Product News: Architectural and Civil Engineering Products

Hatch Railing System satisfies OSHA standard CFR 1910.23.

Press Release Summary:

Jan 18, 2006 - Providing permanent means of fall protection for hatch openings, BIL-Guard(TM) Hatch Railing System mounts directly to capflashing of any brand of roof hatch. Attachment system does not penetrate roofing membrane and is installed using basic tools. System is constructed of fiber reinforced polymer material with molded-in, high-visibility yellow color for safety. Self-closing gate ensures continuous fall protection and maintains OSHA compliance.

Original Press Release

Bilco Offers BIL-GUARD(TM) Hatch Railing System

Press release date: Dec 14, 2005

The Bilco Company, a manufacturer of specialty access products for the architectural and residential markets, offers the BIL-Guard(TM) Hatch Railing System on its line of roof doors.

Designed to satisfy OSHA standard CFR 1910.23 (which requires the exposed sides of roof openings to have some form of guardrail protection), Bilco's new BIL-Guard (patent pending) is a fixed railing system that provides a permanent means of fall protection for hatch openings. Tested and proven to meet and exceed OSHA fall protection regulations, the BIL-Guard mounts directly to the capflashing of any brand of roof hatch. Utilizing an innovative new attachment system that does not penetrate the roofing membrane, the BIL-Guard is easily installed using basic tools and does not require special training or certification for proper installation. The attachment system features a quick-mount bracket for fast, secure attachment, and a pivoting mounting sleeve for added installation flexibility.

The BIL-Guard Hatch Railing System is constructed of a durable fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) material that features a molded-in, high-visibility yellow color for added safety. The use of this material, combined with corrosion resistant hardware throughout, allows Bilco to provide a 25 year warranty on this product. It is available in a variety of sizes and features a standard self-closing gate to ensure continuous fall protection and maintain OSHA compliance.

Bil-Guard(TM) Hatch Railing System Fixed railing system provides a permanent means of fall protection for hatch openings Meets and exceeds OSHA fall protection regulations (29 FR 1910.23). Bil-Guard(TM) models are available for most roof hatch and automatic fire vent sizes (shown on Type S Roof Hatch).

Standard Features and Benefits o High visibility safety yellow color o Non-penetrating attachment o Standard self-closing gate feature o Available in a variety of sizes o Corrosion resistant construction carrying a 25-year warranty o Fits all brands of roof hatches with capflashing o Can be easily installed on new or existing hatches and fire vents

Standard Sizes and Shipping Weights

Roof Hatch or Fire Vent                     Bil-Guard(TM) Hatch Rail System Model                  Size                  Model              Shipping                    width x length                                 Weight                    inches      mm                                lbs.   kg.  S                36 x 30   914 x 762          RL-S              52     24  E                36 x 36   914 x 914          RL-E              52     24  F                48 x 48  1219 x 1219         RL-F              61     28  NB               30 x 54   762 x 1372         RL-NB             60     27  L                30 x 96   762 x 2438         RL-L              76     35  SS                 Specify Size               RL-SSL*         Based on Size SS                 Specify Size               RL-SSW**        Based on Size  D                  Specify Size               RL-D            Based on Size  SV                 Specify Size               RL-SV           Based on Size  DSH                Specify Size               RL-DSH          Based on Size 

* Gate on front or latch side of SS Roof Hatch ** Gate on width or side of SS Roof Hatch

Specifications Posts and rails are pultruded from a fire retardant, fiberglass-reinforced polymer (FRP). FRP material has a molded-in, high visibility, safety yellow color and is treated with a UV inhibitor. Mounting brackets are fabricated from 1/4" thick hot dip galvanized steel. Gate hinges and post guides are constructed of 6063-T5 aluminum and torsion rod is type 302 stainless steel. All fasteners are type 316 stainless steel. Hatch rail system satisfies the requirements of OSHA 29 CFR 1910.23 and meets OSHA strength requirements with a safety factor of two. Manufacturer shall provide a 25-year warranty against defects in material and workmanship. For more information on Bilco's complete line of products, call (203) 934-6363, or visit the company's website at