Fall Protection Legislation

A complete list of Fall Protection Legislation/Standards our Rooftop Guardrail System Complies with. Listed alphabetically, by Country for your reference, we have provided a comprehensive listing of North American Safety Standards for Fall Protection. Our Rooftop Guardrail System (RoofGuard) both meets and exceeds all ministry requirements.


Industry Standard: Canadian National Building Code.     Standard Number:,,

Industry Standard: Ministry of Labour    Standard Number: Reg 851

Excerpt from Standard: Where a worker is exposed to the hazard of falling and the surface to which he or she might fall is more than three metres below the position where he or she is situated.

Industry Standard: Ontario Building Code.     Standard Number:,,

Industry Standard: TSSA     Standard Number: 245/10

Excerpt from Standard: A standard railing / guard rail shall be substantially constructed of metal and shall consist of a top rail, intermediate rail or equivalent structural member or solid panel, and toe-board.

United States:

OSHA Regulations for Rooftop Guardrail Systems identify safety requirements for personnel near the perimeter of roofs (leading edge), rooftop openings and skylights.

Industry Standard: Guarding floor and wall openings and holes.     Standard Number1910.23

Excerpt from Standard: Every stairway floor opening shall be guarded by a standard railing constructed in accordance with paragraph (e) of this section. The railing shall be provided on all exposed sides (except at entrance to stairway). For infrequently used stairways where traffic across the opening prevents the use of fixed standard railing (as when located in aisle spaces, etc.), the guard shall consist of a hinged floor opening cover of standard strength and construction and removable standard railings on all exposed sides (except at entrance to stairway).

Industry Standard: Scope, application, and definitions applicable to this subpart.     Standard Number1926.500

Excerpt from Standard: This subpart sets forth requirements and criteria for fall protection in construction workplaces covered under 29 CFR part 1926. Exception: The provisions of this subpart do not apply when employees are making an inspection, investigation, or assessment of workplace conditions prior to the actual start of construction work or after all construction work has been completed.

Industry Standard: Duty to have fall protection.     Standard Number1926.501

Industry Standard: Fall protection systems criteria and practices.     Standard Number1926.502

Excerpt from Standard: Fall protection systems required by this part shall comply with the applicable provisions of this section. Employers shall provide and install all fall protection systems required by this subpart for an employee, and shall comply with all other pertinent requirements of this subpart before that employee begins the work that necessitates the fall protection. "Guardrail systems." Guardrail systems and their use shall comply with the following provisions: Top edge height of top rails, or equivalent guardrail system members, shall be 42 inches (1.1 m) plus or minus 3 inches (8 cm) above the walking/working level. When conditions warrant, the height of the top edge may exceed the 45-inch height, provided the guardrail system meets all other criteria of this paragraph.

Industry Standard: Skylight Guarding Legislation.     Standard Number1910.23(a)(4)

Excerpt from Standard: Every skylight floor opening and hole shall be guarded by a standard skylight screen or a fixed standard railing on all exposed sides.

Industry Standard: Hatch Guarding Legislation.     Standard Number1910.23(a)(3)

Excerpt from Standard: Hinged floor opening cover of standard strength and construction equipped with standard railings or permanently attached thereto so as to leave only one exposed side. When the opening is not in use, the cover shall be closed or the exposed side shall be guarded at both top and intermediate positions by removable standard railings.

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