PVAG Chapter 4

CHAPTER 4: ACCESSIBLE ROUTES, ACCESSIBLE MEANS OF ESCAPE, AND ACCESSIBLE PASSENGER BOARDING SYSTEMS

V401 General

V401.1 Scope.  The provisions of Chapter 4 shall apply where required by Chapter 2 or where referenced by a requirement in this document.

V402 Accessible Routes

V402.1 General.  Accessible routes shall comply with V402.

V402.2 Components.  Accessible routes shall consist of one or more of the following components:  walking surfaces with a running slope not steeper than 1:20, doorways, ramps, curb ramps excluding the flared sides, elevators, and platform lifts.  All components of an accessible route shall comply with the applicable requirements of Chapter 4.

V403 Walking Surfaces

V403.1 General.  Walking surfaces that are a part of an accessible route shall comply with V403.

V403.2 Deck Surface.  Deck surfaces shall comply with V302.

V403.3 Slope.  The running slope of walking surfaces shall not be steeper than 1:20.  The cross slope of walking surfaces shall not be steeper than 1:48.

V403.4 Changes in Level.  Changes in level shall comply with V303.

V403.5 Clearances.  Walking surfaces shall provide clearances complying with V403.5.

V403.5.1 Clear Width.  Except as provided in V403.5.2 and V403.5.3, the clear width of walking surfaces shall be 36 inches (915 mm) minimum.

EXCEPTIONS:  1.  The clear width shall be permitted to be reduced to 32 inches (815 mm) minimum for a length of 24 inches (610 mm) maximum, provided that reduced width segments are separated by segments that are 48 inches (1220 mm) long minimum and 36 inches (915 mm) wide minimum.

2.  Where the largest deck of a passenger vessel is less than 3000 square feet (279 m2) in size, the walking surface shall be permitted to have a clear width of 32 inches (815 mm) minimum.

V403.5.2 Clear Width at Turn.

V403.5.2.1 Clear Width at 180 Degree Turn.  Where the accessible route makes a 180 degree turn around an element which is less than 48 inches (1220 mm) wide, clear width shall be 42 inches (1065 mm) minimum approaching the turn, 48 inches (1220 mm) minimum at the turn and 42 inches (1065 mm) minimum leaving the turn.

EXCEPTION:  Where the clear width at the turn is 60 inches (1525 mm) minimum compliance with V403.5.2.1 shall not be required.

V403.5.2.2 Clear Width at 90 Degree Turn.  Where an accessible route is less than 36 inches (915 mm) wide and makes a 90 degree turn, an L-shaped space shall be provided with one stroke 90 inches (2285 mm) minimum in length having a width of 32 inches (815 mm) minimum and the other stroke with an 80 inches (2030 mm) minimum length having a width of 42 inches (1065 mm) minimum.

V403.5.3 Passing Spaces.  An accessible route with a clear width less than 60 inches (1525 mm) shall provide passing spaces at intervals of 200 feet (61 m) maximum.  Passing spaces shall be either: a space 60 inches (1525 mm) minimum by 60 inches (1525 mm) minimum; or, an intersection of two walking surfaces providing a T-shaped space complying with V304.3.2 where the base and arms of the T-shaped space extend 48 inches (1220 mm) minimum beyond the intersection.

V403.6 Handrails.  Where handrails are provided along walking surfaces with running slopes not steeper than 1:20 they shall comply with V503.

V404 Doors, Doorways, and Gates

V404.1 General.  Doors, doorways, and gates that are part of an accessible route shall comply with V404.

EXCEPTION:  Doors, doorways, and gates designed to be operated only by crew shall not be required to comply with V404.2.7, V404.2.8, V404.2.9, V404.3.2 and V404.3.4 through V404.3.7.

V404.2 Manual Doors, Doorways, and Manual Gates.  Manual doors and doorways and manual gates intended for user passage shall comply with V404.2.

V404.2.1 Revolving Doors, Gates, and Turnstiles.  Revolving doors, revolving gates, and turnstiles shall not be part of an accessible route.

