Railing Toeboard - What is it good for and do I need it?

Toeboard Railing requirements

When is a railing required to have toeboard?

Toeboard is required on safety railing whenever it would be potentially hazardous for an object to fall from the edge. Ask this basic question: "If my hammer were to fall at this edge, could it hit a person or any dangerous machinery?" If "yes", you need toeboard. If you have an edge that does not pose this risk, you should be OK with standard railing without toeboard.

What are the general OSHA requirements of toe board?

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According to OSHA 1910.29(k)(1), the new toeboard requirement needs to be at least 3.5" tall, with no more than a 1/4" gap at the bottom. It also must be able to withstand 50lbs being applied to it.

How do you integrate toe board into your railing?

There are several different ways to mount toeboard onto a railing system

  • Weld it. Welding is probably the most labor-intensive and dangerous route. It also leaves a system that is prone to rust in the future. Toeboard is usually used in situations where there is quite a bit of water (think water treatment plants or rooftops) so the last thing you want to do is leave an entry point for rust.
  • Drill and attach with u-bolts. This option is a bit better than welding but can still leave rust potential where the drill penetrates into the unprotected metal.
  • Use extruded toeboard and special toeboard base flanges. This is the option that we recommend. Extruded aluminum toeboard is very strong, corrosion-resistant and has a channel to receive the hardware. The hardware is attached through special holes on the base flange fitting. This option forms the most secure connection without penetrating the metal to leave an opportunity for rust.

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