Fall Protection - Roof Mounted Solar

We are seeing a significant increase in solar permits, and have a question about roof mounted units, and fall protection.

Example, we have an array mounted on a metal storage shed, and adjacent to it, are metal building provided translucent panels for lighting the interior of the storage building. We have a concern, that an individual on the roof 'maintaining' (aka cleaning) the solar array, could possible step back or onto a panel and have a quick trip to the hospital. What requirements are there, or could be enforced; as we see it as a life safety issue?

Thanks as always.

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Not sure why there would be uncertainty.  It appears you are in California.  Code requires skylights (or the equivalent) to be 'fall-protected' - to prevent someone accidentally going through the opening - i.e. non-breaking glazing/plastic or alternately a guard rail.  Separately, OSHA now requires workers on roofs to have fall restraints.  Both are clear cut code requirements.  The only issue is enforcement of these two safety measures.

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