Terminology, grades, and product categories can make choosing the right pedestrian barrier for your workplace challenging. This guide guides you on the right path.

The best safety barriers and barriers are manufactured to meet the highest traffic safety standards. This is the only way to avoid injury to employees or visitors in the workplace and to comply with H&S regulations. However, choosing the right pedestrian barrier can be tricky as there are different types.

For example, do you need a heavy-duty option with reliable impact absorption? Which are the best high-visibility pedestrian traffic guides, especially around the edges of off-road routes?

Since pedestrian guardrails are now designed and manufactured to suit different locations and activity levels in the workplace, you need to find the most suitable pedestrian guardrails to manage each risk.

For example, some barriers are specifically designed for areas where HGVs and HLGVs operate, while others fit perfectly into warehouse interiors to isolate your workers and forklifts.

Do you know of products that provide handrails for pedestrians between the ground floor and the mezzanine or when climbing steps? In addition, there are specific pedestrian guardrails to prevent people from getting too close to sensitive or dangerous equipment in your workplace or to ensure they do not bump into the racking system.

To improve your understanding of this important traffic management issue, we’ve compiled information on the best pedestrian guardrails.

1. Pedestrian handrail system

Safety barriers and guardrails do more than just guide pedestrians along established routes by providing them with visual indications of hazards. They also provide a solid guardrails for pedestrians to hold on to in areas where there is a risk of tripping, slipping, or falling.

The best pedestrian rails are suitable for interior or exterior use and come in a modular form that is easy to assemble. In this way, they can be used in different locations and risks.

For example, manage security in the following areas:

• Parking lot sidewalks
• Exits and entrances
• Uneven aisles and interior floors
• Multiple floors
• Manufacturing and engineering spaces (directing pedestrians away from machinery)
• Work areas near electrical equipment or other intrusion hazards.

2. Pedestrian safety barrier

Pedestrian guardrails are designed and manufactured to provide a high level of protection in areas where industrial vehicles operate. They are available in yellow/black for hazard identification and accessories include pedestrian spring return doors and removable shoe panels. This makes it easy, for example, to create a practical flow of pedestrians around your site without them straying into the path of moving machinery.

How else can you use this type of pedestrian guardrail?

• Prevent encroachment on low voltage and IT cabinets.
• Manage the risks of entering and exiting mezzanines.

3. Guardrail system

Warehouse security barriers need to be fit for purpose, durable, and reliable.

The areas where off-road vehicle traffic is the densest and most dangerous to pedestrians require specially designed barriers. In particular, guardrails are able to withstand the impact of material handling equipment (MHE) and powered industrial trucks (PIT).

Heavy-duty steel guardrail systems can prevent serious workplace accidents and of course fatalities. Although it is recommended that you find the version with foam gaskets as standard (under the bottom rail) to prevent dirt and debris from collecting, the closed-cell construction resists corrosion during guardrail cleaning.

Besides isolating people from off-road vehicles and machinery, what other uses do they have?

• To shield high racks or pallet stacks, you can increase the height of your steel guardrail with a destacker extension.
• The same height increase makes these products ideal for protecting heavy machinery.

4. Barrier system

In both public and private roads, safety barriers are the gold standard for traffic management. Its unique and ingenious design creates an impressive impact-absorbing capacity.

Pedestrian safety ends are highly recommended when using them to help keep drivers and pedestrians safe in the workplace.

These safety ends provide an important layer of protection should pedestrians inadvertently come into contact with your barrier. Yellow or black safety ends to prevent damage to limbs, torso, or clothing.

5. Further Insights on Choosing the Right Pedestrian Guardrails

With all the different options, it can be difficult to know which pedestrian guardrails are right for your venue. This guide provides an overview of several popular pedestrian guardrails, their characteristics and applications.

With that in mind, we hope this blog has helped you understand how to choose the right pedestrian guardrails to properly protect pedestrians in and around your premises.

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