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Canadian Fall Protection Standards

Delta Prevention meets and exceeds every Canadian fall protection standards for guardrails and warning line. Independently tested, all our fall protection system are engineered to meet or exceed every National or Provincial regulations when installed according to the manufacturer’s Installation Guide.

Every systems is delivered with:

  • Compliance Report
  • Installation Guide
  • 10 year Manufacturer’s Warranty (ask us for more details)

Non penetrating guardrail standard

Ontario fall protection regulation

Source: Canadian National Building Code & Ontario Building Code

4.1.5.14. Loads on Guards
1. The minimum specified horizontal load applied inward or outward at the minimum required height of every required guard shall be,
a. 
3.0 kN/m for open viewing stands without fixed seats and for means of egress in grandstands, stadia, bleachers and arenas,

b. a concentrated load of 1.0 kN applied at any point for access ways to equipment platforms, contiguous stairs and similar areas where the gathering of many people is improbable, and

c. 0.75 kN/m or a concentrated load of 1.0 kN applied at any point, whichever governs for locations other than those described in Clauses (a) and (b).

2. Individual elements within the guard, including solid panels and pickets, shall be designed for a load of 0.5 kN applied over an area of 100 mm by 100 mm located at any point in the element or elements so as to produce the most critical effect.

3. The loads required in Sentence (2) need not be considered to act simultaneously with the loads provided for in Sentences (1) and (4).

4. The minimum specified load applied vertically at the top of every required guard shall be 1.5 kN/m and need not be considered to act simultaneously with the horizontal load provided for in Sentence (1).

5. For loads on handrails, refer to Sentence 3.4.6.5.(12).

BC fall protection regulations

Source:Worksafe BC

11.2 Obligation to use fall protection

1. Unless elsewhere provided for in this Regulation, an employer must ensure that a fall protection system is used when work is being done at a place
a. from which a fall of 3 m (10 ft) or more may occur, or
b. where a fall from a height of less than 3 m involves a risk of injury greater than the risk of injury from the impact on a flat surface.

2. The employer must ensure that guardrails meeting the requirements of Part 4 (General Conditions) or other similar means of fall restraint are used when practicable.

3. If subsection (2) is not practicable, the employer must ensure that another fall restraint system is used.

4. If subsection (3) is not practicable, the employer must ensure that one of the following is used:
a. a fall arrest system;
b. a rope access system that meets the requirements of Part 34.

5. If subsection (4) is not practicable, or will result in a hazard greater than if a fall arrest system or a rope access system was not used, the employer must ensure that work procedures are followed that are acceptable to the Board and minimize the risk of injury to a worker from a fall.

6. Before a worker is allowed into an area where a risk of falling exists, the employer must ensure that the worker is instructed in the fall protection system for the area and the procedures to be followed.

7. A worker must use the fall protection system provided by the employer.

Alberta fall protection regulations

Source: Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code 2009

Part 9 Fall Protection

139(1) Subject to subsections (3) through (8), an employer must ensure that a worker is protected from falling at a temporary or permanent work area if a worker may fall
   a. a vertical distance of 3 metres or more,
   b. a vertical distance of less than 3 metres if there is an unusual possibility of injury, or
c. into or onto a hazardous substance or object, or through an opening in a work surface.

139(3) To meet the requirement under subsection (1), an employer must install an engineering control such as a guardrail.

139(4) Despite subsection (3), an employer must ensure that a worker at a permanent work area is protected from falling by a guardrail if the worker may fall a vertical distance of more than 1.2 metres and less than 3 metres.

Manitoba fall protection regulation

Source: Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Act and Regulation 2014

Guardrail system requirements
14.3 Subject to section 14.6, an employer must ensure that a guardrail system is used where there is a risk of a worker falling in any of the circumstances set out in subsection 14.1(1).

Guardrail requirements
14.4(1) An employer must ensure that a guardrail
   a. is at least 900 mm high and not more than 1,060 mm above the working surface, with an intermediate rail at between 450 and 530 mm above the working surface; and
b. is constructed and secured to resist a static load of 900 N in any direction in which the load may be applied at any point on the top rail and on any intermediate rail.

14.4(2) A guardrail must have a toe board securely fastened to the posts and extending from the surface of the working area to a height of at least 125 mm when there is a risk of falling objects.

14.4(3) If a guardrail is made from wood, it must
   a. be free from splinters and protruding nails; and
b. have a top and mid rail of at least 38 mm × 89 mm securely supported on posts of at least 38 mm × 89 mm and spaced at not more than 2.4 m.

