Vending operators now must comply with changes to the regulations mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Here are some of the key changes:
*require a forward and side reach range of 48″ maximum and 15″ minimum.
*product must be delivered at a minimum height of 15″ to all users.
The new ADA standards apply to vending equipment that are considered “fixed equipment”. “Fixed equipment” is defined as being built into the structure of the building, attached to the wall or floor – not freestanding.
Freestanding vending machines do not require these rules, but it still must be accessible to persons with disabilities. That includes providing an accessible route and clear floor space at installation.