OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 22 Safeguards

Section 315 Guardrails

(1) An employer must ensure that a guardrail required by this Code has

(a) a horizontal top member installed between 920 millimetres and 1070 millimetres above the base of the guardrail,

(b) a horizontal intermediate member spaced mid-way between the top member and the base,

(c) vertical members at both ends of the horizontal members with intermediate vertical supports that are not more than 3 metres apart at their centres, and

(d) are constructed of lumber that is 38 millimetres by 89 millimetres or material with properties the same as or better than those of lumber.

(2) Despite subsection (1), a temporary guardrail does not require a horizontal intermediate member if it has a substantial barrier positioned within the space bounded by the horizontal top member, toe board and vertical members that prevents a worker’s falling through the space.

(3) An employer must ensure that a guardrail is secured so that it cannot move in any direction if it is struck or any point on it comes into contact with a worker, materials or equipment.