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Regulations Regarding ADA Bathroom Signs

Monday, May 14th, 2012

There are several regulations regarding an ADA bathroom sign. The American Disability Act has gone to great lengths to give all persons equal access to all public facilities. There are many federal laws that a business must adhere to when providing access for the community, specifically catering to those with disabilities.

There are a multitude of options available when looking to get an ADA bathroom sign. This classification is not limited to the placard next to the door. There are postings within the restroom as well. Some of the most common placards are for hand washing and notification stating that there is a baby changing area.

An ADA bathroom sign can come with several options. Some will have a reflective paint on them. They can have wording or just a simple picture. The wording can be multi-lingual and have Braille at the bottom. Some can be mounted directly to the ceiling, while others can be placed directly on the door. Some of the signs are geometric in shape and are universally known by their shape. Men are represented by a triangle and women are represented by a circle.

An ADA bathroom sign that is attached to either the door or the wall next to the door must be placed at 60 inches from the floor to the center of the placard. The other restriction is that there cannot be anything protruding past 3 inches from the wall that may prohibit a person with a disability from being able to get right up to the placard.
Different styles and color combinations can be chosen. It all depends on the owner and what they want. As long as the placards contrast against the door or wall color and meet the other necessary guidelines, they will be sure to be in compliance with the laws.

What You Need To Know About ADA Handicap Signs

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Knowing the regulations set forth by the American with Disabilities Act can seem daunting, especially when looking for the proper ADA handicap sign for a new business. There are numerous types and styles of signs necessary to insure compliance with this act. Whether in the parking lot, bathroom, or entry way, the right labels welcome in a larger target audience while complying with mandated policies.

Some of the most common areas these types of placards can be found are listed below.

Parking lot – The first place individuals will likely notice these accessibility labels are in the parking lot. A specific number of accessible spaces are required by law. One accessible space is needed for up to 25 spaces; nine accessible spaces are needed for between 401 and 500 total spaces in the lot. These spaces must be extra wide to allow for van accessibility. An international accessibility label must be in place with each space.

Ramps and doors – There must be a way for disabled individuals to enter the storefront. A ramp must be placed for accessibility and doors must be easily opened by everyone. A placard in this area will include arrows leading individuals to the entrance and exit.


Bathrooms – One of the most common places to see a placard of this nature is on the entrance to a bathroom. Generally, a facility will include appropriate labeling to insure males and females understand which direction to go, but it is vital to add the international accessibility logo to the label. In addition, the label must include braille for those with visual impairments.

Having an ADA handicap sign in the appropriate location helps insure everyone enjoys life equally.

Hospital Signage Requirements

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Hospital signage is an effective way to direct both vehicle and foot traffic around and throughout the facility.  While of course interior products need to be compliant with the guidelines from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), even still there are many ways to make them stand out from the crowd. The first option is color. While there are going to be specifics that must be followed, there are enough choices that can be made to make them memorable. Hospital signage on the inside of the building will have to include the ones that direct people to different wings and specific rooms. There will usually be a directory in sign form, although some prefer to visit the information desk to ask for directions.

There are options for outside as well. There is hospital signage that is used for identifying the campus itself, which is the one that would be seen from the road on the approach to the building. In addition to this, the building itself might be labeled, or there might be several buildings, so some sort of distinguishing markers between them might be necessary. There may also be secondary directional signs outside, which can help when it comes to knowing where to park and enter a building. Parking might be another priority when it comes to identifying a certain location, as the hospital signage should be able to direct the visitors to the visiting parking, while keeping the emergency access available to the ambulances.

Whether inside or outside, there are plenty of ways to make each building distinguishable from the others, all while being in accordance with the guidelines.

The Rules Concerning Handicap Parking Signs

Monday, February 27th, 2012

The ADA is a law that was enacted in 1990 and provides handicap parking signs and spaces for those with disabilities.  The Americans with Disabilities Act also goes on to specify exactly how big the various spaces should be and how many there should be per lot or garage.

Even the smallest of lots have to have no less than one space designated for these drivers with permits as well as handicap parking signs.  These placards should be easy to be read with the proper font and size recommendations from the ADA as well as placement.  They should be visible even above other cars left in other ADA designated spaces.  These spaces are purposely made bigger to accommodate vans and vehicles who will be unloading and loading wheelchairs or other personal portable transportation devices such as electric scooters.

