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Metal roofing maintenance


Overview
The purpose of this standard is to provide the knowledge for maintaining metal roofing systems, including routine inspections and identifying faults.

CITB have developed this training standard in discussion with industry

Duration

Minimum 1 day of 6 learning hours.

Purpose/ scope

The purpose of this standard is to provide the knowledge for maintaining metal roofing systems, including routine inspections and identifying faults.

The scope of this standard covers:

 

  • Metal roofing systems such as: single sheet, twin sheet, composite, insulated, twin skin, profiled, standing seam, and batten.
  • When to inspect and maintain a metal roof and why it’s important
  • Methods for accessing metal roofs to inspect them
  • Faults and stress conditions of metal roofs caused by: environments, temperatures, and climates
  • Faults and possible causes and remedies
  • Types of tools and equipment for cleaning metal roofs
  • How to clean metal roofs, guttering and downpipes
  • Types of tools and equipment for minor repairs to metal roofs
  • How to make minor repairs to metal roofs
  • Documentation, records, warrantees, guarantees and insurance.

 

 

 

 

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard is relevant to the following occupational group(s):

  • Operative and craft
  • Technical
  • Supervision.

Candidate pre-requisites

For this training, candidates must hold a valid Working at Height certificate. It would be beneficial if candidates had a basic knowledge of metal fabrication terminology, tools, and techniques; and also the ability to read manufacturer’s installation drawings.

Before candidates perform the work on a construction site, candidates must have successfully completed roofing-specific training for working safely at height.

Instruction/ supervision

As a minimum, course instructors must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have:

  • A train the trainer or instructional techniques course certificate
  • Successfully completed training to this standard
  • At least 2 years relevant industrial experience
  • A verifiable CV.

Delivery

The following methods may be used in the delivery of this standard:

  • Practical training in an off the job simulated environment, using low height roofing rigs
  • Theory training: classroom, e-learning, or a combination.

The class size and candidate/instructor ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable candidates to achieve the learning outcomes.

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for candidates to achieve learning outcomes and must comply with relevant legislation.

Learning should include at least 50% of learning activities to suit scenario examples.

Assessment

For the successful completion of training, the trainer will be required to make a declaration of the learner’s contribution during the course and that they are confident the learner has understood the content of the course. 

Quality assurance

Quality assurance against this standard will require initial approval of the training organisation and their content mapped to the standard.

CITB will also conduct an approval intervention, either desk-based or centre visit, to ensure the training organisation can meet the requirements of the training standard.

Approved training organisations will be required to present information on records of training and assessment upon request to CITB for desk based analysis. They will also be visited annually by the CITB quality assurance team.

Renewal

There are no mandatory renewal or recommended refreshment requirements for this standard.

Approval date

17th November 2017

Review cycle

Either on request or in 3 years from approval date.

Learning outcomes 

The candidate will be able to:

  • Describe when to inspect and maintain a metal roof and why it’s important.
  • Describe methods for safely accessing metal roofs to inspect them. This is specific to metal roofs, and is in addition to working safely at height.
  • List the faults and stress conditions of metal roofs caused by: environments, temperatures, and climates.
  • Identify faults from sample roof scenarios, and describe possible causes and remedies. Sample roof scenarios include: roofing rigs, photos, videos, physical samples, site visits viewing from the ground using binoculars or a camera zoom, site visits viewing from inside adjacent buildings, or roof training rigs.
  • List the tools and equipment for cleaning metal roofs.
  • Clean metal roofs, guttering and downpipes.
  • List the tools and equipment for minor repairs to metal roofs.
  • Make minor repairs to metal roofs.
  • Use documentation, create records, and interpret: warrantees, guarantees and insurance.

 

 

 

 

 

Additional information about this standard

Metal Cladding & Roofing Manufacturers Association (MCRMA)

Guidance documents 

Technical design guides (archive) 

Safety guidance documents

Health & Safety Executive (HSE)

Safe working at height resources from HSE

Useful web links on working at height from HSE

HSE publication: HSG33 ‘Health and safety in roof work’

HSE publication ‘Working on roofs’

Government regulations

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 

British Standard for the design of metal roofing and cladding roofs

BS EN 14782:2006. Self-supporting metal sheet for roofing, external cladding and internal lining.

BS 5427:2016. Code of practice for the use of profiled sheet for roof and wall cladding on buildings.Related standards

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