Accessible Bathing Facilities


Thursday, October 24, 2019
2:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

Description

This webinar will explain and clarify requirements for bathing facilities in ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards. It will address common questions and sources of confusion concerning transfer showers, roll-in-showers, and bathtubs. Presenters will review components of accessible bathing fixtures, including grab bars, shower and tub seats, shower spray units and controls, and clearances. They will show how these requirements and other provisions in the standards apply and come together in the design of accessible bathing facilities.

Continuing Education Recognition Available

Certificate Credit hours
ACTCP 1.5
AIA HSW CES 1.5
California Architects Board 1.5
Certificate of Attendance 1.5
ICC 1.5

Speakers:

Scott Windley, Accessibility Specialist, Office of Technical and Information Services

Dave Yanchulis, Director of the Office of Technical and Information Services, U.S. Access Board

Questions for presenters:

1 In a bathtub, would plumbing controls and shower sprayer unit on the center back wall, similar to the placement for a roll-in shower be acceptable?
2 How long is a comparable sized vanity in transient lodging?
3 In a standard roll-in type shower compartment, what is the required or recommended length of the sidewall grab bar?
4 In hotels, where all guestrooms have showers, can the property have all roll-in showers in lieu of the required number of roll-in showers and the number of tubs or transfer showers?
5 In Massachusetts, the accessibility state code has requirements for tub controls and grab bars that do not align with the 2010 ADA Standards. MA requires that tub controls in accessible units (hotels) are mounted on the long wall at 28" AFF, which will interfere with the grab bar clearance requirements. In addition, since the ADA requires controls to be installed on the control wall (one of the sidewalls), then we are required to provide two controls - one on the back wall and one on the control wall. MA does not grant variances for this issue (they required the control within reach range of the seat and do not see the ADA location as equivalent or more accessible), and the ADA does not grant variances either. Any room here from the ADA to comply with the State code only and avoid the redundancy of controls?
6 In Massachusetts hotels - accessible rooms), the accessibility state code has requirements for tub controls and grab bars that do not align with the 2010 ADA Standards. MA requires that tub controls in accessible units are mounted on the long wall at 28" AFF, which will interfere with the grab bar clearance requirements. In addition, since the ADA requires controls to be installed on the control wall (one of the sidewalls), then we are required to provide two controls - one on the back wall and one on the control wall. MA does not grant variances for this issue (they required the control within reach range of the seat and do not see the ADA location as equivalent or more accessible), and the ADA does not grant variances either. Any room here from the ADA to comply with the State code only and avoid the redundancy of controls?
7 In hotels, can an alt roll-in shower (36" min wide opening, 36" long seat wall+36" deep wall) satisfy the transfer shower requirements?
8 For grab bars, is there a difference if the anchoring place is not at the end of the grab bar, but 4" before the end and the gran bar does not return to the wall? In other words, can a grab bar, with a modern look be sued as a grab bar?
9 In residential units subject to the ADA, is the folding seat required to be installed on Day 1 in a roll-in and alternate roll-in shower? The regulation talks about requirements in transfer showers but it is silent about roll-in and alt roll in showers.
10 Are dual flush controls on top of the tank or mounted on the back wall permitted? They are typically mounted within obstructed reach ranges.
11 Accessible stalls with a sink (as required in FL). Are they considered single user rooms or are they to be assessed with the accessible stall criteria?
12 Can a mirror that is located above a sink or a counter top be mounted higher than 40" AFF if a full depth mirror with the bottom edge lower than 35" AFF is provided within the accessible bathroom/stall?
13 Are manual flush controls regulated if there is also an automated flush control?
14 Can fold down grab bars be used in any application? Fold down grab bars offer more alternatives of use in a bariatric facility
15 Within a locker room, if there are elements such as a tanning booth, a cryotherapy booth, a meditation pod, an infrared sauna, among others...Are those equipment regulated and if so where can the guidance be found? Most of these equipment require to step up or onto the equipment.
16 Do accessible lockers within a locker room need to be identified with the ISA?
17 Would the ADA allow a parallel or perpendicular transfer to a bench in a changing room the way A117.1 allows or only one approach?
18 Is the mounting height of the hand shower regulated?
19 Is the non positive shut of feature in a hand shower subject to the maximum operable force requirements? I cannot find a product that works with the maximum operable force required when the hand shower has water at normal pressure.
20 When a toilet paper dispenser with multiple toilet papers are provided, where do the 7"-9" dimensions is taken to, the farthest TP, the closest TP, either one, the centerline of the entire fixture?
21 If a towel hook, a towel bar, a per towel dispenser and a hand dryer is provided within an accessible bathing room, is one of each type subject to the reach range requirements or in this case, are these considered duplicates of the same function and only one fixture is subject to compliance?
22 An alt roll-in shower must maintain a 36" minimum opening at the entrance. Can a glass door be installed at the opening and if so:1. is the door subject to the maneuvering clearance requirements?, 2. is the door subject to the 32" min clear opening width that allows a reduction of the 36' min clear opening?, or 3. Does the clear opening now need to be 36", measured to the face of the door when open at a 90 degree angle?
23 Can soap dispensers and soap dishes overlap the grab bar area? What if the overlap happens at the end of the grab bars?
24 Are sanitary napkin dispensers subject to the reach range requirements? Most of the time, they are mounted between the TP dispenser and the rear wall so that a person can discard items while seated at the WC. However, this may not meet the maximum reach ranges over an obstruction.
25 An accessible stall has specific requirements when the partitions are mounted at 9" AFF or higher, and provisions for partitions that rest on the floor; however, there is no clarification about the partition support elements that stretch to the floor and in some cases, they are so wide that it can be considered like a partition that rest on the floor. However, there is no regulation that limits the percentage or the amount of partition area that is permitted to rest on the ground making the 60" min width a non usable area for turning. Is there any guidance here on what is permitted or is it up to interpretation?
26 A lavatory requires a front approach where 17"-25" are permitted to be used as knee and toe clearance. A lavatory that provides 17" of knee and toe clearance of forward approach has satisfied the criteria, right? However, in this same condition, if the lav controls are mounted at 24" when measured from the front edge of the lav, those controls are not usable by a person in a wheelchair, but the regulation appears to consider this a compliant lav. Am i missing something here?

Session Questions

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