ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) signs are required in order to make buildings navigable for individuals with visual disabilities. With over 2.5 million Americans classified as legally blind, these guidelines have far reaching importance. For a business owner, making sure to comply with these regulations is important so as to allow accessibility to those with disabilities, as well as to avoid the possibility of hefty fines. When inspecting your office to make sure that it is compliant with ADA regulations, there are a number of important things to remember.
Which rooms are required to have signs?
According to section 216.2 of the ADA, compliance is required on all signs that provide “designations, labels, or names for interior rooms or spaces where the sign is not likely to change over time.” Essentially, this means that they are required on all permanent rooms and spaces. Most bathrooms, offices and vending areas are used as such long-term and therefore require ADA signs by their entrance. A sign is considered temporary if it will likely only be used for seven days or less. Each stairwell is required to have a sign by the door that provides the floor level, stair level, and exit level.
Which signs aren’t required to be ADA compliant?
Signs that are not required to be ADA compliant include directories, parking signs, addresses and temporary signs.
Does the font size and type matter?
The simple answer is absolutely. The ADA has a fairly strict guideline regarding what font types and sizes are acceptable. All of the guidelines would be too long to print, but checking the ADA requirements before ordering your signs is a wise practice. Purchasing your signs from a skilled company who is familiar with these regulations will make your process much easier.
Where should the signs be mounted?
With the exception of elevators, the baseline of the tactical copy of an ADA sign can be mounted between 48” and 60” off of the ground. Although these are the parameters, it is suggested that signs be mounted at a level of 54”. Signs should be mounted on the wall on the side of the door where the handle is located. If no room is available, they can be placed on an adjacent wall. Again, in order to make sure that you are in compliance with the regulations, it is best to consult the official guidelines to make sure that all requirements have been met.