Hello, I hope I am not too much of a noob asking this, but I'm working on a project where we are designing a facility in Portugal, and I've ran into a bit of a dead end having to do with which building codes I should be aiming for with respect to platforms, guardrails, ladders and stairs. This is meant for an industrial application. I am able to follow IBC code pretty well, but when I get to designing the ladders, I find a hole in IBC code where I find no specs on ladder designs, i.e. cages, rung spacing, connection details, etc. Where would be a good resource to find out which codes I have to follow and can anybody give me some insight into anything I need to do differently than with OSHA building codes?


Thanks for your consideration


2010 CBC 1115B.8.3 Towel, sanitary napkins, waste receptacles, dispensers and controls. Where towel, sanitary napkins, waste receptacles, dispensers, other equipment and controls are provided, at least one of each type shall be located on an accessible route, with all operable parts, including coin slots, within 40 inches (1016 mm) from the finished floor and shall comply with Section 1117B.6, Controls and operating mechanisms.

2013 CBC 11B-603.5 Accessories.  Where towel or sanitary napkin dispensers, waste receptacles, or other accessories are provided in toilet facilities, at least one of each type shall be located on an accessible route.  All operable parts, including coin slots, shall be 40 inches (1016 mm) maximum above the finished floor.

2010 CBC 1115B.8.3 states "at least one of each type shall be located on an accessible route, with all operable parts ... within 40 inches."  2013 CBC 11B-603.5 breaks up the provision into two sentences as follows: "at least one of each type shall be located on an accessible route.  All operable parts ... shall be 40 inches."

Based on this sentence structure, it is clear that "at least one" accessory is required on an accessible route.  However, does the next sentence refer to the operable parts of "all" accessories, or "all" accessories that are on the accessible route, i.e., the one of each type?  Was there a change in intent.


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We have given additional exit door to come up with the problem with the travel distace. But, to limit the smoke or Fire movement we have to provide the Doors in the corridor. I cannot find the in NFPA the Fire Rating of the door. I check NFPA 101 and 80. does any one have any suggestion


its for Control Room and non sprinklered building