Accessibility Guide For Small Businesses

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As a small business owner especially, those with interest in commercial elevators, one of the things that should be your top priority to stay rooted in whatever business you are engaged in is, adhering to guidelines. Since 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has an established standard for the installation of elevators in commercial buildings. This is done to ensure easy access for users and to discern the right lift to select for when it is time to procure one.

Therefore, every business owner must adhere to the buying and accessibility guide set up by the ADA in the procurement of commercial elevators, and this is not just for business owners. This is also applicable to some private property owners who have people with disabilities around them.

Required Guideline for Commercial Elevator According to ADA Standards

Placement and Operations

In chapter 1, using the ADA standard, it is a requirement to have your elevators placed in a location where it’ll be easily accessible for visitors in a public place. This means that the lift must be in an area that can be located without much difficulty. Not an out-of-the-way hallway or another location that will be difficult to find.

Also, the operation of the commercial chairlifts/ elevator should be automatic. The operation of the commercial lift should be easy to understand and be able to convey users to their preferred destination, with a single press of the button. This is to ensure comfortability and great accessibility to commercial buildings, which will be beneficial for both the users and you as the business owner.

Standard Elevator Size

There is always a minimum dimension to every elevator, commercial chairlifts, and so on, whether you bought it online or in a local store, getting the right size is always a critical factor in determining the longevity and quality of what you opted for. According to ADA, the standard dimension for an elevator has different minimums. It must be designed in a way that will allow commercial wheelchairs to lift to maneuver their way in and out of it conveniently.

However, the minimum width for an elevator car according to ADA’s Act should be 36 inches, while the minimum width of the elevator as a whole should be 68 inches, and the depth of the elevator car should be at least 51 inches.

Height of the Button on the Elevator

There are also guidelines on where the standard height for the button on your bin, especially a commercial lift. Most people get it wrong here and go for whichever they think is best to them without putting into consideration the procedures laid down by the American With Disabilities Act (ADA), and as a result, becomes a significant threat to their business.

Hence, to avoid this situation, it is imperative to follow the standard height for buttons sets up by ADA. According to the 2010 ADA Standards, every business owner should ensure that whichever elevator he/she wants to buy, it must be an automatic elevator and can be stopped with a single press of the button. Also, it must be self-leveling. This means that it must be programmed in a way that will allow it to level with the bare ground for the comfort and easy entry and exit for those on wheelchairs and other equipment.

Lastly, ADA stipulated that every elevator button should be 42 inches centered from the floor and should indicate the direction in which the elevator is heading. There should be a maximum 1¼ horizontal clearance between the car platform sill and the hoistway landing.

Floors and Carpets

The floors of the elevator must be slip-resistant. This is so, in order to guide against any form of domestic accident that is likely to occur as a result of slippery floor.

Also, the carpet of the elevator, if present, must be firmly attached to the ground to avoid any mishap that might occur as a result of loose carpet.

Emergency Button

It is also expected to opt for commercial lifts with an emergency button. This will come in handy in situations where the car stops and the people inside need to call for assistance. Furthermore, the emergency call button must be in plain view for easy access and must be programmed in a way that will make it easy to differentiate from other buttons on the elevator.

Also, there should be a visual signal that will serve as an indicator that the message has been received. The visual sign should be on the same panel as the “Help Button,” and there should be a notification to know if a communication link has been terminated.

Also, to meet up with ADA’s standard, the button is expected to be labeled with a tactile phone symbol and braille, and the operating instructions must meet up with the requirements for visual characters.
Having the emergency call button will not only serve as compliance to ADA’s standard for the elevator but also meet up with other requirements for the elevator’s construction.

With this accessibility and buying guide, you’ll have an idea of the kind of elevator to opt for, which will be the perfect fit for your kind of business. The accessibility standards is a crucial factor that mustn’t be joked with for small businesses that will make use of the elevator for commercial purpose.

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