BWF presents blueprint for safer common timber stairs

26 May 2017

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Stair Scheme has launched a new guide to assist stair designers, manufacturers and building professionals involved in the design and specification of common timber stairs for the UK market.

The new Design Guide 2: Common Timber Stairs was launched at the ‘Stair Flair with Due Care’ CPD seminar in London earlier this month.

BWF says it is estimated that there is a fall on stairs every 90 seconds in the UK, and a further estimated 250,000 non-fatal accidents which are serious enough to merit a trip to A&E. An understanding of tiny details and dimensional limitations within the design of the stair is critical to ensuring that it is safe for all users and compliant to relevant regulations.

Critically, the rules for the manufacture and installation of common stairs are different from stairs for private dwellings and take into account other factors such as fire safety, increased loadings and accessibility for all users. The new design guide provides comprehensive industry advice and covers the minimum requirements for the manufacture of safe and well-designed common timber stairs for the UK construction market.