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OSHA REGULATION SUMMARY FOR FALL PROTECTION GUARDRAIL SYSTEMS:
- Top rail must be 42" + or - 3" above walking/working surface.
- Special consideration needs to be taken to accommodate for stilts and similar elevated walkway activities.
- Mid rails and intermediate vertical members shall be installed at 21", halfway between working surface and top rail.
- Guardrail system must withstand force of at least 200 lbs. applied at any point within 2" of top edge, in any outward or downward direction without failure.
- When 200 lbs. is applied in a downward direction, top edge shall not deflect to a height less than 39" from walking or working level.
- Mid rails must withstand a force of at least 150 lbs. in any downward or outward direction without failure.
- Surfaces must be smooth and free of sharp edges and points that can catch tools and clothing.
- Ends of top rails shall not overhang the terminal posts and constitute a hazard.
- Top rails and mid rails must be at least ¼" nominal diameter or thickness to prevent cuts or lacerations.
- Toeboards must be installed where walking/working surfaces are 6' or greater above other walking/working surfaces.
- Hole guarding must be complete around all unprotected edges.
- Removable sections cannot exceed 2 around holes used for material passage.
- Personnel passage holes shall be offset or provided with gate.
See OSHA Regulations – Standards – 29 CFR 1926
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