Fall Protection

According to Part 11 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation a fall protection system must be used when work is being done at a place from which a fall of 3 m (10 ft) or more may occur, or where a fall from a height of less than 3 m involves a risk of injury greater than the risk of injury from the impact on a flat surface.

There are several different types of fall protection systems, each with varying degrees of effectiveness. Guardrails are considered the best option for fall protection, followed by a fall restraint system, then a fall arrest system, and finally, the implementation of work procedures, which is considered the least desirable option. A control zone with a safety monitor is an example of an acceptable work procedure.

Equipment used for a fall protection system must be sufficient to support the fall restraint or arrest forces. It must also consist of compatible and suitable components, and be used in accordance with applicable standards.

Before a worker is allowed into an area where a risk of falling exists, they must be instructed in the fall protection system for the area and the procedures to be followed.

Roof Access

Contact EHRS for a copy of the Roof Access Procedures for directions on accessing the various building rooftops and terrace plateaus at the Burnaby campus.


Prior to commencing work at SFU, contractors who will be working at heights must complete and submit their Site Specific Fall Protection Plan to the Department of Environmental Health and Research Safety (EHRS) for review.  EHRS will not approve the plan but will review it to ensure that it is complete and tailored to the work being conducted at SFU.