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Load Requirements for Handrail and Guard

Load Requirements Handrails and Guards must be able to withstand a Uniform Load of 50 lbs/ft or a Concentrated Load of 200 lbs placed at the top of the handrail or guard. Infill areas must be able to withstand a load of 50 lbs/sq.ft.

Handrail Return Requirements

Handrail extensions must return to a wall, itself or the walking surface. Note: While it is a common practice to leave a gap between a wall return and the wall, some inspectors have rejected this as they consider it a return toward the wall and not a return to the wall.    

Railing Extension Requirements

Railing Extensions for Ramp Rails Ramps Handrails extend horizontally above the landing for 12 inches minimum beyond the top and bottom of the ramp runs. Railing Extensions on Stairs Top Extension on Stairs Handrails extend horizontally above the landing for 12 inches minimum beginning directly above first riser nosing. Handrails extend horizontally above the landing […]

Building Code Definitions for Handrail

The purpose of a handrail is to provide guidance. It is required on stairs with two or more risers and ADA ramps with a rise of 6″. In commercial applications, handrail is required on both sides of stairs and ramps. They are not required on walking surfaces with running slope less than 1:20. Height: Placed […]

A Quick Introduction to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

The NFPA is a global organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards. There are two NFPA documents which may apply to your application – NFPA 5000: Building Construction and Safety Code […]

Introduction to Accessibility Standards and the ADA

There are two primary references that have been used throughout the country in relation to accessibility: ICC/ANSI A117.1, Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities and The Americans With Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG).   ANSI A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities. Originally created and published by the Council of American Building Officials (CABO) – […]

Quick Introduction to The International Code Council

Most municipalities and local code bodies do not write code – they adopt model codes prepared by various code bodies. Most municipalities and local code bodies do not write code – they adopt model codes prepared by various code bodies.Historically, model codes were prepared by code bodies such as Building Officials Code Administrators International, Inc. […]

Building Codes for Handrail and Guard Railings

Prior to using any railing products, it is incumbent on designers, fabricators and installers to make themselves familiar with local building codes that apply to their applications. Most municipalities and local code bodies do not write code — they adopt codes prepared by various code bodies. Historically, model codes were prepared by code bodies such […]

Key insights for material,  form, and function and an appearance that lasts

Railings are in place to provide guidance and help prevent accidents as a life safety product. For architects, performance and safety are critical to product selection in the design phase, but you also have to “sell the image,” bringing to life the right look and feel to meet the performance and integrity of the building […]

Clarifying Handrail Bracket Clearance

Required clearance between a handrail and other building elements continues to confound and confuse. Here’s a quick review of where present codes now stand. The 1992 Americans With Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) stated that there was to be an absolute dimension of 1-1/2″ between a handrail and a wall. This was actually a “grab […]

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