Do you know what it means for a business to be OSHA certified, or to follow OSHA regulations? OSHA is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Different categories of businesses have their own set of OSHA standards, but the following are specific roofing regulations:
- Employers are responsible for deciding whether a roof provides enough strength and integrity to support workers, and employers can only allow workers to walk on surfaces that will safely support them.
- Fall protection is required for workers on surfaces over six feet off the ground that do not have protection along the surface edges. Since roofs rarely have protective rails, employers must provide fall protection.
- Employees should have protection from roof holes with falls over six feet. Regulations require holes to be covered, guardrails to be installed or employees to have personal arrest systems.
- Roofing workers installing plumbing, drywall, HVAC systems, insulation, electrical systems and carpentry on roofs must have adequate training.
- Roof surfaces are required to have inspections for slip hazards and employees should wear footwear to reduce slipping.
- Employers must make sure that no impalement hazards sit on the ground below roof edges.
- In the case of bad weather employees are required to stop roofing work until the weather improves.
- Materials for work installing plumbing, drywall, HVAC systems, insulation, electrical systems and carpentry on roofs should be “conveniently close” to workers.
Showalter Roofing is OSHA certified and adheres to these OSHA regulations.
information courtesy of eHow