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ADA Guidelines for Accessible Bathrooms (Handicap Toilet Requirements)ADA (The American with Disabilities Act) guidelines regulate the construction and compliance of accessible (handicap) bathrooms. This article presents a summary of construction and design guidelines for handicap toilet and accessible bathrooms. Remember to consult with ADA for other applicable guidelines as well as other required applications. with ADA for other applicable guidelines as well as other required applications.Do I Need to Install Grab Bars or Towel Bars?Grab bars are not intended to be used as towel bars and vice-versa. The grab bar handrail must be fully anchored with a smooth surface that can be easily grabbed. The diameter of the pipe used for this kind of purpose must be between 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 inches. ADA grab bar handrails for accessible bathrooms must be installed between 34 and 38 inches off the ground. Furthermore, keep in mind that there must be a separation between the grab bar and the surface where it is located, of at least 1-1/2 inches. That space will provide room for proper grab and allow the hand to firmly grab it. As a matter of security, bars must contain round edges and the handrail must be returned to the connection to posts or walls. This will prevent someone to get hurt by a sharp pointing object. How Much Space will the Handicap Toilet Needs?A clear space with minimum dimensions of at least 30" x 48" must be provided to accommodate a single wheelchair. This space must be designed for a forward or parallel approach to the equipment. Sometimes that clear space will be located under current fixtures, but be sure to verify that there is enough room and space to allow legs to move freely under those spaces when sitting in a wheelchair. Rotating Space per ADA Bathroom GuidelinesA single wheelchair must rotate freely inside a bathroom. For this kind of motion at least 60" in diameter is required to complete an 180-degree turn. As well as the clear space, sometimes that required space could be computed beneath fixtures.Installation Height for LavatoriesAn accessible lavatory, at least one, must extend at least 17" from the back wall and have a clearance of at least 29" from the bottom of the apron to the finished floor. The lavatory, must not be installed at heights greater than 34". If the lavatory is installed with a counter top, it should be placed no further than 2" of the front edge for maximum accessibility.Toilet Height Requirement (ADA Compliant Bathroom)Handicap toilet requirements must have a minimum width of 60" and sufficient space to accommodate the wheelchair to the sides of the toilet or in front of it. Also, required horizontal grab bars must be installed behind the toilet and on the nearest wall or partition, whichever is closer. Sometimes the required space cannot be achieved due to space restrictions in existing facilities, so an alternate compartment is required.Toilet seat heights must be between 17" to 19" above the finished floor. The lever for flush control must be placed on the open side of the toilet with the clearest floor space and mounted no higher than 44" above finished floor.Installation Height for a Hand Dryer on Handicap BathroomsHand dryers are one of the requirements easiest to comply with. ADA bathroom guidelines ask to provide hand dryers that must be either motion activated or touch-free devices. In the past, there were push-button activated dryers; these dryers must be removed, especially in public areas where you should have handicapped accessible bathrooms. Make sure you are providing touch-free equipment to comply with ADA guidelines; otherwise, you could be exposed to several fines and other legal actions.If you are installing new hand dryer equipment, it is very important to follow ADA design guidelines and regulations. One of them is the regulation from ADA regarding the location of a hand dryer and its depth from the wall. Most hand dryers don’t have sensors alerting blind people of their location, so be sure to verify this in your handicap toilet construction process. Because of this ADA specifies that the hand dryer must not protrude from the wall more than 4 inches. If this rule is not met, there is a significant chance that a blind person can hit the hand dryer and can possibly be injured.Remember to verify prior to construction with the proper and current required codes and guidelines at the moment of installation for better compliance with the law.
