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4.20 Bathtubs.

4.20.1 General. Accessible bathtubs shall comply with 4.20.

4.20.2 Floor Space. Clear floor space in front of bathtubs shall be as shown in Fig. 33.

Clear Floor Space at Bathtubs

Clear Floor Space at Bathtubs

Clear Floor Space at Bathtubs.

Figure 33(a) With Seat in Tub. If the approach is parallel to the bathtub, a 30 inches (760 mm) minimum width by 60 inches (1525 mm) minimum length clear space is required alongside the bathtub. If the approach is perpendicular to the bathtub, a 48 inches (1220 mm) minimum width by 60 inches (1525 mm) minimum length clear space is required. An accessible lavatory is permitted within the clear space at the foot end of the tub (end with drain and controls).

Figure 33(b) With Seat at Head of Tub. If the approach is parallel to the bathtub, a 30 inches (760 mm) minimum width by 75 inches (1905 mm) minimum length clear space is required alongside the bathtub. The seat width shall be 15 inches (380 mm), measured from the back wall to the front of the seat, and shall extend the full width of the tub. An accessible lavatory is permitted within the clear space at the foot end of the tub.

4.20.3 Seat. An in-tub seat or a seat at the head end of the tub shall be provided. The structural strength of seats and their attachments shall comply with 4.26.3. Seats shall be mounted securely and shall not slip during use.

Grab Bars at Bathtubs

Grab Bars at Bathtubs

Grab Bars at Bathtubs.

Controls are required to be located in an area between the open edge and the midpoint of the tub ("offset") and to be located at the foot of the tub.

Figure 34(a) With Seat in Tub. At the foot of the tub, the grab bar shall be 24 inches (610 mm) minimum in length measured from the outer edge of the tub. On the back wall, two grab bars are required. The grab bars mounted on the back (long) wall shall be a minimum 24 inches (610 mm) in length located 12 inches (305 mm) maximum from the foot of the tub and 24 inches (610 mm) maximum from the head of the tub. One grab bar on the back wall shall be located 9 inches (230 mm) above the rim of the tub. The other shall be 33 to 36 inches (840 mm to 915 mm) above the bathroom floor. At the head of the tub, the grab bar shall be a minimum of 12 inches (305 mm) in length measured from the outer edge of the tub.

Figure 34(b) With Seat at Head of Tub. At the foot of the tub, the grab bar shall be a minimum of 24 inches (610 mm) in length measured from the outer edge of the tub. On the back wall, two grab bars are required. The grab bars mounted on the back wall shall be a minimum of 48 inches (1220 mm) in length located a maximum of 12 inches (305 mm) from the foot of the tub and a maximum of 15 inches (380 mm) from the head of the tub. Heights of grab bars are as described above. No horizontal grab bar should be placed at the head of the tub.

4.20.4 Grab Bars. Grab bars complying with 4.26 shall be provided.

4.20.5 Controls. Faucets and other controls complying with 4.27.4 shall be located as shown in figure here-above.

4.20.6 Shower Unit. A shower spray unit with a hose at least 60 in (1525 mm) long that can be used both as a fixed shower head and as a hand-held shower shall be provided.

4.20.7 Bathtub Enclosures. If provided, enclosures for bathtubs shall not obstruct controls or transfer from wheelchairs onto bathtub seats or into tubs. Enclosures on bathtubs shall not have tracks mounted on their rims.