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The Importance of ADA Compliance in Workplace Restrooms

Commercial ADA Stall

Having to use the restroom multiple times throughout the day might seem like an inconvenience to some, but the reality is that it’s even more complicated if you have a disability.

For example, what do you do if you’re in a wheelchair and find that the restroom you’re in doesn’t have a wheelchair-accessible stall?

In the worst-case scenario, it may mean not being able to do what you came to do. And for business owners and property managers, it could mean expensive fines or even troublesome litigation, depending on the severity of the offense.

That's precisely why the Americans with Disabilities Act became federal law. Learn more about this important legislation, along with a handful of common accessibility mistakes to avoid if you want to ensure that your business remains compliant.

What Are ADA Requirements?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990 to prevent discrimination based on disability.

The ADA mandates that U.S. businesses serving the public must adhere to accessibility regulations. Non-compliance risks fines, lawsuits, or closure.

The ADA also applies to restrooms, meaning all public, commercial, and employee restrooms must be ADA-compliant. Following are the ADA requirements for public, commercial, and workplace restrooms in the U.S.

1. Appropriate Signage

Signage indicates where the bathroom is located. It’s usually the first thing people look for when searching for a restroom.

To comply with ADA regulations, use clear, easy-to-see pictures, symbols, and raised Braille characters on signs. This helps visitors with visual impairments and indicates your business's accessibility.

2. Adequate Floor Spacing

ADA guidelines emphasize the importance of floor space for wheelchair maneuverability in restrooms.

More precisely, facilities must provide at least 60 inches of floor space that aren’t taken up by sinks or toilets. This standard was added to the law in 2010, which means there are still some restrooms around the country that aren’t compliant.

3. Ample Under-Sink Clearance

The ADA requires a sink in every restroom. These sinks must be at least 34 inches above the floor, with a knee clearance of 27–30 inches in width and 11–25 inches in depth. We chose these dimensions to ensure that average-sized wheelchairs have enough clearance.

Additionally, all faucets, dispensers, and dryers must be operable with a single hand since the loss of a hand or upper extremity constitutes a disability.

These fixtures improve facility convenience and hygiene by enabling one-handed operation for soap dispensing, faucet control, and towel dispensing or hand dryer activation.

4. Properly Placed Grab Bars

Grab bars are one of the most essential components of an ADA-compliant restroom. They allow people to safely support their weight without using their lower extremities. This feature is a necessity for anyone in a wheelchair, as it enables them to easily get on and off the toilet.

In order to be ADA-compliant, a grab bar must be 42 inches on the side wall and 36 inches on the rear wall. Additionally, it must provide at least half an inch of clearance space in all directions.

Grab bars must also be placed in convenient proximity to the toilet paper dispenser and hand dryer. Finally, you’ll want to ensure that any grab bars installed in your restrooms are waterproof.

Make Sure You’re ADA-Compliant with Professional Help

If you need to ensure that your restrooms are ADA-compliant, it’s a good idea to consult a professional team with lots of experience.

Fast Partitions is here to help you with all of your restroom needs, including ADA compliance and other regulatory demands. Contact us today to request a quote for your project.





January 26, 2023
Wayne Foreman

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