HSE issues roof guidance revision
Updated guidance from the HSE on health and safety in roof work has been published.
According to the Executive, roofers comprise nearly a quarter of all workers killed in falls from height at work. Falls through fragile materials account for more of these deaths than any other single cause.
The aim of the publication is to help all those who undertake roof-work activities – including activities often not seen as roof work, such as maintenance and surveying – identify the main causes of accidents and ill health, and implement appropriate control measures to manage the risks involved.
This new edition contains guidance on how to plan and work safely on roofs, with advice on: the work-at-height hierarchy; training and competency; method statements; fragility; safe access to the roof; weather conditions; electricity at work; and escape in the event of fire.
The publication goes on to cover various types of roof work, including new buildings, repair, maintenance, cleaning work and demolition, as well as considering the different types of roof that workers might encounter. Advice is also given on how to protect roof workers’ health from risks such as manual handling, harmful dusts and chemicals, and noise and vibration.
The guidance also contains information for those who do not directly carry out work on roofs, such as clients, designers and specifiers.
The fourth edition of HSG33 ‘Health and safety in roof work’ is available in hard copy, priced at £17.50, or it can be downloaded free of charge via the HSE website at http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/hsg33.htm
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