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SUMMARY OF OSHA
REGARDING SAFETY GATES
OSHA 1910.23(a)Protection for
floor openings. (2) Every ladderway floor opening or platform shall be guarded
by a standard railing with standard toeboard on all exposed sides (except at entrance to
opening), with the passage through the railing either provided with a swinging gate or so
offset that a person cannot walk directly into the opening.
OSHA 1910.23(c) Protection of
open-sided floors, platforms, and runways. (1) Every open-sided floor or platform 4 feet or more above adjacent
floor or ground level shall be guarded by a standard railing (or the equivalent
as specified in paragraph (e)(3) of this section) on all open side except where
there is entrance to a ramp, stairway, or fixed ladder.
The railing shall be provided with a toeboard wherever, beneath the open sides,
The problem is that the
configuration of a "swinging gate" is not defined or specified. There have
been many interpretations over the years.
OSHA Proposed Criteria
OSHA has attempted to clarify and eliminate
any differences in interpreting the regulations as part of their overall revision of 29 CFR
1910 Subpart D. This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) for revision of the
Walking and Working Surfaces standard was published in the Federal Register, Vol. 55, No.
69, on Tuesday, April 10, 1990. -- In regards to access openings, the proposal basically
states that the protection be equivalent to that of the guardrail system with the
exception of the toeboard.
Gates should have both a
top rail and a midrail.
Top rail height of 42" above
the walking or working surface.
Maximum opening size of 19" in
the least dimension.
Able to withstand 200 lb. load (top
rail) and 150 lb. load (midrail).
There is some distinction allowed in
the protection requirements between "working" platforms and
of Intrepid Industries Double Bar Gate
Exceeds OSHA's current
Exceeds OSHA's proposed requirements
Simple, gravity-closing operation
Non-corrosive, solid polyurethane construction
Four sizes, covering openings up to 37" wide
Note: On April 10, 1990 OSHA published proposed revisions to Walking and
Working Surfaces; Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection
Systems); Notices of Proposed Rulemaking; Slips; Falls; Trips inFederal Register
55:13360-13441. It is
available electronically only as an abstract. On May 2, 2003 OSHA
reopened the rulemaking record on the proposed revisions to Walking and
Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection
Systems). It was re-published in its entirety inFederal Register
Quoted below is a pertinent section from this re-publication of the
proposed revisions. Please
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§ 1910.28 Fall protection systems.
(b) Guardrail systems and toeboards.
Requirements for suspension scaffold fall protection systems are
contained in § 1910.30. All other guardrail systems and their
components shall meet the following criteria:
(1) Top rails. ... (2) Midrails. ... (3) Height criteria. ... (4) Surfaces of guardrails. ... (5) Size criteria. ...
(6) Access openings. Employers
may use movable guardrail sections using such materials as gates,
non-rigid members and chains to provide access when opened and
guardrail protection when closed, provided the criteria in
paragraphs (b)(1) through (b)(5) of this section. Toeboards are not
required in access openings.