Fall Protection is regulated by numerous different legislative bodies around the globe. In Canada, each province/territory is responsible for producing occupational health and safety legislation for work being performed in their area.

Federally regulated companies are held to a different standard and are required to follow the Canadian Occupations Health and Safety Regulations.

In the United States, fall protection is regulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

High Engineering takes an active role in the development of several standards that Canadian legislation often references.

The regulatory summary highlights the key information from the various regulatory bodies and provides direct links to the websites for the regulations.

Quick Reference by Jurisdiction
Canadian Federal Legislation

Canadian Occupational Health and Safety Regulations SOR/86-304

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Threshold Height for Fall Protection System

Metric (m)
Imperial (ft)
2.4 m
8 ft

Threshold Height for Guardrails on Permanent Work Locations

Metric (m)
Imperial (ft)
1.2 m
4 ft

Minimum Fall Arrest System Anchor Strength

Metric (kN)
Imperial (ft-lb)
17.8 kN
4000 ft-lb

Written Fall Protection Plan Required         Yes

Training of Workers is Legislated         Yes

Adopted CSA Z259.16 Design of Active Fall Protection Systems         No

Standard Accepted for Fall Protection Equipment

CSA 259
ANSI 359.1
EN Series
Yes
N/A
N/A
British Columbia Legislation

British Columbia Occupational Health and Safety Regulation B.C. Reg. 321/2002 Part 11

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Threshold Height for Fall Protection System

Metric (m)
Imperial (ft)
3 m
10 ft

Threshold Height for Guardrails on Permanent Work Locations

Metric (m)
Imperial (ft)
1.2 m
4 ft

Minimum Fall Arrest System Anchor Strength

Metric (kN)
Imperial (ft-lb)
22 kN or 2x MAF
5000 lb or 2x MAF

Minimum Travel Restraint Anchor Strength

Metric (kN)
Imperial (ft-lb)
3.5 kN
800 ft-lb

Written Fall Protection Plan Required      > 7.5 m (25 ft)

Adopted CSA Z259.16 Design of Active Fall Protection Systems         No

Standard Accepted for Fall Protection Equipment

CSA 259
ANSI 359.1
EN Series
Yes
Yes
N/A
Alberta Legislation

Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code Alberta Regulation 87/2009 Part 9

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Threshold Height for Fall Protection System

Metric (m)
Imperial (ft)
3 m
10 ft

Threshold Height for Guardrails on Permanent Work Locations

Metric (m)
Imperial (ft)
1.2 m
4 ft

Minimum Fall Arrest System Anchor Strength

Metric (kN)
Imperial (ft-lb)
16 kN or 2x MAF
3600 lb or 2x MAF

Minimum Travel Restraint Anchor Strength

Metric (kN)
Imperial (ft-lb)
Permanent: 16 kN
Temporary: 3.5 kN
Permanent: 3600 ft-lb
Temporary: 800 ft-lb

Written Fall Protection Plan Required         Yes

Written Fall Rescue Plan Required         Yes

Training of Workers is Legislated         Yes

Control Zones / Warning Lines Legislated         Yes

Adopted CSA Z259.16 Design of Active Fall Protection Systems        Yes

CSA Standard by Horizontal Lifeline Design

CSA Z259.13
CSA Z259.16
Yes
Yes

Standard Accepted for Fall Protection Equipment

CSA 259
ANSI 359.1
EN Series
Yes
Yes
Yes
Saskatchewan Legislation

Saskatchewan Occupational Health and Safety Regulations O-1.1 Reg 1 (1996)

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Threshold Height for Fall Protection System

Metric (m)
Imperial (ft)
3 m
10 ft

Threshold Height for Guardrails on Permanent Work Locations

Metric (m)
Imperial (ft)
1.2 m
4 ft

Minimum Fall Arrest System Anchor Strength

Metric (kN)
Imperial (ft-lb)
22 kN
5000 ft-lb

Minimum Travel Restraint Anchor Strength

Metric (kN)
Imperial (ft-lb)
Permanent: 8.75 kN
Temporary: 3.5 kN
Permanent: 2000 ft-lb
Temporary: 800 ft-lb

Written Fall Protection Plan Required       Yes

Written Fall Rescue Plan Required       Yes

Training of Workers is Legislated       Yes

Control Zones / Warning Lines Legislated       Yes

Adopted CSA Z259.16 Design of Active Fall Protection Systems       No

Standard Accepted for Fall Protection Equipment

CSA 259
ANSI 359.1
EN Series
Yes
N/A
N/A
Manitoba Legislation

Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Regulation Reg. 217/2006 Part 14

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Threshold Height for Fall Protection System

