Meeting ADA Standards At Your Des Moines Area Business

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If you are a business owner, there is probably a long list of things that are important to you. Your customers or clients are likely pretty high on that list. The customers are the people that help keep your business running day after day. How often do you see clients or customers come into your business? Probably pretty often. One thing you may have never thought about before is how they are actually entering your building. Are they forced to walk up stairs and pull a door open to get in? Or can they walk up a ramp and get into your building through an automatic door? The answer to this is actually very important when it comes to ADA Standards. ADA Standards have to do with the way everything in your office is set up to accommodate those with disabilities, including doors and exit devices.

What does ADA stand for?

ADA stands for the Americans with Disabilities Act. The act was signed into law in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush. The act prohibits discrimination and guarantees people with disabilities the same opportunities that others have. This includes employment opportunities, purchasing goods and services, and participating in services and programs in their state. The ADA was modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, an act that prohibits discrimination based on race, color, sex, national origin, and religion.

For someone to be protected by the ADA, they must have a disability defined by the ADA as a “physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment.” The ADA does not have an actual list of all of the impairments that are covered.

How do ADA guidelines apply to my Des Moines business?

ADA guidelines apply to all businesses. The law prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in everyday activities which include getting groceries, going to dinner, exercising, going to the movies, etc. This law applies to every type of business that serves the public, regardless of size.

All businesses, no matter what industry they are in, must comply with accessible design standards when constructing or altering their facilities, including removing barriers where readily achievable. The Access Board is responsible for updating and developing design guidelines, which are known as ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG). These guidelines are used by both the Department of Justice and the Department of Transportation.

If you’d like more information about ADA standards, click here. If you would like to learn more about ADA standards for your small business, click here.

How can Strauss Security Solutions help?

At Strauss, we want to make sure your business is in compliance with ADA standards. We can help with:

  • Exit Devices- They help distribute the weight of the door making it easier to push open. Exit devices also help doors to remain close when not in use and can prohibit people from re-entering your building.
  • Door Openers/Closers- Powered door openers and closers are a great addition to your business. They are the best way to assure you are in compliance with ADA guidelines since they can be accessed by everyone.
  • Door Levers- We have a wide variety of door levers in various styles. It’s important to have the correct type of lever that can be used by anyone who wants to enter your business.

Your office building and other facilities you might own can meet the ADA standards with our help. Contact Strauss Security Solutions today to discuss how we can help your Des Moines, Urbandale, Johnston, Clive, West Des Moines, Waukee, Norwalk, Indianola, or Ankeny business.


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