The provision of handrails or balustrade railings are a mandatory health and safety requirement. They help to reduce the likelihood of falls, slips or trips when ascending or descending a stairwell. They also offer welcome support in the case of sudden tiredness.
The requirement is that railings are installed on the inner side of a stairwell or staircase, and will usually feature a tactile handrail which can also be made from mild steel, or as an alternative can be made from timber or PVC plastic capping. They should provide an adequate hand grip and flow uninterrupted around half-landings to provide continued support. A separate handrail is usually fixed to the outer wall of the stair core.