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OSHA's Specs

1926.501(a)(1)

This section sets forth requirements for employers to provide fall protection systems. All fall protection required by this section shall conform to the criteria set forth in 1926.502 of this subpart.

1926.501(a)(2)

The employer shall determine if the walking/ working surfaces on which its employees are to work have the strength and structural integrity to support employees safely. Employees shall be allowed to work on these surfaces only when the surfaces have the requisite strength and structural integrity.

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.

1926.501(b)(2)(ii)

Each employee on a walking/ working surface 6 feet(1.8m) or more above a lower level where leading edges are under construction, but is not engaged in the leading edge work, shall be protected from falling by a guardrail system, safety net system, or personal fall arrest system.

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.

1926.502(b)(3)

Guardrail systems should 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) section is applied in a downward direction, the top edge of a guardrail shall not deflect to a height less than 39 inches(1.0 m) above the walking/ working level.

1926.502(b)(6)

Guardrail systems shall be so surfaced as to prevent injury to an employee from punctures or lacerations, and to prevent snagging of clothing.

1926.502(b)(7)

The ends of all top rails and midrails shall not overhang the terminal posts, except where such overhang does not constitute a projection hazard.

1926.1052(c)(1)

Stairways having four or more risers or rising more than 30 inches(76 cm), whichever is less, shall be equipped with:

1926.1052(c)(1)(i)

At least one handrail; and

1926.1052(c)(1)(ii)

One stairrail system along each unprotected side or edge.

1926.1052(c)(5)

Handrails and the top rails of stairrail systems shall be capable of withstanding, without failure, a force of at least 200 pounds(890 N) applied within two inches(5 cm) of the top edge, in any downward or outward direction, at any point along the top edge.

1926.1052(c)(9)

Handrails shall provide and adequate handhold for employees grasping them to avoid falling.

1926.1052(c)(10)

The ends of stairrail systems and handrails shall be constructed so as not to constitute a projection hazard.

1910.23(b)(3)

Every window wall opening at a stairway landing, floor, platform, or balcony, from which there is a drop of more than 4 feet, as where the opening is less than 3 feet above the platform or landing, shall be guarded by standard slats, standard grill work, or standard railing.

Note:

Although individual states have specific governing agencies, all state programs must adhere to a minimum of the federal OSHA standards.


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