V404.2.2 Double-Leaf Doors and Gates.  At least one of the active leaves of doorways with two leaves shall comply with V404.2.3 and V404.2.4.

V404.2.3 Clear Width.  Door openings shall provide a clear width of 32 inches (815 mm) minimum.  Clear openings of doorways with swinging doors shall be measured between the face of the door and the stop, with the door open 90 degrees.  Openings more than 24 inches (610 mm) deep shall provide a clear opening of 36 inches (915 mm) minimum.  There shall be no projections into the required clear opening width lower than 34 inches (865 mm) above the finish deck surface.  Projections into the clear opening width between 34 inches (865 mm) and 80 inches (2030 mm) above the finish deck surface shall not exceed 4 inches (100 mm).

EXCEPTIONS:  1.  In alterations, a projection of e inch (16 mm) maximum into the required clear width shall be permitted for the latch side stop.

2.  Door closers and door stops shall be permitted to be 78 inches (1980 mm) minimum above the finish floor or ground.

V404.2.4 Maneuvering Clearances.  Minimum maneuvering clearances at doors and gates shall comply with V404.2.4.  Maneuvering clearances shall extend the full width of the doorway and the required latch side or hinge side clearance.

EXCEPTIONS:  1.  Entry doors to hospital patient rooms shall not be required to provide the clearance beyond the latch side of the door.

2.  Maneuvering clearances are not required on the outboard side of doors and gates at entry and departure points required to be accessible.

3.  Where the largest deck of a passenger vessel is less than 3000 square feet (279m2), doors providing single ramp access in accordance with V404.2.5.2.2 are permitted to have maneuvering clearances 48 inches (1220 mm) minimum in depth on the non-ramp side of the doors.

V404.2.4.1 Swinging Doors and Gates.  Swinging doors and gates shall have maneuvering clearances complying with Table V404.2.4.1.

Table V404.2.4.1 Maneuvering Clearances at Manual Swinging Doors and Gates (text version)

Types of Use

Minimum Maneuvering Clearance

Approach Direction

Door or Gate Side

Perpendicular to Doorway

Parallel to Doorway

(beyond latch side unless noted)

From front

Pull

60 inches (1525 mm)

18 inches (455 mm)

From front

Push

48 inches (1220 mm)

0 inches (0 mm)1

From hinge side

Pull

60 inches (1525 mm)

36 inches (915 mm)

From hinge side

Pull

54 inches (1370 mm)

42 inches (1065 mm)

From hinge side

Push

42 inches (1065 mm)2

22 inches (560 mm)3

From latch side

Pull

48 inches (1220 mm)4

24 inches (610 mm)

From latch side

Push

42 inches (1065 mm)4

24 inches (610 mm)

  1. Add 12 inches (305 mm) if closer and latch are provided.

  2. Add 6 inches (150 mm) if closer and latch are provided.

  3. Beyond hinge side.

  4. Add 6 inches (150 mm) if closer is provided.

V404.2.4.2 Doorways without Doors or Gates, Sliding Doors, and Folding Doors.  Doorways less than 36 inches (915 mm) wide without doors or gates, sliding doors, or folding doors shall have maneuvering clearances complying with Table V404.2.4.2.

Table V404.2.4.2 Maneuvering Clearances at Doorways without Doors or Gates, Manual Sliding Doors, and Manual Folding Doors

Minimum Maneuvering Clearance

Approach Direction

Perpendicular to Doorway

Parallel to Doorway (beyond stop/latch side unless noted)

From front

48 inches (1220 mm)

0 inches (0 mm)

From side 1

42 inches (1065 mm)

0 inches (0 mm)

From pocket/hinge side

42 inches (1065 mm)

22 inches (560 mm)2

From stop/latch side

42 inches (1065 mm)

24 inches (610 mm)

  1. Doorway with no door only

  2. Beyond pocket/hinge side

V404.2.4.3 Recessed Doors and Gates.  Maneuvering clearances for forward approach shall be provided when any obstruction within 18 inches (455 mm) of the latch side of a doorway projects more than 8 inches (205 mm) beyond the face of the door, measured perpendicular to the face of the door or gate.

