As the 2013 CBC Figure 11B-308.3.2 shows, the allowable mounting height of wall controls are limited to 46", provided the depth of obstruction is between 10" and 24". However, the depth of commercial kitchen counter is often greater than 25", which makes any wall switches or electrical outlets non-compliant. How should one be able to provide accessibility in this situation? Any suggestions to a workable solution will be appreciated.
If you are speaking about reach ranges to electrical outlets or switches over countertops or to high shelving or hanging pots and pans or microwaves or any other element that must be accessed by employees in the work area of a commercial kitchen... or for that matter any other workstation in virtually any other line of work look at 11B 203.9. Not required. Right?
Thank you. That's right. In worker only areas exceptions apply, so workstations are not required to comply. If there's a special situation requiring accessibility for commercial counters, can you think of a trick to make it accessible?
We have discussed this before Foodservice back-of-house areas, fall under the gray area of the code. The back-of-house areas are subject to interpretation Trying to enforce accessibility in the typical, commercial kitchen facility, is not practical Analysis and Commentary on the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design Several exceptions to section 206.2.8 of the 2010 Standards exempt common use circulation paths in employee work areas from the requirements of section 402 where it may be...
Please keep in mind that Chapter 11A and the FHA are based on the concept of adaptability. Not knowing what the future resident's needs may be, it is not necessary to provide usable cabinet hardware during the construction process. If a resident needs pull-type hardware it typically can be easily installed without any special tools or knowledge. With that said, it can be beneficial to all parties (designer, owners, and residents) if more attention was paid to the "universal design" concepts.
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