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Is your Pool Lift ADA compliant

Pool Lift Compliance- Is your Pool Lift ADA compliant?

Handicapped Pool Lift Equipment

Have you ever wondered, if your pool lift is ADA compliant? When purchasing a pool lift, you need to make sure that this swimming pool lift is in compliance with the ADA (The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; especially when you are buying the handicap pool lift equipment for a public facility. Safety must be your foremost important subject when deciding for a pool lift. To ensure the reliability of a pool lift and to put the customer at ease when selecting a pool lift, the ADA set regulations and standards, that a pool lift manufacturer has to pass before they are able to state that their pool lift complies/ meets ADA standards.

We at All-Terrain Medical have the experience and the knowledge to help you decide which pool lifts will be right ones for you. Because of this, we thought you might enjoy a brief summary of ADA compliance regulations:

Description

Specifications

Pool Lift Location

Maximum Water Depth of48 inches

Clear Deck Space

36 inch wide by 48 inch deep transfer area that starts 12 inches behind the seat

Seat Height

The seat must be able to stop between 16 inches and 19 inches above the pool deck.

Seat Width

Seat width minimum of 16 inches

Foot and Arm Rests

Footrests are required. Armrests are optional, but must be foldable or removable when transferring.

Operation

Lift must be capable of unassisted operation. A person must be able to call the lift when it is in either the deck or water position.

Submerged Depth

Lift must submerge to 18inches below water surface minimum.

Lifting Capacity

Minimum of 300 lbs

 

Portable Pool Lift Equipment

242 ADA Guidelines for Swimming Pools, Wading Pools, and Spas

242.1 General.  Swimming pools, wading pools, and spas shall comply with 242.

242.2 Swimming Pools.  At least two accessible means of entry shall be provided for swimming pools.  Accessible means of entry shall be swimming pool lifts complying with 1009.2; sloped entries complying with 1009.3; transfer walls complying with 1009.4; transfer systems complying with 1009.5; and pool stairs complying with 1009.6.  At least one accessible means of entry provided shall comply with 1009.2 or 1009.3. 

EXCEPTIONS:  1.  Where a swimming pool has less than 300 linear feet (91 m) of swimming pool wall, no more than one accessible means of entry shall be required provided that the accessible means of entry is a swimming pool lift complying with 1009.2 or sloped entry complying with 1009.3.

2.  Wave action pools, leisure rivers, sand bottom pools, and other pools where user access is limited to one area shall not be required to provide more than one accessible means of entry provided that the accessible means of entry is a swimming pool lift complying with 1009.2, a sloped entry complying with 1009.3, or a transfer system complying with 1009.5.

3.  Catch pools shall not be required to provide an accessible means of entry provided that the catch pool edge is on an accessible route.

Advisory 242.2 Swimming Pools.  Where more than one means of access is provided into the water, it is recommended that the means be different.  Providing different means of access will better serve the varying needs of people with disabilities in getting into and out of a swimming pool.  It is also recommended that where two or more means of access are provided, they not be provided in the same location in the pool.  Different locations will provide increased options for entry and exit, especially in larger pools.

Advisory 242.2 Swimming Pools Exception 1.  Pool walls at diving areas and areas along pool walls where there is no pool entry because of landscaping or adjacent structures are to be counted when determining the number of accessible means of entry required.

242.3 Wading Pools.  At least one accessible means of entry shall be provided for wading pools.  Accessible means of entry shall comply with sloped entries complying with 1009.3.

242.4 Spas.  At least one accessible means of entry shall be provided for spas.  Accessible means of entry shall comply with swimming pool lifts complying with1009.2; transfer walls complying with 1009.4; or transfer systems complying with 1009.5.

EXCEPTION:  Where spas are provided in a cluster, no more than 5 percent, but no fewer than one, spa in each cluster shall be required to comply with 242.4.

Source http://www.access-board.gov/ADA-ABA/final.cfm

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