V404.2.4.4 Deck Surface.  Deck surface within required maneuvering clearances shall comply with V302.  Changes in level are not permitted.

EXCEPTIONS:  1.  Doors with coamings providing double ramp access in accordance with V404.2.5.2.1 are permitted to have maneuvering clearances on both sides with running slopes complying with V405.

2.  Doors with coamings providing single ramp access in accordance with V404.2.5.2.2 are permitted to have maneuvering clearances on only one side with running slopes complying with V405.

3.  Slopes not steeper than 1:48 shall be permitted. 

4.  Changes in level at thresholds complying with V404.2.5 shall be permitted. 

V404.2.5 Thresholds.  Thresholds, if provided at doors and doorways, shall comply with V404.2.5.1.

EXCEPTIONS:  1.  Where doors are required by the administrative authority to have coamings, this section does not apply provided (1) the thresholds are readily removable by the crew, (2) the doors are only crew operated, and (3) the weather deck areas accessed by these doors are not open to passengers when the vessel is underway.

2.  Where doors are required by the administrative authority to have coamings and the largest deck is less than 3000 square feet (279m2), doors are permitted to comply with double or single ramp access in accordance with V404.2.5.2.

3.  Where doors are required by the administrative authority to have coamings and the administrative authority determines that compliance with V404.2.5.1 is not feasible, doors are permitted to comply with double or single ramp access in accordance with V404.2.5.2.

V404.2.5.1 Doors without Coamings.  Thresholds shall be ½ inch (13 mm) high maximum.  Raised thresholds and changes in level at doorways shall comply with V302 and V303.

EXCEPTION:   Existing or altered thresholds ¾ inch (19 mm) high maximum that have a beveled edge on each side with a slope not steeper than 1:2 shall not be required to comply with V404.2.5.1.

V404.2.5.2 Doors with Coamings.  Doors and doorways permitted to comply with V404.2.5.2 shall comply with V404.2.5.2.1 or V404.2.5.2.2.

EXCEPTION:  Where the administrative authority determines space limitations make it not feasible to comply with V404.2.5.2 and watertight doors are provided instead of coaming equipped weathertight doors, the thresholds on the side of the watertight doors containing the door seal are permitted to have non-beveled thresholds 1¼ inches (32 mm) high maximum.

V404.2.5.2.1 Doors with Double Ramp Access.  The height of thresholds on both sides of the doors shall be equal to or less than the minimum coaming height allowed by the administrative authority provided the doors are automatic and comply with V404.3.

V404.2.5.2.2 Doors with Single Ramp Access.  The thresholds on the ramped side of the doors shall have a height equal to or less than the minimum coaming height allowed by the administrative authority.

V404.2.6 Doors in Series and Gates in Series.  The distance between two hinged or pivoted doors in series and gates in series shall be 48 inches (1220 mm) minimum plus the width of doors or gates swinging into the space.

V404.2.7 Door and Gate Hardware.  Handles, pulls, latches, locks, and other operable parts on doors and gates shall comply with V309.4.  Operable parts of such hardware shall be 34 inches (865 mm) minimum and 48 inches (1220 mm) maximum above the finish deck surface.  Where sliding doors are in the fully open position, operating hardware shall be exposed and usable from both sides.

EXCEPTIONS:  1.  Existing locks shall be permitted in any location at existing glazed doors without stiles, existing overhead rolling doors or grilles, and similar existing doors or grilles that are designed with locks that are activated only at the top or bottom rail.

2.  Access gates in barrier walls and fences protecting pools, spas, and hot tubs shall be permitted to have operable parts of the release of latch on self-latching devices at 54 inches (1370 mm) maximum above the finish deck surface, provided the self-latching devices are not also self-locking devices and operated by means of a key, electronic opener, or integral combination lock.

V404.2.8 Closing Speed.  Door and gate closing speed shall comply with V404.2.8.