Temporary guardrail removal
14.5 An employer may temporarily remove a guardrail when it is necessary to do so to facilitate work in the immediate area. The employer must ensure that any worker in the area uses a fall protection system while the guardrail is removed.

Warning line standards

Control zone

Source:Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code 2009

Section 161 Control zones
The use of a control zone is an approach to fall protection that places special requirements on workers and work being performed on a nearly level working surface within 2 metres of an unguarded edge from which a worker could fall. Control zones can be used on surfaces having a slope of up to 4 degrees measured from the horizontal.

If a worker works within 2 metres of the control zone i.e. within 4 metres of the unguarded edge, a raised warning ling or equally effective means is required. If a worker works within the control zone, then a travel restraint system must be used. A control zone cannot be used if the level working surface on which work is being performed is less than 4 metres wide. In such circumstances, one of the other methods of fall protection required by the OHS Code must be used.

Work away from unguarded edge
Situations may arise where, on a large flat roof for example, work is performed at a significant distance away from an unguarded edge e.g. at a penthouse near the centre of the roof. With the exception of when workers enter or leave the work area at an unguarded edge, workers have no contact with the edge. Upon accessing the roof, workers must proceed directly to their work area. Under such circumstances, a line defining a control zone is unnecessary, as are the remaining requirements for fall protection that would normally apply at the unguarded edge.

Line defining the control zone
If a worker works within 2 metres of the control zone i.e. within 4 metres of the unguarded edge, a raised warning line or equally effective means of alerting the worker to the unguarded edge is required (see Figure 9.25). The raised warning line or other equally effective means such as barricades must be placed at least 2 metres from the edge. The warning method provides a visual and physical reminder of the presence of the hazard.

For compliance purposes, a raised warning line can consist of ropes, wires or chains, and supporting stanchions, and should be

a. flagged or marked with highly visible materials at intervals that do not exceed 2 metres (6.5 feet),

b. rigged and supported so that the lowest point (including sag) is not less than 0.9 metres (34 inches) from the walking or working surface and its highest point is not more than 1.2 metres (45 inches) from the walking or working surface,

c. attached to each stanchion in such a way that pulling on one section of the line between stanchions will not result in slack being taken up in the adjacent section before the stanchion tips over, and

d. the rope, wire or chain must have a minimum tensile strength of 2.2 kN (500 lbs).

An “equally effective method” might be a substantial barrier e.g. pile of materials or supplies, tall parapet, building system pipes and ducts, etc. that is positioned between the worker and the unguarded edge, preventing the worker from getting to the edge. Since this substantial barrier is acting as a guardrail, it must at all time be at least 920 millimetres (36 inches) tall while the protected worker is using it.

 

OSHA Fall Protection Standards

Delta Prevention meets and exceeds every OSHA fall protection standards for guardrails and warning line. Independently tested, all our fall protection system are engineered to meet or exceed OSHA regulation in every category when installed according to the manufacturer’s Installation Guide.

Every systems is delivered with:

  • Compliance Report
  • Installation Guide
  • 10 year Manufacturer’s Warranty (ask us for more details)

OSHA fall protection regulation

1926.501(b)(1)

“Unprotected sides and edges.” Each employee on a walking/working surface (horizontal and vertical surface) with an unprotected side or edge which is 6 feet (1.8 m) or more above a lower level shall be protected from falling by the use of guardrail systems, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest systems.

1926.502(a)(2)

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.

OSHA fall protection skylight

1926.501(b)(4)(i)

Each employee on walking/working surfaces shall be protected from falling through holes (including skylights) more than 6 feet (1.8 m) above lower levels, by personal fall arrest systems, covers, or guardrail systems erected around such holes.

OSHA guardrails requirement

1926.502(b)(1)

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.

1926.502(b)(3)

Guardrail systems shall be capable of withstanding, without failure, a force of at least 200 pounds (890 N) applied within 2 inches (5.1 cm) of the top edge, in any outward or downward direction, at any point along the top edge.

1926.502(b)(4)

When the 200 pound (890 N) test load specified in paragraph (b)(3) of this section is applied in a downward direction, the top edge of the guardrail shall not deflect to a height less than 39 inches (1.0 m) above the walking/working level. Guardrail system components selected and constructed in accordance with the Appendix B to subpart M of this part will be deemed to meet this requirement.

OSHA warning line requirement

 

1926.502(f)(1)

The warning line shall be erected around all sides of the roof work area.

1926.502(f)(1)(i)

When mechanical equipment is not being used, the warning line shall be erected not less than 6 feet (1.8 m) from the roof edge.

