A Closer Look at Our Fall Protection Hazard Assessment Process

A Closer Look at Our Fall Protection Hazard Assessment Process

11/28/2022

Rooftop Fall Protection Hazard Assesment

We’ve already covered why rooftop fall protection is so important. Not only do these measures keep you OSHA compliant, but they also help legally protect the building owner in the event of an accident and most importantly save lives.

In order to maintain safe rooftop working conditions, having a hazard assessment performed on your facility roof(s) is imperative. At Technical Assurance, our approach to performing hazard assessment services is a little different. We believe that understanding the condition of your roofing assets plays an important part of maintaining the rooftop life safety systems. Our two-pronged approach incorporates both life safety and roof system serviceability and creates efficiencies for clients by examining all assets simultaneously. We outline the benefits of our approach on our website.

The following outlines how Technical Assurance approaches the hazard assessment service work specifically, including what happens before, during and after the actual assessment.

At a high level, our goals for rooftop fall protection hazard assessments are to:

1. Identify fall hazards in immediate and surrounding areas. We look at the following rooftop assets:

  • Access – Ladder ascent/descent
  • Perimeter Edges – Unprotected leading edges
  • Equipment Access – HVAC and air handling systems, solar panels
  • Openings – Roof hatches, skylights, and access ladder openings
  • Navigation – Parapet walls, pipe racks, pitched roofs

2. Inventory existing fall protection systems and equipment

3. Assign risk values to hazards and prioritize accordingly.

4. Propose solutions, design options and cost estimates for hazard remediation with new systems.

 

Our Process

Pre-Assessment Data Collection

In order to thoroughly complete a rooftop fall protection hazard assessment, there is a variety of existing documentation that Technical Assurance will need to review prior to beginning the assessment. A sample of documentation that our firm will request includes:

  • Drawings showing roof layout, equipment and naming conventions
  • Existing drawings to determine the most effective fall protection layout and attachment method considering the existing structure
  • Previous hazard assessment reports applicable to this assignment
  • Install date and manufacturer information for all existing rooftop fall protection systems
  • Current and/or most recent suspended anchorage components/equipment testing data prior to the assessment process
  • Historical major replacement data for the roof, including years they were installed
  • Roof warranty information

Pre-Assessment ON-PNT Setup

The ON-PNT® Enterprise Building System Management solution allows facility owners to manage building system inventory, condition assessments and ongoing system data within one central location.

Technical Assurance provides a condition roof assessment in tandem with the rooftop fall protection hazard assessment. The ON-PNT setup process accounts for both assessment types (roof condition and fall protection hazards). Each section of your roof systems that will be assessed are entered into the GIS database via polygon line drawings. We are then ready to receive new field data collected during the assessment.

Initial Discovery and Planning

Every rooftop hazard assessment is kicked off with a meeting to discuss site-specific rules and policies and review the assessment schedule. An on-site meeting can be conducted if necessary to review existing conditions and known fall protection needs.

Inventory and Hazard Assessment

Technical Assurance then performs a visual assessment of existing fall protection equipment. The purpose of the assessment is to comply with annual OSHA inspection requirements, and not to serve as a certification or recertification of fall protection components or equipment. We review current conditions and suspended access needs to determine if the current systems are in compliance with ANSI 1264.1 and OSHA 29 CFR 1910 Subpart D.

During the assessment, our team catalogs the existing systems into ON-PNT. This inventory process includes (but is not limited to):

  • Ballasted and mounted guardrails
  • Skylight or opening screens & covers
  • Mounted ladders
  • Ladder port or dock
  • Ladder climbing safety system
  • Stairs
  • Crossover platforms
  • Horizontal lifelines
  • Cable systems
  • Anchors

Documentation & Reporting

The final report provided by Technical Assurance outlines the pertinent information needed to understand the current inventory and identified defects of the facilities’ fall protection assets. This includes recommendations, design options and estimations of probable cost for hazard remediation. The purpose of the report is to comply with the OSHA and ANSI compliance requirements, but more importantly, to provide invaluable insight when prioritizing projects and associated O&M and capital budgets.

The final rooftop fall protection hazard assessment report is incorporated into our standard roof condition assessment report. When produced in ON-PNT, these reports includes:

  • KPI Reports that monitor the roof portfolio’s current portfolio compared to what is achievable through both immediate maintenance and/or ongoing preventative maintenance
  • Roof Condition Summary
  • GIS Condition Maps
  • Unconstrained Repair and Replacement Budgets
  • Roof Section Reports that include section details, condition index details, life cycle information, identified defects, estimations of probable costs, as-built information, warranty details, etc.

Contact Us for a sample Fall Protection Hazard Assessment report.

Final Meeting

Once the report is complete and distributed, a meeting will be scheduled to review and discuss all findings, recommendations and priorities listed in the report.

 

Request a Consultation and Assessment

If you are already partnered with the Technical Assurance team for roof consulting and asset management, we can easily incorporate this service into your plan. If not, request a consultation to see how you can benefit from complete roof asset management, including regular fall protection hazard assessments and building system data management in the ON-PNT® platform.