Guardrails and Edge Protection

Guardrails and Edge Protection: What You Need to Know

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Responsible for a public building or place of work? If so, it is your legal obligation to ensure the safety of employees, contractors and visiting members of the public. Wherever there’s a risk someone could fall a dangerous height from an edge, adequate edge protection is essential.

Edge protection is often necessary on rooftops, balconies, stairs and ramps, as well as around sunken areas. Whether you need daily access, or occasional access for maintenance, you must apply the same level of scrutiny to reduce risks.


Stairway Edge Protection
Stairway Edge Protection


Temporary or Permanent Protection

Whatever the scenario, height safety solutions must be sufficient to ensure prevention of both persons and objects from falling from an edge. Use a thorough risk assessment to guide action.

If you require a permanent solution, guardrails and edge protection will come under the specification of The Building Regulations Part K 2013. This requires guardrails to consist of a minimum two horizontal rails that conform with current standards.

If you only require temporary access, perhaps in a construction setting, edge protection is guided by The Working at Height Regulations 2005. These regulations make clear that collective systems, including edge protection, must be given priority over personal protective systems wherever possible. The regulations also specify the main guardrail must be at least 950mm above the edge with adequate intermediate guardrails.

Sometimes a roof parapet provides equivalent protection, but if it does not, a guardrail is necessary .


Rooftop Guardrails
Rooftop Guardrails


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