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Stay Away From Fines and Scammers, Get ADA Compliant!
By: Whirlwind Clean & Green Team ~ 11/30/2018

MedicalCenterSnow11302018_s.jpgIn regard to being ADA compliant, it helps to think about it from the perspective of satisfying the customer or client. ADA signs are to make your building safer and more accessible to those with disabilities. Signs are also helpful in the winter to warn of slip and fall hazards such as ice. Currently there are people that go around the country looking for businesses that aren't in compliance to sue them, this can cost you money that would easily be saved with a few signs.

ADASigns11302018_s.jpgDSbraillesignsAll11302018_s.jpgAll businesses that deal with the public in some way need to understand what you need to do to ensure people with disabilities have access to and are safe within your buildings. All facilities with 10 or more employees must follow the ADA signage guidelines, this includes commercial buildings like offices, factories, and warehouses. Not every sign needs to be ADA compliant though. Building addresses, parking signs, directories, and signs that will be up 7 days or less (temporary signs) do not have to be ADA compliant. Stairwells, permanent rooms and spaces, or other places that have a permanent use need to be identified with signs that have braille and tactile letters as well as high contrast lettering. Permanent rooms and spaces like meeting rooms, offices, vending machine areas, or kitchens should be labelled with room numbers and names in braille, tactile letters, and high contrast lettering. There are also specific placements for each sign in height and location.

UseAntiIcingSnowRemovalServices11302018_s.jpgWith the upcoming cold winter weather brings the possibility of snow, slush, and ice. These are potential slip and fall hazards that could injure your customers, clients, and/or employees. Although it is not required by the ADA, it is important to label these potential hazards with signs that are visible to all patrons to insure their safety. There are ice alert signs that turn blue when it is icy, so you can leave them out all winter long without having to remember every time it is icy. You should also have a way for patrons to report safety hazards, as well as, a way to make hazards known such as cones.

FreezingWhenBlueSign1130218_s.jpgAs there are many rules to keep you in ADA compliance to make your building safe and accessible and also to avoid fines Whirlwind Clean & Green can help you find the correct signs for your building to keep you in compliance. Contact us today for a free estimate.