Persons who fall within the guidelines covered by the ADA can apply for a permit to use these spaces, which are designated and labeled with handicap parking signs.  These permits must be displayed in the window of the vehicle so that enforcement officers will know that they are permitted to be there.  Others using these spaces without the proper permit may face penalties that vary in each state and could also have their vehicles towed and impounded for violating the law.

The ADA has federal mandates concerning the designated spaces and the handicap parking signs.  These mandates include the proper picture that is to be displayed. If one sees a sign with a person sitting in a wheelchair and the proper colors being blue and white, this is a disability sign. Some states have other laws that are in addition to the federal mandates, such as posting the amount of the fine for using these spaces without a permit.

Types Of Handicap Signs And Where To Put Them

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

ADA handicap signs can be found in all public facilities to include buildings, transportation terminals, and mass transportation vehicles.  ADA stands for Americans with Disability Act that was adopted as law in 1990 and later revised in 2009.  This civil rights law encompasses many facets.  One of the great benefits was the specifications set forth to aid those with disabilities to enjoy and be able to participate in routine daily activities.  Having placards in buildings and public transportation facilities allows just that; freedom to be an active part of society and care for themselves as one without a disability.

Braille is one way handicap signs have evolved.  This enables those who are visually impaired to use an elevator or get to a specific office in a building.  Braille is also used at ATM’s, on bathroom placards, and wayfinding postings.  Most of these ADA handicap signs will have the pictures and text raised so that anybody who touches them can determine what they say even if they cannot read braille.  This is known as a tactile function of the posting.  Another option that is often used is having them made to be photoluminescent.  The process consists of applying a glow in the dark material to the signage.  It is commonly used in all safety postings such as fire escape or exit.  This allows those with disabilities and those without to find their way out of the building in case of an emergency.  This type of ADA handicap signs allows for power shortages and does not require the frequent changing of batteries.

Placing No Smoking Signs In A Business

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Whether it is done because of a law or just to be respectful, most public buildings will have No Smoking signs hanging inside to remind everyone about their policy.  Studies have shown that tobacco use can be very harmful to everyone that is around it, not just the person using it.  After this was discovered, most places banned the use of tobacco in their building.  Just to be sure that the public is properly warned about the policy, there needs to be No Smoking signs hung in key places within a building.

Before the formation of the ADA, people would make a sign any way they wanted.  As long as they got the message out, it was fine.  The issue with that was that people did not recognize the posting because they were not familiar with how they looked since they were all different, and people with handicaps could not easily see them.  The ADA was formed to make it easier to see these postings and to make everything uniform so it would be easier to spot right away.  Individuals with breathing conditions will need to know if a place allows the use of tobacco or not.  This is a perfect example as to why it is important for them to hang No Smoking signs.

Public buildings need to hang these postings in a location where the people can see them before they even enter the building.  This is the first line of defense against smoking.  Restrooms are another area where No Smoking signs need to be found.  If a person knows that they cannot do it in the main rooms, they will try to sneak off to the restroom.  Restaurants may want to place them at each table.

Where To Post Handicap Bathroom Signs

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Handicap bathroom signs are necessary labels that have strict requirements set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA.  These strict guidelines are enforced by both federal and state laws.  Therefore, it is wise to know what the guidelines specify before ordering or installing these labels in any public area.

The point of offering handicap bathroom signs is so that even persons who do not see well or who are not sighted at all can still navigate the area and find the rest area without assistance.  Persons who are deemed blind are taught to read a system that replaces visual letters for those that can be felt with the pads of the fingers.  This is known as braille.  It is a requirement that some handicap bathroom signs be equipped with braille for this purpose.  Of course, the placement is extremely important for these types of labels because the person reading the brail on the label must be able to easily reach it.

There are other specifications which need to be adhered to such as the type of font that is used.  The size of the font is mandated as is the color of the background.  While there are a few from which to choose, there are also some combinations that are not permitted.

Knowing the rules and regulations that pertain to handicap bathroom signs as well as all others that will be placed in a public area can save a lot of headaches from happening down the road.  This will also alleviate unnecessary fines and penalties to which the building owner may be susceptible to through state and federal guidelines.

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