V404.2.8.1 Door Closers and Gate Closers.  Door closers and gate closers shall be adjusted so that from an open position of 90 degrees, the time required to move the door to a position of 12 degrees from the latch is 5 seconds minimum.

V404.2.8.2 Spring Hinges.  Door and gate spring hinges shall be adjusted so that from the open position of 70 degrees, the door or gate shall move to the closed position in 1.5 seconds minimum.

V404.2.9 Door and Gate Opening Force.  Fire doors and watertight doors shall have a minimum opening force allowable by the administrative authority.  The force for pushing or pulling open a door or gate other than fire doors and watertight doors shall be as follows:

1.  Interior hinged doors and gates:  5 pounds (22.2 N) maximum.

2.  Sliding or folding doors:  5 pounds (22.2 N) maximum.

These forces do not apply to the force required to retract latch bolts or disengage other devices that hold the door or gate in a closed position.

EXCEPTION:  This section does not apply to doors on sailing vessels.

V404.2.10 Door and Gate Surfaces.  Swinging door and gate surfaces within 10 inches (255 mm) of the finish deck surface measured vertically shall have a smooth surface on the push side extending the full width of the door or gate.  Parts creating horizontal or vertical joints in these surfaces shall be within 1/16 inch (1.6 mm) of the same plane as the other.  Cavities created by added kick plates shall be capped.

EXCEPTIONS:  1.  Sliding doors shall not be required to comply with V404.2.10.

2.  Tempered glass doors without stiles and having a bottom rail or shoe with the top leading edge tapered at 60 degrees minimum from the horizontal shall not be required to meet the 10 inch (255 mm) bottom smooth surface height requirement.

3.  Doors and gates that do not extend to within 10 inches (255 mm) of the finish deck surface shall not be required to comply with V404.2.10.

4.  Existing doors and gates without smooth surfaces within 10 inches (255 mm) of the finish deck surface shall not be required to provide smooth surfaces complying with V404.2.10 provided that if added kick plates are installed, cavities created by such kick plates are capped. 

V404.2.11 Vision Lights.  Doors, gates, and side lights adjacent to doors or gates, containing one or more glazing panels that permit viewing through the panels shall have the bottom of at least one glazed panel located 43 inches (1090 mm) maximum above the finish deck surface.

EXCEPTION:  Vision lights with the lowest part more than 66 inches (1675 mm) from the finish deck surface shall not be required to comply with V404.2.11.

V404.3 Automatic and Power-Assisted Doors and Gates.  Automatic doors and automatic gates shall comply with V404.3.  Full-powered automatic doors shall comply with ANSI/BHMA A156.10 (incorporated by reference, see “Referenced Standards” in Chapter 1).  Low-energy and power-assisted doors shall comply with ANSI/BHMA A156.19 (1997 or 2002 edition) (incorporated by reference, see “Referenced Standards” in Chapter 1).

V404.3.1 Clear Width.  Doorways shall provide a clear opening of 32 inches (815 mm) minimum in power-on and power-off mode.  The minimum clear width for automatic door systems in a doorway shall be based on the clear opening provided by all leaves in the open position.

V404.3.2 Maneuvering Clearance.  Clearances at power-assisted doors and gates shall comply with V404.2.4.  Clearances at automatic doors and gates without emergency power and serving an accessible means of escape shall comply with V404.2.4.

EXCEPTION:  Where automatic doors and gates remain open in the power-off condition, compliance with V404.2.4 shall not be required.

V404.3.3 Thresholds.  Thresholds and changes in level at doorways shall comply with V404.2.5.

V404.3.4 Doors in Series and Gates in Series.  Doors in series and gates in series shall comply with V404.2.6.

V404.3.5 Controls.  Manually operated controls shall comply with V309.  The clear deck space adjacent to the control shall be located beyond the arc of the door swing.

V404.3.6 Break Out Opening.  Where doors and gates without emergency power are a part of a means of escape, the clear break out opening at swinging or sliding doors and gates shall be 32 inches (815 mm) minimum when operated in emergency mode.

