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Like most large cities in the United States, Washington, D.C. has some specific requirements and regulations for fall protection. The District of Columbia requires contractors to have multiple certificates, licenses, and registrations which can be complicated for those contractors as most reside in neighboring states.

Multiple laws and regulations have continued to be adopted to direct the construction of buildings and structures. Buildings and structures are obligated to comply with the District of Columbia construction codes under the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA). The DCRA enforces the construction codes and those portions of the D.C. official code that relates to buildings and structures. The District of Columbia has also adopted 11 of the 2012 International Code Council in March 2014.

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Understanding District of Columbia's Fall Protection Requirements

When operating in a large metropolitan area like Washington, D.C., 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 D.C. area.

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

The guardrail height needs to be 42 inches plus or minus 3 inches. It may exceed 45 inches, provided the system meets all other criteria. (source)

1910.28(b)(1)(i) - At What Height is a Guardrail Required?

If a walking-working surface is 4' or more above a lower level, a guardrail, safety net, or personal fall protection system is required. (source)

1910.29(b)(2)(i) - Where Does a Midrail Need to Be Installed?

Midrail needs to be halfway between the top rail and the walking-working surface. (source)

IBC 1607.8.1 - What are the load requirements for rooftop railing in Washington D.C?

Handrails and guards must be designed to resist a concentrated load of 200 pounds and resist a linear load of 50 pounds per linear foot. (source)

DC Building Code 1013.2 Where required - Where Are Guards Required?

In a scenario that you are on an elevated walking surface 30 inches above the ground and 36 inches from the edge, a guard is required. (source)

DC Building Code 1013.7 Roof Access - When is a Guard Required Around a Roof Hatch?

In a scenario that you require a roof hatch that is within 10' of an edge and the edge is 30 inches higher than the lower level, a guard is required. (source)

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