If you recall from our Bleacher Safety: What’s Your Risk? series, the Ohio Administrative Code directs you to the International Code Council (ICC) for guidance on code compliance in regard to Bleachers defined as: “Tiered seating supported on a dedicated structural system and two or more rows high.”
As of November 1, 2017, the portion of the Ohio Administrative Code that pertains to Bleachers and Bleacher Inspections will be updated to reference the latest version of the ICC-300 2012.
You can see in the Ohio Administrative Code, where this information is listed. In the Ohio Building Code 1029, previously 1028, (found about ¾ down the page) you will see that:
1029.1.1: Bleachers. Bleachers, grandstands and folding and telescopic seating, that are not building elements, shall comply with Chapters 1-4 of ICC 300.
Referenced as, ICC 300-12, ICC Standard on Bleachers, Folding and Telescopic Seating within the Ohio Administrative Code, 4101:1-35-01 References.
What does this mean? This means that the Ohio Administrative Code is now up to date with the most recent version of the ICC-300, wherein previously it was lagging behind several years. However, it does still only reference Chapters 1-4 of the ICC-300, not Chapter 5 that includes more defined terms as well as additional information on existing bleacher units.
We stand by our original statement of following the full ICC-300 Chapters 1-5, because bottom line: we want to keep you safe and these standards, including Chapter 5, were intended to do so. It is in Chapter 5 that you’ll find the defined term “Qualified Person” as well as what it really means to keep your existing bleachers safe, including compliance standards when it comes to upgrades. We cannot stress this enough, because ultimately you are responsible for everyone that is using your equipment on your property. Your responsibility is to provide an environment that is free of recognized hazards. Because you are liable for any accidents or injury that may take place, why not try to reduce your risk as much as possible? The best way to do that is to stay up to date with the International Code Council’s latest version of the standards including Chapter 5. It’s been reviewed by the code council to be the most complete and up to date set of standards.
Have questions? Contact us and we are happy to help!