1926.502(f)(1)(ii)

When mechanical equipment is being used, the warning line shall be erected not less than 6 feet (1.8 m) from the roof edge which is parallel to the direction of mechanical equipment operation, and not less than 10 feet (3.1 m) from the roof edge which is perpendicular to the direction of mechanical equipment operation.

1926.502(f)(1)(iii)

Points of access, materials handling areas, storage areas, and hoisting areas shall be connected to the work area by an access path formed by two warning lines.

1926.502(f)(1)(iv)

When the path to a point of access is not in use, a rope, wire, chain, or other barricade, equivalent in strength and height to the warning line, shall be placed across the path at the point where the path intersects the warning line erected around the work area, or the path shall be offset such that a person cannot walk directly into the work area.

OSHA warning line technical requirement

1926.502(f)(2)

Warning lines shall consist of ropes, wires, or chains, and supporting stanchions erected as follows:

1926.502(f)(2)(i)

The rope, wire, or chain shall be flagged at not more than 6-foot (1.8 m) intervals with high-visibility material;

1926.502(f)(2)(ii)

The rope, wire, or chain shall be rigged and supported in such a way that its lowest point (including sag) is no less than 34 inches (.9 m) from the walking/working surface and its highest point is no more than 39 inches (1.0 m) from the walking/working surface;

1926.502(f)(2)(iii)

After being erected, with the rope, wire, or chain attached, stanchions shall be capable of resisting, without tipping over, a force of at least 16 pounds (71 N) applied horizontally against the stanchion, 30 inches (.8 m) above the walking/working surface, perpendicular to the warning line, and in the direction of the floor, roof, or platform edge;

1926.502(f)(2)(iv)

The rope, wire, or chain shall have a minimum tensile strength of 500 pounds (2.22 kN), and after being attached to the stanchions, shall be capable of supporting, without breaking, the loads applied to the stanchions as prescribed in paragraph (f)(2)(iii) of this section; and

1926.502(f)(2)(v)

The line shall be attached at each stanchion in such a way that pulling on one section of the line between stanchions will not result in slack being taken up in adjacent sections before the stanchion tips over.

1926.502(f)(3)

No employee shall be allowed in the area between a roof edge and a warning line unless the employee is performing roofing work in that area.

1926.502(f)(4)

Mechanical equipment on roofs shall be used or stored only in areas where employees are protected by a warning line system, guardrail system, or personal fall arrest system.

OSHA controlled access zone | OSHA control lines

1926.502(g)

“Controlled access zones.” Controlled access zones [See 1926.501(b)(9) and 1926.502(k)] and their use shall conform to the following provisions.

1926.502(g)(1)

When used to control access to areas where leading edge and other operations are taking place the controlled access zone shall be defined by a control line or by any other means that restricts access.

1926.502(g)(1)(i)

When control lines are used, they shall be erected not less than 6 feet (1.8 m) nor more than 25 feet (7.7 m) from the unprotected or leading edge, except when erecting precast concrete members.

1926.502(g)(1)(iii)

The control line shall extend along the entire length of the unprotected or leading edge and shall be approximately parallel to the unprotected or leading edge.

1926.502(g)(1)(iv)

The control line shall be connected on each side to a guardrail system or wall.

1926.502(g)(2)(iii)

Additional control lines shall be erected at each end to enclose the controlled access zone.

1926.502(g)(3)

Control lines shall consist of ropes, wires, tapes, or equivalent materials, and supporting stanchions as follows:

1926.502(g)(3)(i)

Each line shall be flagged or otherwise clearly marked at not more than 6-foot (1.8 m) intervals with high-visibility material.

1926.502(g)(3)(ii)

Each line shall be rigged and supported in such a way that its lowest point (including sag) is not less than 39 inches (1 m) from the walking/working surface and its highest point is not more than 45 inches (1.3 m) [50 inches (1.3 m) when overhand bricklaying operations are being performed] from the walking/working surface.

1926.502(g)(3)(iii)

Each line shall have a minimum breaking strength of 200 pounds (.88 kN).

Quebec Fall Protection Standards

Delta Prevention meets and exceeds every Quebec fall protection standards for guardrails and warning line. Independently tested, all our fall protection system are engineered to meet or exceed CNESST, CNBC regulations in every category when installed according to the manufacturer’s Installation Guide.

