Engraved Office Signs

Not all engraved office signs are necessarily compliant with ADA standards. In fact, not all engraved signs can be considered compliant with the rules that the ADA has set for ADA signage. When can your engraved office signage be considered compliant with ADA rules?

For compliance, there are a number of elements that need to be present on these engraved signs. These signs can be manufactured with the copy either being raised or sunken, with the raised copy style being the one that is compliant with ADA standards for tactile letters and the sunken copy style being the kind that is not compliant with ADA rules. Aside from tactile letters, you also need to observe a few other rules that help make engraved office signs ADA ready.

Along with raised characters, these signs also need to carry the Braille translations of the copy that is found on them. Where these Braille translations need to be placed are also subject to ADA guidelines, with the rule for such stating that such translations need to be placed directly beneath the tactile wordings of the said sign. And that is not the only rule that covers these Braille representations of your sign copy.

When Braille translations are placed on your engraved signs for these to be ADA compliant, the type of Braille that has to be used is Grade 2 Braille. This is the contracted form of Braille, which means that the dots are not single letters but either whole words or syllables. This helps reduce the number of symbols that need to be used for translating the sign copy into Braille that people with visual impairments can read.

Some people may be wondering why these signs need to have tactile letters on them if there are already Braille translations on them. The reason for this is due to the fact that not everyone with visual impairments can actually read Braille. This is because some people lost their eyesight or developed problems with their vision at a later age.

Another requirement that you will need to follow in order for these engraved signs to be considered compliant with ADA rules is the mounting height. The mounting height of ADA signs is pegged at 60 inches from the floor to the middle of the sign. This means that the center of your engraved signs needs to be 5 feet from the floor. This is to facilitate the easy reading of such signs by both those with visual impairments and those without.

Also worth noting is the location of these signs. When you mount these signs on your walls to indicate what a room or space is for, you will need to mount these on the side of the door where any person reading it will be safe from being hit by the opening door. This sign should be located on the side of the door where the knob is located to ensure that the person reading it won’t get hit by a swinging door.

Aside from these, your engraved office signs need to follow the other rules set by the ADA for compliance and these include the rules governing color contrasts, non-glare finishes, the use of sans serif fonts and proper character size to sign size ratios. All of the rules that cover such signage can be found on the ADA website and are necessary for compliance needs. If you are unsure about the rules that cover these signs or want to know if there are state specific rules that you need to follow as well when it comes to these signs, you can also try asking ADA signage experts about it.

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