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Approved Document B - Fire Safety; Volume 2, 5.19, recommends that single escape stairs in residential buildings over three storeys should be constructed of materials of limited combustibility.
Part N of the Building Regulations seeks to ensure that where people are likely to come into contact with glass it is unlikely to cause injury or the glazing will resist impact or be shielded or protected from impact.
The guidance in the 2004 edition of Part M states that a lift is the most suitable form of access for people moving from one storey to another in buildings other than dwellings.
Parts M and K* to the Building Regulations require that people, regardless of disability, age or gender are able to gain access to buildings and use their facilities, both as visitors and people who live or work in them.