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San Francisco is like most cities in the United States with very specific rooftop fall protection requirements. The State of California has their own regulations in addition to OSHA. In the Cal/OSHA regulations there are many working heights that trigger the use of fall protection depending on the trade, the job being performed, the height at which the work is done, and the dangers below the working surface.

Understanding and meeting those requirements can seem overwhelming, but we are here to help. We want to partner with you and help you understand exactly what fall protection requirements you need to meet and the best methods for implementing fall protection solutions.


Understanding San Francisco Fall Protection Requirements

When operating in a large metropolitan area like San Francisco and Oakland, 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 San Francisco - Oakland area.

Cal-OSHA 3209 (a) - How Tall Does Rooftop Guardrail Need to Be?

The guardrail height needs to be between 41 inches and 46 inches. Midrail needs to be halfway between the top rail and the ground. (source)

Cal-OSHA 3210 (a) - At What Height Do I Need Fall Protection or Guardrail in San Francisco?

Guardrail is needed when your working surface is 30 inches higher than the lower level. Toeboard should be provided for elevations of 6' or more and the lack could create a hazard from falling debris.(source)

CBC 1607.8.1 - What are the load requirements for rooftop railing in San Francisco?

All railings must be able to withstand a concentrated load of 200 pounds and a linear load of 50 pounds per linear foot. (source)

Cal-OSHA 3212(d)(1,2) - Where is a Guardrail Required on a Rooftop in San Francisco?

Guardrail is the required form of fall protection when you routinely approach within 6' of a roof's edge. Routinely =>4 times per year. (source)

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