Existing light switch

Existing wall switches in an older building are higher than the accessible reach ranges.  An office area is being renovated, are the existing switches requried to be lowered?

Answer: No, new controls or relocated controls shall be lowered to within accessible reach ranges (TAS 4.1.6(1)(b)) .  Existing controls may remain. Controls are not one of the elements required to be made accessible per TAS 4.1.6(2).  However, if an employee requires lower switches, it would certainly be considered reasonable accomodation to lower the switches and this would be required by the ADA, Title I.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s