The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) forms the foundation of the International Building Code commercial standard for handrails and to an increasing degree, the International Residential Code as well. The ADA was instituted in order to provide equal access to public and commercial buildings for individuals with physical handicaps.
Promenaid handrails meet these safety and accessibility standards
ADA handrail specifications
- ADA Handrails on stairs must terminate with a 90-degree return to the wall (often referred to as an “ADA Return” or “Wall Return”) to prevent items such as clothing, bags or emergency fire hoses from becoming hooked or tangled over the end of the railing.
- Secondary handrails are required on ramps that are more than 18 inches above grade.
- The shape of the loop is not defined but it must be in the same “plane” as the railing. A “D-loop” is a common configuration since it requires two simple 90-degree turns back towards its original direction.
- A handrail must withstand at least 500 lb of force to satisfy the International Building Code commercial standard and our ADA handrails meet this requirement.