Metal Handrails Keep Your Business Safe For Employees And Customers
Metal handrails provide support and stability to persons using ramps or stairs. Safety regulations require that businesses have them installed on both indoor and outdoor stairs.
Accidental death is one of the top causes of death nationwide, and falls are among the most common accidents people regularly experience. Tens of thousands of people are injured in falls on stairs every year. To keep your business in compliance with safety regulations, metal handrails are a must. Handrails may not be necessary on interior stairs or steps, but could be required by state regulations and make good sense.
Metal railing is required in most cases to provide assistance to people entering and exiting a business, especially if the doorways have stairs. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulates how handrails must be designed and installed to safely allow access to public spaces by all people regardless of physical ability. ADA compliant railing consists of a horizontal rail with vertical posts made from pipe. This railing allows a good grip surface along its entire length.
To provide stability for people and prevent a fall or slip, stairs must have handrails that can be grabbed for support. The rails should be placed on both sides of the stairs where they can be easily used. The rails should be stable and strong. Wooden rails can rot and become loose, and are harder to hold onto, so it’s best to install metal railings onto your wood rails if you have them. Wood is often used on ramps for businesses as it is aesthetically pleasing, but does not meet ADA standards. ADA requires round pipe that is easier to grip.
Wheelchair ramps need handrails, although this is easy to overlook. Not everyone using the ramp is sitting in a wheelchair. If the rise is greater than 6 inches or the length longer than 72 inches, you must have handrails on both sides of the ramp. The lower rail of the handrail can also be designed to provide the required curb protection at the end of the ramp. This will prevent wheelchairs from slipping off the edge.
To keep your business safety compliant, and add to the accessibility and comfort of your customers, aluminum railing is an affordable and durable solution. Aluminum does not corrode and can withstand nearly any outdoor weather conditions. It requires no maintenance as the coating on the aluminum will not crack or peel and the metal will not shrink or warp. It is easy to ship and install. To learn more about metal handrails in La Mesa, visit this website.
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