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Clean Atlantic 2014 - September 10, 2014.
The Cunard Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia.


BOMEX 2014 - The Annual Conference and Exhibition of the Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada (BOMA®) will be held September 9 to 11, 2014 athe RBC Convention Centre, in Winnipeg, MB. Visit https://bomex.ca for more details.
ISSA/INTERCLEAN - ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America® will be held November 4 to 7, 2014 at the Orange County Convention Centre in Orlando, FL. Visit www.issa.com for more details.
Construct Canada - Canada's largest Building Design and Construction trade show will be held December 3 to 5, 2014 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building. Visit www.constructcanada.com for more details.
OIRCA - 50th Anniversary - The Ontario Industrial Roofing Contractors Association (OIRCA) is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2014. To commemorate this milestone, the association is launching a new web site at the end of March 2014 - visit http://www.ontarioroofing.com for more details.
International Roof Coatings Conference (IRCC) -

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) has opened early bird registration for the International Roof Coatings Conference (IRCC). The IRCC will take place at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel in Baltimore, MD, on July 14 to 17, 2014. The conference will highlight the latest technological advancements and emerging issues of relevance to the roof coating, building envelope, green building, cool roofing, research and architectural communities. The discounted early bird registration will run through May 19, 2014. For a complete list of speakers and presentation topics, more information on the conference, and to register, please click HERE


President's Message
 
President's Message
By John Mayne, OIRCA President

Pre-Apprentice and Safety Orientation For The Roofing Industry

The Canadian Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA) in collaboration with the Construction Sector Council (CSC), Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC), the OIRCA and other industry stakeholders have introduced a Pre-Apprenticeship and Safety Orientation Program for the roofing industry in Canada.
The objective of the program is to prepare new workers for a career in the roofing industry.  New workers will benefit by increased confidence, improved safety and motivation, and encouragement to enter the apprenticeship system.  Employers will benefit from lower turnover, higher productivity and easier recruiting.
The program consists of two parts.  The first part, a classroom orientation, prepares entry level workers with basic safety and construction practices before they begin work on a construction site.  This training is completed in one day.  The second part is on-the-job-training that introduces new workers to the job site and teaches them general safety, familiarity with the tools and materials of the trade, and one of seven roofing systems.  It is delivered by a journeyperson or an experienced roofer acting as a mentor or coach.  It is delivered over a few weeks and is estimated to take approximately 30 hours to complete.  There is no formal examination.  Time worked and training completed are recorded in the workers logbook and signed off by supervisors and/or journeypersons.  The logbook serves as proof of hours worked and training.
After completing the classroom orientation and on-the-job-training, a worker receives a pre-apprenticeship training certificate that is recognized by the industry and apprenticeship programs across the province.
The attractive part about this program is the way it has been designed so that roofing companies may use it to deliver their own in-house orientation training.  I think that everyone would agree that new workers must receive some form of formalized orientation training before setting foot on a construction site.  We believe that this new “industry created” program provides both workers and employers with an effective way to introduce new entrants to a career in the roofing trade.
 
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