Working Safely on Roofs

Understand the risks involved while working on roofs and learn how you can stay safe

Working on Roofs

Working on roofs is hazardous as it involves working at height. Workers face fall risks such as:
Off an unprotected edge
Through fragile roof surfaces (e.g. skylights)
Through openings on roof 
After slipping on wet or smooth roof surfaces

To prevent such falls, employers should evaluate the following before commencing any roof works (non-exhaustive):
Roof type or profile 
Roof slope 
Roof height
Roof material
Duration and frequency of work
Access method to the roof 
Transfer and placement of work materials on roof
WSH competency of workers

Laws and Industry Standards

As an employer, you are expected to comply with Singapore's WSH laws. You should pay particular attention to:
WSH (Work at Heights) Regulations
WSH (Scaffold) Regulations
WSH (Risk Management) Regulations

You should also observe relevant industry standards, such as:
Code of Practice for Working Safely at Heights (English | Mandarin)
Code of Practice on WSH Risk Management
Singapore Standard SS528 Part 1 to 6 : 2006 (2014) – Personal fall-arrest systems
Singapore Standard SS 570 : 2011 – Specification for personal protective equipment for protection against falls from a height – Single point anchor devices and flexible horizontal lifeline systems 
Singapore Standard SS 607:2015 - Specification for design of active fall-protection systems
Please refer to the WSH (Approved Codes of Practice) Notification for the full list of approved Codes of Practice.

For more information

WSH Guidelines – Working Safely on Roofs
6 basic workplace safety and health rules for Working on Roofs
Working on Rooftops checklist
WSH Guidelines – Personal Protective Equipment for Work at Height
Warning Signs Sticker