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    Official guidelines on ramps

    Does anyone know where to find official guidelines on ramps (portable/temporary)?

    I've seen the building regulations and numerous websites that provide unofficial advice but is there anywhere that provides official guidance?

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    I've never come across any regulatoons for non-fixed ramps.
    I used to design trailers so would have come across any that there were.

    If there are any for disability purpises then it is likely to be simply regarding the maximum angle when in use; and will be the same angle as the fixed/permanent ramps in the building regs.

    Obviously with portable ramps the angle will depend on the step you use them with.

    With non-fixed ramps you couldn't specify widths because they could be split ramps, there won't be handrails with portable ramps (if there were then the building regs would apply again).

    When I used to design trailers we just used to make ramps as long as practical, the longer you could get the ramp the shallower the angle in use.
    If we knew the trailer was to be used for scooters or wheelchairs we would make sure it came within the building reg. angles for disability ramps.
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    I've had a look round, and yes non-fixed, or portable, ramps for wheelchair use should conform to the same as building regs.
    Which means approved document M.
    https://www.gov.uk/government/public...ved-document-m

    To summarise:
    A maximum of 1:12 gradient for wheelchair ramps for unassisted use.
    For assisted use this changes to 1:8 over short distances.

    Of course the regulations for non-fixed ramps can not be absolute, because as they are not fixed then the same length ramp could be used on different heights.
    In which case it would be up to the user to decide if the slope was acceptable or not.
    And that would depend on the surface of the ramp, the ground it is used on, whether it is raining or icey, etc.

    If it's your own portable ramp then it's up to you.
    If it's a temporary (non-fixed/removable) ramp at a public building then it should conform with approved document M.

    But note that even there document M gives "recommendations" not absolutes.

    To calculate the gradient use the height of rise (step) by the ratio.

    Examples:
    For a 1:12 gradient.
    The step is 150mm (approx 6") high, x 12 = 1,800mm long (approx 71", or 1.8M).

    For a 1:8 gradient:
    The step is 150mm (approx 6") high, x 8 = 1,200mm long (approx 47", or 1.2M).
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