ADA Restroom Signage Requirements
As we continue our What’s Wrong Series? we found another business with an interesting way to display their Restroom Sign.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has precise requirements for the signs that must be displayed for Restroom Signs. However, violations of the restroom sign requirements are frequently seen. Remember there are Federal ADA Sign Requirements and potential for individual states to have requirements.
See if you can find the violation of the ADA’s requirements in this picture; this picture was taken in California:
Requirements for Restroom Signs
Federal ADA Sign Requirements:
ADA Signs not only need Braille and tactile text, they also have specific locations they need to be mounted on.
ADA Sign Height Requirements:
– Mounted on latch side of door
– Must be 48″ minimum and 60″ maximum measured from the finished floor to the bottom like of text
Mounting rules are situations like double doors or doors where no wall space is available. In these cases, signs can be mounted on the nearest adjacent wall. Signs with tactile characters should be mounted so that a clear floor space of 18” minimum by 18” minimum, centered on the tactile characters, is provided beyond the arc of the door swing. (Between the closed position and 45° open position).
State ADA Sign Requirements:
Any state may modify their building codes affecting signage as long as they have been granted approval from the Department of Justice. These codes are then enforced by state officials.
California is a great example of a state having “stricter” ADA requirements than other states. California, Title 24 restroom door signage are also required.
Doorways leading to a men’s restroom should be identified by an equivalent triangle 1/4” thick with edges 12” long and a vertex pointing upward. The women’s restroom should be identified by a circle 1/4” thick, 12” in diameter. Gender Neutral restrooms shall be identified by a circle 1/4” thick, 12” in diameter with a 1/4 “ thick triangle superimposed on the circle and within the 12” diameter. These geometric symbols shall be centered on the door at a height of 60” and the color and the contrast needs to be distinctly different from the color and the contrast of the door.
Did you know? In Part 7 of the Supplement Significant Changes to the CBC 2016 Edition there was a modification to how the edges of your sign should appear. If you have sharp edges on your sign; that sign is not ADA compliant.
“11B-703.7.2.6.4 Edges and vertices on geometric symbols. Edges shall be eased or rounded at 1/16 inch (1.59 mm) minimum, or chamfered at 1/8 inch (3.2 mm) maximum. Vertices shall be radiused between 1/8 inch (3.2 mm) minimum and 1/4 inch (6.4 mm) maximum.”
Since this modification to the CBC 2016 Edition, we have updated our manufacturing processes to include these changes, and overall you can see the difference. Our goal at Alpha Dog ADA Signs is to make sure we pay attention to those details so your ADA signage meets ADA requirements.
If you are looking for more information on California’s state-specific regulations, check out our Mystery of California Title 24 Restroom door Signs blog post!
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