The British Woodworking Federation Group
About the Scheme
About the Scheme
About the British Woodworking Federation (BWF)

Staircases can be the centrepiece of a building adding character and enhancing the design aesthetic. However, they are also the most common accident zone in the home other than the kitchen and a critical area of non compliance with building regulations.

It is now estimated that there are more than 350,000 injuries and 550 deaths in the UK every year are caused by falls on domestic stairs and more than 100,000 injuries due to slips and falls on non-domestic stairs, leading to a further 100 fatalities. This may, in fact, be an underestimate of the real problem as many minor falls are not recorded, and it has been estimated that the actual number of injuries could be up to five times higher.

The Department for Communities flag up the problems in the landmark report BD 2518: Review of health and safety risk drivers which spotlights the dimensions of rises and goings, nosings, stair design, handrails and guarding. Various tread and rise dimensions have been promulgated, but small goings represent a clear risk. The importance of handrails in stair safety has been recognised and notably the hazards to children from entrapment and climbability.

The BWF Stair Scheme saw the industry react to this research with an aim to supporting specifiers, contractors and clients to both specify and install safe stairs correctly throughour guidance, which includes fact cards, CPD resources, and videos. We also run an advice line for these stakeholders should their be specific questions about timber staircase design, specification or installation.

Paul Bailey – BWF President
Paul Bailey – BWF President
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Our specialist staff provide an impressive range of services targeted at helping all types and sizes of UK woodworking manufacturers trade more profitably.

Promoting the Woodworking Industry

The BWF promotes its members, their products and the woodworking and joinery industry as a whole using a variety of media:

  • The website offers information about the BWF and the woodworking industry. It includes searchable databases of members and their products, additional services, certifications they hold and any memberships of our additional schemes
  • Comprehensive wider business advice is available in the form of helplines, guides and publications, ensuring that members are kept up-to-date with all the latest information and regulations
  • The BWF Technical Helpline offers all members immediate expert advice. The Federation also provides a Technical Consultancy Service for more complex problems, including site inspections, detailed reports and expert witness statements
  • An extensive programme of PR, digital marketing, publicity and advertising in national, local and trade press publicises the BWF’s work and raises customer awareness of members’ products and services.
A Voice for the Industry

The BWF represents its members’ views to Government, the construction industry, the wider public, and increasingly, to the international community. We also provide members with an influential voice in the development of woodworking and joinery product standards in Britain and Europe.

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