OSHA railing, guardrail system

OSHA Compliant Guardrail
and Safety Railing

A Weldless, Cost Effective Safety Rail System that Exceeds OSHA Safety Standards
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Code Expertise

OSHA Compliant

Our safety team will work with you to ensure your railing meets the relevant OSHA codes.

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Custom Designed

Due to its modular design, our railing can be configured to the exact specifications of your site.

Durable

Strong Components

Our guardrail is galvanized inside and out , we use a proprietary coating to ensure our railings are corrosion resistant, even in the harshest environments.

Easy to Assemble

Install Quickly

Whether you are self-installing or employing your favorite contractor, our railing requires no specialized tools or labor.

Advantages of Our
OSHA Compliant Guardrail

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Durable, Galvanized Railing that Lasts Decades

A corroded railing is an unsafe railing. That's why our components are designed for longevity and strength. Our steel fittings are hot-dipped galvanized to ensure each connection point remains solid. And our structural tube has a proprietary coating that has been shown to last up to 4x's longer than standard schedule 40 galvanized pipe.

Our components and pre-engineered designs are tested to exceed industry standards. Our KeeKlamp fittings are the original and world standard in modular pipe fittings. Our fittings go through a rigorous quality control processes that include inspections at multiple points in the manufacturing process.

Railing Designed to Fit Your Site

Due to the guardrail's modular design, it is very easy to configure and install to the exact specifications of your site. Whether you need guardrail for pedestrian walkways or warehouse railing, we will work with you to select the right material, finish, post-spacing, and layout to be OSHA compliant.

Our railing is available in a variety of finishes. Standard railing comes in galvanized steel or aluminum finishes. We also offer hundreds of colors in additional powder-coat finishes.

Plus, our guardrail can accommodate toeboards, in-fill panels, or safety gates - to meet all your customized needs.

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Easy to Install, Modify, and Repair

Our railing needs no special tools or labor to install. The pipe components are secured with a hex set-screw to achieve a strong connection. The pipe can be cut to length for you, or shipped in full lengths for precise fitting on site.

The modular design, our railing is just as easy to modify as it is to install. And the components can be repurposed in other areas if the plan is changed onsite.

Our railing is easy to repair, unlike traditional welded railing which needs to be completly replaced when damaged. Simply disassemble any bent section of railing, replace the damaged components and reassemble. Typical repairs take minutes, not days.

Protect the Right Areas the Right Way

Knowing exactly where railing is needed can be complicated. Our team will help your railings meet the relevant codes, regulations, and best practices. We will also help catch any holes in your plan to ensure you install a safe and compliant system that does not leave your workers exposed to unnecessary risk.

Knowing where to put railing is only half the battle. How the railing is designed is equally important. Post-spacing, material choice, finish, toe-board, and gates are all things to consider when designing your railing. We can help you choose the options you want without extras you don't.

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Will OSHA Compliant Guardrail
System Work for Me?

Commercial

Commercial

The perfect solution for protecting pedestrian walkways and safe passage areas. Our versatile solution protects walkways, ramps, stairs and virtually any walking surface.
Residential Railing

Residential Railing

Our modular railing solution can be use to create aesthetic railings for use in residential environments.
Mezzanine

Mezzanine

Protect employees working on your mezzanine.
Rooftop

Rooftop

OSHA requires that any working area within 15 feet of a roof edge be protected with a barrier. We offer both penetrating and non-penetrating solutions.
Machine Guarding

Machine Guarding

Protect workers and machinery from warehouse traffic by installing highly visible machinery guardrail.
Pedestrian Walkways

Pedestrian Walkways

Protect entrances, exits, curbs and drop offs with clean looking modular railing.
Stairs

Stairs

Special stair fittings make it possible to properly angle top rails and mid rails along steeply angled surfaces.
Infill Panels

Infill Panels

Custom infill panels are available in many different styles. Discuss the kind of infill panel you need with our sales engineer.
Hazardous Areas

Hazardous Areas

Keep unqualified workers from entering hazardous areas.


