Checked to Exacting ROSPA Standards
En1176 part 1
These are the regulations that relate to outside children play equipment, in the absence of any other regulations and whilst the classroom loft is clearly an indoor piece of equipment we felt it most appropriate to measure the class lofts against these set of regulations.
- There are a clearly defined set of probes that are used to ensure that head and torso, finger and feet and leg entrapments are minimised.
- The regulations say that these should apply to any potential entrapments points above 600mm
In all cases classroom lofts have passed a full probe test from 300mm upwards.
Probe 4 in use
Probe 3, if probe 3 will go through a gap then so must probe 4 .ie, if a head will go through so must a torso
- have at least 3 rises
- be evenly spaced
- have a minimum tread depth of 140mm
- have the back of the tread aligned with the next tread front
- hand rails should start at the first step
In all cases classroom lofts comply with these stipulations.
Staircases, risers must all be the same height
Staircase set at 45 degrees
Balustrade height - barriers and guard rails are defined within EN1176 - 1 in three different ways
- hand rail - a rail to help the children balance
- guard rails - a rail to prevent children falling
- barrier - a guard rail with non-climbable in fill
The minimum height for rails is 700mm high for all children.
In all cases classroom lofts come with a barrier style guard rail with a hand rail along the top and the minimum height of the is 760mm.
Balustrade height at 750mm, 150mm above the requirement in EN1176 -1
Balustrade rails double screwed to ensure they will not turn
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