ADA Compliance – BIOtouchless

ADA Compliance

Biotouchless meets the Department of Justice 2010 Accessibility Guidelines and Standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

In order to comply with ADA there are several standards that must be met, many of which deal directly with the placement, mounting and accessibility of dispensers. These requirements are addressed as part of our efforts to ensure the proper function and operation of our dispensers. We include ADA setup procedures in our installation instructions for each of our BIOtouchless products.

Specifically, there are two 2010 Standards for Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities Title III, that apply to the design and operation of our dispensers. They are:

Chapter 3: Building Blocks, 309 Operable Parts

309.4 Operation 

Operable parts shall be operable with one hand and shall not require tight grasping, pinching, or twisting of the wrist. The force required to activate operable parts shall be 5 pounds (22.2 N) maximum.”

Chapter 6: Plumbing Elements and Facilities, 604 Water Closets and Toilet Compartments

604.7 Dispensers 

“Toilet paper dispensers shall comply with 309.4 and shall be 7 inches (180 mm) minimum and 9 inches (230 mm) maximum in front of the water closet measured to the centerline of the dispenser. The outlet of the dispenser shall be 15 inches (380 mm) minimum and 48 inches (1220 mm) maximum above the finish floor and shall not be located behind grab bars. Dispensers shall not be of a type that controls delivery or that does not allow continuous paper flow.”

All BIOtouchless dispensers meet the Chapter 3 requirement, as delivered. However, in order to meet Standard 604.7 our ADA feature must be activated as outlined in the installation instructions. Once activated, the dispenser will “allow continuous paper flow” and will not “control delivery.” This is the only standard requiring adjustments to our default settings.

It is important to note that each of these subsections are specific to ADA compliant water closets and do not apply to water closets which are not designed to meet ADA requirements, such as those found in multi-stall public assembly buildings (e.g., stadiums, airports, churches). This is significant because only those dispensers to be installed within an ADA compliant water closet will need the ADA feature to be activated, while all others may be set to meet the needs and desires of the facility installing and operating them. 

 

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