Roof access

Are contractors and staff required to access the roof for maintenance reasons?

What is the reason for contractors accessing the roof? (E.g air con maintenance, gutter cleaning)

How is the roof accessed?? Discuss with the staff member how the contractor accesses the roof area (Look for ladder access points, fixed ladders) Please take a picture of the roof access point if possible and include in this section.

Is there a fixed ladder installed to access the roof? Or is a portable ladder required?

Does the contractor provide their own portable ladder? Or is it provided by the YMCA?

Is the portable ladder appropriate for the task (appropriate length) is it in good working order?

Is the ladder access point area restricted from staff and public?

Are contractors accessing the roof appropriately qualified? Please list the contractors authorised to access the roof and if qualifications are available

Are contractors exposed to a unprotected edges when they access the roof?

If a contractor was to fall off the roof how far would they fall?

Is there a heights safety system available?

What are the key risks associated with contractors accessing the roof? What is the overall risk rating

Heights Safety Systems

What type of heights safety system is available on the roof? (Refer to heights info sheet)

How often is it accessed by contractors or staff members?

What is the purpose of the heights safety system? Why was it installed? (air con maintenance, gutter cleaning etc)

When was the heights safety system installed?

Is there an operations manual or procedure available?

Has the system been serviced within the last 12 months?

If there is anchor points on the roof, have they been load tested in the last 12 months (Documents must be provided)

What are the key risks associated with the heights safety system? What is the overall risk rating?

General Ladder use

Are staff members required to use ladders to perform tasks? (Light maintenance, basketball ring maintenance, hanging posters etc) please list all tasks

Is the ladder used appropriate to the task being performed?

Is there a checking system in place to ensure the ladder is in good working order?

Is there a 2 person system in place for ladder use (e.g. One person supervising/supporting the ladder?)

Is there a ladder use risk assessment and safe work procedure available?

Where is the ladder stored? Can it be accessed by casual weekend staff?

Have staff members been trained in ladder use? Is there documented evidence of this?

Are there any tasks in the facility that require staff members to climb up a fixed ladder? (Checking filters? Accessing plant etc)

Is the ladder compliant with Australian Standards? Is there a process in place for checking?

Is there a risk assessment and safe work procedure available?

Are staff members trained in the safe work procedure?

What are the key risks associated with general ladder use? What is the overall risk rating?

Working at heights permits

Is there a YMCA staff member on site that is competent in issuing working at heights permits? (E.g. Have they participated in the YMCA working at heights training?)

Is there evidence of working at heights permits being completed? (Please review completed working at heights permits)

Does the YMCA staff member feel confident in issuing permits? Or is further training required?

What are the key risks associated with the permit system? What is the overall risk rating?

Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.