Handrails are constructive elements that delimitate areas with slopes or unevenness, where one can potentially fall. To prevent these types of risks, the performance and constructive characteristics of handrails must concur with the place they are to be placed at. Additionally, they must guarantee safety when used under both normal and exceptional conditions.
In Spain, the Technical Building Code (CTE SUA 1 3.2) defines the dimensional and strength specifications for guardrails, since their level of strength and stiffness can vary. The Technical Code (CTE DB SE-AE) establishes the following classifications to identify the minimum level of resistance to horizontal forces they must each meet according to their use:
There are other standards that provide specifications for product characteristics:
By knowing the specifications, the prescriber can make the right decisions when selecting his product.
We offer a wide range of tests and solutions aimed at handrail specification and verifying compliance with the Spanish Technical Building Code:
In addition to evaluating the performance of the handrail, we recommend that manufacturers, constructors and site management pay special attention to the type and number of anchors and the support used on site, verifying their compatibility with the system.