Slip-Resistance for Stairways

SLIP-RESISTANCE FOR STAIRWAYS

So that people can move safely to and within a building, the Building Code of Australia requires all new stairways in residential dwellings to be slip resistant. Stair treads and nosing strips must have a slip-resistant classification of not less than the following when tested in accordance with AS4586:

Application               Surface conditions            
 Dry Wet 
    Tread surface     P3 or R10  P4 or R11 
Nosing strip P3  P4 

 

Slip-resistance certification

Before an Occupation Certificate is issued for a building, we may request certification to be provided from a manufacturer or installer to ensure that the finished surfaces comply with the slip-resistance requirements of the Building Code of Australia.

A laboratory test report may be accepted where the floor finish is a product such as carpet, tiles, vinyl, rubber or the like, which has been tested by the manufacturer in accordance with AS4586.

Timber stairs may require an in-situ test to be conducted once the final clear coat has been applied, or a manufacturer's compliance certificate confirming that the finished surfaces comply with the Building Code of Australia when tested in accordance with AS4586.

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