It's likely that your company will at some point need to add onto an existing facility or establish operations in a new location. Whether this is because of business growth, a change in demographics or tax law, or another consideration, it can be a frustrating and time-consuming process. But with sufficient planning, your transition can be safely and smoothly completed, with minimum stress and maximum efficiency.
Establishing an effective system for your roof is not always an easy process, especially if you lack experience or familiarity with OSHA regulations. Fortunately, you can streamline your fall protection efforts by following some simple steps. Below is your five-step guide to establishing fall protection systems for roofs.
If you’re a commercial facility owner, roof fall protection might be the last thing on your mind. The idea of installing safety railings and guardrail systems can seem less of a priority to more demanding business objectives and, understandably, it can fall to the wayside. After all, if no one is up there regularly, shouldn’t you focus on more pressing concerns?
Unfortunately, this oversight can come back to haunt you. The truth is, you’ll likely have someone accessing your roof several times a year. Today we’re going to look at some situations that require rooftop access, and why roof fall protection is mission critical – for you, for your employees, and for your business.
Just because New Year's is over doesn't mean you should drop the ball on your safety resolutions. You don't have to wait for an OSHA fine or citation, either. The right time for fall safety to be a top priority is right now. There are always simple steps you can take to help minimize the likelihood of rooftop falls. By resolving to follow the ten tips below, you can operate your businesses with a fresh approach to rooftop fall protection.
Staying compliant with OSHA's regulations doesn't only help you avoid fines: it protects your workers as they perform their tasks. The only way to stay compliant and keep your workers safe at the same time is to install the correct roof fall protection systems for your needs. And because roofs can vary in structure, it's important to recognize some key differences. We'd like to take a look at how to pick the right guardrails or safety railing for your facility—and how you can protect your business and workers at the same time.
Budget reductions and changes in policy have contributed to an overall decrease in OSHA inspections in recent years. But even with fewer inspections, safety concerns are always a top priority for employers. Remember that less frequent visits from OSHA inspectors do not mean lower risk of accidents or decreased responsibility for safety and accident prevention in your workplace. To protect your workers and your business, always fully adhere to OSHA standards, and ensure proper installation and use of the safety equipment and rooftop fall protection systems. Participation in a qualified voluntary compliance program may also help you be exempt from future programmed visits.
If you’ve ever been shocked when an OSHA inspector arrives unannounced to inspect your rooftop fall protection methods, you’re not alone. These random checks surprise many companies. Safety officers fear the inspector will discover issues that violate OSHA's stringent requirements. Managers wonder if the investigator will shut down their operations for job-related hazards. Chief executive officers worry their companies will pay a fine if their roofs fail inspection. It’s no fun for anyone.
As a safety manager or CEO, you likely focus the majority of your roof fall protection efforts on reducing fall risks around the edges of a roof. However, there are other rooftop fall risks that warrant attention. Failure to devote attention to these risks can leave employees and visitors at heightened risk for injury. Below is a glimpse of some commonly overlooked rooftop fall hazards and how guardrails can help you keep employees safe and avoid costly OSHA fines.
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.
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.