Where do grab bars fit in the ADA ( Americans with Disabilities Act)?

6 years ago

The ADA ( Americans with Disabilities Act) came into existence in 1990 to prohibit discrimination and to guarantee that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life. The act covers many areas including accessibility and communication, in all public areas.

One area of particular concern is the washroom, as this is a place where accessibility to all is of paramount importance. Aside from the concerns with accessibility to the sink ( discussed in another blog post), another area of concern are the grab bars.  These need to be mounted in clear reach of all users and at a usable angle.

The regulations are detailed below:

Side Wall


The side wall grab bar shall be 42 inches (1065 mm) long minimum, located 12 inches (305 mm) maximum from the rear wall and extending 54 inches (1370 mm) minimum from the rear wall.






Rear Wall 


The rear wall grab bar shall be 36 inches (915 mm) long minimum and extend from the centerline of the water closet 12 inches (305 mm) minimum on one side and 24 inches (610 mm) minimum on the other side.


EXCEPTIONS: 1. The rear grab bar shall be permitted to be 24 inches (610 mm) long minimum, centered on the water closet, where wall space does not permit a length of 36 inches (915 mm) minimum due to the location of a recessed fixture adjacent to the water closet.

Lovair grab bars are crafted from high grade stainless steel: strong, comfortable to touch and easy to maintain. All grab bars are available individually or as a Doc 'M' Pack to install in a single washroom for disabled users.


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