Washroom Signs

Some people call these bathroom signs, others call it restroom signs, and still a few others refer to these as washroom signs. Whatever the term being used is, the fact still remains that these are all used for one particular reason, and that is to show people where they can answer the call of nature. What you might not know is that, as commonplace and as simple as these signs may seem, these actually need to follow very strict rules for compliance.

When you say rules for compliance, this means the rules set by the ADA for signage. Since these signs need to be understood by all, with restrooms being places that everyone can access and will need access to, such rules have to be followed in order for these signs to be indeed useful to everyone. This is where you will need to ask yourself whether or not your signs are indeed designed the right way for use by all, or if these lack certain features that not only make them compliant but also useful to everyone?

So, how do you determine if your washroom signs are indeed designed and crafted the right way? There are some things that you need to ask yourself when you view these signs and you will need to answer these questions in order to find out if these signs are indeed compliant. One question you will need to answer is whether or not these have characters that are easy to read and understand, even from a distance. You will also need to answer this question with someone who has visual impairments in mind. Can someone who is near-sighted or far-sighted understand your signs at certain distances?

Another question you need to ask is whether or not these signs have surfaces that reflect light. The reason why this query needs to be addressed is due to the fact that reflective surfaces are a no-no when it comes to these signs. Your bathroom signs may be made with the use of metals such as aluminum or stainless steel, but you need to ensure that the surface does not reflect light, which can make the reading of such signs from a particular distance difficult due to the glare brought about by the reflection of light.

The same goes for signs that are made with plastic and other materials that may be polished to a high sheen. When it comes to bathroom signs, high sheen is not needed and is in fact frowned upon. You need to make sure that these signs have what is called a non-glare and non-gloss surface for these to be considered compliant with ADA rules and are therefore considered ADA signs.

Also another thing you need to ask yourself when assessing your washroom signs, and when designing them as well, is whether or not the characters that you use on them are easy to understand and read. You will need to use simple serif fonts, or sans serif fonts as these are sometimes called, in order for everyone to be able to read these easily. Fancy script, italics and even serif fonts should not be used on these since these can easily confuse due to the fancy additions to the letters. Also, you need to ensure that these washroom signs are mounted high enough (or low enough in this case) for people with visual impairments to easily reach out and touch them. This is because of the fact that these individuals need to read these with their fingertips and a proper height of 60 inches from the ground to the middle of the sign is required for this to be done (aside from the fact that these signs also need to have tactile elements on them like Braille and tactile letters).

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