The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforces a wide range of fall-protection rules for roofing workers. Approved methods of fall protection for residential roofing work were published in 1995 as an alternative to OSHA's fall-protection standard. Residential contractors should be familiar with the alternative rules. This article will review fall-protection rules, which can be found on www.osha.gov.
OSHA's residential rules allow safety monitors and slide guards on roof systems with an eave height of up to 25 feet (8 m) and slopes up to 8-in-12 (34 degrees). Following are the specifics: