It is important that appropriate safety precautions are put in place prior to the installation of a new mezzanine floor in order to protect those individuals using it.
For exposed edges, edge protection is required and must meet the current British Standards and Building Regulations approved document. There are lots of different options when it comes to handrails; the choice largely depends on what characteristics your business requires. This can make deciding on the right handrails difficult, but here are some useful tips for choosing the right edge protection for your needs.
If you’re faced with choosing the appropriate edge protection handrails for your business then it can be helpful to think about the following questions:
- Who will see these handrails?
- How durable do these handrails need to be?
- What environment are these handrails going to be installed in?
For those looking to install mezzanine handrails in retail spaces, your handrails will be exposed to lots of potential customers, and it’s likely that you might decide to prioritise good aesthetics as a result. This is a good choice. It’s well documented that retail environments that look pleasing to the eye are more likely to leave customers with a good impression of your business, add value to your product or service and play an important part in people’s overall product evaluations. In addition, with these handrails unlikely to be exposed to a great deal of wear and tear, a feature handrail might well be a great choice as its high quality stainless steel finish is well suited for placement in a customer facing environment.
On the other hand, those using mezzanines for the purpose of factories or warehouses might see aesthetics as a secondary concern as potential customers are not going to be exposed to this part of the business. Instead, you might choose more durable options that are built to withstand industrial stresses like knocks from pallets and machinery. Industrial handrails come with all the features needed to ensure good performance in warehouse and factory spaces. These can also be fitted with mesh panels to prevent items from falling; useful if your mezzanine harbours lots of small items.