With slips, trips, and falls being the biggest cause of workplace accidents, it is essential to ensure that stairs meet Australian Standards. This allows employers to protect their employees from injury and themselves from possible litigation as a result of slip and fall injuries on stairs that are not deemed to be safe.
To reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls on stairs, the treads must be slip resistant. The level of slip resistance depends on whether the stairs are indoors or outdoors.
For outdoors stairs, a polymeric insert is usually adequate while, in outdoor situations where stairs may become wet, rougher, carborundum inserts should be used. By choosing the correct stair nosing, it reduces the risk of pedestrians slipping off the edge of the step when ascending or descending the stairs.
In addition to slip resistance, luminous contrast is also essential. If the colour of the nosings is not contrasting to the stair tread, it is more likely that a pedestrian will ‘miss’ the edge of the step that could lead to a fall.
A thirty percent luminous contrast is required. A quick way to judge if the nosing has this contrast is to take a black and white photo of the stairs. If there is a noticeable contrast between the stair and the nosing, this requirement would be met.
Grip Guard Non Slip makes a full range of stair nosings for the domestic, commercial and industrial market. The nosings are supplied pre-cut and pre-drilled for ease of installation or Grip Guard technicians can carry out the installation.