SC09 - Summary
06 Dec 2010



Code summary





  • Working on roofs
  • Working on any raised platform

Roles affected

  • Maintenance staff
  • Estates inspection staff
  • Staff in area of 'work at height'


Falls from height, any height, is an easily recognised hazard that can result in serious injury. This code is relevant to anyone working or managing others, including contractors, where falls are possible.

Where possible working at height should be avoided eliminating the hazard. Where it can not consideration should be given to undertaking a documented Risk Assessment considering those undertaking the work, the provision of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for example harnesses, rescue plans, and importantly those that may be affected by it – passers by.

Work on roofs is a particular example of working at height for which special care should be taken – the code introduces for roofs that do not have safety barriers the need to undertake the work under a permit to work. The code includes guidance on the use of and working from ladders.

Contact: Baker, Gareth (STFC,DL,COO)