Functional Statement:


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


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


OS3.1, OS3.7



Horizontal extension of terminations of at least one handrail in stairs and ramps serving buildings to which Part 9 applies [see Sentence of Division A for application of Part 9].


Where users are not likely to be familiar with the stairway or ramp, to limit the probability of an abrupt termination of a handrail at the end of a flight of stairs, which could lead to an inability to establish or maintain a grasp on the handrail when making a transition to or from stairs, 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.