RHSM SAFETY & HEALTH ZONE
#2 - IMPORTANCE OF HANDRAIL
IMPORTANCE OF RAILINGS FOR SAFETY
Never for a moment underestimate the importance of railings, especially on stairways, decks, and ledges. Of course, a railing can add beauty to a home or building as well, but the primary purpose of the railing should always be safety. To help you understand the full importance of railings, we’ve compiled a list of their safety benefits:
To Help People Balance on Steps and Platforms: When a person loses balance on the stairs or suffers from muscle weakness, they may cling to the railing. Railings provide stability, which is especially important for young children, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Some people like to lightly graze railings with their hands just in case they need extra support or balance.
To Prevent Nasty Falls: Railings on decks and ledges provide a needed barrier between the deck’s surface and the high vertical drop. They help protect curious children, wild pets, and inebriated or unaware adults.
To Provide Comfort and Peace of Mind: If a person suffers from vertigo or an extreme fear of heights, a railing can make them feel more comfortable. It also allows people to walk to the very edge of a deck or balcony. Without a railing, most people would not venture within 6-12 inches of the edge.
To Increase Safety During existence of wet surface: During existence of water from cleaning or mop by office cleaner, surfaces can become slippery and dangerous. Railings provide support, and many people will clutch on to them to ensure that they don’t slip. To further increase safety in these circumstances, keep the flooring surface dry and clear.
To Help Those Carrying Unwieldy Loads: When you’re carrying a heavy or cumbersome load and attempting to climb up a set of stairs or a ramp, a railing can make the journey far less treacherous. It will give you something to grab onto if you’re feeling off balance. For example, a railing may come in handy if you’re carrying a suitcase, a sack of groceries, or a baby.
HOW TO ENSURE A RAILING IS SAFE
Ensure the Railing Is Properly Installed and use it!
Ideally, an experienced professional will install your railing using the appropriate tools and hardware. However, some railings can be installed by amateur handymen. If you decide to install a railing without professional assistance, read the directions carefully beforehand and follow the instructions to the letter. Take your time, and inspect your progress as you go. After the railing has been successfully and safely installed, examine the railing routinely to ensure that it is holding up well and hasn’t been compromised by general wear and tear. If you found that our office’s handrailing is loose or about to unplug from the wall, let us know!
For more information, please contact RHSM Health and Safety Advisor ext: 7878
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