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    Handrail requirements under AS1428.1-2009


    Moddex lists out some of the more important requirements for handrails under AS1428.1-2009 Clause 12.

    According to AS1428.1-2009 Clause 12, handrails shall be designed to comply with the following:

    The cross-section of the handrail must be circular or elliptical, with a height and width of not less than 30mm or greater than 50mm for 270° around the uppermost surface. The horizontal axis on elliptical handrails must be the axis with the greater dimension. View Moddex Compliance Tip on 270° clearance.

    The top of the handrail must be not less than 865mm or greater than 1000mm from the nosing of a stair or the plane of the finished floor level on a ramp, walkway or landing.

    The height of the top of the handrail must be consistent throughout the ramp, stair and landings.

    A clearspace between a handrail and an adjacent wall or other obstruction must not be less than 50mm.

    A clearspace of 600mm is also required above the top of the handrail.

    Handrails are to have no obstruction to the passage of a hand along the rail.

    Please note that there are more requirements stated under Clause 12 and that the above list is only a small selection of them.

    The comparison below shows the requirements detailed in AS1428.1-2009 Clause 12 versus the Moddex Assistrail AR150 system.


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