What every Building Owner and Facility Manager needs to know about roof safety

Whether you have a new or an existing building, the obligation of maintaining compliant roof access and fall protection systems is a difficult task.

For even the most vigilant Building Owner or Facility Manager keeping up to date with Standards, Regulations and Codes can be an onerous task. Take our 3 minute Height Safety Risk Calculator and see if you are ensuring your workers are adequately protected.

The Code of Practice for Managing the Risk of Falls at Workplaces states, "A person conducting a business or undertaking has the primary duty under the WHS Act to ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, that workers and other persons are not exposed to health and safety risks arising from the business or undertaking." This includes requirements to "minimise the risk of falls so far as is reasonably practicable by providing a fall prevention device, work positioning system or a fall arrest system." Are the systems on your buildings meeting these requirements?  

Some of the questions you need to ask yourself are:

  • Do you have the necessary roof access and fall protection systems installed?
  • If so, when were they last inspected?
  • Do your roof access and fall protection systems need to be upgraded?
  • What is the hierarchy of controls and how do you administer them?
  • Do your roof access and fall protection systems meet the requirements of the relevant Australian Standards? Visit Standards Australia to find out.


For more information on your responsibilities read our Working at Heights Manual and Whitepaper - Height Safety - It's Everyone's Business.

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