Are Your Vending Machines ADA Compliant?

 

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In July 2010, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued new regulations that require ADA compliance for vending machines. These requirements aimed to make vending machines more accessible to people with disabilities, and the prominent industry track group, the National Automatic Merchandising Assoc. (NAMA), strongly supports the goals of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). What does this mean to you? Here are just a few things that you need to know:

  • New ADA guidelines went in effect March 15, 2012 and are applicable to:
    • Public entities such as state or local government and any of its departments, agencies or instrumentalities
    • Private entities that operate public accommodations such as retail, hotels, hospitals, recreational facilities and schools
    • Safe harbor rules may apply; You do not have to replace existing vending machines with new ADA compliant machines unless the location undergoes alterations or the vending machines are removed, re-installed and/or upgraded
  • Operating parts such as the coin/bill acceptor and product delivery box must be no higher than 48” and no less than 15” from the floor
  • One of each type of vending machine must comply (i.e., one beverage, one snack, etc.)
  • Courts may award monetary damages and impose penalties of up to $55,000 for a first violationADA Compliancy

Please consult legal counsel on how the ADA rules affect your facility or contact us if you have any further questions!

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