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OSHA and Roof Safety

Commercial Low Slope

Roof Safety

Everything you need to know about the new OSHA rule relating to the general industry.

As most people are aware, OSHA has recently updated the 1910.28(b)(13) walking-working surface standard. OSHA defines low-slope roofs as any roof that “has a slope less than or equal to 4 in 12 (vertical to horizontal).” If your roof exceeds a 4 inch vertical rise for every 12 inches of horizontal length, then this rule will affect you.

Here at FIXFAST USA, our focus is on ensuring that everyone that works at height returns home safely. As a result, we are committed to providing you with cost effective, high quality options to ensure compliance with the updated rule, and ultimately, better worker safety.

As an employer, fall protection specialist, roofing contractor, or general contractor, you’ll want to be aware of the different types of fall protection necessary based on the distance from the leading edge. There are essentially three newly defined risk areas identified by OSHA 1910.

6 feet from the edge

RISK AREA 1 accounts for the 6 feet closest to the leading edge and therefore the most dangerous area on a rooftop. When a person is working in this area, OSHA requires conventional fall protection.OSHA 1910.28(b)(13)(i) Depending on the application, KATTSAFE GUARDRAIL SYSTEMS provide passive protection.

6-15 feet from the edge

RISK AREA 2 covers the area 6 feet to 15 feet from the leading edge. Conventional fall protection is required as danger remains high due to the proximity to the roof edge. If the work being performed is “infrequent and temporary,” the employer may use a designated area. Designated areas are typically created by using a warning line system. (When is released the rule, OSHA had acknowledged, “Although the final rule does not place a specific time limit on what constitutes a temporary task, OSHA agrees with SMACNA that short duration tasks generally are those that take less than ‘1-2 hours’ to complete.”)OSHA 1910.28(b)(13)(ii) KATTSAFE Guardrail Systems provide protection when performing frequent and/or not temporary tasks. KATTSAFE Visual Permanent Warning Line Systems provide protection when performing infrequent and temporary tasks.

15+ feet from the edge

RISK AREA 3 is the least dangerous, but still requires safety measures to ensure worker safety. When work is performed 15 feet or more from the roof edge, the employer must protect each employee by providing a fall protection system or a designated area. If the work being performed is “infrequent and temporary,” fall protection isn’t required, but we still recommend it. OSHA 1910.28(b)(13)(iii) KATTSAFE Guardrail Systems will provide a fall protection system and KATTSAFE Visual Permanent Warning Line Systems will provide a designated area.

At FIXFAST USA, we’re dedicated to being the best partner you’ve ever worked with in rooftop fall protection. We pride ourselves on our level of customer service and the lengths we’ll go to get you into compliance.

We also offer Gold Support which includes a FIXFAST USA representative to supervise the installation, assist with layout and troubleshooting, and final inspection (if applicable). Our success is dependent on the quality and ease of installation of our products, so we want to ensure that the installation goes as smoothly as possible.

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