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Meeting OSHA Regulations with SURROUND Roof Hatch Railing

Derek Tokarz

Derek Tokarz

Certified in Safety Management Group's Training in Fall Protection

Roof hatches provide convenient, reliable access to roof areas, but if left open they pose a potential fall hazard that can result in severe or fatal injuries.

To improve safety concerning roof openings, OSHA created the 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910.23, Guarding Floor and Wall Openings and Holes.  This standard states…

“Every ladder-way, floor opening, or platform shall be guarded by a standard railing with standard toeboard on all exposed sides (except at the entrance to an opening) with the passage through the railing either provided with a swinging gate or so offset that a person cannot walk directly into an opening.”

Building owners can face serious consequences if they fail to ensure a safe roof environment with OSHA imposing fines and penalties for non-compliance ranging from $5,000 to $70,000.

The SURROUND roof hatch railing system is designed to meet OSHA requirements for safe entry through rooftop openings. This fixed railing system provides permanent fall protection for hatch openings including skylights and fire vents, and the entry/exit through the railing is protected by a chain or a self-closing gate.  The innovative clamping system eliminates the need to drill holes into the hatch or roof surface, and jeopardizing the roof warranty. This railing installs in minutes with basic tools and does not require special training or certification for proper installation.


• Permanent fall protection system goes up in minutes

• Meets OSHA requirements for rooftop openings

• Models available to fit all manufactured hatches and sizes

• Innovative clamping system protects the roof warranty

• Constructed of 1 5/8” OD grade B seamed galvanized steel pipe,

• Available with high-visibility safety-yellow powder coated finish or pre-finished galvanized.

TIP:  To complement the railing system and provide additional worker safety, install a ladder with retractable stiles…

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