Volume 15, Issue 1 - January/February 2013

WGR Reports
repair news

NWRA Seeks Proper Workers Comp Classification for Repair Technicians

The National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA) is working to educate workers about proper workers’ compensation classification for windshield repair technicians.

The NWRA has received reports that the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) is classifying technicians engaged only in repair under the same classification as those who replace auto glass or do auto repair work. However, the NWRA argues that the risk of injury is almost non-existent for those engaged only in the repair of windshields. The NWRA is asking that the NCCI develop a separate classification for those auto glass technicians who engage only in repair and do not replace auto glass.

“The NWRA values the safety of its members and the people they employ above all else. But the current classification does not make allowances for two groups of people who do very different types of work and have very different levels of liability,” said the association in a letter sent to the NCCI.

The NCCI responded and agreed with the NWRA about the principle of difference between repair and replacement. At this point, however, the group advised the NWRA that it doesn’t have enough information to make a change.

The NWRA is asking all members to pull local rates for their workers’ compensation rates and classifications and send them to Janeen Mulligan at jmulligan@nwrassn.org.

New ANSI Committee on Scratch Removal Meets
The National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA) has formed a new committee to develop an ANSI Standard for Scratch and Damage Repair of Architectural Glass (SSDRAG).

The goal of the new standard is to ensure that the highest level of service and quality, as well as the proper methodology, is being provided in the scratch and/or damage repair of architectural glass.

The committee currently is seeking companies and individuals interested in serving as members to develop the new standard in accordance with the policies and procedures of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

August Sets Record for New Certified Repair Techs
In August 2012 the National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA) had a record month for new NWRA-certified repair technicians. As of mid-August the association had already signed up 21 new certified technicians under the certification program.

We credit the jump to a membership drive that partnered with the program.

New members who signed up for membership between April 1 and September 30, 2012, received one free certification test as part of their membership package. In addition, members with renewal dates between April 1, 2012, and March 31, 2013 received a coupon for a free testing sitting.

NWRA to Hold Committee Meetings in February
A number of committees of National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA), including the Repair of Laminated Auto Glass (ROLAGS) Standards™ Committee, will meet February 26-27 in San Diego.

The committee meetings schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, February 26
1 – 2 p.m. ROLAGS™ Product Performance Subcommittee Meeting 2 – 5 p.m. ROLAGS™ Standards Committee 5 – 6 p.m. NWRA New Board Member Orientation
Wednesday, February 27
8 – 11 a.m. NWRA Board Meeting In addition, the committees also will meet in September in Tampa, Fla., as part of Auto Glass Week 2013™.

Board Seeks New Volunteers
The National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA) board of directors constantly is seeking new members to assist in its commitment to the needs of the windshield repair industry.

Those interested in joining the board or a committee should email NWRA director of operations Janeen Mulligan at jmulligan@nwraassn.org. Board members serve in a volunteer capacity.

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