ADA & Small Business Compliance
“You will find barriers in any property.For some buildings it’s almost impossible to be 100 percent compliant, for example, because of sloping sites. But you can reduce the risk, make it more accessible and lower the incidence of claims. Even a new facility may not meet all the standards, which include requirements that a door take longer than 3 seconds to close and rules about the proper height of a paper towel dispenser. Each violation of those rules could result in a $1,000 penalty, plus attorney’s fees.” Steve Schraibman AIA, CASp, CPCE
ADA Compliant Mistakes Made by Small Businesses
Extract from Union Tribune Interview with ARCOR-INC.:
BY TANYA MANNES
U.S. Department of Justice’s Recent Guidelines
The U.S. Department of Justice’s most recent guidelines for small businesses were published in March. Titled “ADA Update: A Primer for Small Business,” the 16-page illustrated guide can be viewed at www.ada.gov/regs2010/smallbusiness/smallbusprimer2010.htm.
Halting Law Suits
A 2008 state law empowered certain qualified professionals to become “Certified Access Specialists,” or CASp, who, for a fee, will inspect a business, suggest upgrades and provide an inspection report and certificate that is displayed like a business license. That shows a business owner’s “good faith” effort, and can temporarily halt a lawsuit for 90 days.The law “gives business owners rights that they have not had up to now — but only if they initiate the process of becoming certified,” Schraibman said.