What type of door handle is ADA-compliant?


Quick Answer

If a door handle can be opened with one hand, requires less than 5 pounds of force to open, and does not require tight twisting and grasping, it is ADA compliant. These requirements make opening an ADA compliant door easier for people who have problems with muscle weakness and coordination.

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Traditional round door knobs are not compliant with ADA requirements because they are slippery and require a tight grasp to turn. Levers and push handles are more likely to fit the requirements, as they do not require tight grasping, but they still need to open with less than 5 pounds worth of force. There are other requirements on how wide an ADA compliant door should be, and how fast it can open or close, in order to provide access to people with mobility issues.

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