January 12, 2007, Newsletter Issue #46: Remember ADA Depth Requirements For Wall-Mounted Hand Dryers

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When installing wall-mounted hand dryers in a public restroom that needs to be ADA compliant be sure to observe the ADA requirements for distance from the wall—a wall-mounted dryer cannot protrude more than 4 inches from the wall. The reason? Research has shown that if a fixture protrude farther than 4 inches from the wall, a visually impaired person is in danger of bumping into the unit. Several models of wall-mounted dryers meet this requirement, such as Mediflow models from Saniflow. Many manufacturers of wall-mounted hand dryers are sold with “recessed kits” to meet the regulations for distance from the wall in a public bathroom.

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