Are older buildings grandfathered in from making them accessible to wheel chair users?

-Keith K. ANSWER: The quick answer is no.  “Grandfathering” does not exist in the ADA.  Since the ADA was passed, there has been a barrier removal obligation.  The trigger to remove these barriers is the fact that they exist.  It does not matter how old the building is.  There are three reasons that barriers do not need to be removed. … READ MORE

What percentage of US businesses are compliant with the ADA?

Could you guess about what percentage of US businesses are compliant with the ADA? Further, what are some of the major common violations that cause issues? — Chase B. ANSWER: Chase, My guess would be around .01%. There is not a single building that The McIntosh Group has surveyed that has not had some sort of violation. Some of our clients … READ MORE

I heard about you on The FM Innovator Podcast, and you brought up a very good point about door closure speeds and pressures. We had an incident with one of our restrooms where a woman was going into the restroom and got her hand and leg smashed into the door. The closure opens by a pressure plate and is automated but the closing of the door is on the hydraulic cylinder in the closure itself. What happened is the door went to close while she was in the transition with enough force that she was hurt. What devices or equipment would be of benefit to check those parameters that are in the ADA?

– David I. ANSWER: David, Thanks for listening! I’m glad you found the information useful. The requirements for the door are: Must operate with a maximum pressure of 5 lbs Must close from 90 degrees open to 12 degrees in 5 seconds maximum You can use a stopwatch and a door pressure gauge to check the operating force. You can … READ MORE