Personal and Collective Fall Protection
Per OSHA Fall Protection regulations, “Employers are required to assess the workplace to determine if the walking/working surfaces on which employees are to work have the strength and structural integrity to safely support workers.”
To prevent accidents when working at heights, personal fall protection products and systems are employed to protect people. The objective is to mitigate accidental falls when working at dangerous elevations.
Fall protection in all workplaces - and specifically on the rooftop - requires solutions that are dependable and OSHA compliant.This also applies to hatches, ladders, skylights and openings of any kind.
Consider these areas of concern when reviewing your fall protection strategy:
- Controlled Access Zones
- Evacuation Areas
- Leading Edges
- Holes (Including Skylights)
- Rooftop Equipment and Work Zones
Fall Protection Hierarchy: How We Assess the Risks
1. Eliminate the Risk. Can working at height be avoided completely? Sometimes roof-mounted equipment can be repositioned to an area of safety on the roof. Moving an HVAC unit away from the edge and to a centered space in the middle of the rooftop would elimiante the risk to workers who must repair or maintain that euqipment. Some equipment can also be completely eliminated from the roof and installed on the ground.
2. Adding a Collective Protection System (OSHA: Passive) If working at heights cannot be avoided, installing collective fall prevention measures such as guard rail around the perimeter of the roof to provide protection for everyone who works at heights. As a minimum, Guard Rail Systems are required to be tested and certified to OSHA’s Fall Protection Standard 1910.28(b)(13). All Kee Safety guard rail products and systems exceed OSHA standards and are third-party tested to ensure strenth, dependability and the highest level of fall protection. No training is required with Collective Fall Protection railings and barriers.
3. Installing a Work Restraint System (OSHA: Active) A restrain system is engineered to prevent a fall from occuring when working close to the edge on a rooftop.A permanently installed, counter weighted system allows installation to roofs without the need to penetrate the roof membrane.
4. Personal Fall Arrest Systems: A Fall Arrest System is engineered so a fall is possible - but the fall is arrested within an acceptable force and fall distance. Training is required for all users of any Fall Arrest product. Typically these systems consist of a base / anchor, connectors, and a body belt, or body harness. They may include a deceleration device, lifeline, or a suitable combination.
Whatever the safety application need, an OSHA compliant solution can be found within the Kee Safety family of personal fall protection products.
Depend on Kee Safety to reduce risk: Schedule a Rooftop Safety Audit today and one of our Safety Experts will walk the roof with you to assess hazards and develop a comprehensive plan to address those areas of concern. You have trusted partner out in the field - and up on your roof!