Safe 2 Torch
SikaBit® has been developed to comply with the NFRC’s Safe2Torch Guidance
The NFRC (National Federation of Roofing Contractors) published its Safe2Torch guidance in July 2017 to help specifiers put safety first at the design stage of roofing projects. The guidance was designed to aid compliance with the Construction Design & Management Regulations 2015 and ties in with the HSE’s ‘Helping Great Britain to Work Well’ Strategy, which promotes safer working environments.
What is Safe2Torch?
Safe2Torch is an NFRC campaign to promote safety best practice when designing and installing roofs using reinforced bitumen membranes.
The guidelines clearly explain roof areas where it is not safe to torch.These include:
- Timber roof decks and roof areas with timber upstands or timber fillets
- Hanging tiles
- Thatched roofs
- Rooflight kerbs and upstands
- Cladded areas
- Lantern rooflights
- Window sills
- Any confined space.
The guidelines also caution against the use of torch-on systems where there is any possibility that the flame could ignite concealed flammable materials in inaccessible areas, such as:
- Louvered vents, air ducts, intakes and outtakes
- Timber, DPC or sarking membranes beneath fixed metal capping systems
- Existing kitchen extraction plant that is coated in oils or fats
- Flammable wrapping to trunking or ducting
- Existing metal or plastic copings or cappings
- Existing vulnerable plastic curbs, domes or pipes
To comply with Safe2Torch best practice, a self-adhesive membrane must be used on any areas within 900mm of these high-risk locations and an accurate installation technique must be used in order to guarantee the safety and security of installation teams, occupants and the building fabric.