Office Signs

A lot of people find themselves confused when it comes to deciding on which signs for their offices or buildings should follow ADA rules. This is quite natural since there are a lot of signs that do need to be ADA compliant and only a few are not required to follow ADA regulations for signages.

In order to avoid making the mistake of putting up non-compliant signs when these should have followed ADA standards, some companies opt to put up office signs and door signs that follow accessibility guidelines. While this is acceptable, it is not necessary. As long as you know which signs should follow strict ADA rules, you can easily have the right signs made for their particular use.

Some of the signs that should be ADA compliant are the following:

  • Signs for Permanent Rooms – these are rooms that won’t change occupants or designations any time in the near future. This includes bathrooms, storage rooms, kitchens and the like. These signs need to have tactile letters, Braille, specific fonts and color contrasts.
  • Signs for Stairwells and Emergency Exits – these should have signs that tell everyone what that particular stairwell is for, where it leads and where you are at the moment. These also need to have tactile letters, specific fonts and Braille on them. Sometimes these signs are made with the use of glow in the dark material to make them useful in low lighting instances or emergencies.
  • Signs that show direction – signs that show direction are those that basically tell you where a particular room or facility can be located in a building. These signs need not have tactile letters or Braille on them although these have to be made using the same kinds of fonts and color schemes used for ADA compliant signs. These signs are usually found overhead, however a few of these directional signs are placed near doors and at eye level. These can still carry Braille and tactile letters on them if you feel that these directional and informational signs can be used by the visually impaired at the height these will be mounted.

 

Other signs that you can choose to have crafted without having to worry about ADA compliance include the following:

  • Temporary Signs – signs that are to be used for seven days or less, even if these are placed at a height that can be used by the visually impaired, need not follow ADA guidelines.
  • Temporary or Movable Spaces – cubicles, booths and other similar spaces also do not need to have ADA signs crafted for them. While cubicles and booths rarely have doors on them, some of these cubicles are sometimes placed in rooms with doors. You may need to place ADA compliant signs on these doors but can skip doing so with each individual cubicle in the room.

 

As long as you know which signs go where and whether or not these should follow ADA guidelines, you won’t have to worry about compliance issues and the possible repercussions that come with non-compliance. To further educate yourself on the many nuances of accessibility issues and standards, you might want to visit http://www.access-board.gov/ada/ for more information.