When renting portable toilets in Fort Meyers, or any location hosting an outdoor event, it is important to have options for every guest and their needs. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prevents discrimination against citizens living with disabilities. The regulations under the ADA require all business owners to make the proper arrangements to accommodate every individual, despite their conditions. This includes offering ADA-compliant portable toilets and restrooms.
Furthermore, the ADA requirements state that for any event or situation with portable toilets, including concerts and state fairs, 5% of these toilets must be ADA-compliant.
ADA-Compliant Portable Toilets
ADA-compliant restrooms make it easier for those with disabilities, including wheelchair users. These units are not only larger but come equipped with easily accessible features. The extra space allows for each user to easily maneuver in the stall, operate faucets and sinks, and are equipped with easy entry.
According to ADA-compliant requirements, portable restrooms must adhere to these requirements:
- Floor level entrance or come with a ramp
- Doors require a minimum clearance of 32 inches for wheelchair access
- Hinge or magnetic doors to help with closing stalls
- Each unit must be properly labeled with a blue handicap sign
- The placement of the unit must be continuous and unobstructed
- The space inside each unit must be large enough to complete a full 360-degrees turn in a wheelchair
How Many ADA Units Do I Need
As we touched on above, ADA guidelines require 5% (1 in 20) of portable toilets to be ADA-compliant. Additionally, if there is a cluster or group of portable toilets placed around the site, one of these must be an ADA unit.
Not only do these units accommodate those with disabilities, but they are spacious enough to accommodate families with small children. If you are planning an event that will bring in a large number of families with small children plan accordingly. It may be worth it to invest in additional ADA size portable units to better accommodate every scenario.
One of the only exceptions to the 5% guideline is when it comes to the construction industry. According to the United States Department of Labor, construction job sites with 20 people or less only require one portable toilet. For 20 or more there should be one toilet seat and one urinal per 40 workers. For 200 or more people there is a requirement for one toilet seat and one urinal per 50 workers. These units do not have to be ADA-compliant and can be only standard portable units.
That being said, this is the only exception when it comes to the ADA regulations, and all other employers must provide handicap-accessible restrooms even if they are only used by permanent employees.
Difference Between ADA-Approved Unit & Handicap-Accessible Units
The biggest difference between the two is that all ADA-approved portable units are handicap accessible, however, the reverse is not true. Handicap-accessible units must follow wheelchair accessibility guidelines but are not subject to the other regulations of ADA-compliant units.
For example, handicap-accessible units require enough interior space for a three-point wheelchair turn. Where the ADA-approved units must have enough space for a full 360-degree turn. The doors on a handicap unit do not have to be hinged like the ADA units which can make it difficult to shut without assistance.
Let Doodie Calls Assist You
If you are looking to rent portable toilets in Fort Meyers, Florida, or any other part of the state, contact Doodie Calls. Doodie Calls services all of Florida and provides a vast range of units when it comes to sanitation services. From portable restroom and shower trailers to ADA-compliant portable units, Doodie Calls has it all. We raise the bar in customer service and satisfaction. Our priority is delivering the highest quality products with a focus on safety and reliability.