Now that California requires Baby Diaper Changing Stations in restrooms; what are the thoughts on where these can be located? I know placing them in the accessible stall is a no-no. But I have seen some designs where they are placed on the wall adjacent to the lavatory. When the table is in the open position, a wheelchair user loses access to the lav. Any thoughts on this?
Take note, this is for publicly funded projects unless I am missing something
It is not legal, in my opinion, to remove access from something that is currently accessible. If the lavatory is installed legally, so that there is disabled access, then removing that access even temporarily with an installed element (in other words, not a person or a chair), would not be legal.
What State are we talking about SBS?
I believe the topic mentioned the California code, so I presume we are talking about California.
This is California Assembly Bill 1127. It adds the language to the Government Code as well as the Health and Safety code, relating to public accommodations to require installation and maintenance of baby diaper changing stations.
@SharonToji Attached is an example that was presented to me for approval. These are single-accommodation restrooms.
Numerous exceptions but not sure if they would apply to the equality of accessing the lav, or just literal standards.
2) Subdivision (a) does not apply to a renovation if a local building permitting entity or building inspector determines that the installation of a baby diaper changing station is not feasible or would result in a failure to comply with applicable building standards governing the right of access for persons with disabilities. The permitting entity or building inspector may grant an exemption from the requirements of subdivision (a) under those circumstances.