Roof Safety Checklist

Routine roof inspections are an important part of your roof maintenance program, as they help detect deficiencies that could lead to larger issues. In between routine inspections, look for the following hazards:

  • Debris-filled or blocked gutters/downspouts/storm drains
  • Damaged or cracked gutters/downspouts/storm drains
  • Standing water or evidence of past standing water on roof deck
  • Accumulation of excessive debris on roof deck
  • Suspected microbial growth or other water damage on roof deck
  • Evidence of bird, rodent, or insect infestation
  • Cracked, damaged, or missing roof deck material
  • Cracked or broken roof deck seals that are creating openings for water intrusion
  • Improperly sealed flashing systems with evidence of water intrusion
  • Cracks, gaps, or other damage to walls
  • Suspected microbial growth on HVAC system components
  • Presence of contaminant sources (fumes, exhaust) near air intake vents
  • Blocked, obstructed, or broken outside air intakes
  • Broken or missing air intake screens on air handling units
  • Excessive noise generated by HVAC system components
  • Open or uncontrolled access to roof

It’s important to take caution when inspecting your roof. Access the roof through a hatch or fixed ladder only and be sure to keep a safe distance from the edge at all times. Contact a contractor or your building maintenance personnel to make necessary repairs and to help address any additional safety concerns.

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The illustrations, instructions, and principles in this material are general in scope and, to the best of our knowledge, current at the time of publication. No attempt has been made to interpret any referenced codes, standards, or regulations nor to identify all potential risks or requirements.