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Guardrails and Toeboards

Date: August 2019

Prepared by CCOHS

The links below provide an overview of legislation on when and how to use a guardrail system. When guardrails are not practical look to other means of preventing or arresting falls according to the regulations of each local jurisdiction. In many cases, guardrails are the most reliable and convenient means of fall protection. Guardrails may also be a temporary solution, until a falling hazard is removed or a more permanent solution is installed.

Workplaces are responsible for knowing what is legal in their province or territory as well as any affecting worksites in other jurisdictions and employees when working in another jurisdiction.

This list is prepared by CCOHS as part of the Canadian enviroOSH Legislation service . This service is a comprehensive and easy to search compilation of the full text of Canadian health, safety and environmental legislation and critical guidelines and codes of practice from all jurisdictions. All the legislation is compiled into one convenient location and is regularly updated with amendments highlighted.

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Canada

As made under the Canada Labour Code, Part II, R.S.C. 1985, c. L-2,

Canada Occupational Safety And Health Regulations, SOR/86-304

Part II, Permanent Structures

Sections 2.1, Interpretation

Section 2.5, Floor and Wall Openings

Section 2.6, Open-top Bins, Hoppers, Vats and Pits

Section 2.12 Guardrails

Section 2.13, Toe Boards

Part III, Temporary Structures and Excavations

Section 3.8 Guardrails and Toe Boards

Part XII, Protection Equipment And Other Preventive Measures

Section 12.06, Fall-protection plan

Sections 12.07 - 12.08, Fall-protection Systems

Alberta

As made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, S.A. 2017, c. O‑2.1,

Occupational Health and Safety Code, 2009

Part 9, Fall Protection

Section 139, General protection

Part 22, Safeguards

Section 314, Covering openings

Section 315, Guardrails

Section 321, Toe boards

British Columbia

As made under the Workers Compensation Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 492,

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, B.C. Reg. 296/97

Part 4, General Conditions

Section 4.54, Definitions

Section 4.55, Guardrail locations

Section 4.56, Exceptions

Section 4.57, Elevated workers

Section 4.58, Specifications for guards and guardrails

Section 4.58.1, Temporary removal of guardrails

Section 4.59, Floor and roof openings

Section 4.60, Toeboards

Section 4.61, Walkways

Section 4.62, Handrails on stairways

Schedule 4-A WorkSafeBC Standard - Guardrails Using Rope or Other Non-Rigid Material Scope

Manitoba

As made under the Workplace Safety and Health Act, R.S.M. 1987, c. W210,

Workplace Safety and Health Regulation, Man. Reg. 217/2006

Part 14, Fall Protection

Section 14.2, Safe work procedures

Section 14.3, Guardrail system requirements

Section 14.4, Guardrail requirements

Section 14.5, Temporary guardrail removal

New Brunswick

As amended by the Occupational Health and Safety Act, A.N.B. 1983, c. O-0.2,

General Regulation - Occupational Health And Safety Act, N.B. Reg. 91-191

Part X, Construction, Traffic and Building Safety

Section 50, Openings

Sections 97 - 100, Guardrails

Section 101, Allowable Unit Stresses

Section 102 - Section 106.1, Walking Surfaces

Section 110

Section 117

Section 120, Catwalks

Newfoundland and Labrador

As made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.N.L. 1990, c. O-3,

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 2012, N.L.R. 5/12

Part V, General Health and Safety Requirements

Section 28, Guardrails

Section 29, Roof work

Part X, Fall Protection

Section 141, General requirements

Northwest Territories

As amended by Safety Act, R.S.N.W.T. 1988, c. S-1,

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, R-039-2015

Part 9, Safeguards, Storage, Warning Signs and Signals

Section 127, Handrails

Section 128, Guardrails

Section 129, Toeboards

Section 130, Openings

Part 28, Demolition Work

Section 419, Demolition procedures

Section 420 Material chutes

Nova Scotia

As made under Occupational Health and Safety Act, S.N.S. 1996, c. 7,

Workplace Health and Safety Regulations, N.S. Reg. 52/2013

Part 21, Fall protection

Section 21.2, Fall protection required

Section 21.5, Guardrails

Nunavut

As amended by Safety Act, R.S.N.W.T. 1988, c. S-1,

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, R-003-2016

Part 9, Safeguards, Storage, Warning Signs and Signals

Section 127, Handrails

Section 128, Guardrails

Section 129, Toeboards

Section 130, Openings

Part 28, Demolition Work

Section 419, Demolition procedures

Section 420 Material chutes

Ontario

As made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. O,

Construction Projects, O. Reg. 213/91

Part II, General Construction

Sections 26 - 26.3 and Section 77

Prince Edward Island

As made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, S.P.E.I. 2004, c. 42,

Occupational Health and Safety Act Regulations, E.C. 180/87

Part 21, Platforms, Runways and Ramps

Section 21.4, Guardrail

Fall Protection Regulations, EC2004-633

Guardrails

Section 4, Construction and installation requirements

Section 5, Building shafts

Quebec

As made under the Act Respecting Occupational Health and Safety, R.S.Q., c. S-2.1,

Regulation respecting occupational health and safety, O.C. 885-2001

Division III, Establishment Conditions

Section 12, Guardrails

Section 14, Floor

Section 15, Walkways

Section 22, Service stairs

Section 22.1

Section 23 Permanent ladders

Section 31, Gangways and stationary platforms

Sections 33.1 - 33.5

Safety Code for the Construction Industry, CQLR c. S-2.1, r. 4

Division II, General Provisions

Sections 2.9.1, Safety measures

Section 2.9.2, Installation of guard-rails

Division III, Construction Sites

Section 3.2.4, Maintenance and arrangement of the work site

Section 3.7.1

Section 3.8.2, Resistance

Section 3.8.3, Construction

Section 3.8.4 , Metal guardrails

Section 3.8.5

Saskatchewan

As made under the Saskatchewan Employment Act, S.S. 2013, c. S-15.1,

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996, R.R.S., C. O-1.1, R. 1

Part IX, Safeguards, Storage, Warning Signs and Signals

Section 121, Handrails

Section 122, Guardrails

Section 123, Toeboards

Section 124, Openings in floors, roofs, etc.

Yukon

As made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.Y. 2002, c. 159,

Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, O.I.C. 2006/178

Part 1, General

Section 1.60, Where required

Section 1.61, Inspections

Section 1.62, Elevated workers

Section 1.63, Specifications for guards and guardrails

Section 1.64, Height

Section 1.65, When required