Maximum Slope For Wheelchair Ramps Ramp Guidelines and Regulations
Update: New Building Regulations from October 2015 – Access to and use of buildings: Approved Document M
Read more about Regulations regarding ramps here – Wheelchair Ramp Guidance and Regulations
We updated our wheelchair ramps sites the other day to provide information about wheelchair ramp gradients and how steep wheelchair ramps should be.
The CAE (Centre for Accessible Environments) say the maximum gradient for wheelchair ramps is 1:12, with the occasional exception in the case of short, steeper ramps when refitting existing buildings.
The gradient also depends on the going of the flight with longer goings requiring shallower gradients.
The maximum height a single ramp should climb before incorporating a landing/rest area is 500mm which should have a gradient no steeper than 1:20 as the height gets lower the ramp can become steeper on a sliding scale with a 333m height requiring a 1:15 gradient and a 166mm height requiring 1:12 gradient
Further information on wheelchair ramp regulations and wheelchair ramp guidelines can be found here – https://www.wheelchair-ramps.co.uk/information/
Portable Wheelchair Ramps
As a general rule most ramp manufacturers recommend a gradient no steeper than 1:12 for independent use and 1:10 for assisted use.
A simple calculation for finding out ramp lengths is to multiple the height by the ratio.
i.e. if working on a 1:12 ratio multiply the height of step by 12 to give you the minimum length of ramp.
6″ step x 12 = 72″ (6ft ramp)
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Note: always do your own risk assessment before deciding on ramp gradient as guidelines generally say a maximum gradient of 1:12 or 1:15 for public use.
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