Most commercial buildings require access to their rooftops to
maintain HVAC or other rooftop-mounted equipment. Although there
are several ways to access roof areas, the most common way is to
use roof hatches. Roof hatches provide direct access to rooftop
areas and are designed with many features and options to ensure
safe access for maintenance workers and weatherproof performance
for building owners.
When working with roof hatches, it is important to know about
basic roof hatch specifications, including hatch selection
considerations, and the various options available. Also, being
familiar with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's
(OSHA's) fall-protection regulations for roof openings that pertain
to roof hatches, specifically 29 CFR 1910.23, "Guarding floor and
wall openings and holes," as well as several safety options and
penalties for noncompliance, is necessary to keep workers safe on
Roof hatches are available in a wide range of sizes. There are
numerous factors to consider when selecting a hatch size for a
particular application. First, determine whether the hatch will be
used simply to gain access to a roof or whether it is needed to
install or remove...
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