Skylight Fall Protection and Safety

February 13, 2020 Karin McReynolds

Managing Your Unseen Liability

There are more than a dozen trades in which workers are permitted regular access to flat or low-sloped roofs, including but not limited to roofing, building maintenance, HVAC, electrical, plumbing and telecommunications personnel. The risk exposure is significant.

In January of 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated the OSHA Act to include new criteria for protecting workers from falls through skylight openings during installation. Previously, a skylight alone met the criteria.

Warehousing, manufacturing and retail are just a few of the primary industries that commonly use skylights to meet code requirements, save energy and provide the benefits of natural daylight to their environment.

Don’t wait until it’s TOO Late!
Sunoptics fall protection, safety and security products for skylights provide peace of mind and help to meet and exceed current OSHA requirements during construction and building maintenance on the roof.

External Skylight Fall-Protection Guards (ESFP)
Installs above the skylight with grill-work openings no more than 4"x4"

Sunoptics Skylight Internal Clip-On Safety Guards (GUARD)
Installs below the skylight, at the same level or higher than the walking/working surface

Skylight Burglar Bar Security Guard (BURGB)
Multiple grid options made from 1/2" steel rods for added security protection 

The Sunoptics Advantage
Sunoptics products are tested and certified by third-party independent organizations to ensure compliance to safety, quality and performance standards. Third-party test results are available on

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