The Americans with Disabilities Act established precedents to ensure all could equally enjoy public and commercial buildings across the country, so where does handrail fit in?
Signed into law in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides protection to those with disabilities that may be hindered from interacting with environments and people in the same manner as those without disabilities. The final version of the bill was signed in July of 1990, so what better month to publish a focus on the ADA than now!
The full breadth of the ADA, as with most laws, goes much deeper than a surface level explanation. However, for our purposes let’s take a 10,000-foot view of the act. In general, the ADA contains four main titles that focus on different aspects of inclusion for people with disabilities. They are:
Our main focus will be on meeting regulations noted in Title III.
A major component of Title III of the ADA is access for persons with disabilities to public locations. In many cases, this boils down to one thing: a ramp. There is a litany of regulations and size requirements related to entry ramps for ADA compliance, one of which is the necessity of a handrail to ensure safe travel up and down.
An ADA-Compliant Ramp with Handrail
Naturally, the handrail on the ramps has its own set of rules:
This may seem like a large dose of arbitrary restrictions, but when combined they create a ramp that allows everyone to enjoy what the world has to offer.
The answer is a resounding yes! At Superior Aluminum, we work hard to ensure each pipe handrail is pre-assembled to meet every need specified in the ADA. Handrails are specially designed to work either with an existing wall or guard or to be perfectly compatible with Superior guardrail.
Superior Handrail and Guardrail on an ADA Ramp in Alabama