June 2020 Inspector’s CornerPosted on - Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020
Vertical Diaper Changing Counters
Diaper changing counters have been discussed in several of my past newsletters, from the rules about where to locate them, to general rules about height and knee clearance. So we are all mostly aware that they must comply with the ADA under “work surfaces” (and why “work” you may ask…well have you ever tried to change a diaper?)…Some of the items that must comply is the reach range of the opening mechanism of the diaper changing counter. Most of them have handles that you grab and pull down.
Once open, the second thing that must comply is that the counter be no higher than 34″ a.f.f. and have a knee space no lower than 27″ a.f.f.
These work nicely when you are using a horizontal diaper counter. But what happens when you want to use a vertical diaper changing counter?
The handle on a vertical counter is shown higher than 48″ a.f.f. in the unit above. But if they lower it, then the bottom of the counter (when open) will be lower than 27″ a.f.f.
So unless the manufacturer has a model with a handle mounted lower so that it is able to be mounted within reach and with the proper clearances, it is not recommended to use a vertical diaper changing counter for the accessible counter.
here is a good chart to follow:
Automatic Flush Controls
One of the requirements in the ADA is to have the flush control located on the transfer side of the water closet
Sometimes the water closet has an automatic flush control which does not have the person flush on their own, therefore the location is not dictated. But what happens when the automatic mechanism breaks and the unit has a manual option located in the middle of the water closet? We found this exact condition on one of our inspections.