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OSHA Compliant Tread Nosing

January 20, 2012

Stairways are one of the top places for slip and fall accidents, therefore many safety guidelines are placed on construction to keep pedestrians safe.  From making sure the nosing is visible (color) to the dimensions of the actual stairs to the landing and railing built in conjunction.  In the Occupational Safety and Health Standards, Part 1910, Subpart D; walking-working surfaces of fixed industrial stairs are addressed.

To find out if your tread nosing is compliant, answer the questions below:

  • Do your stairs carry a load of five times the anticipated live load (never less than a concentrated load of 1,000 lbs)?
  • Are your stairs a minimum width of 22 inches?
  • Does your tread nosing comply with 1910.24(e) for fixed stairs to be installed at angles to the horizontal of between 30 and 50 degrees?
  • Are your angles slip resistant?

These are just a couple of the items that pertain to actual tread nosings, for more information on fixed industrial stairs please visit the official OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) website.  There are several agencies, standards and codes that should be followed when building stairways, you can reference the Stairway Manufacturers’ Association website here: http://stairways.org/ or click here for additional tread nosing codes and information.

SlipNOT® offers OSHA compliant tread nosing customized to meet detailed specifications to retrofit over unsafe stairs or built into new construction.  SlipNOT® nosing is available in steel, stainless steel, aluminum and steel to meet the needs of various environments.

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