As we approach winter and the weather takes a turn for the worse, the cold and wet conditions can make outside stair cases significantly more slippery, so now is the time to check the anti-slip stair nosing to make sure they are in good condition.
Stair Nosing Wear and Tear
Stair nosing, particularly in heavy footfall areas, can gradually wear down and become less effective over longer periods of time. Stair nosing can sometimes be over looked during health and safety checks so the wear and tear can be missed. As such, the worn stair nosing can become less effective and the risk of accidents from slips can increase.
Worn Stair Nosing – What to look for
Common problems for the wear and tear on the stair nosing can include:
- Loosening on the fitting – Dependent on the type of stair nosing this could be from missing screws or adhesive degradation
- Worn tread
- Faded colour – The visual distinction between each stair becomes faded and isn’t clearly defining each step. At this point it will be worth looking at changing the stair nosing for new fittings.
The current regulations state that the stair nosing should be fitted to public areas meeting the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and whilst meeting the Building Regulations. By ensuring your organisations stair nosing are maintained or replaced properly will help to reduce the risk of accidents and therefore the potential of legal prosecution and/or being sued.
We have previously written about anti slip stair nosing in our article entitled “Anti Slip Stair Nosing – Reasons to ensure they’re fitted” which gives more details about the importance of anti-slip stair nosing.
So before the weather gets worse, it’ll be worth checking your stair safety now. If you would like to receive a quote for replacement anti slip stair nosing, please give our team a call and they’ll be delighted to help you.