There are a number of reasons why roof hatches are selected for a roof access points, rather than an external point on the building. Hatches are a secure roof access point, where entry is generally obtained from within the building. They can also be appropriate for taller buildings where the height of the building may inhibit the use of an external roof access
Roof hatches allow for greater utilization of space and allow grater flexibility in design within a building. To lessen the visual impact of an external roof hatch they can be powder coated to help blend in with the building design and surrounds.
We can provide hinged or sliding roof hatches with standard opening sizes ranging from 1000mm x 722mm to 1500mm x 920mm for a sliding hatch and 1000mm x 800mm for standard hinged hatches with gas struts.
Roof hatches also require protection on 3 sides against a person falling into an open hatch. This can be done with the use of guardrails where required or with the use of a custom fall injury protection system.
When installing roof hatches we like to utilize pan flashings were possible instead of the standard soaker flashing. This is an option were possible to further minimize any potential roof leak.
It is a requirement that all roof entry points, including roof hatches have safety signage detailing the conditions and information relating to the entry point.
All Roof Access WA installs comply with
- AS/NZ 1891-1, 2, 3 & 4 – Fall Arrest Systems
- AS 1657-2018- Fixed Platforms, Walkways, Stairways and Ladders
- AS/NZS 4488 Parts 1 & 2: Industrial Rope Access Systems
- AS/NZS 1319 Safety Signs for Occupational Environment
- Worksafe – Code of Practice – Safe Design of Buildings and Structures