EXCEPTION:  Where manual swinging doors and gates comply with V404.2 and serve the same means of escape, compliance with V404.3.6 shall not be required.

V404.3.7 Revolving Doors, Revolving Gates, and Turnstiles.  Revolving doors, revolving gates, and turnstiles shall not be part of an accessible route.

V405 Ramps

V405.1 General.  Ramps on accessible routes shall comply with V405.

EXCEPTION:  In assembly areas, aisle ramps adjacent to seating and not serving elements required to be on an accessible route shall not be required to comply with V405.

V405.2 Slope.  Ramp runs shall have a running slope not steeper than 1:12.

EXCEPTIONS:  1.  In existing passenger vessels, ramps shall be permitted to have running slopes steeper than 1:12 complying with Table V405.2 where such slopes are necessary due to space limitations.

2.  At doors with coamings providing single ramp access in accordance with V404.2.5.2.2, ramp slopes are permitted to comply with Table V405.2.

Table V405.2 Maximum Ramp Slope and Rise for Existing Passenger Vessels and Doors with Single Ramp Access

Slope1

Maximum Rise

Steeper than 1:10 but not steeper than 1:8

3 inches (75 mm)

Steeper than 1:12 but not steeper than 1:10

6 inches (150 mm)

  1. A slope steeper than 1:8 is prohibited.

V405.3 Cross Slope.  Cross slope of ramp runs shall not be steeper than 1:48.

V405.4 Deck Surfaces.  Deck surfaces of ramp runs shall comply with V302.  Changes in level other than the running slope and cross slope are not permitted on ramp runs.

V405.5 Clear Width.  The clear width of a ramp run and, where handrails are provided, the clear width between handrails shall be 36 inches (915 mm) minimum.

EXCEPTION:  Where the largest deck of a passenger vessel is less than 3000 square feet (279m2) in size, the width of ramp runs and the distance between handrails, if provided, shall be permitted to have clear widths of 32 inches (815 mm) minimum.

V405.6 Rise.  The rise for any ramp run shall be 30 inches (760 mm) maximum.

V405.7 Landings.  Ramps shall have landings at the top and the bottom of each ramp run.  Landings shall comply with V405.7.

EXCEPTION:  Landings at tops of ramps are not required at doors with coamings providing double or single ramp access in accordance with V404.2.5.2.

V405.7.1 Slope.  Landings shall comply with V302.  Changes in level are not permitted.

EXCEPTION:  Slopes not steeper than 1:48 shall be permitted.

V405.7.2 Width.  The landing clear width shall be at least as wide as the widest ramp run leading to the landing.

V405.7.3 Length.  The landing clear length shall be 60 inches (1525 mm) long minimum.

EXCEPTION:  Where the largest deck is less than 3000 square feet (279m2), the landing clear length shall be permitted to be 48 inches (1220 mm) long minimum.

V405.7.4 Change in Direction.  Ramps that change direction between runs at landings shall have a clear landing 60 inches (1525 mm) minimum by 60 inches (1525 mm) minimum.

V405.7.5 Doorways.  Where doorways are located adjacent to a ramp landing, maneuvering clearances required by V404.2.4 and V404.3.2 shall be permitted to overlap the required landing area.

V405.8 Handrails.  Ramp runs with a rise greater than 6 inches (150 mm) shall have handrails complying with V503.

V405.9 Edge Protection.  Edge protection complying with V405.9.1 or V405.9.2 shall be provided on each side of ramp runs and at each side of ramp landings.

EXCEPTIONS:  1.  Edge protection shall not be required on ramps that are not required to have handrails and have sides complying with V406.3.

2.  Edge protection shall not be required on the sides of ramp landings serving an adjoining ramp run, gangway run, or stairway.

3.  Edge protection shall not be required on the sides of ramp landings having a vertical drop-off of ½ inch (13 mm) maximum within 10 inches (255 mm) horizontally of the minimum landing area specified in V405.7.

