If you run a medical facility, retail shop, large business, or government building in Nebraska, you must have signage that is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Yet, when you have so many other tasks to take care of, it can be difficult figuring out what signs are required. Fortunately, to help you learn about what markers are required, Sign-O-vation has put together this beginner’s guide to ADA signs in Omaha NE.
What Signs Are Required?
The only rooms inside of your venue that must have ADA signs are ones that have permanent uses. For instance, you would not need ADA compliant markers for a room that began as a copy room, was converted to a file room, and is now a storage closet. However, you must install ADA signs when you have a conference room that has not changed functions in years.
Unless your furniture is bolted to the floor, the ADA does not require you to identify individual cubicles. But, since identifying different office cubicles is affordable and helpful, we still suggest that you add compliant numerical signs. Most facility managers want to help workers and visitors find their way around, and putting in the extra effort to do more than the minimum will make your building easier for people of all abilities to navigate.
The ADA Covers So Much More than Room Signs
When it comes to figuring out ADA requirements, room signs are just the start. For example, to be in compliance, you must also identify all exit routes and exits in your facility. Plus, you have to include Braille on any signs for stairwells and exit doors that lead outside or to corridors. Additionally, you are required to have a variety of exterior ADA signage, like handicapped parking lot signs and markers that lead the way to handicapped-accessible routes for entering your venue.
Under the Act, you do not need to make temporary signs compliant if you will only be using them for fewer than seven days. But, you must not cover up your permanent ADA signs with temporary markers used for an event. We often attend trade shows, conferences, and conventions where this mistake is made, and we cringe every time.
Do Signs Used for Marketing Purposes Have to Be Compliant?
The ADA standards do not apply to signs you use for marketing purposes, such as displaying your organization’s name. Yet, when you want individuals of all abilities to be able to find you, it just makes sense to showcase your business’s name with non-glare, raised character, high-contrast signs.
You may no longer be in compliance if you have remodeled your facilities since you last installed ADA signs. Contact the friendly experts at Sign-O-vation for a free consultation to find out for sure whether you are leaving your business open to lawsuits, fines, and complaints because of your inadequate signage. We will perform a site evaluation and tell you what markers you need. We can then fabricate signs that go with your brand, vision, and budget.
To learn more about ADA signs in Omaha NE, contact us today.