OSHA Guardrail Kits

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OSHA Compliance

Meet OSHA standards with a guardrail that is engineered to hold all weight requirements and designed to meet all height requirements.


Fully Customized

Design your new guardrail to the layout and style that you need. Customize your OSHA handrails to go upstairs and round sharp corners.

Easy to Assemble

Simple Installation

Install your new guardrail in no time with a few simple tools. No welding or specialized training is needed to install.


Durable Components

Build a long-lasting guardrail with galvanized steel pipe and fittings. Simple and easy to install, but durable to last for years.

Benefits of Modular OSHA Guardrail

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Save Time, Save Money

With a modular OSHA guardrail system, you can have your own team install it in no time.

This will reduce or eliminate downtime altogether. From project start to completion will just be a few hours. Therefore your people will be protected sooner, and your installation won’t cost you a lot in labor hours.

To put it plainly, the benefit here is cost-effectiveness along with protecting your people from fall hazards.

Customize Your OSHA Guardrail

The modular system of our guardrail allows you to shape it to your needs and layout to be the most effective.

Our kits allow you purchase straight runs of guardrail or corner guardrails to make sure it best fits your application. We also have extensions to make sure you have the necessary lengths for your project.

If you need additional customization, our project specialists are here to help with your designs so that you can build the right OSHA guardrail for your business.

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Pre-Engineered OSHA Guardrail

Our guardrail is specifically engineered to meet OSHA standards so that you fulfill the requirements, and more importantly, keep your people safe.

This makes it easy for you and brings a peace of mind that your guardrail system is the right height, length, and supports the necessary weight.

Additionally, our guardrail is durable enough to withstand all types of weather and applications. Your loading dock guardrail will prevent anyone falling over an edge, your warehouse walkways will be safe from any machinery, and your water treatment plants will be protected from anyone taking a swim.

Check out our full OSHA Guardrail Guide if you want to learn more about their specific requirements.

OSHA Guardrail Requirements

OSHA Guardrail FAQs

What is the purpose of an OSHA Handrail?

A guardrail provides a sturdy base of support for stability, safety, and peace of mind. It’s a solution to be used on walkways and stairs to ensure the user has fall protection with balance and support. Guardrail is meant to prevent injury from an accidental or careless fall.

At what height do I need a guardrail to be OSHA compliant?

42 inches is the standard height of guardrails to ensure effectiveness and safety. According to OSHA code, parapets less than 42 inches (give or take 3 inches) require a railing. Should a force of 200 lbs in any downward or outward direction cause the railing to dip below 39 inches, the guardrail is not in compliance. If a parapet or a guardrail that has a top rail, an intermediate rail (or midrail), and supporting posts already in place (not being newly added) at 36 inches or higher, the parapet or guardrail is acceptable under OSHA code 55 Federal Register 13360 due to the possible danger to the workers that would replace the system.In addition, under General Industry's proposed rule on Walking and Working Surfaces (55 Federal Register 13360), guardrail systems with top rails that are 36 inches in height would similarly be

How many pounds of force should a guardrail withstand at a minimum?

Handrails and OSHA compliant guardrail must support a 200-pound force. At any point on the handrail, it must sustain a 200-pound force applied downward or outward in any direction on the top railing. This means that no matter if you’re in the middle of the rail or at the end, 200-pounds of force must be held.

How many components does a guardrail have?

The average guardrail has 3 main parts: the top railing, the middle railing, and the posts along the span of the guardrail. The middle railing is typically halfway between the top rail and the surface the guardrail is over. This formation allows for maximum stability and sturdiness with minimal excess of railing used. Toe-boards or kick plates can be added to prevent objects from falling over the edge of the surface if needed.

What is standard railing?

Another term for guardrail is standard railing. Guardrail is a railing system compromising of a top rail, intermediate rail, and posts spanning the length of the rail. It must reach a height of 42 inches (give or take 3 inches) as well as sustain a force of 200 lbs in any downward or outward direction in order to be compliant with OSHA code.

How many steps require a handrail according to OSHA?

According to OSHA code 1926.1052(c), four or more risers, or stairways rising more than 30 inches (whichever is less), requires at least one handrail between 30 and 37 inches from the surface of the stair tread.

How many steps can you have without a handrail?

3 steps or less, or less than 30 inches. According to OSHA code 1926.1052(c), four or more risers or rising more than 30 inches, whichever is less, requires at least one handrail. Unprotected edges of a stairway require a stair rail system.

Are handrails required on both sides of the stairs to meet OSHA code?

A single handrail on one side of a stairway is required for stairs with 4 or more steps. If the stairway has unprotected edges, stair rail systems are required with the top rail at 42 inches from the top of the stair tread.

Can a stair rail system also serve as a handrail?

Per OSHA code 1926.1052(c)(7), stair rail systems can also serve as a handrail but require the top rail to be not more than 37 inches in height and not less than 36 inches from the top of the stair tread. Per OSHA code 1910.29(f)(1)(iii)(A), stair rail systems can also serve as a handrail but require the top rail to be not more than 38 inches in height and not less than 36 inches from the top of the stair tread.

Why Use Modular Railing Systems?

Prefabricated guardrails from Simplified are designed to exceed OSHA standards. There is no need to think about whether the solution fits the problem because the height, strength, and upright spacing all meet the OSHA standard. Stop thinking about it, we've got you covered.

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