Does your facility comply with the new ADA Law?
The final revision that was made on July 23, 2010 will take effect March 2011 and will be required by March 15, 2012. Fines may range from $55,000 for the first violation, and go all the way up to $110,000 for any following violation.
- Facilities REQUIRED to comply are Public Park and recreational districts, hotels and motels, fitness and recreational sports clubs, country clubs, high schools and universities, water parks, hospitals, and health care facilities.
- Facilities NOT REQUIRED to comply are residential dwellings or housing units, such as homes, apartment complexes, condos or home owners associations, ONLY if the use of the swimming pool is strictly limited to those living on the property.
- If a swimming pool is more than 300 linear feet it is required to have two ADA compliant lifts.
- Stairs do not count as a primary means of accessibility, only as a secondary means of access.
- ADA compliant lifts or slopped entry (with handrails on both sides) would be considered primary means of access.
- Sharing lifts between pools is not permitted, unless it would result in an undue burden to provide equipment at each one.
Maintenance of Accessible Features
- A portable pool lift may be stored when the pool is closed, but must be at the poolside and fully operational all hours the pool is open.
Tax Credits and Deductions
- Businesses, regardless of their size, may be able to take advantage of federal tax credits for small businesses or deductions for compliance costs. See www.irs.gov for more information.
BEING ADA COMPLIANT MEANS
- LIFTS MUST HOLD A MINIMUM OF 300LBS
- HAVE A SOLID SEAT AT LEAST 16″ WIDE AND A FOOTREST (which is not required in a spa)
- MUST BE USABLE IN AND OUT OF WATER WITHOUT ANY ASSISTANCE
- MUST BE EASY TO USE AND USE NO MORE THEN 5LBS OF PRESSURE TO OPERATE
- ABILITY TO DROP SEAT DOWN TO SUBMERGE IN WATER TO A DEPTH OF 18″ BELOW STATIONARY WATER LEVEL.