ASTM Safe Walking Surfaces Standard Revised

ASTM F1637-09, Standard Practice for Safe Walking Surfaces, addresses the design, construction and minimum maintenance criteria for floors, walkway surfaces, sidewalks, short-flight stairs, gratings, wheel stops, and speed bumps of new and existing buildings.

The 2009 version of F1637, Standard Practice for Safe Walking Surfaces, is now available from Committee F13.50 on Walkway Surfaces, part of ASTM International's Committee F13 on Pedestrian/Walkway Safety and Footwear. This standard addresses the design, construction and minimum maintenance criteria for floors, walkway surfaces, sidewalks, short-flight stairs, gratings, wheel stops, and speed bumps of new and existing buildings.

The standard is intended to provide reasonably safe walking surfaces for pedestrians wearing ordinary footwear, according to ASTM, which notes that the guidelines may not be adequate for people with certain mobility impairments.

The F1637-09 Standard may be purchased in print or PDF format from this site for $32. Committee F13 meets twice a year, usually in January and June, and is scheduled to hold its next meeting Jan. 24-25, 2010, at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas. For information, contact ASTM's Joseph Hugo at 610-832-9740.

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