Back9.8.7.4.(3)

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:

Maximum height of handrails at landings where guards are required, 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 at landings where guards are required, within 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:

Where the risk of falls and injury is reduced owing to the large flat surface of the landing, to limit the probability that handrails will be too high to be used by the majority of stair and ramp users, 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 (2) regarding the maximum height of handrails, in situations where guards are required and the top of the guards can be used as handrails.