WORK on LOW SLOPE ROOFS:

1910.28(b)(13) – a new position by OSHA, establishes fall protection requirements when workers perform work on low slope roofs (refer back to page 4 for definition). The type of protection required depends on the distance working from the roof edge.  The final rule breaks low slope roof work into three zones.

  1. If less than 6-feet from the edge: acceptable forms of fall protection are guardrails, safety net systems, travel restraint or Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS).
  2. 6-feet to less than 15-feet from the edge: acceptable forms are guardrails, netting, travel restraint, or PFAS. An employer may use a designated area (warning line) when performing work that is both infrequent and temporary.

NOTE:  An employer is not required to provide any fall protection if work is both infrequent AND temporary (refer back to page 4 for definitions), and they implement and enforce a work rule prohibiting an employee from going within 15- feet of edge, without using fall protection. 

  1.  15-feet or more from the edge– acceptable forms of fall protection are guardrails, netting, travel restraint or PFAS, or a designated area (warning line).  

Provided by Ken Kempa