While it may only seem like a minor detail, commercial handrails can play a large role in keeping your business safe and accessible. Railings provide purchase and stability to seniors, children, and disabled individuals. Truly, every business owner and customer can benefit from the use of handrails and railings for both safety and general function. If your property contains stairs which are particularly sharp or otherwise daunting, or you simply wish to avoid accidents and injuries, railings are a definite necessity.
The Safety Requirements Of Commercial Handrails
Ideally, railings will prevent injury, accidents, and potential lawsuits by adhering to certain safety standards. These include the requirements for handrails along stairs & other locations and set standards for handrail height, continuity, accessibility, & a mandated lack of obstructions. Handrailing graspability standards dictate the handrailing size, total perimeter, shape, and surface characteristics. Railings must also be securely mounted. In fact, if falling individuals grasp for improperly mounted handrails, it can even worsen their injuries.
Railing Placement And Types
Commercial handrails are often found installed along stairways, along balconies and walkways, along ramps, at bath and shower entrances and exits, around toilets, and at any location where guidance or support may be required, such as for the visually impaired and the elderly. The types of railings placed in these locations include guardrails, which create safety barriers on decks, balconies and landings, stair rails, and handrailings. These are commonly used when a stairway has open sides, in order to prevent injuries from falling. These can be applied to both ascending and descending stairs for safety reasons. As long as they are properly installed, all of these types of railings lessen significant safety risks.
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