Every systems is delivered with:

  • Compliance Report
  • Installation Guide
  • 10 year Manufacturer’s Warranty (ask us for more details)

Fall protection standards

Safety Code for the construction industry (SCTC)

2.9.2   Installation of guard-rails : Guard-rails must be placed on open sides of a floor, roof, platform, ramp, or scaffoldings or stairs around an excavation or any area from which workers may fall

  1. Intro a dangerous liquid or substance;
  2. A vertical distance of 1,2 m or more where he uses a wheelbarrow or another vehicle;
  3. A height greater than 3 m in other cases.

Despite the foregoing, such a guard-rail may be removed during work if it is a nuisance. In such a case, workers must wear a safety harness secured to an anchorage system by a fall arrest connecting device, the whole in accordance with sections 2.10.12 and 2.10.15. The work area must then be delimited in particular by a continuous barrier or trestles of a minimum height of 0.7 m, located at a distance varying between 0.9 m and 1.2 m from the place where workers are at risk of falling, or by a warning line complying with the requirements of section 2.9.4.1, so as to prevent access thereto by persons not working therein.

 

2.3.1   Equivalence
In the application of this Code, the nature, dimensions and arrangement of materials may differ from the rules established as long as the strength of materials and their use ensure as much safety as the prescribed rule.

CNBC

4.1.5.14   Guardrails

1) The minimum specified horizontal load applied inward or outward at the minimum required height of every required
guard shall be

  1. a) 3.0 kN/m for open viewing stands without fixed seats and for means of egress in grandstands, stadia, bleachers and
    arenas,
  2.  b) a concentrated load of 1.0 kN applied at any point for access ways to equipment platforms, contiguous stairs and
    similar areas where the gathering of many people is improbable, and
  3. c) 0.75 kN/m or a concentrated load of 1.0 kN applied at any point, whichever governs for locations other than those
    described in Clauses (a) and (b).

 

2) Individual elements within the guard, including solid panels and pickets, shall be designed for a load of 0.5 kN
applied over an area of 100 mm by 100 mm located at any point in the element or elements so as to produce the most
critical effect.

 

3) The loads required in Sentence (2) need not be considered to act simultaneously with the loads provided for in
Sentences (1) and (4).

 

4) The minimum specified load applied vertically at the top of every required guard shall be 1.5 kN/m and need not be
considered to act simultaneously with the horizontal load provided for in Sentence (1).

Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR)

S2.1,r. 13

12. Guardrails : Any guardrail incorporated in a building, with the exception of a guardrail that is part of any equipment, shall comply with the National Building Code as applied at the time of its installation.
Other guardrails shall be so designed, constructed and installed as to withstand the following minimum loads:

  1. a 0.55 kN horizontal single point load applied at any location on the top rail;
  2.  a 1.5 kN per linear metre load applied vertically at the top rail. In addition, such guardrails shall be provided with a top rail located between 900 mm and 1,100 mm from the floor and at least an intermediate rail fixed at midway between the top rail and the floor. The intermediate rail may be replaced by balusters or panels.

Warning Line standards

Safety Code for the construction industry (SCTC)

2.9.4.1  Warning line: A warning line must be:

  1. continuous and installed on all sides of the work area that it delimits;
  2. placed at a distance of 2 m or more from any place where a worker may fall from a height;
  3. made of a rigid strip, a cable or a chain able to withstand a tractive force of at least 2.22 kN;
  4. equipped with flags made of high-visibility materials and placed at intervals of not more than 2 m;
  5. capable of withstanding a load of 100 N applied horizontally at the line’s highest point or vertically at its midpoint between 2 stanchions;
  6. completed at each access point, storage area or hoisting area by a path formed by 2 parallel lines. However, when the path to a point of access to a work area is located at a distance of more than 5 m from it, the warning line does not have to be continued beyond that distance. In places where the access path starts at a roof edge, a guard-rail must be installed on the side of the roof, in compliance with section 2.9.2, so as to cover the first 3 metres on either side of the access path’s starting point; and
  7. installed so that the line is
    a. located between 0.7 m above the work surface at the line’s lowest point and 1.2 m above that surface at its highest point; and
    b. supported by stanchions placed at intervals of not more than 2.5 m;
    c. attached to each stanchion so that pushing on the line between 2 stanchions does not reduce the height of the line between adjacent stanchions by an equivalent amount.

Safety Code for the construction industry (SCTC)

Enabling legislation : OSHA A.223, 286

Reference: RLRQ, chapter S-2.1, s. 223

Division II, General provisions

Subsection: 2.3, Equivalences

Article 2.3.1 – CURRENT

In the application of this Code, the nature, dimensions and arrangement of materials may differ from the rules established as long as the strength of materials and their use ensure as much safety as the prescribed rule.

R.R.Q. 1981, c. S2.1, r.6