Roof Safety

Roof construction can be one of the most hazardous operations because of the potential for falls or materials dropping onto people below and proper precautions are needed to manage the risks. MCRMA works closely with the Advisory Committee for Roofsafety (ACR) to ensure that all those involved in roof construction have access to the most up to date advice on safe working practices and also the legal requirements. In addition, MCRMA has published a guidance document Non Fragility of Roofs – A Checklist which outlines the practical steps that should be taken before any roof work is undertaken.

The ACR publishes a range of guides covering all aspects of roof safety which can be downloaded from the drop down menus opposite. The guides cover the following topics:

THE BLACK BOOK
Guidance note for competence and general fitness requirements to work on roofs

THE BLUE BOOK
Recommended practice for use of safety nets for roof work

THE GREEN BOOK
Safe working on fragile roofs or roofs with fragile elements

THE MAGENTA BOOK
Recommended practice for use of horizontal safety systems in roofwork
Part 2: Testing of roof anchors on roof systems
Information sheet No 4: BS EN 795 and the 89/686/EEC Directive

THE ORANGE BOOK
Recommended practice for work on profiled sheeted roofs

THE ORANGE BOOK COMMENTARY
This commentary is intended to provide informative guidance on the recommendations in the Orange Book

THE PURPLE BOOK
Practical methods of providing edge protection for working on roofs

THE RED BOOK
Test for non-fragility of large element roofing assemblies

INFORMATION SHEETS
No 1 Selecting a competent roofing contractor
No 2 Safe handling of solar collectors and other large items on roofs
No 3 Planning minor roof works
No 4 BS EN 795 and the 89/686/EEC Directive

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