HSL is to run a 1 day course on Stair Assessment.
25 June 2013
Stairs present significant potential for harm to their users. A
fall on stairs, particularly in descent, often leads to serious
injury or even death. Around 20% of all major injuries reported to
HSE in 2008/2009 which resulted from slips, trips and falls from
height occurred on stairs.
For new build stairs, the Building Regulations provide
minimum design requirements for safety. The Regulations are
updated periodically and, crucially, they do not apply
retrospectively. As a result there are a great number of
staircases that pre-date the current Regulations and so would have
been built to a lower standard with regards to safety. It is
notable that stairs are generally built to the minimum requirement,
rather than being designed with optimal dimensions. HSL forensic
investigations into the causes of stair accidents have often found
the incident to be wholly or partly caused by poor stair
design. In addition, some accident investigations have
identified stairs that would not have met the required standard at
the time of construction. Given the number of serious
accidents on stairs, there is a clear need to understand the risks
posed by specific stairs by way of assessment.
HSL offer a training course in stair fall assessment which
will allow delegates to understand the design features of stairs
which can give rise to a risk of falling, undertake a stair fall
assessment and identify simple remedial solutions to reduce the
likelihood of a fall occurring.
The course will include:
- Background on the common design issues that give rise to a risk
of falls on stairs
- Examples of HSL stair investigations and the findings to
illustrate common issues and consequences
- A demonstration of some simple tools for assessing common stair
features (stair assessment tools will be provided as part of the
- An opportunity for delegates to assess stairs themselves and
seek feedback from the expert
By the end of the training delegates will have an understanding
of simple tools for the assessment of stair design features and be
able to undertake an assessment of stairs in relation to current
standards and legal requirements.
Assessment tools developed by HSL will be provided as part of
This training will give delegates the skills to assess stairs in
their own premises, both internal and external, identify examples
of good and bad practice and make simple improvements where
necessary. This is training can also be undertaken at the
clients premises, this will allow an expert opinion to be given for
free on the stairs studied as part of the training.
Who should attend?
Anyone who is interested in understanding falls on stairs or who
has responsibility for managing health and safety.
It is recommended that the training is undertaken at the clients
premises, as this will also allow an expert opinion to be given for
free on the stairs studied as part of the training. Alternatively
the course can be run at HSL in the spa town of Buxton.
The full cost of the course is £350 per person (includes course
notes, lunch and refreshments and assessment tool developed by
Please note the invoice option is not available within 4
weeks of the course date.
For further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or contact the Training Unit at HSL directly on 01298 218806.
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