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Remember these five things when doing roof work to ensure it complies with the OHS Act

by , 13 November 2014
With all this rain Johannesburg is having, a lot of people are going to call on roofing companies to help them patch up leaks.

If you run such a company, this means increased profit. But it also means you need more health and safety measures.

After all, your employees are working at an elevated height and they're exposed to the elements.

Here are the five things you need to ensure any time your employees do roof work...


Don't let your employees do roof work without these five things

Your employees must have:
1. Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) such as fall protection harness, hard hats, gloves and goggles;
2. Edge protection. This is a form of barrier you fix to the edge of the roof to stop your employees from falling off the edge;
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3. An adequate work platform. This could include scaffolding so your employees have a safe and level platform to do certain work on before they move onto the roof;
4. A system to safely remove extra materials from the roof. For example, a shoot that leads to a skip. This means employees won't have to throw or carry the materials down; and
5. Appropriate work clothing. Because your employees are exposed to the weather, you need to give them clothing protect them from the elements. 
If you don't give your employees these five things they can't work as it's too dangerous. Don't forget to also train your employees on how to use all these safety mechanisms properly. 
If you want more information on the regulations around employees working at elevated heights, check out the Health and Safety Advisor.

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