Back9.8.7.2.(2)

ATTRIBUTION:

Functional Statement:

F30

To minimize the risk of injury to persons as a result of tripping, slipping, falling, contact, drowning or collision.

F10

To facilitate the timely movement of persons to a safe place in an emergency.

Objective:

OS3.1, OS3.7

 

APPLICATION:

Continuity of at least one handrail in stairs and ramps serving single dwelling units, in buildings to which Part 9 applies [see Sentence 1.3.3.3.(1) of Division A for application of Part 9].
This also applies to handrails for stairs and ramps serving dwelling units in buildings to which Part 3 applies [see Sentence 1.3.3.2.(1) of Division A for application of Part 3], as stated in Sentence 3.3.4.7.(1).

INTENT:

To limit the probability of unexpected discontinuity of handrails in stairs and ramps, which could lead to the interruption of users' holds on the handrail, which could lead to:
  • persons falling, or
  • persons falling in an emergency, which could lead to delays in the evacuation or movement of persons to a safe place.
This is to limit the probability of harm to persons.
To supersede the requirement stated in Sentence (1) regarding the continuity of handrails, in situations where occupants are likely to be familiar with the stair or ramp.