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Stair Nosing

Stair nosings are a vital requirement on every stair edge or step in a public area or communal area.

The Law

Several Areas of Guidance and legislation now exist to assist with the selection of suitable stair edgings, to help building owners achieve an inclusive environment in line with the Disability Discimination Act 1995 (DDA).

 

Building and DDA Regulations

Light Reflective Values BS8493:2008

The legal duty for access to a building and its facilities is the responsibility of the owners.

Guidance is provided in approved documents such as approved Document M, which is based on BS8300:2001. The related details of approved Document M are outlined below, together with the Treads recommendation.

“People with impaired sight risk tripping or losing their balance if there is no warning that steps provide a change in level. The risk is most hazardous at the head of a flight of steps when a person is descending.”

The change in level can be clearly highlighted with a nosing that contrasts with the surrounding tread and riser materials. Our method of installation – changing top step insert colours – is a formality. The colour variant should be at least 30 points (where black to white is 100 points) on all treads.

“All nosings are made apparent by means of a permanently contrasting material 55mm wide on both the tread and riser.”

We supply and fit Gradus and Quantum nosings, please view the specification guidelines.

Gradus Website

Quantum Website

Stair Nosing