Stepping up to better access stairs

Whether external access stairs up to your roof or access stairs for general use, understanding your application is key to your level of safety and compliance requirements. Your roof pitch and gradient of access can also determine your access stair design and other height safety systems that may be needed.

If your access stairs will be used for roof and maintenance access, your access stair needs to be AS1657 compliant. Your design also needs to consider additional height safety solutions that may be needed to decrease risk and improve its level of safety. If used for general access (such as for building exit access) your design will need to be BCA compliant. Without it, your new building may not be able to get a certificate of occupancy.

To ensure you purchase the right access stair for your building, our compliance experts can step you through the process. From access stair design and solution provider selection to installation and NATA accredited fall prevention testing. Helping you achieve the highest level of safety and compliance for your access stairs.


Walkway, ladder or access stair: How do you know which to use when?

Walkways, ladders and access stairs are not interchangeable. However, far too many businesses put the wrong access system in the wrong place. Exposing their business to high levels of risk and system non-compliance.

When choosing your access system, you need to consider:

  • The application and tasks being performed
  • Your access point and path of travel
  • Roof pitch or gradient to be scaled

The gradient to be scaled is especially important, defining not only your roof access system but also additional height safety solutions required. This could be guardrails to provide additional safety<Guardrails link> or additional cleats to stop sliding.

Not sure which access you need? Our expert team can help you choose the right roof or plant access system for your needs. We’ll also be on hand to check your access system has been installed correctly and meets compliance requirements.

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Our expert team can guide you through the process and be by your side, step by step. From finding the right provider to assessing tender submissions and installations.

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From site assessments and system design to testing, inspections and certifications, we’re here to provide expert advice to keep your business protected and workplace safe.

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