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The differences between guardrail standards compliant with OSHA 1910 and Cal/OSHA

September 5, 2023


The General Duty Clause of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (Federal OSHA) requires employers to provide a workplace free from recognized hazards that may cause serious injury or death. This clause is often used by OSHA to enforce fall protection requirements. OSHA follows a hierarchy of fall protection controls, which prioritizes certain methods over others. Guardrails are considered one of the preferred methods of fall protection, alongside personal fall arrest systems (PFAS) and safety nets. They are often the first choice for providing passive fall protection.

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