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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.
What you need to know...
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:
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.