You can’t afford half measures when it comes to accessing potentially dangerous areas. Not only will it put your workers at risk, but it could also lead to compliance failure. This could result not only in increased costs and penalties but also in the suspension of certain operations.
You can do it right on the first attempt and have a system you trust. Here are six ways to implement strong, compliant rooftop access.
- Examine the variables
This is where the trick lies: identify the purpose of the access way. How often and by whom will it be used? What will it are required to support? Does your rooftop have an incline? If so, will the walkway match it? How far will your walkway extend? How often will the grating be supported? Do you require gates?
This information is essential before you move on to the next stage.
- Make sure to use the right materials
Many materials can be used for different access purposes. There are grates for heavy loads and lighter products that can withstand corrosion, rust, and chemical attack. It is important to select the right material.
- Make sure you have an appropriate profile
Slip resistance can be very important when working in an environment that is exposed to the elements. For this reason, it is important to choose something with serrated grating. If you work with small components, you might choose a narrower profile to prevent small items from falling.
- Ensure efficient draining
Swimming in pooled water can result in slippery surfaces and rust. Safety and job-specific concerns will be a concern for employees working at height. It is not a good idea to add another element. A clean and safe workplace will be possible with a well-functioning drainage system.
Weather is a strong mistress. Rooftop access should be free from obstructions such as slippery steps and pooled water.
- Keep the roof intact
Roof walkways access can be useful for keeping staff safe at heights. However, it’s important that the roof engineering is maintained. It has been built to do a job. Your access stairs, walkways, the railing must not interfere with the structural integrity.
- Get in touch with suppliers who know what they’re doing
Make sure that your supplier understands your industry and can provide the materials you need.
Con-form Group has designed and supplied access products to many industries. This includes water treatment plants, oil rigs, and other industrial operations. We offer many profiles and materials. Working with a trusted supplier will assure you that your operations are secure and sound.
Get in touch with Con-form Group today to learn more about our access- and walkway products.