V405.9.1 Extended Deck Surface.  The deck surface of the ramp run or landing shall extend 12 inches (305 mm) minimum beyond the inside face of a handrail complying with V503.

V405.9.2 Curb or Barrier.  A curb or barrier shall be provided that prevents the passage of a 4 inch (100 mm) diameter sphere, where any portion of the sphere is within 4 inches (100 mm) of the finish deck surface.

V405.10 Wet Conditions.  Landings subject to wet conditions shall be designed to prevent the accumulation of water.

V406 Curb Ramps

V406.1 General.  Curb ramps on accessible routes shall comply with V406, V405.2 through V405.5, and V405.10.

V406.2 Counter Slope.  Counter slopes of adjoining gutters and vehicular way surfaces immediately adjacent to the curb ramp shall not be steeper than 1:20.  The adjacent surfaces at transitions at curb ramps to walks, gutters, and vehicular ways shall be at the same level.

V406.3 Sides of Curb Ramps.  Where provided, curb ramp flares shall not be steeper than 1:10.

V406.4 Landings.  Landings shall be provided at the tops of curb ramps.  The landing clear length shall be 36 inches (915 mm) minimum.  The landing clear width shall be at least as wide as the curb ramp, excluding flared sides, leading to the landing.

EXCEPTION:  In alterations, where there is no landing at the top of curb ramps, curb ramp flares shall be provided and shall not be steeper than 1:12.

V407 Elevators

V407.1 General.  Elevators shall comply with V407 and with ASME A17.1 (incorporated by reference, see “Referenced Standards” in Chapter 1).  They shall be passenger elevators as classified by ASME A17.1.  Elevator operation shall be automatic.

V407.2 Elevator Landing Requirements.  Elevator landings shall comply with V407.2.

V407.2.1 Call Controls.  Where elevator call buttons or keypads are provided, they shall comply with V407.2.1 and V309.4.  Call buttons shall be raised or flush.

EXCEPTION:  Existing elevators shall be permitted to have recessed call buttons.

V407.2.1.1 Height.  Call buttons and keypads shall be located within one of the reach ranges specified in V308, measured to the centerline of the highest operable part.

EXCEPTION:  Existing call buttons and existing keypads shall be permitted to be located at 54 inches (1370 mm) maximum above the finish deck surface measured to the centerline of the highest operable part.

V407.2.1.2 Size.  Call buttons shall be ¾ inch (19 mm) minimum in the smallest dimension.

EXCEPTION:  Existing elevator call buttons shall not be required to comply with V407.2.1.2.

V407.2.1.3 Clear Deck Space.  A clear deckspace complying with V305 shall be provided at call controls.

V407.2.1.4 Location.  The call button that designates the up direction shall be located above the call button that designates the down direction.

EXCEPTION:  Destination-oriented elevators shall not be required to comply with V407.2.1.4.

V407.2.1.5 Signals.  Call buttons shall have visible signals to indicate when each call is registered and when each call is answered.

EXCEPTIONS:  1.  Destination-oriented elevators shall not be required to comply with V407.2.1.5 provided that visible and audible signals complying with V407.2.2 indicating which elevator car to enter are provided.

2.  Existing elevators shall not be required to comply with V407.2.1.5.

V407.2.1.6 Keypads.  Where keypads are provided, keypads shall be in a standard telephone keypad arrangement and shall comply with V407.4.7.2.

V407.2.2 Hall Signals.  Hall signals, including in-car signals, shall comply with V407.2.2.

V407.2.2.1 Visible and Audible Signals.  A visible and audible signal shall be provided at each hoistway entrance to indicate which car is answering a call and the car’s direction of travel.  Where in-car signals are provided, they shall be visible from the deck area adjacent to the hall call buttons.

EXCEPTIONS:  1.  Visible and audible signals shall not be required at each destination-oriented elevator where a visible and audible signal complying with V407.2.2 is provided indicating the elevator car designation information.

