ADA SIGNAGE AND COMPLIANCE
Accurate Signs and Engraving has been manufacturing ADA signage since the passage of the ADA law in 1992. We are experts in all aspects of creating ADA signage and can assist with installation instructions as well. We are your “resource” source for custom made ADA signage!
Many businesses today need to make sure their facilities are outfitted with ADA-compliant signs – not just because it’s the law, but to embrace all potential customers, including those with disabilities. Proper ADA signage can help to ensure your facilities are comfortable, safe and accessible to those who are visually impaired or have mobility issues.
Accurate Signs can take care of all your ADA signage needs. We are very familiar with ADA compliance, and can advise you on signage-related considerations that will ensure you meet all regulations in this area. We are experts at creating signs that meet all ADA standards and regulations, including signs with Grade II Braille and raised tactile lettering, or custom laser engraved signs that guide visitors to handicapped-accessible entrances and provide other safety directions.
If there are specific issues related to your particular facility that you need to address, we can custom-design signage that is tailored to your individual needs. We also provide site sign surveys.
We realize that keeping visitors safe and well-informed is important to you, and we’ll dedicate ourselves to completing your job quickly and efficiently, so you can post your ADA signs as soon as possible.
IMPORTANT ADA INFORMATION
At Accurate Signs, we’re very familiar with making signs comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act not only because we’ve been working within that law since its founding, but because we think accessibility is extremely important. The reason people consider having an item engraved initially is to communicate a specific meaning, and that kind of label only works if people have access to its meaning and what it symbolizes.
In making the meaning behind signage accessible to people with disabilities, it’s important to think from others’ perspectives to imagine how they might navigate a particular space. Content-wise, when it comes to signage, we can create options with raised tactile letters or braille for the visually impaired. We can also create custom laser signs that provide directions to handicap-accessible entrances.
In terms of the signs’ placement, here are a few key things to pay attention to:
- In order for multiple signs of different sizes to be placed on the same visual plane, making them more accessible, they should be mounted between 48 inches at the lowest point from the baseline, and 60 inches at the highest.
- Doors need to be considered in sign placement. If you’re placing a tactile or braille sign for or near a door, accessibility rules depend on what kind of door (single or double), which way the door swings (inward or outward), and how much space there is near the door. The only time you can place a sign directly on the door is when it swings outward. These rules are for safety reasons and Accurate Sign is familiar with ADA law inside and out.
- Make sure that the placement of the signs does not block any doors or any emergency equipment from functioning.
When we take a moment, it’s easy to see how these guidelines help those with disabilities have access to information, and given that accessibility is so essential, this has to be a central concern in your building or facility. To learn how we can help, contact us today.
Working to maintain ADA compliance for your facility isn’t always easy, but it’s more than necessary. As you ensure your building is fully compliant, one aspect you don’t want to overlook is the guidelines concerning signage. These quick tips can help.
- Think Text Size and Space:
One of the most important ADA regulations when it comes to signs is the size and space allowed for your lettering. If you have the commonly used 5/8” lettering, you need two inches of height per line. If you’re going with something larger, you want to allow two times the height of the character. You’ll also want to consider the text style. Simple, sans serif fonts are best. Go with something that is a medium or a bold weight, and dump the hard to read options like italics. A few fonts you may want to consider include Helvetica, Verdana, and Futura.
- Tactile Signs Guidelines: On tactile signs, you need to use Grade 2 Braille. That means you won’t have an exact translation of your message on the sign. Instead, you’ll be using a character to represent entire words, so be careful with the translation. Also, ensure your Braille is all typed in lowercase letters. Only proper names should have uppercase letters. Keep in mind that some states have specific laws regarding Braille standards, including dot height and diameter.
- Finish and Contrast: Make certain the finish on your sign is non-glare so it can be easily seen. The characters and symbols on your sign have to contrast with the background, too.
Accurate signs is here to help with all of your ADA signage needs. With a deeper understanding of the guidelines and decades of experience in the industry, we can help advise you and create the right solution to help meet the needs of your facility. Contact us today to learn more.
Ensuring their facilities are compliant with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) is a high priority for many businesses, especially those to whom the law applies. One reason for this, of course, is that there can be stiff penalties and other repercussions for violations.However, there are other reasons why you would want to evaluate your location’s efforts with regards to issues addressed by the ADA. For one thing, this ensures your facilities are welcoming and accessible to employees, customers and other visitors who may have physical challenges. It also helps establish a safe area that can be navigated by a diverse population of people with a wide range of physical abilities.
One part of establishing an ADA-friendly environment is using proper signage. There are numerous rules and guidelines that apply to ADA signs. These rules govern everything from coloring and design to the preferred fonts and placement of the signage.
This can all seem daunting to remember, and it can be time-consuming to ensure that all of your signage adheres to the applicable rules. That’s why it is so important to choose a sign provider who has experience in this area.
Accurate Signs & Engraving, Inc. specializes in ADA compliance signs and our staff is extremely familiar with all of the specific regulations involved in designing these signs. We worry about all of the little details, so you don’t have to.
When trying to navigate and stay informed about all of the agencies that are somehow involved or related to workplace safety, you can find yourself feeling like you are trying to wade through alphabet soup. You have OSHA, ADA, DOL and a whole slew of other acronyms that each have their own responsibilities, jurisdictions and rules that you must follow.This can certainly be a challenge. After all, it can be tough enough to remember each of the agencies and what their abbreviated name stands for, let alone trying to stay up to date on their latest requirements and policy changes.
Of course, the most important thing is that you do everything possible to maintain a safe and hazard-free workplace and comfortable environment for any visitors or customers. And at their core, that is what every safety agency has as its primary goal. But they can certainly make it interesting, with all of the red tape and little details you must remember in order to stay off their naughty list.
Making things even more complicated, there may be additional agencies or offices that have jurisdiction over your particular area or industry—and, not surprisingly, each of these organizations will also likely have their own individual set of rules and guidelines they want you to follow.
It can certainly be enough to make your head spin! Or, at the very least, this whole debacle can drive your safety officers or administrative team to demand additional vacation time.
Don’t worry, all hope is not lost. You don’t have to find a way to commit all of these seemingly endless rules and formatting procedures to memory. Nor do you have to ask staff members to waste hours on a quest to research the particular types of fonts that have attained ADA approval.
Instead, you can save lots of time, expenses and headaches by enlisting the help of a signage provider that is already very familiar with all of these quirky rules involving safety signs. Accurate Signs & Engraving, Inc. isn’t afraid to tackle the world of sign protocol. In fact, you might even say we enjoy ferreting out these annoying little details. (Some may find that strange. We prefer to view it as an adorable yet unique personality trait.)
So stop wasting valuable time trying to become a master of signage lingo and etiquette, and let us handle all of these issues for you.