Why is cleanliness important?
As a roofing professional, I can say that cleanliness is an important safety concern for both workers and homeowners when it comes to roofing. Here’s why:
- Reduce the risk of accidents: A clean and organized workspace can reduce the risk of slips, trips, and falls, which are some of the most common accidents that can occur in roofing work. When the work area is cluttered with debris, tools, or materials, it can be difficult for workers to move around safely. Not only this, but falling onto debris can cause even greater injuries, including death.
- Avoid exposure to hazardous materials: Roofing work can involve the use of materials that are hazardous to workers’ health, such as asbestos or lead. If these materials are not properly contained and removed from the work area, workers can be exposed to harmful particles or fumes.
- Promote proper ventilation: Proper ventilation is crucial in roofing work to ensure that workers are not exposed to dangerous gases or chemicals. A clean workspace can help ensure that vents and other ventilation systems are not blocked or hindered, allowing for proper airflow and ventilation. One pertinent example is ensuring a solid connection of a fluepipe to any gas furnace or water heater. While this is not necessarily always a direct result of a clean workspace, but it can happen and it can be very easily missed in a messy workplace.
- Prevent damage to property: During roofing work, debris, dust, and other materials can fall from the roof onto the ground or surrounding property. A clean work area can help prevent damage to landscaping, cars, or other property. Common issues may include nails in tires, dents or dings on cars or garage doors, burns on grass and plants in the summer time due to tarps, debris in air conditioner condenser units, and damage to landscape lighting.
- Reduce the risk of injury: Homeowners may have children, pets, or other family members who could be injured by debris or tools left lying around the work area. This could include stepping on nails, cuts from sharp metal debris, or tripping on tools, debris, etc. A clean workspace can reduce the risk of injury to both the workers and the homeowners’ family members.
- Maintain a clean living environment: Roofing work can be messy, but a clean work area can help minimize the impact on the homeowners’ living environment. By keeping the work area clean and organized, workers can reduce the amount of dust and debris that enters the home, while at the same time maintaining a pleasant curb appeal during the installation.
Overall, maintaining a clean and organized work area is essential for both the safety of workers and the well-being of homeowners. By taking the necessary steps to keep the work area clean, roofing professionals can help ensure a safe and efficient job while minimizing the impact on the homeowners’ property and living environment. At Davis Roofing Solutions, we use a product called ‘The Catch-All” on every install, which DRASTICALLY improves the cleanliness on our jobs, reducing our chances of damage to property, and injury to people who may be onsite during and after construction.