ADA Restroom Signs

ADA restroom signs, as you may already know by now, are one of the many signs that are considered permanent room signs, and as such, these need to follow rather stringent rules set by the ADA. These rules are put in place to help everyone easily understand what these signs are saying, making them effective in what they are supposed to do.

Since not everyone can easily see these signs due to visual impairments, ADA rules need to be followed in order to make these usable by all. Some companies forget that the reason for such rules is this, and only comply with the standards set by the ADA to avoid penalties and fines that may come with non-compliance. Either way, following these rules is needed, whether to abide by the law or for the benefit of those who need these signs to be easy to read and understand.

ADA signs come with many rules, and the rules you need to follow often depend on the kind of sign that you are having made. For instance, if your sign is not considered a permanent room sign, there is no need to have tactile characters and Braille translations on these. There are some rules however that are common to all signs, including restroom signs, and these include the use of the proper color contrast, non-glare and non-gloss finish, as well as proper character height to signage size and mounting height ratios.

For your restroom signs, since these are considered permanent room signs, you will need to ensure that these have the requisite elements on them to make them ADA compliant signs. For one, these need to have tactile letters on them in order to help those with visual impairments to read these signs easily. Some people wonder why tactile letters are needed on these when such signs already have Braille translations on them. The answer is pretty simple really. Not everyone is born with visual impairments, which means that they may not know how to read Braille. The use of tactile letters and numbers on these signs are for the benefit of those who can understand the shapes of letters and not Braille.

Another element that needs to be on these signs is the right font. There are many fonts that can be used on signs, but for ADA restroom signs, you need to use fonts that are sans serif. Sans serif fonts use characters that do not have the additional end strokes that some fonts have. These make the letters and numbers of these fonts easier to read since these are written in a simple manner.

You should also be aware that aside from needing to use sans serif fonts for your signs, you also need to avoid using fancy styles of text, even if these are sans serif. Italics is also frowned upon when it comes to these signs and script fonts are also disallowed here. Always remember that these signs need to be easy to read with the fingertips, so simple fonts should always be used.

It should also be known that there are mounting rules to be followed when it comes to permanent room signs, and these include mounting height as well as mounting location guidelines. Since ADA restroom signs are considered permanent room signs, they also need to conform to such rules for them to be considered compliant as well. Mounting location for these signs should always be on the latch side of the restroom door, to help ensure the safety of anyone reading it with their hands. These also need to be mounted at a height of 60 inches from the floor to the middle of the sign in order to facilitate the ease of reach of those who need to read these with their fingertips.

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