A roof is one of the most important parts of any home. It adds aesthetic value and protects people’s considerable investment from inclement weather. Below, you’ll find a list of training topics that are required for most Roofers.
OSHA Required Training
When OSHA Requires Fall Protection Training:
Required for each employee that may be exposed to fall hazards. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
When there is a change in the workplace or the employer has reason to believe that a trained employee does not have the understanding and skill necessary to perform the job safely.
Downloadable Fall Protection Training Resources (free):
When OSHA Requires Ladder / Stairway Training:
Employees that are required to use ladders or stairways should be trained on the hazards associated with their usage. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
Provide retraining so that the employee maintains the understanding and knowledge acquired from the training.
Downloadable Ladder / Stairway Training Resources (free):
When OSHA Requires Scaffolding Training:
Required for employees that are required to work while on a scaffold. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
When there is a change or when the employee is observed being unsafe.
Downloadable Scaffolding Resources (free):
When OSHA Requires First Aid Training:
In the absence of a nearby hospital or clinic (more than 4 minutes away), a designated employee should be trained to render first aid. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
Retraining for life threatening emergencies should occur annually. Retraining for non-life-threatening response should occur 'periodically'.
Downloadable First Aid Training Resources (free):
When OSHA Requires Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training:
When an employee is required to wear PPE, they must be trained on its usage. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
Retraining required when the type of PPE changes, employee demonstrates inability to use PPE properly, or when the workplace changes in a way that renders previous training obsolete.
Downloadable Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training Resources (free):
Industry Best-Practice Training
(Not required by OSHA)
Downloadable Heat Stress Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Hand, Wrist and Finger Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Ergonomics Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Slips, Trips and Falls Training Resources (free):
- Very Low
- VERY HIGH
Annual Injury Rate
Roofer Safety Tips
Some older homes might have insulation that contains the very dangerous chemical asbestos. If you think that you are working on roof that might expose you to asbestos, alert your supervisor immediately and suspend work. The masks you use normally might not be enough to protect your lungs from this hazard.
A roof is one of the most important parts of any home. It adds aesthetic value and protects people’s considerable investment from inclement weather. As a roofer, you have the dangerous, but important job, of making sure that this piece of the home is properly installed. Installing a roof involves climbing to dangerous heights, using heavy equipment, and working well with your co-workers. There is plenty of room for error, such as falls, injury from faulty machinery, improper use of tools, and long-term effects of manual labor. That’s why it is especially important for roofers to consider safety concerns at all times. Keeping your eye out for potential danger and refreshing your knowledge of what to do in an emergency will make your roofing jobs more efficient and much, much safer.
- Keep all tools organized. Know where your tools are at all times. Don’t let them get out of your site or strung out across the lawn where children or pets might pick them up.
- Roofing leads to a huge mess, and messes mean the potential for accidental falls or covering up dangerous objects on the ground. Try to limit these hazards as much as possible by quickly clearing debris and clutter away during a roofing job.
- Communicate with your co-workers. Make sure they are aware of exactly what you are doing at all times so that they can help you.
- Know the location of a nearby fire extinguisher and how to use it effectively.
- Have a first aid kit on site in case of minor emergencies.
Wear the proper protective equipment at all times.
- Masks will protect your breathing from harmful dust and debris, like dry wall particles, lead paint fumes, and other elements that can cause serious respiratory illness. Only use approved masks that are strong enough to filter out these industrial grade chemicals.
- Always wear gloves and have the right gloves for the right job. Use only insulated gloves when using electrical equipment.
- Wear bright Colored vests. With all the debris flying around during a roofing job, this bright color will help you to stand out, alerting people to your precarious location.
- Always wear steel-toed boots. Never wear an open-toed shoe onto a roof. They won’t help you to get the traction you need to keep your balance at such a height.
- Never use a tool that has a frayed power cord.
- Use the right tool for the right job to avoid over exerting yourself and the equipment.
Fall protection is one of the most important things on any construction site.
- Double check scaffolding before using it. Scaffolding should be properly assembled and have a stable base to ensure maximum support.
- Always stay within the recommended weight limit for scaffolding when taking tools and supplies up to a roof.
- Be cautious when working on a roof, don’t make sudden movements.
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