You can find a lot of information about roof edge protection through our knowledge base. We also answer frequently asked questions about our systems here. In our knowledge base you can also find various related information about laws and regulations, manuals, instruction videos, etc. and we inform you about all kinds of matters concerning fall protection.
This should always be assessed on location. A good gutter is a zinc box or mast gutter with sufficient gutter brackets (every 60 cm and fixed in healthy wood). A plastic or aluminum gutter is not a good gutter. The solution for this is the RSS base plate or another solution than the RSS system.
It is also important that the anti-lift device (red hook of the upright) can get caught behind an edge, so that the system is properly secured.
In normal occasions, yes. The law prescribes that measures must be taken against falling from 2.5 standing height. So also when building our system. You can of course also build the system with a cherry picker or a lift.
For this RSS has a wind-up protection. Ask your dealer or RSS for more information.
At wind force 6 bft or more, the sloping roof system must be demolished.
Just like scaffolding and climbing equipment, a fall protection system must also be inspected annually. You can have this done by RSS or another expert.
When the slope of the roof is 30 degrees or more, you need one clamp bracket per fence. See our guide for more information.
Yes, please see our ‘Rental’ page.
Yes. To apply the system to a flat roof, there must be a raised edge of at least 6 cm behind which the upright can hook. In addition, there must be an edge for the anti-lift device to hook.
For this, see Working Conditions Decree 3.16 Risk of falling: “There is in any case a risk of falling in the presence of risk-increasing circumstances, openings in floors, or if there is a risk of falling 2.5 meters or more.” In these cases fall protection must be present.
See the section “Wiki working at height” below. There you can find a lot of information about fall protection regulations.
Hell yes! If you would like to know more about this, please contact us.
This is everyone’s responsibility. Clients, employers, but also employees must do everything they can to be able to work properly and safely.
Fall protection legislation and regulations
A direct overview of the most important laws and regulations from the Working Conditions Act? Click on the button below for the legally applicable rules for working at height (Working Conditions Portal).
Why work safely at heights with fall protection
The risks of working at height are still regularly underestimated. A falling accident often happens at a time when the risk of falling is not considered. At relatively low heights, such as the roof of a barn, we feel safer and are less careful. It is therefore mandatory to protect yourself from falling from a height of 2.5 meters. However, a fall from ‘only’ 2.5 meters can lead to serious consequences.
What is collective security?
Collective fall protection for working at heights is a means by which the risk of falling is shielded for all those present. The Working Conditions Act requires an occupational hygiene approach to the risk of falling. Collective measures are the next ‘step’ in the after source approach occupational hygiene strategy.
An example of collective fall protection is RSS Roof roof edge protection systems. This system is a collective solution that prevents exposure to falling hazards. Once the RSS Roof system has been set up, PPE is no longer mandatory.
measures to be taken at work safety
1 at the source – 2 collective – 3 individual – 4 personal
What is occupational hygiene strategy?
Employers must protect the health and safety of employees according to an occupational hygiene strategy. The occupational hygiene strategy is a hierarchical system of risk control measures. First of all, the source of the problem is examined. If nothing can be done about this, other measures are possible.
The occupational hygiene strategy is as follows:
■ Source measures – An employer must first remove the cause of the problem. It is important that fall risks are taken into account in the preliminary stages of construction or renovation plans. In the design phase it is often still possible to make adjustments that would otherwise be more complex and expensive during implementation or commissioning.
■ Collective measures – If source measures do not provide opportunities, the employer must take collective measures to reduce risks. An example is the installation of a collective roof edge protection.
■ Individual measures – If collective measures cannot or do not (yet) offer an adequate solution, the employer must take individual measures. Example: organize the work in such a way that employees run less risk.
■ Personal protective equipment – If the top three measures are ineffective, the employer must provide the employee with personal protective equipment.
The laws and regulations in the Working Conditions Decree prescribe that employers and property owners, such as HOAs, are responsible and therefore obliged to provide the opportunity and means to perform work at height safely. But the employee is also partly responsible. See for this ao Article 3 of the Working Conditions Decree.
The preference according to the Working Conditions Decree goes to collective security. Individual fall protection may only be chosen under strict conditions.
Our documentation page contains all manuals. You will also find inspection forms and the like there. These documents are essential for the safe construction of our collective fall protection systems!