Understanding Industrial Guard Rail
people think when they hear the term guard rail? Is it something on an elevated
platform that prevents people from falling? Is it that low-profile metal strip
that runs along the freeway? Or maybe nothing significant comes to mind?
Unfortunately, the latter is often the case, especially when talking about
guard rail in an industrial setting. Guard rail is one of those components in a
facility that typically is not top of mind with companies, until it’s too late.
Soft federal guidelines for guard rail use have helped contribute to its low
awareness within facilities, and have placed the onus for use on individual
companies to implement. When used properly, guard rail can effectively protect
equipment, assets and personnel in and around a facility. The key is to
identify areas in need of guard rail, correctly specify it for the application,
and take action.