Handrails are very important in preventing a loss of balance on stairs becoming a serious fall.

But they need to be in the right place, at the right height and graspable:
  • The top of the handrail should be positioned between 900mm and 1000mm above the pitch line or floor.
  • Handrails should give firm support and allow a firm grip.
  • Stairs should have a handrail on at least one side if they are less than 1000mm wide. Above this width handrails should be provided on both sides.
As with stairs, further detail on handrail dimensions and standards are given in section K of the building regulations.
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