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Avoid Workplace Safety Myths and Keep Employees Safe with Guard Rails

Your workplace may not be as safe as you think, especially if certain common safety myths have infiltrated your work environment.

Even if you believe your workplace is extremely safety conscious, the truth is that we're all vulnerable to accepting incorrect or outdated information as being accurate. Often, we subconsciously consider change to be risky, and not worth the time or effort to implement. But that could mean you aren't considering a safety railing or other fall protection systems simply because they’re new and you've never done it that way before.

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Choose the Right Roof Fall Protection Tool for the Job

Safety needs to be the number one priority of every supervisor and employee involved in a rooftop project. While it's not always possible to eliminate every potential hazard, it is crucial that they are identified and that the proper roof fall protection tools are put in place. So what’s the right tool for the job? We break down the six most critical areas you need to keep an eye on, and how to address each hazard.

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Rooftop Fall Protection for Schools and Other Educational Facilities

Education doesn’t just happen inside of a school building. The roof is a great place to teach kids about solar energy or rooftop gardening. However, with rooftop access comes a need for rooftop safety. In addition to students, maintenance and repair technicians are also likely accessing the roof. Skylights, refrigeration and air conditioning units and general rooftop maintenance can mean frequent rooftop visitors. As a building owner or manager, it is your responsibility to ensure anyone who accesses your roof, can do so in a safe and secure manner. It’s not only a good idea, it’s required by OSHA. Let’s take a look at some of the requirements and how you can get your rooftop fall protection into compliance.

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Cal-OSHA vs. Federal OSHA Guardrail Regulations: Know and Understand the Differences

The Cal-OSHA code, written to protect workers in the state of California, is notoriously more stringent than federal OSHA regulations for guardrail protection and roof fall protection systems. If you've been managing or paying attention to workplace safety issues, you likely know that California regulators have set higher standards, but you may not know where they exceed the federal OSHA guardrail code. Even if you're not located in the Golden State, it can be beneficial to understand the additional safety measures that a product adhering to both Cal-OSHA and federal OSHA guardrail regulations can carry.

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Extreme Sun & Rooftop Safety: How Summer Heat Puts Your Employees At Risk

Most people look forward to the longer, sunnier days of summer. But when it comes to working outside, especially on industrial rooftops, summer can pose a big threat. Heat, high humidity levels, and intense sunlight can not only damage your facility’s roof, they can also have a serious impact on employees working on the rooftop during summer months. Heat-related illnesses and accidents are a major concern.

Educating employees on heat safety, providing mandatory cool-down breaks, and implementing rooftop fall protection systems like safety rails are just a few of the ways to alleviate these potential problems. Before you expose your employees to the summer extremes, learn more about the damage the sun can do, and what you can do about it.

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Fall Protection Systems for Roof Holes: OSHA’s Definition and Addressing the Risks

Roof holes pose a constant threat to the safety of rooftop workers. Failure to install the proper fall protection systems can lead to employee injury and may result in serious citations and fines issued by OSHA. By taking the proper precautions, you can create a safe rooftop working environment for your employees. Below is a look at the incidence of roof holes and the most effective steps you can take to prevent employees from falling into them.

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OSHA’s Roof Fall Protection Rules: Know the Difference Between OSHA 1910 General Industry & OSHA 1926 Construction Standards

OSHA safety standards, especially for roof fall protection, can be a source of confusion for many industrial companies. Two OSHA standards can apply – 29 CFR 1910, which governs “general industry” safety standards and 29 CFR 1926, which governs construction sites specifically. The OSHA general industry standards exclude construction (as well as agriculture and marine industries, which also have their own standards), but both standards can sometimes apply to the same worksite at different times. Determining which one you should adhere to can be a challenge.

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Summer Maintenance for Industrial Rooftops: How to Keep Workers Safe

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a maintenance-free industrial rooftop. Summer may seem like a time when minimal maintenance is needed, but think again. Even the most durable roofs require periodic inspections and maintenance to foster their longevity and ensure their safety for employees and visitors. Let’s take a closer look at the key reasons to perform industrial rooftop maintenance during the summer months – and review the necessity for roof fall protection systems to protect your employees from falls and other injuries during rooftop inspections.

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A Guide to Rooftop Safety for Construction Workers and Safety Managers

If you're a construction worker or safety manager, you know that rooftops are full of accidents waiting to happen. In fact, falls are the most common cause of workplace injury and death in the construction industry. Injuries from falls can have a devastating effect on an employee’s emotions, finances, and health, not to mention on their family. What's more, the costs associated with a fall can take quite a financial toll on a business. For all of these reasons, it is so important to understand the risks involved with construction work, enact proper rooftop safety procedures, and use appropriate roof fall protection.

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Can Roof Fall Protection Actually Complement The Architectural Design of a Building?

When customers and vendors think of your company or brand, they have a very specific perception. After all, you work hard to maintain a positive image and convey the values that are important to your company. Those values must make their way into every touch point and reinforce your brand image – professionally and aesthetically.

If your corporate headquarters and other facilities are highly visible, you've undoubtedly spent a great deal of capital on both design and construction. While your building may have some beautiful architectural design elements, it must also have roof fall protection in place to comply with OSHA standards. So the question is – can you preserve your building's unique style and still achieve OSHA compliance? Thankfully, the answer is yes. This article will discuss some of the options and considerations for architecturally attractive fall protection systems for roofs.