ADA COMPLIANT CABLE RAMPS - FAQs
Energy Distribution only works with the most compliant solutions, providing you peace of mind that whatever you use our equipment for, you can be sure that all will be safe at all times. The Energy team have put together a list of the most frequently asked questions to support you when looking at ADA cable ramps and what this means.
ADA compliance stands for the Americans with Disability Act. Published in 2010, the Act explains that all electronic and IT equipment must be accessible for those with disabilities. Any public or commercial business must be seen to be acting in an ADA compliant way to ensure that all buildings, events and anything relating to the public are deemed as accessible for all.
In terms of events, this must mean that disabled people can access just as much of the event as those without disabilities. Assistive devices, cable protection systems and audio descriptions are just a few examples of accessible events equipment.
Cable covers and protectors are crucial for both walking pedestrians and disabled people. Making mobility safer throughout the event space is key to compliance.
To be fully accessible to all, it’s best to incorporate ADA compliance into all your facilities, offices and event spaces. Public spaces have to be ADA compliant, whether temporary or permanent.
ADA compliant cable ramps must have a 12″ long, gradual slope on both sides of the ramp to help those in wheelchairs or mobility issues.
Any rise of over 0.5″ must have a ramp to allow access.
In any new building constructed, if there are any rises of 1″ or above, there must be a ramp of at least 12″ long. This ensures that ramps are not too steep and their strength isn’t compromised in any way.
When complying with ADA requirements, you must be sure to cover all accessibility points well and not just where you feel it would be needed most. Ramps for rises are essential as, without these, you are limiting access to those who may have mobility issues. Alongside any rises within the space (steps up or down), all cables should be covered with ADA compliant cable ramps to ensure ADA compliance.
An ADA ramp can be as long as required to support the user to get over safely and ensure that all parts of the space are accessible.
When installing ramps, you must ensure you get the ratio of height correct. Failure to do so could result in a compromise of strength, meaning your ramp may not be able to support the weight or heavy foot traffic. As well as considering weight, you must also be aware that even a slight change in the height ratio could result in the ramp becoming too steep for a wheelchair to use successfully, resulting in the potential for injury or inaccessibility.
Working on a height ratio of 1:12 in inches will give you the most accurate result for the length of ramp you will need to be ADA compliant.
For example, if the height of your steps totalled 1″, you would need a ramp length of 12″. For a step totalling 12″, you would need a ramp length of 144″. This is the most accurate equation to follow concerning ADA compliance, particularly for new buildings.
For older buildings, where space may be limited and reasonable adjustments have to be in keeping with the space you have to work with, the ratio allowances can be slightly different and as tight as 1:8. Be aware that this will create a much steeper ramp, and other adjustments may have to be made to support the wheelchair user to use the ramp safely.
For every rise of 30″, there must be a landing space of at least 60″ of flat area so that the user can break for some time.
All public spaces, both temporary and permanent, event spaces, commercial buildings, and offices, have to comply with ADA.
Private spaces such as homes are not subject to ADA requirements.
Cable ramps have a high load-bearing capacity and can deal with loads of up to 9140kg, making them perfect for both accessibility and protection from heavy vehicles.
- Resistant to harsh weather conditions
- Highly visible, so effective at warning people of a potential trip or electrical hazards
- Relocatable across your site
- Meet all current health and safety regulations