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Asbra Safety Stair Treads and Nosings

Latham manufacture and supply a range of Non-slip and Anti-slip Treads

Stair treads are used to ensure pedestrian safety and reduce the possibility of litigation for a building owner caused by slip and falls. These also are considered an important part of Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) for domestic and commercial buildings.

What Latham refer to as Stair Tread Nosings are sometimes also referenced to as Latham Treads, Step Treads, Anti-Slip Nosings, Slip resistant Nosings, Step Nosings and other variations. Essentially they all have the same function which is to promote pedestrian and public safety.

There are a number of Australian and International Standard's and Building Codes that indicate the requirements for Slip Resistant Stair Tread Nosings.

Latham Asbraloy Aluminium and Asbrabronz Solid Brass Safety Stair Tread Nosings are Suitable for internal and external applications. We manufacture a wide range of profiles to be architecturally appealing in various applications. These profiles also are designed to accommodate the requirements of different Australian and International Standards and Building Codes.

Latham Asbraloy Aluminium and Asbrabronz Solid Brass Safety Stair Tread Nosings are manufacture in a range of profiles to suit varying flooring finishes and there are ranges available for new and existing installation applications.

Non-slip/anti-slip treads are used on constructed surfaces such as stairs, platforms, walkways and ramps to reduce the risk of pedestrian slips and falls, and to enhance public safety. They are not only a basic requirement of building codes and Occupational Health and Safety regulations, but also an imperative safeguard for building owners against litigation resulting from accidents or preventable injury.

Also known as stair treads, anti-slip nosings, slip resistant nosings and step nosings, Latham's series of Step Tread Nosings offer an extensive spectrum of non-slip/anti-slip products, suitable for most indoor and outdoor surfaces.

Regulatory requirements for slip-resistant tread nosings

According to industry standards set out by the Building Code of Australia, non-slip and non-skid surfaces must be installed on all pedestrian ramps, stairs and landings— particularly in areas which receive heavy foot traffic or where emergency access may be required. Slip resistant tread nosings are also critical to meeting disability standards (AS1428.1:2009, AS1428.1:2001, AS1428.2:1992 & AS1428.3:1992) for safe access to premises for the visually impaired and disabled. Beyond these basic requirements, there are a number of (often changing) domestic and international building codes which also stipulate minimum standards for slip-resistant surfaces. Other Australian Standards that have been researched and considered in the manufacture and design of these products are: AS/NZ 4663:2004, AS/NZ4586:2004 & NCC2014 Section D.


Lathams have taken most of the hard work out of Australian Standard compliance by their thoroughly researched standard compliance checklist, which you can download here or to the right.  

As a trusted industry leader, all Latham Step Tread Nosings have undergone rigorous testing for safety and effectiveness. To ensure they comply with the latest regulatory standards, Latham's range of Asbraloy and Asbrabronz non-slip step treads are tested for luminance, fire, and other factors affecting performance and durability. Our products are also subject to independent slip-resistant testing by a NATA accredited laboratory in accordance with AS/NZ 4586-2004 Slip resistance classification of new pedestrian surface materials.

Product features of the Latham Asbraloy Aluminium and Asbrabronz range

Latham Asbraloy Aluminium and Asbrabronz Solid Brass Safety Stair Tread Nosings are:

  • suitable for indoor and outdoor surfaces;
  • manufactured in a range of profiles to suit varying flooring finishes, including stone, tile, timber, terrazzo, concrete, pavers, brick, vinyl and carpet;
  • designed to suit various applications without interfering with architecturally aesthetic design — they are available in a wide range of colours and styles, either surface mounted or recessed;
  • suitable for both new construction and existing installations;
  • designed to accommodate the requirements of different Australian and International Standards and Building Codes; and
  • durable in high-traffic environments and fit for ongoing wear.

To assist you in selecting the right Latham Step Tread Nosings product for your application, try our Standard Compliance Checklist, or see our product specifications.

For information on how to install Latham Step Tread Nosings for your application, click here.

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Complementing architectural design

While the safety of our products is our primary concern, we also believe it's important to create a product that complements the aesthetic design of a building, without being unintentionally obtrusive. For this reason, our step tread nosings are available in a plethora of styles, profiles and colours — making it easy to find a product that matches your application. Regardless of the floor surface or finish - be it stone, carpet, tiles or timber - we have a product specifically to suit. At Latham, we don't compromise on safety or style.

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