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ADA BATHROOM GRAB-BAR REQUIREMENTS 2024

ADA COMPLIANCE CODE FOR BATHROOM GRAB BARS

In a disability-accessible bathroom, grab bars are critical for those living with disabilities. Whether the bars are located in a shower, stall, or around a toilet, having accurate measurements is not only important for all, but it’s a potential lawsuit for the business if not done correctly. Grab bar code requirements are included in the standard ANSII-ICC A117.1 of the International Code Council per the Americans with Disability Act.

A summary of grab bar requirements is outlined in the following text and video. We always suggest calling or emailing a Licensed CASp if you are not sure of your dimensions and need a consultation. Even the slightest miscalculation can result in an ADA lawsuit. Feel free to reach out to us at (714) 500-7585 if you have any questions about your current situation.

TOILET ADA GRAB BAR HEIGHTS & DIMENSIONS

The size, length, and location, of grab bars are now universal for toilet stalls and individual bathrooms per the ADA.

  • Toilets need to have horizontal bars behind, and next to them, and a vertical bar in front
  • A grab bar at least 36 inches long should also be installed behind the toilet on the rear wall
  • ADA Grab-Bar Code requires clearance of at least 12 inches over the grab bar, and 1 1/2 inches under clearance under each bar
  • Install the rear grab bar at least 24 inches from the toilet centerline on the open/transfer side.

 

A117 specifies the amount of distance that is required from each bar to the floor and wall. However, according to ADA code experts, many contractors get this wrong, which increases the chance that a bathroom will not pass inspection and expose the facility owner and contractor to liability.

To avoid these types of problems, pay close attention to the bar length and height and ensure there are no obstructions to the bars as well. Consider hiring a certified access specialist (CASp) who can review your property if you aren’t sure of your ADA liabilities. Call (714) 500-7585 for a free quote today