How often do you think about the doors you go through each day? Chances are, not very often. However, for those with disabilities, door width and design play a huge role in their day-to-day activities.
If your business is being evaluated for ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance, you must check the doors. There are several things to consider when evaluating the doors of your business.
Door opening requirements
According to the ADA, a door’s opening must be 32 to 48 inches wide. However, this varies based on the type and location of your business. Also, this measurement must be in place after the hardware and door stops are installed.
The width requirements apply to all doors, including folding and sliding doors. If you have a swimming door, it must open to a minimum of a 90-degree angle. The ADA does not have requirements for turnstiles or revolving doors; however, it has been noted that there must be other ways to enter a space besides these types of doors.
The pressure needed to open or close a door is considered and regulated. You should check your doors and adjust as needed.
Door handle requirements
There are also specific requirements for the door handle. It must be installed 34 to 48 inches off the ground (depending on the door’s location).
Some factors may excuse you from this requirement, such as the building’s age, the cost of changing the door handle and if remodels have been done. Only certain types of hardware can be used, too.
Ensuring your doors are ADA compliant
If your doors are not ADA-compliant, you may face consequences. Knowing your legal requirements and rights is important in these situations.