Roof Safety: Best Practices to Ensure Corporate Roof Safety

Roof Safety: Best Practices to Ensure Corporate Roof Safety

29th September 2020

Occasionally, maintenance teams, inspectors, and contractors will need to access the roof of your building to do their job. Roofs are inherently dangerous, especially if the victim doesn’t have the necessary safety training. As an employer, you need to develop policies to direct how people should behave to ensure their safety when accessing the roof. Ensure you have the necessary access equipment such as a step unit in place to enable your workers and contractors to safely access the roof and rooftop equipment. We’ve prepared a list of the best practices that should be observed for corporate roof safety. Please read on.

 

  1. Communication and Safety Checks

Before going to the roof, ensure that you have a means of communication with someone inside the building. You may carry a phone or radio for communication. This will help you summon for help from the people inside the building in case of an emergency. Safety checks should also be implemented to help keep the workers safe while on the roof. The workers or contractors working on the roof should check in at set intervals, say after every 15 minutes, so the people in the building know that everything is going on well.

 

  1. The Buddy System

No worker or contractor should go on the roof alone. Always have somebody accompany you for safety. It’s unlikely that you’ll be found on time if something goes wrong while you’re up there alone. Your partner can easily retrieve or call for help if anything happens to you. That second set of eyes may notice any unsafe condition you didn’t that could have led to an incident and alert you before it’s too late. Therefore, always ensure to ask one of your team members to accompany you so you may keep each other safe.

 

  1. Scheduled Inspections

Roofs are among the most assumed areas when it comes to inspections. You need to regularly inspect your roof to ensure any potential hazard is identified and eliminated before it’s too late. Common roof problems include rots, debris on the roof, and leakage. Should you find any problem with a part of the roof during the inspection, do not allow anyone to go up there until the problem is fixed. The inspection should be documented for future reference and to ensure all recommendations have been adhered to. You will also need to inspect rooftop equipment to ensure they are in good condition. Workers should not access the roof unless an inspection has been completed and necessary action has been taken.

 

  1. Permitted Access

Access to the roof should be restricted to permitted access only. Ensure to have a permitting process that allows you to do everything necessary to make the roof safe for access. Access to the roof should also be restricted to specific times and not just any time a person feels like, even if they’re competent. Leaving access to at-will can be risky since you may not know what a worker or contractor is going to do on the roof and the dangers they might expose themselves to.

 

  1. Have Rooftop Rescue Plans

A rescue plan is crucial for rooftop safety. You need to have an efficient plan in place in case of an emergency. Somebody could fall from the roof and get caught by the fall arrest system. They need to be rescued to prevent any possibility of suspension trauma. Ensure you have the relevant equipment and personnel to effectively rescue your workers when caught up by the fall arrest system.