Australian Standards require stair nosings to be slip resistant. For internal, dry stairs, stair nosings with R-10 slip resistance inserts are adequate to ensure that pedestrians don’t slip when stepping onto the leading edge of the stair.
However, if water is tracked or carried onto the stairs on pedestrian’s feet (e.g. foyer stairs) it may be necessary to choose a more slip resistant stair nosing.
For external stairs where the treads become wet from the elements (or tracking), ProStep aluminum stair nosings, with a carborundum insert (R-13 slip resistance), will help to ensure that pedestrians do not slip on wet stairs.
Grip Guard Non Slip ’s carborundum modified stair nosings have the identical slip resistance of ProStep at a more cost effective price. Constructed from galvanized steel, these heavy-duty stair nosings provide a long-term stair safety solution.
While slip resistance is important to ensure that pedestrians’ feet do not slip off the leading edge of the stair, it is also essential that stair nosings contrast with the colour of the stairs so that pedestrians don’t miss the step, which may result in a fall. Australian Standards require a minimum contrast of 30% between the stair nosing and the stair tread.