UFAS INTERPRETATIONS AND WAIVERS
This appendix provides information on written interpretations
which have been issued by the Architectural and Transportation Barriers
Compliance Board (ATBCB). Waivers which have been issued by ASD(FM&P)
are also provided. Figure D-7 is a waiver that was issued by ASD(FM&P).
The following information has been
provided by the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance
Board and should be referenced in the following occupancies:
Mercantile (try-on and fitting rooms)
Health Care (x-ray or exam rooms)
Recreational (in association with showers in swimming pools,
Educational (e.g. - if provided at athletic facilities or
DRESSING ROOMS. In new construction, where dressing rooms are
provided for use by the general public, patients, customers, or employees
all shall be located on an accessible route. In existing construction,
where structural impracticability can be demonstrated, one dressing room
for each sex on each accessible floor/level shall be made accessible.
Clear Floor Space. A clear floor space allowing a person
using a wheelchair to make a 180-degree turn shall be provided in every
dressing room entered through a swinging or sliding door. No door shall
swing into any part of the turning space. Turning space shall not be
required in a private dressing room entered through a curtained opening
at least 32" wide if clear floor space complying with section "Space
Allowance and Reach Ranges" renders the dressing room usable by a person
using a wheelchair.
All doors shall be in compliance with section "Doors".
Bench. Every dressing room shall have a 24"(min) by 48"(min)
bench fixed to the wall along the longer dimension of the bench and not
necessarily the room. The bench shall be mounted 17" to 19" above the
floor and may be hinged. Clear floor spaces shall be provided alongside
the bench to allow a person using a wheelchair to make a parallel
transfer onto the bench. The structural strength of the bench and
attachments shall comply with section "Structural Strength". Where
installed in conjunction with showers, swimming pools, or other wet
locations, water shall not accumulate upon the surface of the bench and
the bench shall have a slip-resistant surface.
Mirror. A full-length mirror, measuring at least 18" wide by
54" high, shall be mounted in a position affording a view to a person on
the bench as well as to a person in a standing position.
Rationale. Both UFAS and MGRAD are silent re dressing rooms.
We have many requests for information & assistance in applying existing
standards but none seems to be entirely appropriate. Since usability is
a requirement and since many persons using wheelchairs must dress/undress
in a semi-recumbent position, the need for a bench is clearly
demonstrated. Other requirements are derived from known space and reach
This is an ATBCB proposal for insertion into UFAS based on their