Safety on rooftops

Westminster Compliance | 16/02/2018

It is extremely important that we ensure the safety of workers at height particularly when they are working on a roof. Their safety must be the priority for anyone with site management responsibilities, as well as designers and owners.

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) clearly state that all designers must “eliminate, reduce or control foreseeable risks that might arise during construction and during the maintenance and use of a building after it has been built”. Under these regulations where regular roof access is necessary, there is a legal requirement for a safe level walkway to be provided.

In addition the 1992 Workplace Regulations (Health, Safety and Welfare) state: “In a workplace every floor, traffic route and walkway should not have holes or slopes, or be uneven or slippery, exposing people to health and safety risks.”

The new CDM 2015 Regulations make it clear that the designer must ensure safe access is provided for both the construction phase of the project, and for the future maintenance of the building.  That means that if there are plant or maintenance areas on a roof that require regular maintenance the access area must not have holes or slopes, or be uneven or slippery. In certain circumstances a walkway would need to be installed to satisfy these requirements.

It is most important in all areas of health and safety that all efforts must be taken to ensure the safety of workers and visitors. Should you need more information then please email us: or call on 0203 411 7888

Overall, though it may not be something many have considered, the CDM regulations, as well as Workplace Regulations, make clear that all efforts should be taken to keep workers and visitors safe, and a walkway solution such as the Kee Walk could be the answer.

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