Are actuators for automatic operators required to have the International Symbol of Accessibility (ISA)?
I have combed the model codes and accessibility standards, and have not found a requirement for this symbol on actuators for automatic operators; the standards include specific locations where it is required. For example, the ADA requires the symbol on signage for some accessible entrances, check-out aisles, toilet rooms, and bathing rooms – typically when there are some existing entrances/aisles/rooms that do not comply with the standards and others that do. Some parking spaces are also required to have signage with the symbol. I don’t see any mention in the model codes and standards regarding the symbol on actuators.
There is one exception that I know of…the California Building Code (CBC) includes a section related to automatic operators on banks of exterior entrance doors, and this section includes requirements for the symbol on the actuators. It’s unclear whether the symbol is required for every automatic operator actuator in California, or only at the banks of exterior doors (I’m guessing the intent is the former).
Here’s the section from the CBC:
At each location where push plates are provided there shall be two push plates; the centerline of one push plate shall be 7 inches (178 mm) minimum and 8 inches (203 mm) maximum above the floor or ground surface and the centerline of the second push plate shall be 30 inches (762 mm) minimum and 44 inches (1118 mm) maximum above the floor or ground surface. Each push plate shall be a minimum of 4 inches (102 mm) diameter or a minimum of 4 inches by 4 inches (102 mm by 102 mm) square and shall display the International Symbol of Accessibility complying with Section 11B-703.7.
At each location where vertical actuation bars are provided the operable portion shall be located so the bottom is 5 inches (127 mm) maximum above the floor or ground surface and the top is 35 inches (889 mm) minimum above the floor or ground surface. The operable portion of each vertical actuation bar shall be a minimum of 2 inches (51 mm) wide and shall display the International Symbol of Accessibility complying with Section 11B-703.7.