FASET launches HSE backed practical safety netting guidance

In the absence of a British or European standard, the trade body FASET has taken the initiative and developed a comprehensive guidance document covering the use of safety nets over existing roofs – more commonly referred to as over-netting.

The new publication joins more than 20 best practice documents already free to download on the FASET website.

Produced with the assistance of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after exhaustive physical testing, FASET says that over-netting should only be used as a last resort, and that standard, under slung safety netting must always be used where possible and practical.

New development

A relatively new development in the safety netting industry, over-netting is used when fixing a new roof over an existing, fragile roof. The guide has a by the NFRC and covers everything from the responsibilities of the client and principal designer, through to the suitability of safety netting materials, safety during installation, and, finally, the six specific steps recommended by FASET for correctly installing roof-over netting