Restroom Signage

When it comes to bathrooms that are ADA compliant, some of the things you need to take care of include restroom signage and cubicle layouts. These all require strict adherence to certain rules in order for these to be considered acquiescent to the law. These rules help you not only abide by the law, but also help you make your bathrooms usable by those with disabilities and those in wheelchairs.

For your restroom signage, you need to follow compliance rules that include the use of tactile characters, tactile pictograms, Braille translations and proper color contrasts. These signs also need to be mounted beside the door of these restrooms at a height of 60 inches from the ground to the middle of the sign, and should be located at the latch side of the door. Also part of the many rules for signage when it comes to restrooms is the placing of a smaller sign with the wheelchair symbol on it on the door of the cubicle that is made for the use of people with disabilities.

When it comes to the cubicles that carry these handicap restroom signs, you will need to follow certain rules as well for the construction, layout and features of such a cubicle. For one, the size of these bathroom stalls should be bigger than regular stalls. These have to bigger to easily accommodate wheelchairs in them and to allow for the easy movement of these same wheelchairs within the cubicle while the door is closed.

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The size of the cubicle will vary according to the direction of the door’s swing. If it swings outwards, you can have a cubicle that has a minimum size of 56” x 60”. If the door swings inwards however, you will need to create space for the wheelchair to move in, and for this same wheelchair to be able to get out of the way in order for the cubicle door to close properly. For an inward swinging door, an additional 36 inches clearance may be needed in order for a person inside to close the door properly.

Aside from the size of the cubicle, you will also need to install grab bars in the right places. These bars are there to help people in wheelchairs to easily move themselves from their chair to the toilet and back again without any assistance from anyone. Such restroom stalls should have rear and side grab bars to help with such a task. These grab bars should also follow the prescribed lengths, mounting heights and mounting positions.

You also need to ensure that there is enough space in between the wash basin and the toilet to enable people in wheelchairs to easily maneuver themselves into position when they need to use the toilet as well as the wash basin. Where coat hooks are placed, and the placement of the toilet paper holder should also be considered.

Also part of the rules you need to follow for these cubicles include the height of the toilet seat, the size of the toilet itself and even the location of the flush valve. Where these cubicles are located inside your restroom have to be considered, as well as the number of wheelchair accessible bathroom stalls in your restroom. These rules need to be adhered to if you want your bathroom to be considered compliant with ADA standards.

These are just a few of the things you need to remember when you are either having ADA compliant restrooms made or renovated for your establishment. You can find out more about restroom signage, wheelchair accessible bathroom cubicles and ADA compliant restrooms from the official site of the ADA.

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