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Highest standards for off-the-ground safety guardrail solutions.

OSHA 29 CFR 1910.29 (b)(1)-(b)(15)
OSHA 29 CFR 1926.502 (b)(1)-(b)(14)
EN ISO 14122 Part 3
EN 13374 Class A
BS 13700 : 2021
HSG-33 Health & Safety in Roof Work
HSE INDG 284 “Working on roofs”
BS 6399: Part 2 1995 Wind Code
AS 1657 : 2018
Wind loading in accordance with AS/NZS 1170.2

Safety Railing FAQs

What is an OSHA compliant guardrail?

In general, a guardrail must have a top rail, midrail, and uprights. Top Rail – 42″ +/-3″, mid rail – 21″, & can withstand a 200 lbs. point load or 50 lbs. per linear foot. A toeboard should also be included if there is a risk associated with kicked objects falling on anyone below

Is a guardrail considered fall protection?

Yes, when properly designed to meet OSHA as well as other applicable codes such as IBC and ASCE 7.

How thick does the railing need to be?

The exact thickness depends on material and jurisdiction you’re in. In general, OSHA mandates at least a 1/4″ thickness for the top rail and midrail of a guardrail system. The most common guard railing material is 1.90” O.D. tubing or 1 ½” pipe.

Is Kee Guard OSHA compliant?

Yes, provided it is designed and tested to exceed local and national safety regulations, including the following OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.29, OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1926.501, 29 CFR 1926.502, Canadian National Building Code,,, Ontario Building Code Section,,, HSG-33 Health & Safety in Roof Work, HSE Specialist Report No 15: 1988, HSE Sheet 21 “Working on Flat Roofs Protection Against Falls”, BS 6399: Part 2 1995 Wind Code, EU Directives & CDM Regulations, BGV A1: 2000, BGG 928 & BGR 184, Health, Safety & Welfare Regulation 13 “Falls or Falling Objects” 1992, NFE 85-003, EN ISO 14122: PT3, EN 1337.

What roof surfaces can I use Kee Guard on?

Kee Guard offers several base options that allow it to be installed on a variety of roof surfaces including membrane, asphalt, concrete, metal, and standing seam. Kee Guard (freestanding guardrail) can be used on roofs with up to a 3 degree slope.

Can I install Freestanding Guardrail on a sloped roof?

Kee Guard Railing can be installed on any type of flat roof with a slop of up to 3 degrees.

What are the freestanding base weights made out of?

The base weight for freestanding guardrails can be made of a variety of materials including steel and heavy plastics. Our Kee Guard base weights are made from environmentally friendly 100% recycled PVC.

What material makes up with guardrail railing?

Kee Guard railing is made using gator shield galvanized steel tubing and fittings.

What wind speed can guardrail withstand?

In its standard configuration, Kee Guard can withstand a wind speed of up to 150 MPH. FlexGuard can also be engineered to withstand higher wind forces if necessary.

Will freestanding guardrail penetrate my roof surface?

No. Kee Guard is a non-penetrating freestanding railing that uses counterbalance weights that are made from recycled PVC rubber. The system will not puncture your roof surface.

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