Metric (m)
Imperial (ft)
3 m
10 ft

Threshold Height for Guardrails on Permanent Work Locations

Metric (m)
Imperial (ft)
3 m
10 ft

Minimum Fall Arrest System Anchor Strength

Metric (kN)
Imperial (ft-lb)
Permanent: 22 kN
Temporary: 6 kN
Permanent: 5000 ft-lb
Temporary: 1350 ft-lb

Minimum Travel Restraint Anchor Strength

Metric (kN)
Imperial (ft-lb)
Permanent: 22 kN
Temporary: 6 kN
Permanent: 5000 ft-lb
Temporary: 1350 ft-lb

Written Fall Protection Plan Required       Yes

Adopted CSA Z259.16 Design of Active Fall Protection Systems       Yes

CSA Standard by Horizontal Lifeline Design

CSA Z259.13
CSA Z259.16
Yes
Yes

Standard Accepted for Fall Protection Equipment

CSA 259
ANSI 359.1
EN Series
Yes
N/A
N/A
Ontario Industrial Legislation

Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act for Industrial Establishments O.Reg. 851/90

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Threshold Height for Fall Protection System

Metric (m)
Imperial (ft)
3 m
10 ft

Minimum Fall Arrest System Anchor Strength

Metric (kN)
Imperial (ft-lb)
2x MAF
2x MAF

Minimum Travel Restraint Anchor Strength

Metric (kN)
Imperial (ft-lb)
2x MAF
2x MAF

Standard Accepted for Fall Protection Equipment

CSA 259
ANSI 359.1
EN Series
Yes
N/A
N/A
Ontario Construction Legislation

Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act for Construction Projects O.Reg. 213/91

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Threshold Height for Fall Protection System

Metric (m)
Imperial (ft)
3 m
10 ft

Threshold Height for Guardrails on Permanent Work Locations

Metric (m)
Imperial (ft)
2.4 m
8 ft

Minimum Fall Arrest System Anchor Strength

Metric (kN)
Imperial (ft-lb)
Permanent: 22 kN
Temporary: 6 kN
Permanent: 5000 ft-lb
Temporary: 1350 ft-lb

Minimum Travel Restraint Anchor Strength

Metric (kN)
Imperial (ft-lb)
Permanent: 22 kN
Temporary: 2 kN
Permanent: 5000 ft-lb
Temporary: 450 ft-lb

Written Fall Protection Plan Required       Yes

Training of Workers is Legislated       Yes

CSA Standard by Horizontal Lifeline Design

CSA Z259.13
CSA Z259.16
N/A
Engineered

Standard Accepted for Fall Protection Equipment

CSA 259
ANSI 359.1
EN Series
Yes
N/A
N/A
Quebec Legislation

Quebec Regulation Respecting Occupational Health and Safety S-2.1, r.13

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Threshold Height for Fall Protection System

Metric (m)
Imperial (ft)
3 m
10 ft

Threshold Height for Guardrails on Permanent Work Locations

Metric (m)
Imperial (ft)
3 m
10 ft

Minimum Fall Arrest System Anchor Strength

Metric (kN)
Imperial (ft-lb)
18 kN or 2x MAF
4050 ft-lb

Minimum Travel Restraint Anchor Strength

Metric (kN)
Imperial (ft-lb)
18 kN or 2x MAF
4050 ft-lb

Control Zones / Warning Lines Legislated       Yes

Adopted CSA Z259.16 Design of Active Fall Protection Systems       Yes

CSA Standard by Horizontal Lifeline Design

CSA Z259.13
CSA Z259.16
Yes
Yes
New Brunswick Legislation

New Brunswick Occupational Health and Safety Act General Regulations Reg. 91-191

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Threshold Height for Fall Protection System

Metric (m)
Imperial (ft)
3 m
10 ft

Threshold Height for Guardrails on Permanent Work Locations

Metric (m)
Imperial (ft)
3 m
10 ft

Minimum Fall Arrest System Anchor Strength

Metric (kN)
Imperial (ft-lb)
22 kN or 4x MAF
5000 ft-lb or 4x MAF

Minimum Travel Restraint Anchor Strength

Metric (kN)
Imperial (ft-lb)
22 kN or 4x MAF
5000 ft-lb or 4x MAF

Written Fall Protection Plan Required      > 7.5 m (25 ft)

Written Fall Rescue Plan Required      Yes

Training of Workers is Legislated      Yes

Control Zones / Warning Lines Legislated      Yes

Adopted CSA Z259.16 Design of Active Fall Protection Systems      Yes

CSA Standard by Horizontal Lifeline Design

CSA Z259.13
CSA Z259.16
N/A
Yes

Standard Accepted for Fall Protection Equipment

CSA 259
ANSI 359.1
EN Series
Yes
N/A
Yes
Prince Edward Island Legislation

Prince Edward Island Fall Protection Regulations Reg. EC633/04

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Threshold Height for Fall Protection System

