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OSHA Railing Requirements Requirements from the General Industry Standards Guarding Floor and Wall Openings and Holes (1910.23) (a) Protection for floor openings. (1) Stairway floor openings must have standard railings (as specified in (e)) on all expose...
_HANDRAIL BRACKET CLEARANCE: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE_ _This article was originally published in NOMMA's Fabricator Magazine, January/February 2003 _ _The confusion over handrail bracket clearance has plagued our industry for 15 years. The good news ...
_ADA GRAB BAR REQUIREMENTS_ A4.24 GRAB BARS, AND TUB AND SHOWER SEATS A4.24.1 GENERAL. Many people with disabilities rely heavily upon grab bars to maintain balance and prevent serious falls. Many people brace their forearms between supports and wall...
_THE LADDER EFFECT_ The 2000 International Residential Code (IRC) states that guardrails . . . _shall not be constructed with horizontal members or other ornamental pattern that results in a ladder effect. _It has never been in the International Buil...
GUARDRAIL LOCATION REQUIREMENTS IRC -- 30" above floor or grade below on open-sided walking surfaces. -- On open sides of stairs with a total riser of more than 30" above the floor or grade below. IBC -- 30" above floor or grade below on open-s...
Q: Some of our wall mount rails return back to the wall where they terminate but may not actually touch.  Is there a code requirement for end-capping if the space between the wall and the end of the return is past a certain point? A: The codes state tha...
Building Codes 101, Part II: ICC and Building Codes http://iccsafe.adobeconnect.com/p61108341/ Where the first part of this webinar series provided an overview of building codes, this second part focuses on the model codes provided by the International ...
There are two primary references that have been used throughout the country in relation to accessibility: ICC [http://www.iccsafe.org/]/ANSI A117.1, Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities and The Americans With Disabilities Act Accessibility Guide...
Most municipalities and local code bodies do not write code – they adopt model codes prepared by various code bodies. Historically, model codes were prepared by code bodies such as Building Officials Code Administrators International, Inc. (BOCA [http:/...
The simple answer is "yes." However, you will need to confirm with your local jurisdiction as to which version of ADA or state disability code is being applied to determine the size permitted. The 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design clearly state...
  _NFPA CODE BRACKETS_ NFPA 101 has a different clearance requirement for handrail than does the IBC, ADA and ANSI. Their requirement is that there is to be a 2-1/2" minimum clearance between the wall and the handrail. Confirm with your local Autho...
Required clearance between a handrail and other building elements continues to confound and confuse. Here's a quick review of where present codes now stand. The 1992 Americans With Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) stated that there was ...
My understanding is that you can not apply an IRC reference to a commercial building. What are the details of your situation that you need to make work? The extension requirements of the IBC and ADA have changed in recent revisions and they might help you...
Building Codes 101, Part I: Introduction to Building Codes http://iccsafe.adobeconnect.com/p7rpr0tt4h2/ [http://iccsafe.adobeconnect.com/p7rpr0tt4h2/] What are building codes? Why do we have them? Why can't we just build buildings however we want? These ...