Incorporate Electric Rotating Storage Cabinets into Your Design to Meet ADA Standards
In every workplace, employee common use areas must meet the ADA Standards for Accessible Design. This includes halls, lobbies, entrances, assembly areas, and storage areas. When you are designing a commercial building, whether it is an office, library, medical facility, or school, access to stored items can make a big impact on how employees work – especially employees that have limited mobility. Electric Rotating Storage Cabinets can be easily incorporated into a variety of storage areas to meet ADA Standards and to provide a better work environment for everyone.
Meeting ADA Standards with Electric Rotating Cabinets Provides Better Ergonomics for All
An Electric Rotating Storage Cabinet is a series of vertically arranged rotating storage trays (carriers) controlled by an electronic keypad that delivers stored items to the operator with a push of a button or by scanning a bar code. The storage trays present the item for retrieval to the operator at an adjustable counter situated in what is called the "golden zone" – the ergonomically ideal height that falls between the belt and shoulder of the average person. Because Electric Rotating Storage Cabinet delivers all stored items to the golden zone, the cabinets eliminate the need for lifting, climbing, bending, twisting, and reaching. The rotating cabinet's ergonomic features meets ADA Standards in addition to providing better ergonomics that will benefit all employees and users of the storage system. (view images of Electric Rotating Storage Cabinets)
Electric Rotating Storage Cabinets Can Be Used for More Than Just Files
In the past, Electric Rotating Storage Cabinets have been used mainly for storing files. But what if you are designing a school library, hospital, or law enforcement facility? These Electric Rotating Storage Cabinets are flexible to house a wide variety of products. For example, libraries use Electric Rotating Storage Cabinets to store books, journals, and other reference materials to provide kids and adults with limited mobility access to resources without having to ask for help.
Other applications for Electric Rotating Storage Cabinets are in hospitals and medical facilities for storing glass slides, pharmaceuticals, IV bags, and other medical supplies. It doesn't really matter what the stored materials are, the concept is the same, materials are delivered to an ergonomic counter that meets the ADA guidelines for accessibility. (click here to read more about this unique application)
What You Need to Know About ADA Standards for Accessible Design
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
ADA Standards for Accessible Design from the US Department of Justice: http://www.ada.gov/stdspdf.htm
Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 (ABA)
ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines for Federally Funded Buildings & Facilities:
ADA Accessibility Guidelines
308.2 Forward Reach
308.2.1 Unobstructed. Where a forward reach is unobstructed, the high forward reach shall be 48 inches (1220 mm) maximum and the low forward reach shall be 15 inches (380 mm) minimum above the finish floor or ground.
308.3 Side Reach
308.3.1 Unobstructed. Where a clear floor or ground space allows a parallel approach to an element and the side reach is unobstructed, the high side reach shall be 48 inches (1220 mm) maximum and the low side reach shall be 15 inches (380 mm) minimum above the finish floor or ground.
309 Operable Parts
309.4 Operation. Operable parts shall be operable with one hand and shall not require tight grasping, pinching, or twisting of the wrist. The force required to activate operable parts shall be 5 pounds (22.2 N) maximum.
Contact Us for Help Making Your Next Project Meet ADA Standards for Accessible Design
We provide design, installation, maintenance, and relocation services for Electric Rotating Storage Cabinets used for ADA applications. For more information, contact us by phone at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message to speak with one of our ADA storage experts.