Clearing Our Path

Creating accessible environments ­for people with vision loss

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Handrails

Handrails along the sides of staircases prevent accidents by providing support and serve as visual and tactile guides for people with vision loss. Where possible, use handrails continuously throughout a stair system, along both sides of a staircase and continuing along the sides of all adjoining landings.

Stairway handrails have been retrofitted with a colour/brightness contrasted strip at the top and bottom of the railing system. This is a good alternative when the entire handrail can’t be colour contrasted to the surrounding wall surface.

Follow these guidelines for handrails used in stairways:

These handrail requirements apply to ramps as well as staircases.