Passive vs. Active Fall Protection
Passive fall protection does not require the use of personal protective equipment and active participation from the worker once installed. Examples of passive fall protective include Safety Rails, Safety Handrails, Roof Railings, Roof Hatch Guards and Skylight Guards.
Active fall protection unlike Safety Rails Systems require securing a harnessed worker to an anchorage point with a connecting device. There are two types of active fall protection; fall arrest and fall restraint. Fall restraint requires the connecting device to keep the worker from going over a fall hazard edge.