Metric (m)
Imperial (ft)
3 m
10 ft

Threshold Height for Guardrails on Permanent Work Locations

Metric (m)
Imperial (ft)
3 m
10 ft

Minimum Fall Arrest System Anchor Strength

Metric (kN)
Imperial (ft-lb)
17.8 kN
4000 ft-lb

Minimum Travel Restraint Anchor Strength

Metric (kN)
Imperial (ft-lb)
17.8 kN
4000 ft-lb

Written Fall Protection Plan Required      Yes

Written Fall Rescue Plan Required      Yes

Training of Workers is Legislated      Yes

Adopted CSA Z259.16 Design of Active Fall Protection Systems      Yes

CSA Standard by Horizontal Lifeline Design

CSA Z259.13
CSA Z259.16
Yes
Yes

Standard Accepted for Fall Protection Equipment

CSA 259
ANSI 359.1
EN Series
Yes
N/A
N/A
Nova Scotia Legislation

Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Act Fall Protection and Scaffolding Regulations Reg. 2/96

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Threshold Height for Fall Protection System

Metric (m)
Imperial (ft)
3 m
10 ft

Threshold Height for Guardrails on Permanent Work Locations

Metric (m)
Imperial (ft)
3 m
10 ft

Minimum Fall Arrest System Anchor Strength

Metric (kN)
Imperial (ft-lb)
22 kN or 2x MAF
5000 ft-lb or 2x MAF

Minimum Travel Restraint Anchor Strength

Metric (kN)
Imperial (ft-lb)
22 kN or 2x MAF
5000 ft-lb or 2x MAF

Written Fall Protection Plan Required      Yes

Written Fall Rescue Plan Required      Yes

Training of Workers is Legislated      Yes

Control Zones / Warning Lines Legislated      Yes

Adopted CSA Z259.16 Design of Active Fall Protection Systems      Yes

CSA Standard by Horizontal Lifeline Design

CSA Z259.13
CSA Z259.16
Yes
Yes

Standard Accepted for Fall Protection Equipment

CSA 259
ANSI 359.1
EN Series
Yes
N/A
N/A
Newfoundland & Labrador Legislation

Newfoundland & Labrador Occupational Health and Safety Regulations Reg. 1165/96 Part X

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Threshold Height for Fall Protection System

Metric (m)
Imperial (ft)
3 m
10 ft

Threshold Height for Guardrails on Permanent Work Locations

Metric (m)
Imperial (ft)
1.2 m
4 ft

Written Fall Protection Plan Required      Yes

Written Fall Rescue Plan Required      Yes

Training of Workers is Legislated      Yes

Control Zones / Warning Lines Legislated      Yes

Adopted CSA Z259.16 Design of Active Fall Protection Systems      Yes

CSA Standard by Horizontal Lifeline Design

CSA Z259.13
CSA Z259.16
Yes
Yes

Standard Accepted for Fall Protection Equipment

CSA 259
ANSI 359.1
EN Series
Yes
N/A
N/A
Northwest Territories & Nunavut Legislation

Northwest Territories & Nunavut General Safety Regulations Reg. c.S-1

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Threshold Height for Fall Protection System

Metric (m)
Imperial (ft)
3 m
10 ft

Threshold Height for Guardrails on Permanent Work Locations

Metric (m)
Imperial (ft)
1.2 m
4 ft

Adopted CSA Z259.16 Design of Active Fall Protection Systems      No

Standard Accepted for Fall Protection Equipment

CSA 259
ANSI 359.1
EN Series
Yes
N/A
N/A
Yukon Territory

Yukon Territory General Safety Regulations O.I.C. 1986/164

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Threshold Height for Fall Protection System

Metric (m)
Imperial (ft)
3 m
10 ft

Threshold Height for Guardrails on Permanent Work Locations

Metric (m)
Imperial (ft)
2.4 m
8 ft

Written Fall Protection Plan Required      > 7.5 m (25 ft)

Written Fall Rescue Plan Required      Yes

Training of Workers Legislated      Yes

Adopted CSA Z259.16 Design of Active Fall Protection Systems      No

Standard Accepted for Fall Protection Equipment

CSA 259
ANSI 359.1
EN Series
Yes
N/A
N/A
USA Federal OSHA General Industry Legislation

Occupational Safety and Health Standards 1910.28 Duty to have fall protection and falling object protection

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Threshold Height for Fall Protection System

Metric (m)
Imperial (ft)
1.2 m
4 ft

Threshold Height for Guardrails on Permanent Work Locations

Metric (m)
Imperial (ft)
1.2 m
4 ft

Minimum Fall Arrest System Anchor Strength

Metric (kN)
Imperial (ft-lb)
22 kN or 2x MAF
5000 ft-lb or 2x MAF

Adopted CSA Z259.16 Design of Active Fall Protection Systems      No

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