Short Term Work on Roofs Project Checklist
No. of employees:
Are young persons under 21 employed on site?
2a. What is the forecast amount of time required for the business to complete the work?
- Fascia / Gutter Installers
- Plumber / Drainer
- FOXTEL and General Antenna Installers
- Roof Cleaners / Painters
- Solar Installers / Cleaners
- Chimney Cleaners
If Other Please Specify:
4a. Is the roof in good condition?
4b. Are there overhead power lines nearby?
4c. Are electrical risks being managed? (Are workers aware of safe working distances?)
4d. Are workers utilising a stable platform/structure to work from?
4e. Have all workers received a site induction?
4f. Are there any open penetrations or voids?
4g. Is there adequate supervision in place for young workers?
4h. Is appropriate footwear being worn when working on roofs?
4i. Is a SWMS required for work at heights? If yes, was it in place, have staff been inducted on it?
4j. Is there asbestos present?
Has an asbestos register been provided to the PCBU and its workers?
Has as asbestos management plan been implemented?
5a. Is the roof accessed by a higher level safety system including scaffolding, roof access hatches, stair towers or elevated work platforms?
5a(i). Is the PCBU utilising ladders?
5a(ii). Have the workers been trained in the safe use of ladders including 3 points of contact?
5a(iii).Is the ladder erected appropriately – including placed on solid ground, tied to the roof, on an appropriate angle and extending a minimum of 0.9M above the roof if not an A-frame?
5a(iv).Is a working load limit displayed on the ladder?
5a(v). Is the ladder in good working condition?
5b. Is scaffolding being used?
5b(i). Has a handover certificate been received by the PCBU?
6a. Have fall protection devices been used, such as guard railing, roof safety mesh, scaffolding or elevated work platforms?
Which one/s were used (high level control)?
6b. Have fall prevention devices been used, such as travel restraints that prevent workers from reaching an edge where they could fall (medium level controls)?
6c. Have fall-arrest systems been used, such as catch platforms, harnesses with anchor points or safety nets?
Which one/s were used (low level controls)?
6d. Are workers and the PCBU aware of the hierarchy of controls?
6e. Have workers been trained in the system being used, i.e. harness use/ fitting?
6f. Is all equipment used fit for purpose and maintained as required?
6g. Is the system used the most appropriate for the tasks involved?
Please provide detail:
- Ladder (carried)
- Via scaffolding
- Ladder provided by another worker from the ladder
- By hand
- Mechanical aids, such as cranes, EWP’s or hoists
If Other Please Specify:
7b. Can items be preassembled prior to installation on the roof?
7c. Is the risk of falling items or falling adequately managed while moving materials onto the roof or using the materials on the roof, including exclusion zones, edge protection, lanyards on tools or screens?
8a. Are there recovery and retrieval procedures in place? – WHS Regulation 2011, Clause 80.
8b. Are workers trained in recovery and retrieval systems? - WHS Regulation 2011, clause 39.
8c. Are recovery and retrieval equipment available?
9a. Fair Trading Licence Check Completed
Fair Trading NSW
10a. Workers Compensation Checks Conducted:
Are Policy Details Correct on OMS
Provide Return To Work Pack.
Provide "What to do if you get injured at work" poster
11a. In your observations are the PCBU and/or workers aware of the risk when working at heights and the options to best manage their safety?
11b. In your observations were any issues identified that required immediate attention?
11c. Overall – how would you rate the PCBU’s compliance with their obligations under the WHS Act?
11d. Any Additional Comments:
11e. PCBU is recommended for an advisory visit
Code of Practice Managing the risk of falls at workplaces.
Australian Standard AS 1891.4:2009 Industrial fall-arrest systems and devices – Selection, use and maintenance.
Safe work on roofs – information sheet, Safe Work Australia.