If you own a business that is open to the public, you are probably aware there are specific ADA regulations your business must follow. However, you might not be aware accessibility laws also extend to ADA door signs. Certain handicapped door signs must be placed within your building at specific locations for your business to stay compliant with ADA laws.
First, you are legally required to have ADA door signs. Outside of the legal ramifications, ADA door signs ensure all customers have access to essential information. As a business owner, it is important to include every member of your target audience. You do not want to alienate anyone, and investing in handicapped door signs is an excellent way to let all your customers know how much you value their business.
It can cost your business thousands if you are not compliant with ADA standards. When building inspectors look at your business, you could be fined substantial amounts of money if your ADA door signs are not placed correctly. In addition, you could face lawsuits from customers if a lack of ADA door signs hinders their ability to access your business.
With all of that in mind, it is worthwhile to take a minute to review where handicapped door signs should be placed so you stay in compliance with the law. In many cases, businesses do not intend to be out of compliance. An owner simply does not realize there are strict regulations defining where signs must be placed. They also may not realize their small business falls into the category of ADA compliance. However, any building open to the public must adhere to ADA standards, which includes not only large companies but every small and medium sized business.
Generally, handicapped door signs need to be placed in the doorway of every permanent room in a building (permanent is defined as a room used for the same purpose for over seven days). For a sign to be considered ADA-compliant, it must feature braille and tactile elements as well as visual and graphic cues. This ensures all people can access the content on the sign.
Standard rooms which need ADA door signs include:
- Conference rooms
- Exam rooms
- Changing rooms
- Utility rooms
- Break rooms
ADA door signs do not need to be placed in parking lots (outside of handicapped parking spots) or on the exterior of a building if the business name is clearly stated. Any nonessential information that does not pertain to safety or navigation does not require a sign.
Finally, safety is a huge issue regarding ADA door signage. ADA signs are required next to all stairways, elevators, and fire exits.
Custom ADA door signs can even include brand elements and be part of an overall environmental branding sign system for your company. Contact The ADA Factory today to learn more about ADA door signs that help create a strong first impression and keep your business in compliance with the law.