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Accessible Exercise Machines and Equipment – 2010 ADA/2012 TAS

The scope requires at least one of each type of exercise machine and equipment to comply with the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) / 2012 Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS). (See 236)

It can first be noted that exercise machines and equipment are not required to comply with some of the other accessible standards such as the operable parts operation and height requirements. Given their nature, exercise machines and equipment will not comply with grasping, pinching, twisting, or pushing/pulling force operation, as well as reach range height. In other words, the exercise machine or equipment itself is not regulated. (See 205 Ex.8)

Additionally, an exception for protruding objects in areas of sporting activity does not require exercise machines or equipment to comply with the requirements for a protruding object. (See 204 Ex.1)

What exercise machines or equipment does call for is a clear floor space. A 30”x48” minimum clear floor space, connected to an accessible route, is required to be positioned for transfer or use by a person in a wheelchair. (See 1004 & 305)

Where exercise machines or equipment require transfer to operate, the clear floor space should be positioned where it allows for the best unobstructed transfer onto the machine.

Where exercise machines or equipment may be operated by a person in a wheelchair, a clear floor space centered on the operating mechanisms may be what best accommodates.






Figure 305.3 Clear Floor or Ground Space

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Accessible Toilet Grab Bar Spacing – 2010 ADA / 2012 TAS

Something to keep in mind when locating and installing “associated” dispensers, small purse shelves, or sanitary napkin disposals for accessible toilets, is the required spacing for the grab bars.

While all of these elements have specific technical requirements for where they can be located, it does not directly mention their proximity to grab bars.

The most common location we see for placement of these accessible elements is the side wall perpendicular to the toilet.

TAS requires that any projecting object above grab bars have at least 12” minimum of space between it and the object. Additionally, any projecting object below grab bars must have at least 1 ½” minimum of space between it and the object.

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Figure 609.3 Spacing of Grab Bars

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Vision Windows and Viewing Panels on Doors – 2012 TAS / 2010 ADA

All doors on an accessible route, or within employee circulation paths (unless exempt by 206.2.8), are required to comply with 404 Doors.

The code calls for doors with vision lights, viewing panels, peep holes, windows, etc., to have the bottom edge measuring 43” maximum above the finished floor.

It should be taken into consideration that most doors are located ½”-1” above the finished floor because of either a raised threshold or the undercut of the door. Therefore, if a door is designed to have the bottom edge of the viewing panel to measure 43” from the bottom of the door, but the door is installed over a ½” raised threshold, the viewing panel will be too high.

It is required that vision lights be located relative to the finished floor, not the bottom of the door.

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