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Health and Safety – Roof Access Hatches on Commercial Properties


The last few years has seen a vast increase in the installation of Roof Access Hatches as stricter guidelines are put in place over health and safety issues concerning the maintenance and access of roofs.

Roof access and maintenance – more so on commercial and non-residential buildings – is almost a daily demand with modern plant treatment systems, air treatment systems, electrical installations and communication equipment being installed and maintained on roofs. More often it is impractical and unsafe to access a roof via outside ‘propped-up’ or caged ladders and may require expensive access equipment and barrier protection to secure your workforce’s safety, and this not being practical for the building’s accessibility or everyday use.

Our Roof Access Hatches are glazed with either glass or polycarbonate, allowing natural light into the building below, can be operated either manually or electronically and can be provided with handles and locks to allow for outdoor and indoor secure accessibility.
The insulation on our Roof Access Hatches is of the highest quality and no heat is lost when closed, making it perfect for new-build projects such as business centres, hospitals, schools, and apartment complexes.

With the installation of a Roof Access Hatch, your workforce is no longer expected to embark on long vertical climbs from the ground to the roof with limited access or having to make multiple return trips carrying equipment – resulting in a number of risks.

One of the main advantages of a Roof Access Hatch is that the roof’s access has moved to inside the building eliminating any risks caused by weather or terrain, and usually is bridged by the one, top floor – generally two to three metres – which can be safely reached by a fixed staircase or internal ladder, reducing daily potential health and safety violations.

For more information or to speak to our expert team on how to add a Roof Access Hatch to your building, call us on 01679 821166 or email at info@directrooflights.co.uk.