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RE: Railings on Stairs - OSHA 1910.23 & the Florida Building Code

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Yes, I encountered such discrepancies between OSHA and standard building code requirements for rail heights at stairs many years ago.  It is my understanding that OSHA will accept stairs designed per the governing building code.  OSHA allows certain variations from their requirements, referring to them as "de minimus violations". 
Bill Sherman

From: M. David Finley, P.E., P.A. [mailto:davidfinley(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, August 27, 2007 8:23 AM
To: Seaint(--nospam--at)Seaint.Org
Subject: Railings on Stairs - OSHA 1910.23 & the Florida Building Code

OSHA 1910.23 (e) (2)  requires railings on stairs to be "not more than 34" nor less than 30" inches from the upper surface of top rail to surface of tread in line with face of riser at forward edge of tread"
The Florida Building Code (2005 Supplement) 1009.11.1 requires "Handrail height, measured above stair tread nosings, or finish surface of ramp slope shall be uniform, not less than 34" and not more than 38 inches"  It also allows an exception:  "Handrails for stairs not required to be accessible that form part of a guardrail may be 42" high"
Therefore, for an industrial building in Florida, it appears to me that I have to have the stair railing at exactly 34" or I will be in violation of either the OSHA or FBC requirements.  Has anyone had to deal with this before?  Am I mis-interpreting these sections?  Is there an exception to the FBC for industrial facilities?
David Finley
M. David Finley, P.E., P.A.
2086 SW Main Boulevard - Suite 111
Lake City, FL  32025