OSHA Commercial Roofing Guidelines

OSHA Commercial Roofing Guidelines

In order to prevent falls and make the work place safer, the OSHA has created specific guidelines to follow, and they are listed below in regards to commercial roofing:

    • The employer shall determine if the walking/working surfaces on which its employees are to work have the strength and structural integrity to support employees safely.
    • Each employee on a walking/working surface (horizontal and vertical surface) with an unprotected side or edge which is 6 feet or more above a lower level shall be protected from falling by the use of guardrail systems, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest systems.
    • Each employee on walking/working surfaces shall be protected from falling through holes (including skylights) more than 6 feet above lower levels, by personal fall arrest systems, covers, or guardrail systems erected around such holes, as well as being protected from objects falling through holes.
    • Each employee engaged in roofing activities on low-slope roofs, with unprotected sides and edges 6 feet (1.8 m) or more above lower levels shall be protected from falling by guardrail systems, safety net systems, personal fall arrest systems, or a combination of warning line system and guardrail system, warning line system and safety net system, or warning line system and personal fall arrest system, or warning line system and safety monitoring system. Or, on roofs 50-feet (15.25 m) or less in, the use of a safety monitoring system alone [i.e. without the warning line system] is permitted.
    • Each employee on a steep roof with unprotected sides and edges 6 feet (1.8 m) or more above lower levels shall be protected from falling by guardrail systems with toeboards, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest systems.

See the complete OSHA fall protection regulations