Guardrail Engineering provides a great variety of high-quality metal handrails for use within a wide range of industries.
If you’re working on a construction site or in any kind of industrial environment, you may be required to affix aluminium, mild steel or stainless steel handrail systems to certain areas in order to adhere to health and safety requirements.
It’s important to look into the reasons why you might need to do this. You should also research the types of metal handrails in which you should invest and where to find them.
Read on for a simple guide to these matters, put together by the experts at Guardrail.
Why Might I Need Metal Handrails?
Health and safety regulations state that every existing platform on your premises should be protected by a barrier to prevent accidents. Each one should be at least 1100 mm from the floor of the platform, and they should have a gap of no greater than 500 mm between each rail.
Failure to install barriers or handrails can lead to a nullification of your insurance cover and may lead to you or your business being prosecuted for breaching health and safety.
Types of Metal Handrails
There are a wide variety of available designs of handrail. Before you choose your preferred setup, it’s best to think about the load that you system will need to bear. You can take a look at this useful table to assist you. This should influence the design you request.
From handrail standard structures to base plate arrangements and stock bends or joints, aluminium mild steel and stainless steel handrail systems come with a variety of design aspects that you can choose from.
You can also select the sizes and diameters of the tubular sticks, solid fabricated sticks and tubular or solid ball fittings that will form uprights and joins within your system.
The Difference Between Aluminium, Mild Steel and Stainless Steel Handrail Systems
In terms of materials, you may select from aluminium, mild steel and various grades of stainless steel.
Aluminium is a lighter metal and will work well for project in which it is important to keep the weight of any structure low. Mild steel is a little more flexible and therefore among the least likely metals to shatter. Stainless steel works best where it is necessary to guard against erosion, or where you need a sterile environment.
Where to Buy Metal Handrail Systems
The best thing you can do when preparing to invest in aluminium, mild steel or stainless steel handrail systems is to consult with experts.
Not only does Guardrail Engineering supply quality approved safety railings for almost any project, but our team of specialists can also help you with the design of your system to ensure that all the right boxes are ticked.
For further information about our products and services, simply contact Guardrail today on 01902 871208 and we’ll be very happy to assist you.