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Commercial Fall Protection

Commercial skylights

Fall protection was established by OSHA to provide a safe and healthful working environment for men and women, and to limit falls from employees or tools from heights of 6’ or greater.   OSHA regulations state that every skylight must be guarded by a standard skylight screen or fixed railing system that is capable of withstanding a load of at least 200 pounds. 

The VELUX CAP and CM commercial acrylic or polycarbonate dome glazed skylights of certain size and construction have been tested by an independent third party to withstand the applied 200 lb load listed in OSHA 1910.23(e)(8)  The VELUX skylight type and size limits are CAP and CM units equal to or less than 6’ x 6’ or 4’ x 8’.

CM skylight dome
CM dome

The VELUX construction limits are that these skylights need to be made with the following glazing variants:  04D (clear over clear acrylic), 04F (white over clear acrylic), 04I (clear polycarbonate over clear acrylic), and 04V (clear polycarbonate over white acrylic).   Any other glazing thickness, glazing variants, or sizes greater than those listed above for CAP and CM unit skylights are not covered by VELUX "OSHA Fall Protection Test Reports"
CAP fixed commercial skylight
CAP dome

FCM flat glass

The patented FCM curb mounted fixed skylight is manufactured with an insulated tempered over laminated pane that greatly exceeds the 200 lbs OSHA fall protection requirements and the glass comes with a 20 year warranty.  In addition, this product is great for those applications that require a very energy efficient option.

Fall protection Screens

Screens provide OSHA fall protection for flat roof commercial skylights.  The screen system provides fall protection without damaging your skylight.  A special retaining bar locks to the domed skylight unit at the corners thus keeping the screen from damaging the integrity of the skylight.

Skylights come in a wide range of glazing options to meet the aesthetics and the budgetary constraints of a project.  Not all VELUX skylights are designed and tested to withstand OSHA fall protection loads.  To reduce the risk of someone falling through a skylight, it is recommended that screens and safety railings always be used to ensure long term compliance with OSHA’s fall protections regulations.