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Run (Stair Run)

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By Mark Reed
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A stair run refers to the horizontal distance a staircase covers, including all treads but typically excluding the landings. Related, the height of the staircase is the stair rise.

What is the run of stairs?

A stair run is how long a staircase is or the horizontal distance of a flight of stairs.

Compliance Details

OSHA Compliance:

  • OSHA 1910.25: This standard outlines stairway requirements, including dimensions for treads and risers, and mandates that stairways must be uniform in height and depth within each flight. OSHA-compliant stairs must also have slip-resistant surfaces and adequate headroom.

Key Points:

  • Riser Height: Must be uniform, not exceeding 9.5 inches.
  • Tread Depth: Should be at least 9.5 inches.
  • Width: Minimum clear width must be 22 inches between vertical barriers.

IBC Compliance:

  • International Building Code (IBC): Sets requirements for stairways used in public buildings, focusing on safety, accessibility, and durability. IBC standards are often more stringent than OSHA for stairs used in commercial and public settings.
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Key Points:

  • Riser Height: Typically should not exceed 7 inches.
  • Tread Depth: Minimum depth is usually 11 inches.
  • Width: Minimum width should be 36 inches.
  • Handrails: Must be provided on both sides of the stairway and meet specific height and graspability standards.
  • Landing Requirements: Landings must be provided at the top and bottom of every stairway and at any point where the stairway changes direction.

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