OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 8 Entrances, Walkways, Stairways and Ladders

Section 123 Handrails on stairways

(1) This section applies to stairways with 5 or more risers.

(2) An employer must ensure that a stairway is equipped with a handrail that

(a) extends the entire length of the stairway,

(b) is secured and cannot be dislodged,

(c) is between 800 millimetres and 920 millimetres above the front edge of the treads, and

(d) is substantial and constructed of lumber that is not less than 38 millimetres by 89 millimetres or material with properties the same as or better than those of lumber.

(3) An employer must ensure that posts supporting a handrail

(a) are spaced not more than 3 metres apart at their vertical centres, and

(b) are constructed of lumber that is not less than 38 millimetres by 89 millimetres or materials with properties the same or better than those of lumber.