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Michigan is one of about 25 states that has their own OSHA-approved plan. The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) is a state government agency that regulates workplace safety. MiOSHA is an agency within Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). MiOSHA has two divisions: the General Industry and the Construction Industry.

Fall from height is the leading cause of work-related deaths and injuries in the U.S. MiOSHA made major changes to its requirements for walk-working surfaces and fall protection in the general industry. The changes followed OSHA’s updates to its general industry standards in February 2018.

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Understanding Detroit's Fall Protection Requirements

When operating in a large metropolitan area like Detroit, Michigan, you will need to meet federal OSHA requirements as well as the local building code. To help you, we’ve outlined the most important federal and local requirements for fall protection systems in the Greater Detroit area.

2015 Michigan Building Code 1014.2 - How Tall Does a Handrail Need to Be?

Handrail height must be between 30 inches and 38 inches depending on the surface. A handrail needs to be secure enough to provide stability and a continuous guide along a stair or platform. (source)

2015 Michigan Building Code 1015.2 - When Should Guards be Used?

Guards are required along any open-sided walking surface that is located more than 30 inches above the ground or 36 inches from the roof's edge. (source)

2015 Michigan Building Code 1015.7 - When Are Guards Needed Around Roof Access?

Guards shall be provided where the roof hatch opening is located within 10 feet of a roof edge or open side is located more than 30 inches above the floor. (source)

OSHA 1910.28(b)(3) - When is Protection Required from Falling Through a Hole?

Covers, guardrail systems, restraint systems or personal fall arrest systems are required to protect an employee from falling through any hole that is 4' or more above a lower level. (source)

OSHA 1910.29(b)(1) - How Tall Does the Guardrail Need to Be?

The guardrail height needs to be at least 42 inches. It may exceed 45 inches, provided the system meets all other criteria. (source)

OSHA 1910.29(b)(3) - What are the Load Requirements for Guardrail Systems?

Guardrail systems shall be designed to resist a concentrated load of 200 lbs. Guardrails must be strong enough to resist breaking if a person falls or pushes on it. (source)

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