All big employers, service providers, doctor’s offices, government buildings, and retail stores in Connecticut must have signage that is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Yet, figuring out what exactly is required and what is not can be tough for businesses with a lot on their plate already. To assist you in learning about what signage you need, the experts at G-Force Signs & Graphics have compiled this guide to ADA signs in South Windsor CT.
ADA Guidelines Cover a Broad Range of Interior Signs
ADA signs are only required in rooms that serve a permanent purpose. For example, if you have a room that begins as a storage closet, is converted to a file room, and then serves as a copy room, you do not need to have ADA compliant signs for it. However, if you have a conference room that does not change its function over the years, then ADA signs are a must.
Under the ADA, you do not have to label office cubicles unless the furniture is bolted to the floor. We would still recommend that you add compliant numerical signs to identify cubicles because it is helpful and affordable. Since it will help employees and guests find their way around, it is generally worth the effort to do more than the bare minimum to make your venue more accessible.
Are Room Signs the Only Signage Covered by the ADA?
Much more than room signs are covered by the guidelines. For instance, you are required to label any exits or exit routes in your facility clearly to be in compliance. In addition, you need to use Braille to identify exit doors that lead to hallways or outside as well as stairwells.
Temporary signs do not need to be compliant, though temporary signs are defined by the ADA as any markers that are only in use for a week or less. When we attend conventions and other events, we often see that the organizers have covered up exit signs or other wayfinding signage with temporary markers promoting or sharing information about the conference or seminar. This is a big no-no since it makes it so the venue no longer meets ADA requirements.
Are ADA Compliant Signs Necessary for Displaying Your Organization’s Name?
The display of your business’s name is not covered by the regulations. But, it makes perfect sense to use high-contrast, non-glare signs to display your company’s name in order to help people of all abilities find you.
Also, keep in mind that if you have made any alterations to your building since you last updated your ADA signs in South Windsor CT, you may no longer be in compliance. If you want to know whether or not you have sufficient signage, you should contact the friendly professionals at G-Force Signs & Graphics for a free consultation. We will survey your venue and let you know what signage you need to meet requirements. We can provide you with a wide array of options that fit your branding, goals, and budget.
Contact us today if you are interested in learning more about interior ADA signs.