Fall Protection & Fall Arrest Systems

Choosing The Right Roof Safety & Fall Protection System

All roofs require safe access for general maintenance, plant servicing or renewal, or general inspection and therefore it is important to consider safe access to the roof. There are several key design considerations to help you decide which fall protection and fall arrest safety system is best suited to minimise anticipated risk:

  • The competancy of workers using the system.
  • The number of workers likely to use the fall protection system at any time.
  • The amount of time workers will spend connected to the fall arrest system.
  • The frequency of use of the system. 
  • Those parts of the roof which need to be accessed e.g. gutters, plant and equipment etc.
  • What parts of the roof should be avoided e.g. rooflights, roof edges.
  • Where are the roof exit and entry points.
  • Does the roof have a slope.
  • What signage is required.


Icopal gives you total support in roof safety

Risk Assessment

We can assess a new or existing property and provide recommendations to ensure compliance through to certification.

Our team can provide a complete roof safety design service free of charge. Engineered fall protection systems are designed to exact performance requirements using dedicated software.

All systems must be installed by Icopal registered safety installers.

Annual Inspection and Certification
European legislation requires fall protection equipment to be inspected and certified annually by persons trained by the manufacturer.

Continuous annual inspection and certification is also necessary in order to maintain any guarantee offered on the system. There is a charge for this service.

CPD seminars on roof safety are available upon request.

NBS Specifications
Available upon request. 


Best Practice

In most cases, unless specialist rope access is required it’s best to assume that workers have minimal experience in the use of fall protection systems. The Icopal Technical Team will be pleased to give you specific guidance on system design.

Efficiency As Well As Safety

All Icopal systems allow continuous hands-free movement enabling the operative to be attached at all time.

Safety For Any Roof

A range of fall protection system anchors are available to suit virtually all building structures and fabrics, whilst remaining unobtrusive to protect building aesthetics.

How The Law Is Tightening Up Roof Safety

Construction (Design & Management) Regulations – CDM

‘It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that any employee required to work at height must be suitably protected from any potential fall hazards. In the event of a fall the equipment used must be of sufficient strength to arrest a worker’s fall.’ HSE research shows that as many as one third of building designers are still unclear about their responsibilities under CDM.

Work at Height Regulations 2005

There is a duty placed on employers, the self employed and anyone who controls the work of others at height to provide a safe method of work.
A place is ‘at height’ if a person could be injured falling from it, even if it is at or below ground level.
The Hierarchy for workers is:

  • Avoid work at height where they can.
  • Use equipment or other measures to prevent falls where they cannot avoid working at height.
  • Where they cannot eliminate the risk of a fall, use work equipment or other measures to minimise the distance and consequences of a fall should one occur.


BS EN 795

Personal protective equipment against falls from a height. Anchor devices requirements and testing.
All elements of the Icopal Constant Force®* fall protection systems comply with the relevant standards and have the appropriate CE marking.
European Standard BS EN 13374
Temporary edge protection systems.
This standard applies to temporary edge protection for flat and inclined surfaces.
This defines three classes of protection:

  • Class A – flat surfaces.
  • Class B – shallow inclines.
  • Class C – steeply sloping roofs.


BS 8437: 2005

A code of practice for selection, use and maintenance of fall protection systems and equipment for use in the workplace.

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