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OSHA Codes & Guardrail Requirements

The section of the OSHA code that specifies most of the primary guardrail requirements and directly relates to safety railing is 1910.23. Specifically, the following sections are the most relevant to guardrail construction.

Our railing system meets or exceeds all of these OSHA requirements.

1910.29(b)(1) - A standard railing shall consist of top rail, intermediate rail, and posts, and shall have a vertical height of 42 inches.

1926.502(b) - For pipe railings, posts and top and intermediate railings shall be at least 1 1/2 inches nominal diameter with posts spaced not more than 8 feet on centers.

1910.23(e)(3)(iv) - The anchoring of posts and framing of members for railings of all types shall be capable of withstanding a load of at least 200 pounds applied in any direction at any point on the top rail.

1910.23(a)(4) - A standard toeboard shall be 4 inches nominal in vertical height from its top edge to the level of the floor, platform, runway, or ramp. It should be securely fastened in place and with not more than 1/4-inch clearance above floor level.

When it Comes to Installation,
You've Got Options

Self install

Self Install

Our OSHA guardrail requires no special labor or tools to install, making it one of the most cost effective permanent solutions. A crew of 2-3 workers can install as much as 600lf in one day. Simplified can assist your team from a distance with drawings, installation instructions, videos, and even video conferencing.

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Supervised Installation

Want some expert oversight? We are happy to travel to your site, train your installers, supervise the entire installation, and certify that it was performed correctly. Want only one of those services, no problem. Simplified Safety has your back.

Turn-Key Solutions

Turn Key Installation

If you would rather we handle your project from start to finish, we can take it from here. We will deliver the product to your site, comply with your internal safety protocols as well as all other regulations, install the system, and leave you with the peace of mind that your company is protected from unnecessary liability.

OSHA Railing FAQs

At what height does OSHA require railing or fall protection?

OSHA deems any change in elevation of 48 inches or more to be a fall hazard requiring a form of fall protection in walking-working areas. Protection can range anywhere from company policy and warning signs to railings systems. It’s important to contact an expert to fully understand what you need or might not need.

What are OSHA guardrail requirements?

OSHA states that guardrail must reach a height of 42 inches (give or take 3 inches) above the walking-working surface and withstand a force of 200 lb at any point in a downward or outward direction. Should the force cause the railing to dip below 39 inches, the railing is not OSHA compliant. Parapets or railings that are preexisting are acceptable at a minimum of 36 inches under OSHA code 55 Federal Register 13360, siting that replacing the parapet or railing would introduce unnecessary risk to the workers replacing it. In addition, if there is no parapet or wall that reaches 21 inches in height, an installed railing will require midrails, screens, solid panels, or other equivalence.

How much weight should safety railings support?

Railings should be able to support a force of at least 200 lbs (890 N) in any direction, downward or outward, without failing, in order to be OSHA compliant according to code 1920.29. This applies to any point in the railing whether you’re in the middle of the rail or at either end.

What is OSHA compliant railing vs what is grandfathered into OSHA compliance?

Per OSHA 1910.28, railings installed 60 days prior to April 10, 1990, can be grandfathered into OSHA compliance at a minimum of 36 inches in height from the working-walking surface. Anything after that date, 42 inches is the standard height that must be met and support a force of 200 lb at any point in the railing.

Does OSHA require railing to attach to a structure or building?

OSHA does not require railing to be mounted to a supporting structure. OSHA states that railing must withstand a force of 200 lb at any point along the railing. If it does withstand 200 lb force loads, it doesn’t need to be attached to the structure.

What are the OSHA requirements for railing post spacing?

OSHA requires railing posts to be spaced no more than 8-feet apart on center, no matter if it’s wood, pipe railing, or structural steel. If posts are spaced more than 8-feet on center, it will no longer be OSHA compliant.

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