FIXFAST OSHA Roof Safety
Superior Services provides FIXFAST USA OSHA-compliant roof safety solutions and products to ensure a safe working environment on commercial roofs.
OSHA Compliant Roof Safety
Superior Services is proud to offer FIXFAST USA OSHA compliance roof safety compliance programs. We are the leaders in consulting and advising best practice OSHA roof safety.
Learn more about our OSHA Roof Safety Compliance programs below. Call us at 517-321-8222 or contact us via email to schedule a HIGH FIVE™ FIXFAST review.
The HIGH FIVE™ FIXFAST program is designed utilizing roof protection equipment such as guardrails, anchors, lifeline systems, roof hatches and fixed ladders. The HIGH FIVE™ system is broken down into the following 5 areas of roof safety:
- 1. Roof Access
- 2. Roof Access Fall Hazards
- 3. Designated Walkway Routes
- 4. Equipment Near Fall Hazards
- 5. Unprotected Edges
The first step is making sure that the initial roof access is safe. Most falls and accidents occur within roof access. Equipment within safe, OSHA approved roof access includes fixed ladders, roof hatches, elevated work platforms and exterior stair system. Key safety questions include: Is fall protection required on the method of access? Can unauthorized persons access the roof?
Roof Access Fall Hazards
The second step of the HIGH FIVE™ FIXFAST program is discovering what fall hazards are present at the access or egress point of the roof. As this is evaluated, the important question is “Would someone accessing the roof be exposed to a fall hazard more than 4 feet?” To prevent this, roof guardrail systems can be installed for fall protection near ladders, stairs and roof hatches. If portable ladders are to be used, ladder support brackets can be utilized.
Designated Walkway Routes
The third step of the HIGH FIVE™ FIXFAST program is confirming that designated walkways and walkway routes are clearly marked. Marked walkway routes assist workers to avoid fall hazards and keep them on designated paths. Walkway routes should keep workers away from skylights, smoke vents, openings, elevation changes or any other possible hazards.
Equipment Near Fall Hazards
The fourth step of the HIGH FIVE™ FIXFAST program is to identify all possible equipment within the danger zone. Any equipment on a low slope roof that is within 15 feet of the leading edge or fall hazard must be within OSHA compliance. This often calls for roof guardrail systems to be constructed around the equipment to ensure passive protection. Other solutions may include a warning line system and a fall restraint or fall arrest system.
The fifth step of the HIGH FIVE™ FIXFAST program is to locate and be aware of any unprotected edges on the roof. Unprotected edges are a serious risk to those working on the roof. Unprotected edges are dangerous due to sloped roofs with slippery surfaces and possible trip hazards. Securing unprotected edges means installing roof guard rail systems, warning line systems, fall arrest roof anchors and lifelines.
The zones below outline the OSHA roof safety guidance zones:
Accounts for the 6 feet closest to the leading edge and typically the most dangerous area on the rooftop. When a person is working in this area, OSHA requires conventional fall protection such as guardrails, anchors or lifeline systems.
Covers the area 6 feet to 15 feet from the leading edge. Conventional fall protection such as guardrails, anchors or lifeline systems are 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. OSHA does not clearly state what constitutes as an “infrequent and temporary” task.
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. Remember that there could be other risks in this zone such as skylights, pits, elevation changes and other trip hazards.