Strange Observations – Part 46

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals…

The step up (or down) is more than 8-inches permitted for a riser. Steps will have to be made, and wood cannot be used.

Even existing conditions have to meet the maximum height requirement for risers, as referenced in section 7.2.2.2.1.1 (2) of the 2012 Life Safety Code.

Strange Observations – Part 41

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals…

No… this picture is not an optical illusion. That step between the floor and the sill for the doorway is a doosey.

It definitely is more than the maximum 8-inches height for a riser for existing healthcare occupancy, or 9-inches in height for a riser in Industrial occupancy.

As I’ve said over and over… Mechanical rooms often have many non-compliant safety issues that an astute surveyor can find.

In a situation like this, steps with riser that do not exceed 7-inches (for new construction) need to be installed to access this doorway. And, the steps cannot be made of wood.