Slip Resistance Requirements for Stairways, Landings & Ramps - Are your specifications up to date?

Slip Resistance Requirements for Stairways, Landings & Ramps
Are your specifications up to date?

Slip‐resistance classifications for stair treads or nosing’s to treads, landings and ramps in Class 2‐9 buildings were introduced with amendments to the BCA that came into force on 1 May 2014.

Note that South Australia has only adopted the requirements for commercial (class 2-9) buildings and will not adopt the requirements for class 1 dwellings until May 2015. For further info click here.

Treads or nosings to treads of a stairway, and the surfaces of ramps and landings are to comply with a slip‐resistance classification specified in the BCA when tested to AS 4586-2013 ‘Slip resistance classification of new pedestrian surface materials’. This requirement applies to all finishes and surface types (including carpet, tiles, timber, vinyl, concrete and metal) and are required to be specified as part of an application for Building Rules Consent. Where material selections are documented test certificates may be required to confirm their compliance or alternatively in- situ testing specified to confirm as constructed compliance.

An accompanying handbook HB 198 – 2014 ‘Guide to the specification and testing of slip resistance of pedestrian surfaces’ has been published to further assist in understanding the requirements of AS 4586 – 2013.

More details contained in the ABCB Advisory Note here.