BCAB #1445 - Continuous Handrails and Handrail Extensions, Sentences 3.4.6.4.(5) and (7)

August 20, 1997

BCAB #1445

Re: Continuous Handrails and Handrail Extensions, Sentences 3.4.6.4.(5) and (7)

Project Description

This appeal concerns the design of handrails for an exit stair less than 1100 mm wide. The appellant has designed a continuous handrail at the inside or centre wall of the stair.

Reason for Appeal

Sentence 3.4.6.4.(5) requires at least one handrail to be continuous throughout the length of all flights and landings and Sentences 3.4.6.4.(7) requires handrail extensions at the top and bottom of a stair except where the handrail is continuous.

Appellant's Position

The appellant contends that with only one handrail, which Sentence 3.4.6.4.(5) says must be continuous, extensions are not required because of the exemption provided in Sentence 3.4.6.4.(7).

Building Official's Position

The building official maintains that both the continuous handrail and handrail extensions are required. Sentence 3.4.6.4.(7) exempts the extensions from continuous handrails but does not exempt the need for handrail extensions from the stair. In this case the building official suggests an additional handrail with extensions be provided on the outside wall of the stair.

Appeal Board Decision #1445

It is the determination of the Board that handrail extensions are not required for this stair except at the top and bottom floors.

George R. Humphrey, Chair