Effective commercial roof safety plans include precautions that protect workers and those around them from hazards and falls. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety regulations require employers to provide training and information about workplace hazards and how to avoid them. Read on to learn the necessary precautions for roofers and why it’s crucial to implement workplace safety protocols.

Personal Protective Equipment

Roofing professionals wear personal safety equipment appropriate for their job duties. This often goes beyond wearing hard hats and eye protection. It may also include:

  • Heavy shoes or work boots with non-slip soles and toe protection
  • A respiratory system that protects against airborne hazards
  • Snug fit gloves that are appropriate for the task performed
  • Protective face shields when cutting metal, working with chemical substances, and other hazardous materials
  • Personal fall arrest systems or safety net systems when working on a narrow ledge or near a fragile surface

All equipment should be routinely inspected and replaced when it shows signs of wear and tear.

Proper Ladder Set Up

Ladder injuries are one of the most common problems on construction sites. According to OSHA, anytime there is a break in elevation of 19 inches or more, the roofing company must provide ladders. Fixed access ladders are essential for commercial roof repair, and they ensure that workers can climb up and down safely without having to worry about falling or slipping.

As workers climb on or off a scaffold, they are highly vulnerable to falling off. That’s why it’s essential to have a safe access point in place at all times. Ladders should always be OSHA compliant. Material, weight limits, and protective gear should always match the job site requirements.

Edge Warning System

Any surface with an unprotected edge that is six feet or higher must have a fall protection system. This could include guardrails, perimeter flag lines, or safety net systems. A freestanding safety rail is a simple and effective form of protection. Perimeter flag and rope lines using high-visibility material will alert workers to the location of the roof edge and ensure no one gets too close. Roof hatch rails are barriers required by OSHA to prevent falls. By not including warning systems, you are risking the lives of your workers and failing to meet OSHA’s regulations.

Chicago Roofing Repair and Maintenance Experts

We are committed to making sure our crews work safely on every project. We follow the recommendations of OSHA for commercial roofing and ensure that our team is adequately trained. If your commercial roof needs a repair, contact us today by calling 708-512-4798 or emailing us for a free on-site inspection and evaluation of your roof.

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