Plumbed Elements: Lavatories and Sinks, Washers and Dryers, and Saunas and Steam Rooms

Thursday, October 7, 2021
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time Zone


The Access Board will soon issue new technical guides on various plumbed elements covered in Chapter 6 of the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards, including lavatories and sinks, washers and dryers, and saunas and steam rooms. Presenters will review the guidance, clarifications, and best practice recommendations provided in the new guides and explain how to meet various provisions for these fixtures and appliances. They will also address frequently asked questions and common sources of confusion. This webinar will include video remote interpreting (VRI) and real-time captioning. Questions can be submitted in advance of the session or can be posed during the live webinar.

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Phil Bratta, Technical Writer, U.S. Access Board

Josh Schorr, Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board

Scott Windley, TA Coordinator and Senior Accessibility Specialist, Office of Technical and Information Services, U.S. Access Board

Questions for presenters:

1 Can you discuss the slope requirements for clearances at bathroom fixtures, and within an accessible shower? I often see floors sloped in excess of 1:48 to a floor drain, both within a fixture's required clearance (such as that required by 608.2.2.1) and within tiled showers. 604.3, 607.2, and 608.2.2.1 do not reference 305, do not discuss slope, and do not refer to the clearance as a "clear floor space", so it is unclear if 305 applies.
2 Are there any different considerations for beach showers? a steeper slope seems to be needed to drain both water and sand off the shower floor.
3 Do operable parts for a faucet include the rotating spout found on kitchen sinks or just the handle(s) to turn on the water? Does a faucet require an obstructed forward reach to its operable parts when it is located between the sink and the rear wall supporting the sink or can it use a parallel approach like all other operable parts (606.4)?
4 Are faucet controls required to be within front reach range? So if a sink only has 18” knee/toe clearance below, then the faucet controls also are required to be placed within 18”. And would the same be true for a garbage disposal control?
5 Exterior Showers at public pools, are drop down seats required, grab bars?>
6 Are lavatories required to project at least 17 inches from the wall to provide the minimum knee and toe space underneath a lavatory or can the lavatory project less than 17 inches e.g. 14 inches, if there is a minimum of 17 inches of knee and toe space underneath the depth provided?
7 Has there been any conversation regarding new equipment saunas that are brought to a facility and plugged into the wall, and potentially not regulated, rather than having sauna rooms? Is there a possibility to provide localized heat treatments in lieu of a full sauna room?
8 Can you explain the requirements for accessible stall configurations when plumbing makes it infeasible for a accessible stall to be at least 60" wide by 59" deep? Specifically, the exception [ADAAG] that requires ". . . a stall that is less accessible but that provides greater access than a typical stall (either 36" by 69" or 48" by 69"). Finally, if this exception still applies [2010 Standards], what is the difference between allowing 36" by 69" and 48" by 69"? (EXAMPLE: Restroom with 2 stalls and the accessible stall is 40" wide by 102" deep with grab bars on both sides, not behind the floor mounted toilet.)

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