Health and safety: what to expect from a professional roofing contractor

As a building owner or tenant, employee safety is a very important concern. Health and safety training for your team is essential if you want to fully protect yourself and your business from repercussions from any accidents or near misses.

The same is also true when it comes to hiring industrial roofing contractors. You need to know that your roofing contractor is taking all necessary steps and precautions to minimise risk and protect the safety of everyone involved in roofing inspections, maintenance and roof repairs.

The last thing you want is to deal with a cowboy operation that doesn’t take health and safety, due diligence and their role seriously as a professional business and trade. It might be cheaper in the short term, but in the longer term the wrong decision can have serious implications for your business.

It’s important to note that falling from height is one of the most common forms of accidents and it’s therefore even more crucial for a roofing contractor to have very tight health and safety policies and procedures.

It is absolutely essential to ensure that everyone has the correct procedures and due diligence in place, which will protect you as the business owner, your business, and the contractor.

In this article I would like to provide you with a set of guidelines to help you understand what to expect with regards to health and safety processes and due diligence from a professional industrial roofing contractor.

The health and safety risk assessment

Health & SafetyIn simple terms, a risk is the chance of someone being injured by a hazard. The risk may deemed to be high, medium or low depending on the predicted severity to any single person.

The risk assessment is carried out prior to performing any work, and from the risk assessment report you will be able to see that:

  • proper checks have been carried out
  • those that may be affected have been considered
  • any identified risks have been assessed
  • the remaining risk is now as low as possible

A risk assessment is therefore an assessment of the risks associated within the scope of a particular job or project. This will include elements such as what may cause risk, who may be harmed and how.

At this stage we will also consider any controls that are already in place and identify further controls that need to be put in place to minimise risk.

For an industrial roofing contractor this includes a full assessment of the site and a final written document that details all the risks and control elements that will minimise risk.

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The health and safety method statement

The method statement is built upon from the risk assessment and details a logical guide as to how the work will be carried out and how hazards and risk to health will be controlled on site. In short, the method statement is a summary of the main hazards associated with the job.

This is helpful for you as the business owner and also for the contractor team to ensure work is carried out in the method specified to reduce risk to any single person.

It’s also important to note that the method statement is site specific. In other words, each method statement is created based on thie specific situation at each specific site.

The method statement may include elements such as:

  • Training and qualifications required by the tradesmen
  • Specific permits of work
  • Machinery and equipment used
  • Scaffolding required
  • Access to the site
  • First aid arrangements

Health and safety compliance as a professional roofing contractor

Health & safety - Industrial Roofing ContractorHere at Industrial Roofing Scotland it is our mission to minimise the impact we have on the environment around us, and risk assessments and method statements allow us to do this. We want to protect everyone, in so far as our responsibility goes, from any foreseeable risk to health.

It’s important to us that we operate to professional standards. Therefore we follow best practice outlined in this article and we keep a record of all risk assessments and method statements.

Our aim is to have a fully trained, qualified and experienced team. As an example:

  • We have access to the correct equipment that minimises risk to both the roofing team and any other person in the area
  • We have worked on many different roofs and our experience affords us the ability to take preventative measures
  • We ensure our team are well trained and educated on current health and safety legislation and best practices

Your turn

We urge you to make sure that the roofing contractor you hire has these health and safety processes in place and takes their role seriously. Due diligence is very important so please make sure that there is a paper trial of reports including risk assessments and site specific method statements.

  1. When hiring a roofing contractor do you check that they are following the correct health and safety practices?
  2. Do you have any questions or concerns about health and safety and your current roofing contractor?

Please call Industrial Roofing Scotland today on 01592 372573 to speak to our team about health and safety and roofing maintenance.

Have a great day,

Jamie.