Factors That Could Negatively Affect the Efficiency of Your Roof Edge Protection System
Roof edge protection plays an essential role in your safety when working at height. When avoiding working at height seems impossible, you need suitable collective protection to enhance the safety of everyone who’ll be accessing the roof - employees, maintenance team, or other visitors. However, having a roof edge protection will be useless if it won’t be efficient in fulfiling its purpose. Below is a list of some of the factors that could render the roof edge system ineffective.
- Improper Installation
The proper installation of any fall protection system is vital. You need to proceed with the installation in accordance with the instructions by the manufacturer or supplier. Any negligence in the installation process could put you and your workers in danger. It’s important to consult a competent professional to ensure everything is done right according to the guidelines.
- Is Not Corrosion Resistant
The wellbeing of your roof edge system is essential, and the material used plays a very important role. Avoid any system made from materials that require welding or that aren’t corrosion resistant. Welding makes the system more prone to rust, hence deeming it unfit for its intended purpose. You can use systems made of galvanised steel or aluminium - they possess anti-corrosion properties.
- Substandard Designs
There are hundreds and thousands of roof edge system manufacturers and suppliers in the market. Unfortunately, some provide products not designed to standards or claim compliance with common European standards when the reality is that their systems are not suitable. Therefore, before completing any purchase, ensure to check the suitability of the product and the manufacturer. You can request for test reports, just to be sure.
- Not Following a Regular Maintenance Schedule
Your roof edge demarcation system needs to be checked regularly, and proper maintenance enhanced. Should you find any unusual issues with the system, stop using it and until it’s repaired or replaced.
- Not Having the Correct System for a Particular Roof Type
The type of roof your building has or is expected to have (sloped or flat, made of metal, felt, or other material) can determine the type of roof edge protection system to install. Handrailing systems, for instance, may not be suitable for sloped roofs.
- Complex Installation
Some roof edge systems require particular safety measures to be put in place during the installation. Ensure to confirm whether this can be possible and what strings will you need to pull to make them available. Also, consider the length of the actual installation and the factors behind it. Go for a system that takes significantly less time to install and maintain or repair. This will be more convenient for you and anyone who’ll be accessing the roof.
- Not Accompanied by Other Relevant Safety Systems
Most fall protection systems usually need to be combined with other systems to enhance their safety efficiency. Some parts of the roof could be left unprotected or contain hatches and can put your safety at risk. So, even if you’ve properly equipped your roof around the edges but there’s no relevant safety system on those risky parts of the roof. The safety system will be ineffective. Ensure to have relevant safety systems in place, besides the roof edge system, to keep you safe when accessing the roof.