Office signs

Door signs for your office can be easily customized to suit your liking and your need. While you do have free rein over how you have your door signs crafted, there are still some rules you need to take into consideration. The rules that have to be followed when it comes to the signs that you put on your office doors often have something to do with whether or not these should be ADA compliant.

Not all office signs and office door signs have to be ADA compliant. Quite a few of these, however, need to follow the rules and regulations set by the government for accessibility. As long as an area of your establishment is considered permanent and can be accessed by people with disabilities, it is necessary for you to follow ADA guidelines for signages for these rooms.

Here are some of the most commonly used signs for offices and the guidelines you might want to be familiar with when customizing signs for the doors in your facility:

  • Permanent Room ID Signs – these are signs that are located outside of a room that is a permanent fixture of the building like conference rooms, bathrooms and offices. While it is not necessary for movable cubicles to have ADA compliant signs, offices that are permanently placed in buildings need to comply with ADA sign standards. This means that signs for these rooms have to carry tactile letters, grade 2 Braille and should come in the right color contrasts for compliance.
  • Stairwell Signs – these are signs found beside doors that lead to stairwells and other exit routes. These also need to follow ADA guidelines and rules for signs. Guidelines these need to conform to include tactile letters, font, character height and color contrasts. These signs also need to have grade 2 Braille translations on them and should be installed at the right height for people with visual impairments to easily feel them to read them.
  • Directional and Information Signs – signs that show you where to go and where a particular room may be are technically not door signs, but some of these are posted near doors in order for people to easily find their way to the room they need. These do not need to have tactile letters or Braille on them however, color contrasts and the use of sans serif fonts on these signs are still required.
  • Room Occupant’s Name Sign – the name of the current occupant of an office need not be crafted following ADA guidelines, although you can choose to do so. These types of signs are not required to follow ADA rules but a few offices do have Braille, tactile letters and the right color contrasts used on these signs either for uniformity or for the sake of those with disabilities to easily identify who uses that particular office.

 

Choosing the right design for your office door signs need not be a hassle if you know which signs should be ADA compliant and which signs need not follow such rules. It also helps you avoid the added costs of having to redo signs that you already had made. You can also review the other guidelines for office signs and other building signs on http://www.access-board.gov/adaag/html/adaag.htm#4.30