When you are already worried about meeting orders, paying your employees and generally keeping your business afloat, a sign for a disabled parking spot may seem almost trivial. But ADA compliance is no laughing matter, and your small business may face crippling fines and legal fees if you fail to meet the standards outlined by the ADA, including the installation of certain signs. Even using the wrong font on your signs can count as a violation, which is why it is so important to rely on the expertise of dedicated sign installation contractors to bring your business up to snuff.
Understanding ADA Guidelines
Most businesses in the United States have either been designed or renovated to accommodate disabled customers and employees. Basic accessibility for those with impaired mobility have been required under federal law since 1990. What tends to get ignored, however, is the signage that must also be included. Some signs are meant to point toward ramps, disabled parking spots and other accommodations, while others use braille to help individuals with impaired vision navigate through a building. These signs follow strict guidelines regarding design and placement, and installing them on your own could lead to costly oversights.
Inspecting Your Facility for ADA Compliance
If you are concerned about your business's ADA compliance, you may call in a consultant to inspect your facility and make note of any areas that fail to meet code. Both the interior and exterior of your property will need to be examined. Once you have a list of areas you need to work on, you can hire contractors to begin bringing your building into compliance. It is often best to work with consultants and contractors separately to avoid conflicts of interest.
Installing ADA Signs Indoors
Interior ADA signs are typically meant to improve navigability, using tactile signs with braille to guide employees and visitors through different rooms. They are also necessary to mark wheelchair-accessible bathrooms and point to ramps or elevators. All permanent rooms in your building should have a sign outside their door, including those in stairwells.
Putting Up Outdoor ADA Signs
ADA signs placed outside of a building are used to point to disability accommodations and therefore must be appropriately sized and placed for maximum readability and clarity. They must also be sturdy enough to withstand the elements without fading, chipping or falling over. Not every sign placed outdoors needs braille or tactile letters, depending on its purpose. A sign installation contractor will be able to walk through your property and place the signs both in compliance with ADA regulations and in such a way that your business's daily functions will not be compromised. Don't wait for your first violation notice to get your business up to standards; start making the changes you need today to save yourself a headache later.
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