Where to use ADA restrooms? Whether you are hosting an outdoor event or managing a site like a sports field or park, you must think about the proper arrangement of restrooms.
Having easy and comfortable access to restrooms is something basic that the guests or attendees will expect and they deserve it too.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandates 5% porta-potties at any location with no less than one, to be ADA compliant and have handicap access. This ensures that any guests or attendees with disabilities have proper access to restrooms.
The benefits of having ADA porta-potties
Having ADA porta-potties set up in your even site or project site is not only about compliance with the Act. There are many other benefits of setting up a handicapped porta potty. Here are some of the benefits you will see, when you hire one for your next event:
Owing to the size of the setup, the ADA restrooms are family-friendly. For parents with small kids it becomes a dilemma, whether to leave their kid outside or with someone, when they use the restroom.
If you have a kid, who needs help in the restroom, you would understand the trouble of both of you fitting into the compact area.
An ADA restroom solves this problem as these are large enough for more than one person. They have sufficient space to accommodate strollers or seat carriers, so you no longer need to worry about leaving your tiny tot behind.
The ADA restrooms can double up as changing or green rooms if required. If you are managing an event that requires members to change costumes, the ADA porta potties will allow for that extra room to change.
The ADA porta potty does not need a step up hence there is a reduced risk of someone tripping and injuring themselves. This becomes even more important when you are hosting a night event. Therefore, the setup helps you keep your guests and attendees safe and minimize the risk.
ADA portable restrooms requirements and regulations
As a customer, you must understand the basic regulations and requirements of an ADA portable restroom. Also, you must know that ADA restrooms and restrooms with handicap access are two different things. Knowing these will help you have constructive and clear conversations with your vendor.
Handicap-accessible portable restrooms require:
- A wider door as compared to a standard unit, to allow easy access for a wheelchair
- Entrance with a ramp that accommodates wheelchair
- Enough interior space to allow a three-point turn of the wheelchair
These criteria apply to restrooms with handicap access but they don’t make the restroom ADA compliant.
ADA compliant restrooms require:
- 5% or at least 1 ADA compliant portable toilet for every twenty portable toilets at the site.
- Magnetic or hinged doors to allow for easy closing
- Reinforced construction and interior grab bars to maintain balance and prevent injuries due to a fall
- A display placard – usually a blue-colored wheelchair symbol which signifies that the restroom is ADA compliant. The signage is also in braille
- Enough space for a complete 360-degree turn
The last point makes ADA compliant toilets larger than toilets with handicap access.
If you are managing or hosting an event and looking after the arrangement of portable toilets, you must hire an expert who can advise you on the local guidelines and regulations.
A professional will be able to advise you on the most suitable choices and help make decisions where you might get confused by the sheer variety.
As it is not only about setting up the standalone unit but also installing hand washbasins and consumables like toilet paper, paper towels, and soap. Hiring a professional rental service is always a wise decision.