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IBC 2006 Handrails / Stairs
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Re: IBC 2006 Handrails / Stairs By  tycobb2522

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3/26/2009 11:52:00 AM

Welcome, and thanks for coming to this forum. You only need guardrails if you exceed 30" in height. You need handrails, two of them, if you have a single riser.

The only exception would be if you had only a single elevation change, and your platform was deeper than required for a landing.


Re: IBC 2006 Handrails / Stairs By  GrayHeadedMule

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3/26/2009 12:02:00 PM

I believe you are confusing handrails vs guards.

Guards are required where platforms are located more than 30 inches above the floor or grade below.

Stairways are required to have handrails.


Re: IBC 2006 Handrails / Stairs By  ArtisticRail

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3/26/2009 12:03:00 PM


texasbo is correct, handrails required on both sides when more than 1 riser present, guards when the platform is 30" or more in height.

The conflicting information you are getting is because (Single Family Homes) require a single handrail on 1 side when they have 4 or more risers.

That is in the IRC, your night club is built under the IBC. Two different building codes. The IBC governs your project.

Look at sections 1009.0 for stairs & handrails which will direct you to 1012 & 1013

Hope this helps.



Re: IBC 2006 Handrails / Stairs By  Kilitact

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3/26/2009 12:57:00 PM

rktect29: check out Section 1025, depends on the design.


Re: IBC 2006 Handrails / Stairs By  rlmarch

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3/26/2009 1:52:00 PM

Welcome to the BBoard!

If Oklahoma also uses NFPA 101, which I think it still does since I last did a seminar there in Tulsa, you will need handrails at BOTH sides of any stair within 30" of the "normal path of egress" and a "stair" is deemed to be even one riser in that Code.

While guards are not required unless change of elevation exceeds 30", in a night club situation like you appear to be working with, if for no more than avoidance of a slip and fall lawsuit, I would place some sort of barrier 30 to 36" high at least to prevent a drunk from tripping at the edges of these changes in elevation.

Safe or Sorry, it is your choice, but as has been mentioned before on other threads, do that which a prudent practitioner would do. Slips and falls on stairs and other "changes in elevation"are a real killer. Almost 1700 died in the last NSC statistical count from that on cause alone and the BIGGEST fault was insufficient handrails followed by tread and riser geometry.

By the way, the IBC requires at a change in elevation of 12 or less a sloped surface (ramp) is required so if those platform changes are deemed to be in the path of egress, you need a ramp. See 1003.5


Re: IBC 2006 Handrails / Stairs By  peach!!

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3/26/2009 4:20:00 PM

handrail is required for a one step change in elevation.. IBC 1009.10 .. looks to me like one step does it..


Re: IBC 2006 Handrails / Stairs By  rlmarch

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3/27/2009 2:52:00 AM


Thanks for reminding me of 1009.10.

I had forgotten that and will add it to my seminars.


Re: IBC 2006 Handrails / Stairs By  Kilitact

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3/27/2009 6:57:00 AM

Yes, you have Section 1009.10, which has exceptions 1 thru 5, exception 1 takes you to 1025. I think this would be similar to a movie theaters aisles. No matter how safe you design for in todays world a person will sue.


Re: IBC 2006 Handrails / Stairs By  ArtisticRail

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3/27/2009 7:54:00 AM


In the 2006 IBC 1009.10 It refers to a STAIRWAY which is defined as one or more flights of stairs. In order to have a flight one would think you need a step in between the changes in elevation? YES/NO

However, the 2007 sup defined flight for which the new 2009 IBC has in the defs under 1002.

[QUOTE] FLIGHT: A continuous run of rectangular treads, winders or combination thereof from one landing to another. [/QUOTE]So my question is to get from 1 landing to another landing without a step in between how are you all defining the flight?


Not against the handrail, just wondering on how the new 1009.10 which is 1009.12 in the 2009 IBC is now going to be interpt?



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