ASTM F1637 - 19

    Standard Practice for Safe Walking Surfaces

    Active Standard ASTM F1637 | Developed by Subcommittee: F13.50

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.07


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 This practice addresses elements along and in walkways including floors and walkway surfaces, sidewalks, short flight stairs, gratings, wheel stops, and speed bumps. Swimming pools, bath tubs, showers, natural walks, and unimproved paths are beyond the scope of this practice.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers design and construction guidelines and minimum maintenance criteria for new and existing buildings and structures. This practice is intended to provide reasonably safe walking surfaces for pedestrians wearing ordinary footwear. These guidelines may not be adequate for those with certain mobility impairments.

    1.2 Conformance with this practice will not alleviate all hazards; however, conformance will reduce certain pedestrian risks.

    1.3 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

    1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.5 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    F1646 Terminology Relating to Walkway Safety and Footwear


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 91.120.01 (Protection of and in buildings in general)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 46181600(Safety footwear)


    Referencing This Standard
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    DOI: 10.1520/F1637-19

    Citation Format

    ASTM F1637-19, Standard Practice for Safe Walking Surfaces, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2019, www.astm.org

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