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Why are you applying IBC to a project in Greenland? Is it mandated in the
project specifications to extend the IBC in this jurisdiction (ignoring all
pretentiousness of the I part of IBC)? Is there applicable Greenland
building authority or workplace safety legislation (if not by Greenland
legislation then as an extension from Denmark)?

To consider: Stairs are not always stairs under the defined conditions in
the code. Is this residential, commercial or industrial? What is accessed
via the stairs? Are "stairs" mandatory or is this an assumption of
convenience? As others have pointed out, OSHA may be appropriate to

Paul Ransom, P.Eng.
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fax 905 639-3866

> From: "Daryl Richardson" <h.d.richardson(--nospam--at)>

> Actually, I believe Greenland comes under Denmark law.  You
> might want to check Danish codes.
> Regards,
> H. Daryl Richardson

My thought, too, unless there is some form of treaty space such as
extra-national US military bases. They are similar to embassy land - federal

> From: Drew Morris <dmorris(--nospam--at)>

> I have a project located in the icefield of Greenland.  We have a module
> sitting on a structural steel frame that is supported by columns so It
> is cantilevered above the snow about 15'.  We need to add stairs to
> access the module and I am wondering if the IBC stairway rise/run of
> 7/11 applies.  The site is remote so there is no public access.  On
> other project, I have noticed that steep ship's ladders are used to
> access mechanical rooms in buildings that otherwise have 7/11
> stairways.  is there any way I can justify a steeper rise/run?

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