of roofing system.

The following ‘Specialized’ classes will be train-the-trainer courses. Written documentation will need to be provided by each participating company showing they have trained their other employees on the train-the-trainer classes they completed.

  1. CERTA / Torch Training
  2. Heat Gun Training

The following ‘‘Specialized’ classes will need to be completed by every employee in that company that performs that job function.

  1. Flagger Certification
  2. Forklift Operation
  3. OSHA 10 or 30
  4. Confined Spaces
  5. Trenching & Excavation
  6. Heavy Metals / Asbestos / Lead Awareness

Manager/Safety Director/Owner training classes:The Safety Advantage Program will consist of a manager/safety director/owner training program that all participating RCAW Safety Advantage member companies must complete.

  1. Accident Prevention Plan (APP)
  2. Disciplinary Plan
  3. Evacuation Site Plan
  4. Tool Box Safety Meeting Topics (informative)
  5. Liability Awareness

Training Details:If a company has just completed training in the classes listed above through another training company (outside the RCAW) they will need to provide proof in the form of documentation who took the class and when it took place.

The RCAW and L&I may change the training classes listed above as deemed appropriate.


Requested Program Elements in Reference to The Department of Labor and Industries:

RCAW members participating in the Safety Advantage Program who are inspected by WISHA/DOSH will have inspections limited to specific non-core issues (focused instead of comprehensive inspections)

RCAW Safety Advantage participants will be acknowledged by WISHA/DOSH when they have a no-violations inspection

RCAW Safety Advantage participants will be given the highest consideration and deference in meeting “effective in practice” requirements when considering the cause of violations.

RCAW Safety Advantage participants will be eligible for no penalties or the lowest range of penalties given the company’s history of WISHA/DOSH violations.