Here's the answer from Access Specialist with the Northeast ADA Center, Jennifer Perry:
"The ADA doesn't prohibit floor drains, but what could be an issue with a floor drain is maintaining a slope/cross slope that doesn't exceed 2%. If that can be achieved, and if the drain/grate doesn't have any openings wider than 1Ú2", then I don't see why the floor drain would be an issue from an ADA perspective."
So if they insist on not being able to assure this is possible, how about this angle, ADA safety showers are also supposed to have a pull handle that's lower to the floor. So, designate the ADA shower and give the rest a floor drain if this is what you want and there's money in the budget.
Laboratory Ventilation Specialist
Department of Environmental Health and Safety, Cornell University
American Chemical Society, Division of Chemical Health and Safety
From: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU]
On Behalf Of Melissa Anderson
Sent: Thursday, February 1, 2018 10:21 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Safety Showers, Drains and ADA Compliance
We're working with architects right now to plan out chem labs for a new science building. We've asked for drains under the safety showers and were told that wouldn't be possible because in order to be ADA compliant and have drains, the safety showers would take up too much space- has anyone encountered such an argument?
(Note, we're extremely constrained on space due to some very complicated politics I won't go into here, so making the labs bigger is not an option.)
Pasadena City College
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