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Grab Bars at the Toilet Mounted in Wrong Location

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Americans with Disabilities Act


Welcome to the newest post in our blog series, Top 20 ADA Compliance Issues Seen in Truckstops and Travel Plazas. Join guest post by contributor Brad GaskinsThe McIntosh Group on the second Friday of every month for his monthly column.

/// Guest post by contributor Brad GaskinsThe McIntosh Group

As we discussed last month, restrooms are a key area to focus on when providing accessible facilities to your patrons. In addition to the requirements for the location of toilets, there are requirements for locations of grab bars. Grab bars that are mounted in the wrong location vertically and horizontally are on the list of the top Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance issues seen in truck stops and travel plazas.

According to the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, an accessible toilet must be located 17 to 19 inches above the floor and 16 to 18 inches from the side wall or partition. Grab bars shall be located behind and to the side of the toilet.

The rear grab bar must measure at least 36 inches long and extend a minimum of 12 inches from the toilet centerline towards the side wall and 24 inches minimum towards the open side, and the side grab bar must measure at least 42 inches in length and be located a maximum of 12 inches from the rear wall and extend a minimum of 54 inches from the rear wall. Grab bars must be mounted horizontally with the TOP of the grab bar 33 to 36 inches above the floor.

Next month we’ll discuss the issue of toilet room doors without proper maneuvering clearances. This will continue a series of posts regarding ADA compliance issues we see in restrooms at truck stops and travel plazas.


/// Read more Top 20 ADA Compliance Issues Seen in Truckstops and Travel Plazas posts here

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Editor's note: Gaskins was a Human Library expert at The NATSO Show. The NATSO Show 2014 will be January 25-29 in Nashville, TN. Learn more about The NATSO Show 2014 here- AT

{Guest Post} Guest post provided by NATSO Allied member Brad GaskinsThe McIntosh Group. The McIntosh Group is an architecture firm focused on providing accessibility solutions for clients nationwide. Learn more about The McIntosh Group.

The opinions and advice given by guest post contributors are not necessarily those of NATSO Inc. The posts should not be considered legal advice. Qualified professionals should be sought regarding advice and questions specific to your circumstances.

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About the Author

Brad Gaskins, AIA, CASp

Brad Gaskins, AIA, CASp

Brad has more than 25 years experience in the practice of architecture and a comprehensive understanding of professional practice nationwide. Brad brings a unique and valuable perspective to The McIntosh Group’s practice and clients, with a specific expertise in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and national building codes.  Brad has gained recognition as an expert witness for clients with ADA compliance complaints. He represents NACS, The Association for Convenience and Fuel Retailing, as a full voting member on the International Code Council (ICC), American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A117.1, Consensus Committee on Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities. His objective is to share, with the committee for their deliberations, the potential impact of the standards on the convenience store and truckstop industry. Brad has an undergraduate degree in engineering and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Oklahoma. He is currently serving as president of AIA Oklahoma. 

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