When it comes to safety, you have to choose a product you know you can trust. Toeboards are one of the safety features that you don’t have to think about if you have a project that works well. If your toeboards don’t work well, you could experience all kinds of problems. Not only could workers get injured, they could be found to be violating safety standards.
Our OSHA Toeboard is unique in its design and manufacture. Easy to use and highly flexible, you will have no trouble meeting your high safety standards if you take advantage of our toeboards.
What Is a Toeboard?
Toeboards are protective barriers that are placed near the ground or walking surface to protect workers in potentially dangerous areas. There are some work areas where there is a danger of objects falling from a higher area, and there is no way to completely eliminate the possibility.
Toeboards can be used in the guardrail system, or to warn workers when they are coming up to an edge where they might slip or fall over. It is recommended to have toeboards at floor openings or holes, on ramps or runways, on scaffolding and elevated walkways, and in any other unprotected areas where there is a danger of objects falling.
All employees have a duty of care to their employees to provide a safe workplace. The environment must be safe and healthful, and you are responsible if your employees become ill or injured because of the work environment you provide. If you have fewer than ten employees, you may not need to follow all OSHA rules, but you can still be held responsible for any injuries or illnesses your employees receive at work.
OSHA has specific requirements about toeboards, and you will be expected to provide toeboards when they are necessary to protect your employees from known hazards. If you know that there are objects that may fall in a certain area, you need to protect your employees in that area. This rule applies in every area, including platform holes, wall openings, elevated platforms, stairways, and any other place where there may be falling objects.
OSHA has standards that require toeboards to meet certain specifications. For instance, toeboards have to have a minimum height of at least 3-1/2″ from the top of the toeboard to the level of the working and walking surface. Toeboards must also be able to handle at least 50 pounds of pressure, so you need to have a strong, durable product.
If you have any questions about how to make your workplace comply with OSHA standards, we can help you understand how the guidelines apply to your work environment.
Guidelines for Installing Toeboards
You should always make sure that you are following any local rules and regulations regarding workplace safety, but there are some things to keep in mind. For instance, you need to make sure that the toeboards are at the height where they can work best to prevent items from falling on workers. You may need to increase the height of your toeboards to ensure that they are offering the necessary protection.
When installing toeboards, make sure that you follow instructions carefully to make sure you get the full benefit. If you need to remove toeboards, make sure you remove any debris or nails that could cause injury on contact.
If part of an area becomes unsafe, you may need to remove the entire system. When one part of a safety system isn’t working as needed, the rest of the system may be compromised. Here are the steps you should take when removing toeboards:
- Clear out the area and clean it to make sure that it is free from any slipping or other safety hazards.
- Mark the area boldly so that everyone knows to avoid that location until the work there is done.
- Communicate with everyone in the area so that they know the safety features are compromised.
- Set up any temporary systems you need to ensure safety while this work is ongoing.
Which Job Sites Require Toeboards?
Even if your job site does not require toeboards, you may want to consider using them if you think they can make your workplace safer. You can’t really put a price on safety, and you will never regret protecting your employees.
Mobile or transient job sites are one area where toeboards may not be required, especially when they are small.
Instant Set Polymer
The key to our great products is the strong polyurethane we make at our company. Our instant set polymer can be used as a substitute for products normally made from wood, metal, or ceramic.
The process we use to make our polyurethane is called reaction injection molding. During the process, the two parts of the polymer are mixed together, usually in a chamber at high velocity. The mixture then sits in the mold so it can expand and cure.
The advantage of using this kind of product is that we can create strong, flexible, lightweight products. The material can be painted so that it will fit wherever it is used. Another advantage to this process is that it is faster than other kinds of processes, and the final product has a lower viscosity than many other kinds of polymers.
Are Toeboard Links the Best Option for You?
When you are looking for the best product to meet the needs of your business and projects, you need to find something that will do the job you need without causing problems. Toeboard links made from our special polymer are unique and flexible, and they can add extra value due to their special design features.
You deserve the safest product possible, and our toeboard links can offer you a quality product that is easy to use and will last. Intrepid Industries has been creating top-of-the-line products since 1978, and those products are already used in many different kinds of environments, such as chemical plants, paper mills, automotive, offshore, and marine environments. If you want to learn more about how our products can benefit you, please visit our website or speak with a representative today.