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Document ID (ISN)111968
CIS number 11-0721
ISSN - Serial title 1080-3548 - International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Sinisammal J., Saaranen P.
Title Preferred handrail height for spiral stairs - A fitting trial study
Bibliographic information 2010, Vol.16, No.3, p.329-335. Illus. 23 ref.
Abstract Although stairways are in general thoroughly studied, there is little scientific data on spiral stairs. The purpose of this study was to determine preferred handrail heights for a spiral stairway. The most preferred handrail height for descent was 105 cm. On the other hand, 95% of the participants regarded handrail heights between 95 and 100 cm satisfactory for descending. Participants' anthropometric data was combined with the handrail height preference to develop a model to predict preferred handrail height according to the anthropometry of user populations.
Descriptors (primary) premises; stairs; design of equipment; safe layout
Descriptors (secondary) ergonomics; anthropometry; subjective assessment; description of technique
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Ergonomics
Anthropometry