Here at DCI, we pride ourselves on METALWALK®. Though many companies sell aluminum roof walkway systems, our METALWALK® system stands out due to its compliance with OSHA and IBC standards. Lets go into the specific standards our system meets and why they are necessary in rooftop walkway systems.
What is METALWALK®?
Just like any other structure, metal buildings require maintenance, and that might mean your workers have to perform maintenance on the roof. METALWALK® provides a safe way for workers to access the roof to complete a variety of maintenance tasks. METALWALK® consists of a grating and handrail. The grating comes in interlocking 12’ x 12’ interlocking planks and provides a non-skid surface for walking across the roof. The handrail provides safety on either side of the grating. We also offer an optional 4” toeboard. METALWALK® does not penetrate SSR panels and custom painting is available. METALWALK® adheres to these specific OSHA and IBC codes:
- OSHA 1926.502(b)
- IBC 2018, 1607.3
- IBC 2018, 1607.8.1
Now we will take a deeper look at these standards and their specific requirements.
How are METALWALK® Aluminum Roof Walkway Systems OSHA Compliant?
This code sets the standard for guardrail systems. There are 15 subsets under it, and our METALWALK® system meets them all. It sets the height requirement as 42 inches. It sets standards for mesh screens and midrails. According to this code, guardrail systems need to be capable of withstanding a force of 200 pounds. They must be used at all unprotected sides or edges of any hole.
How is METALWALK® IBC Compliant?
The METALWALK® grating fits the standard for 1607.3. “Live loads used in the design of buildings and other structures shall be the maximum loads expected by the intended use or occupancy but shall not be less than the minimum uniformly distributed live loads given in 1607.1.”
IBC also sets standards for handrails and guard systems. According to IBC 1607.8.1, handrails and guards “shall be designed to resist a linear load of 50 pounds per linear foot.” They also need to resist a concentrated load of 200 pounds (1607.8.1.1). Intermediate rails need to resist a load of 50 pounds (1607.8.1.2).
There are two exceptions to this code. For one- and two-family dwellings, only the single concentrated load required by 1607.8.1.1. For areas not accessible to the general public and have an occupant load of less than 50, the minimum load shall be 20 pounds per foot.
Keep Your Building Safe and Up to Code With METALWALK® Aluminum Roof Walkway Systems!
DCI’s METALWALK® system will ensure your building stays up to code while also being aesthetically pleasing. You can protect your employees from slips and your roof from foot traffic damage at the same time. Don’t let your business get in trouble for violating safety codes! Call us at (800) 868-9910 or contact us online to request a quote for a new safety system today.