The Legal Requirements For Roof Edge Protection


The Legal Requirements for Roof Edge Protection
Globally, many different standards relate to both temporary and permanent edge protection. For the United Kingdom, and Europe in general, the standards include the following:

 HSE Specialist Inspectors Report No 15 of 1987
 The Work at Height Regulations 2005
 Construction Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations 1996
 The Building Regulations Part K of 2013
 BS 6399 Part 1 Loading of Buildings 1996
 HSE Health and Safety in Roof work 2012
 BS 6399 Part 2 Code of Practice for Wind Loading 1997
These standards, though intended to provide protection often result in uncertainty when personnel are trying to specify guardrail products as a majority of them require a different load and testing criteria to be applied.
United Kingdom Requirements
The United Kingdom Building Regulations Part K explicitly calls for a guardrail to comprise of not less than two horizontal rails, with each rail having a minimum height of 1100mm.
The loading criteria which calls for the railing to be able to endure a load of 0.5kN and 0.74kN distributed load is obtained from BS 6399 part 1 1996.
However, you will find that Part K2 comes with a point that is sometimes overlooked that requests for the utilization of provisional railing in areas frequented less than once each month.
It can be seen that part K2 provides a relaxation of the loadings suggested in Part K in areas where the frequency is low and controlled.
European Legal Requirements
EN 13374 used in Europe provides for a design of temporary edge protection systems and requires that the completed systems be able to withstand loads applied horizontal, vertical, and perpendicular to the completed system.
Initially introduced in 1997, the standard was meant to replace the HSE Specialist Inspectors Report No 15 1987.
Technical Committee 53 recently revised the rule, and though there was the talk of changing the name to accommodate the permanent counterbalanced systems, this never happened, yet the UK National Forward explicitly references the use of counterbalanced systems.
In the European Norm, three edge protection classes are established: Class A 0-10 degrees, Class B 11-29degrees, and Class C 30-45 degree roof pitch.
All established classes come with a static load requirement with Class B&C also having a dynamic load condition.
Due to the uncertainty and confusion caused by the above standards, there is a need for manufacturers to provide test reports for both internal and external cases where appropriate. A suitable risk evaluation should be carried out to establish if the product is ideal for use or not.

Kite Engineering specializes in providing bespoke solutions to its clients and are able to work within UK and EU legislative framework when assisting you in your roof edge protection