that stairways will be routinely used for vertical access, ADAAG will
The requirements in NFPA 101 shall govern.
Medical Device Controls. Controls for medical gases,
Operating Room lights, sterilizers and similar medical equipment may be
located as recommended by the equipment manufacturer(s). Compliance with
UFAS reach ranges is not required for this equipment.
Visual Alarms. Provide visual alarms in common use spaces
and public use spaces as defined by and in accordance with the common use
and public use criteria contained in the ADAAG.
The design agent is responsible for interpretation of ADAAG
visual alarm location.
Visual alarms are not required in areas used only by
employees as work areas. These areas are defined as individual offices
and individual work stations), mechanical, electrical and telephone
closets, janitor's closets, and similar unoccupied spaces that are not
common use areas nor assigned work areas. This may include other staff-
only spaces within a facility.
Irregular strobe action can be deadly to individuals
susceptible to epileptic seizures. Install visual alarms in accordance
with NFPA 72, giving consideration to synchronization of visual alarm
Interpretations and Waivers.
Waiver Authority. The Architectural Transportation Barriers
Act permits the modification or waiver of the UFAS and the ADAAG when
appropriate cause can be shown that a modification or waiver is clearly
necessary. Waivers will be granted only in extraordinary circumstances
on a case-by-case basis. Requests for modifications or waivers should be
sent to the military service's designated Design Agent for review. The
Design Agent will forward his recommendation to TMA/DMFO for coordination
of final decision by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Civilian
Interpretations. The Architectural and Transportation
Barriers Compliance Board (ATBCB) will provide technical assistance and
interpretations of the UFAS and the ADAAG directly to the Design Agents.
A copy of all interpretations and waivers obtained by the Design Agents
from ATBCB shall be provided to the TMA/DMFO for incorporation in the
next update of this Handbook. The ATBCB has provided written
interpretations to UFAS on questions posed to them. These
interpretations are applicable to all TMA/DMFO projects and have been
included in Appendix D.
Waivers. Waivers have been granted by ASD(FM&P) and are
included in Appendix D for further guidance on projects where the same
As-built Drawings. As-built drawings provided at the
completion of the project will include information on features for the
disabled. Applicable drawings must be maintained in the project file
along with copies of the certified checklists.