COP v3.0:installation; walking-roofs

14.6 Walking On Roofs 

It must not be assumed that it is safe or permissible to stand on any roof structure or roof cladding.
The manufacturer of the roof sheeting must provide technical literature stating the point load limitations of the profile. The information must indicate the positions on the sheet where persons may safely walk or stand without causing damage or, alternatively, indicate the necessity to provide temporary walkways.

For roofs tested in accordance with MRM testing standards see 17.1 Metal Cladding Testing, a Restricted Access roof will withstand a 100 kg point load applied to the rib or over two pans, and an Unrestricted Access roof will withstand a 100 kg point load to a single rib at mid span.  It must be taken into account that a worker laden with tools may weigh more than 100 kg, and impact loads can also contribute to exceeding this limit.

When access to the roof is necessary after construction, it is best practice to in the pan of the profile when walking up the roof, and follow purlin lines when traversing roofs.


If ribs are too close together, so workers cannot place their feet in the pan, their weight must be spread evenly over at least two ribs when walking up the roof.



Translucent sheeting must not be walked on unless it is designed specifically for that purpose.




14.6.1 Footwear 

  • Anyone walking on the roof should wear flat rubber-soled footwear to prevent marking.
  • Put an old mat or piece of carpet at the base of the ladder so that shoes can be cleaned before going up on the roof, or dirty shoes should be removed and replaced at base of the ladder.
  • Smooth soled or open tread pattern shoes with good grip on smooth surfaces should be worn when working on a roof. Avoid the closely ribbed type which will carry swarf and other objects.