Designer Metal Works - Safety and Standards

When it comes to constructing a Deck or Staircase, there are a surprising number of regulations that apply. Some of the most vital regulations concern the height, whether a handrail or barrier is required and if so, how it should be designed. These requirements have been developed specifically to prevent deck-related injuries, especially for decks located high above ground where a fall could cause serious injury or death.

When is a handrail required?

The Building Code of Australia (BCA) advises that a handrail is required where there is the possibility of falling over one metre or more from a floor or building. In other words, a deck less than one metre (1m) above ground is not required to have a handrail, though depending on the height it may still be recommended.


To prevent people from falling, a continuous balustrade or barrier must be provided alongside any stairway or ramp, any floor, corridor, hallway, balcony, verandah, mezzanine or path of access to a building if it is not bounded by a wall or any level more than 1 m above adjoining floor or finished ground level. It is important to note that the measurement of the height of the balustrade or barrier is from the finished floor surface. Finishes such as ceramic tiles and even carpet can make a significant difference to the finished floor height.

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Publisher: Designer Metalworks
Date Published: Sep 14 2017 11:28AM
Date Edited: Sep 21 2017 11:54AM