The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) .sets guidelines that are very specific when it comes to bathrooms. The specifications of ToiletAdvisors – best toilet include toilet dimensions and proper installation. This is done to assure that public bathrooms are accessible to all people. Please see the following to find out more about the regulations for handicapped toilets and the proper installation guidelines.
First of all, the ADA regulates the height of a handicap toilet. A handicap toilet must be measured from the base of the floor of the bathroom to the top of the toilet seat. The toilet seat must sit 17″-19″ after installation in order to adhere to the guidelines set forth by the Americans With Disabilities Act. If you are installing a handicap toilet for your business, or if you are a contractor installing a handicap bathroom or even just one stall, be sure to have your measuring tape with you so you can adequately measure the height from the base to the top of the seat so you are in compliance with the law.
Aside from the height specification, the ADA recommends that handicap bathrooms are installed with ‘undercut toilet bowls.’ These types of toilet bowls have gaps between the bottom and the base of the toilet that allow for more leg room, foot space, and easier accessibility for people with a handicap.
Getting back to the height of the toilet seat, be careful if you are buying a toilet that says ‘comfortable height.’ While it’s true that many of these types of toilets are taller than others, it’s also true that they often measure 16.5 inches high from base to seat, which is not the 17″ to 19″ required by the ADA. Be sure to read the labels and measure before you purchase or order one.
The ADA also regulates the ‘flush control’ of a handicap toilet, It’s imperative that the toilet needs to meet the standards for operating parts, meaning that the part of the toilet that flushes needs to be no more than 44” from the base, and must be operated with less than four and half pounds so a person isn’t prone to hurting their wrists or hands. This is a very important thing to consider as well.
There are many factors to consider when installing a handicap toilet and many of the rules and regulations can be found on the Americans With Disabilities web site, or you can call their toll free number if you have questions or are still unsure.