• If there are stairs at the main entrance, is there also a ramp or lift, or is there an alternative accessible entrance? (Note: Do not use a service entrance as the accessible entrance unless there is no other option)
  • Do all inaccessible entrances have signs indicating the location of the nearest accessible entrance?
  • Can the alternate accessible entrance be used independently?
  • Does the entrance door have a 32" clear opening width? (Measure door frame to door)
  • For a double door, does the door have at least one leaf with a net 32" clear opening width?
  • Is there at least 18" of clear wall space on the pull side of the door, next to the handle?
  • Is the threshold edge one-quarter inch high or less, or if beveled edge, no more than three-quarter inch high?
  • If provided, are carpeting or mats a maximum of one-half inch high?
  • Are edges securely installed to minimize tripping hazards?
  • Is the door handle no higher than 48" and operable with a closed fist? (The "closed fist" test for handles and controls: Try opening the door or operating the control using only one hand, held in a fist. If you can do it, so can a person who has limited use of his or her hands.)
  • Can doors be opened without too much force (exterior doors reserved; maximum is 5 lbs. for interior doors)?
  • If the door has a closer, does it take at least 5 seconds to close?
  • Does the accessible entrance provide direct access to the main floor, lobby, or elevator?
Further Information
For more information regarding these guidelines, please contact Building Services or call us at 563.589.4150.