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Provide handrails and stair railings.

Exemption:
Vehicle service pit stairways are exempt from the rules for stairway railing and guards, if they would prevent a vehicle from moving into a position over the pit.
Definition:
• A handrail is a single bar or pipe on brackets from a wall or partition to provide a continuous handhold for persons using a stair.
 
• A stair railing is a vertical barrier attached to a stairway with an open side, to prevent falls. The top surface of the stair railing is used as a handrail.
You must:
• Make sure stairways less than forty-four inches wide have:
– At least one handrail, preferably on your right side as you go down the stairs, if both sides are enclosed.
OR
– At least one stair railing on the open side, if one side is open.
OR
– One stair railing on each side, if both sides are open.
• Make sure stairways more than forty-four inches wide but less than eighty-eight inches wide have:
– One handrail on each enclosed side.
– One stair railing on each open side.
• Make sure stairways at least eighty-eight inches wide have:
– One handrail on each enclosed side.
– One stair railing on each open side.
– One intermediate stair railing located approximately midway of the width.
• Equip winding stairs with a handrail, offset to prevent walking on all portions of the treads, less than six inches wide.
Reference:
Railings must consist of a top rail, intermediate rail, and posts. To see all of the rules for building handrails and stairway railings, refer to WAC 296-24-75011, of the general safety and health standard.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.010, [49.17].040, and [49.17].050. WSR 02-16-047, § 296-800-25015, filed 8/1/02, effective 10/1/02; WSR 01-23-060, § 296-800-25015, filed 11/20/01, effective 12/1/01; WSR 01-11-038, § 296-800-25015, filed 5/9/01, effective 9/1/01.]
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