What Makes a Good ADA-Compliant Product?The key is choosing well-made, durable products that are easy to use and require minimal physical effort. Jon Villwock, Bradley Corp.’s product manager for lavatory systems and washfountains, recommends some features to look for when choosing ADA-compliant restroom products: Sink Areas Consider solid-surface lavatory systems with fully integrated sinks at various heights. Only one bowl in a multi-bowl sink needs to offer minimum knee and toe clearances, so these multi-height lavatory systems combine an ADA-compliant sink with higher sinks. An added benefit of these fixtures is that the solid-surface finish is durable and can be repaired. The continuous bowl is also easier to clean than a row of individual sinks and eliminates crevices for microbes to hide. Lever, paddle, and infrared faucet controls make turning the water on and off easy. Lever-handle faucets are useful when only one hand can be used. Infrared-controlled and capacitive-sensor controlled faucets are the most universal, offering touch-free, easy activation. Durability is key, as is ease of cleaning. Faucets, Dispensers, Grab Bars, and Mirrors Faucets and soap dispensers must meet ADA reach range and mounting height requirements. A 48-inch-high limitation is required for all accessories (except those mounted over obstructions), including lavatory fixtures, which are up to 20 inches deep. When the reach depth is over 20 inches deep, a reach range of 44 inches applies. The ADAAG states that mirrors need to be mounted with the bottom edge of the reflecting surface no higher than 40 inches above the floor, with the top edge at a minimum of 74 inches from the floor. A full-length mirror in the restroom fulfills the ADA requirement for mirrors if it’s not possible to mount the mirror at 40 inches above the floor. Keep in mind that a trash can on the floor, for example, is a barrier when it comes to someone in a wheelchair reaching for a dispenser mounted above it. A better solution is a recessed trash receptacle or combination paper towel dispenser/trash receptacle. A wall-mounted hand dryer is a good choice because it eliminates waste. Look for a dryer that meets the ADA protrusion requirement (it can protrude no more than 4 inches from the wall). The ADA emphasizes grab bars to maintain balance and prevent falls. Look for sturdy, easy-to-grip models. Also, toilet tissue dispensers can’t control delivery or limit paper flow. Look for dispensers that hold enough toilet tissue and deliver it in an easy-to-grab fashion.
Our website exists to provide the information required to bring your new and existing bathrooms into compliance with ADA. We list and link information on the background of ADA legislation, regulations relative to the bathroom and bathroom products, and resources to answer your questions. We link to supplier websites with products required to achieve ADA compliance in the bathroom.
If you're installing a brand-new bathroom or redesigning an existing one, you should definitely consider the range of ADA-compliant bathroom layouts. The ADA is the Americans with Disabilities Act, and it attempts to ensure that persons with disabilities will have equal access to—and convenience in—public spaces, via a range of codes and recommendations.
Hand dryers are one of the requirements easiest to comply with. ADA bathroom guidelines ask to provide hand dryers that must be either motion activated or touch-free devices. In the past, there were push-button activated dryers; these dryers must be removed, especially in public areas where you should have handicapped accessible bathrooms. Make sure you are providing touch-free equipment to comply with ADA guidelines; otherwise, you could be exposed to several fines and other legal actions.
The most prevalent aspect of ADA compliance is measurement and spacing of various bathroom elements. A good example is the shower—ADA compliance requires that roll-in showers (able to be used by someone in a wheelchair) have dimensions of at least 36 inches by 36 inches, and a seat installed along the entire length of the wall opposite the shower valve control. Additionally, the shower curb must not exceed half an inch, and the shower spray mechanism must be equipped with a 60 inch hose that enables fixed showerhead and handheld use. Grab bars and handrails must also be present, and they must meet guidelines for dimensions, strength and spacing.
Tubs, toilets, sinks and urinals all have their own set of ADA guidelines. If you're required to comply with these guidelines for your business, or if you've chosen to in your home, you'll find the full range of compliance guidelines online at via the ADA.
One of them is the regulation from ADA regarding the location of a hand dryer and its depth from the wall. Most hand dryers don’t have sensors alerting blind people of their location, so be sure to verify this in your handicap toilet construction process. Because of this ADA specifies that the hand dryer must not protrude from the wall more than 4 inches. If this rule is not met, there is a significant chance that a blind person can hit the hand dryer and can possibly be injured.