2.  In existing elevators, a signal indicating the direction of car travel shall not be required.

V407.2.2.2 Visible Signals.  Visible signal fixtures shall be centered at 72 inches (1830 mm) minimum above the finish deck surface.  The visible signal elements shall be 2½ inches (64 mm) minimum measured along the vertical centerline of the element.  Signals shall be visible from the deck area adjacent to the hall call button.

EXCEPTIONS:  1.  Destination-oriented elevators shall be permitted to have signals visible from the deck area adjacent to the hoistway entrance.

2.  Existing elevators shall not be required to comply with V407.2.2.2.

V407.2.2.3 Audible Signals.  Audible signals shall sound once for the up direction and twice for the down direction, or shall have verbal annunciators that indicate the direction of elevator car travel.  Audible signals shall have a frequency of 1500 Hz maximum.  Verbal annunciators shall have a frequency of 300 Hz minimum and 3000 Hz maximum.  The audible signal and verbal annunciator shall be 10 dB minimum above ambient, but shall not exceed 80 dB maximum, measured at the hall call button.

EXCEPTIONS:  1.  Destination-oriented elevators shall not be required to comply with V407.2.2.3 provided that the audible tone and verbal announcement is the same as those given at the call button or call button keypad.

2.  Existing elevators shall not be required to comply with the requirements for frequency and dB range of audible signals.

V407.2.2.4 Differentiation.  Each destination-oriented elevator in a bank of elevators shall have audible and visible means for differentiation.

V407.2.3 Hoistway Signs.  Signs at elevator hoistways shall comply with V407.2.3.

V407.2.3.1 Deck Designation.  Deck designations complying with V703.2 and V703.4.1 and shall be provided on both jambs of elevator hoistway entrances.  Deck designations shall be provided in both tactilecharacters and braille.  Tactilecharacters shall be 2 inches (51 mm) high minimum.  Where vessel entry points are provided on only one deck, a tactile star shall be provided on both jambs at the entrydeck.

V407.2.3.2 Car Designations.  Destination-oriented elevators shall provide tactile car identification complying with V703.2 on both jambs of the hoistway immediately below the deck designation.  Car designations shall be provided in both tactilecharacters and braille.  Tactilecharacters shall be 2 inches (51 mm) high minimum.

V407.3 Elevator Door Requirements.  Hoistway and car doors shall comply with V407.3.

V407.3.1 Type.  Elevator doors shall be the horizontal sliding type.  Car gates shall be prohibited.

V407.3.2 Operation.  Elevator hoistway and car doors shall open and close automatically.

EXCEPTION:  Existing manually operated hoistway swing doors shall be permitted provided that they comply with V404.2.3 and V404.2.9.  Car door closing shall not be initiated until the hoistway door is closed.

V407.3.3 Reopening Device.  Elevator doors shall be provided with a reopening device complying with V407.3.3 that shall stop and reopen a car door and hoistway door automatically if the door becomes obstructed by an object or person.

EXCEPTION:  Existing elevators with manually operated doors shall not be required to comply with V407.3.3.

V407.3.3.1 Height.  The device shall be activated by sensing an obstruction passing through the opening at 5 inches (125 mm) nominal and 29 inches (735 mm) nominal above the finish deck surface.

V407.3.3.2 Contact.  The device shall not require physical contact to be activated, although contact is permitted to occur before the door reverses.

V407.3.3.3 Duration.  Door reopening devices shall remain effective for 20 seconds minimum.

V407.3.4 Door and Signal Timing.  The minimum acceptable time from notification that a car is answering a call or notification of the car assigned at the means for the entry of destination information until the doors of that car start to close shall be calculated from the following equation: T = D/(1.5 ft/s) or T = D/(455 mm/s) = 5 seconds minimum where T equals the total time in seconds and D equals the distance (in feet or millimeters) from the point in the lobby or corridor 60 inches (1525 mm) directly in front of the farthest call button controlling that car to the centerline of its hoistway door.

EXCEPTIONS:  1.  For cars with in-car lanterns, T shall be permitted to begin when the signal is visible from the point 60 inches (1525 mm) directly in front of the farthest hall call button and the audible signal is sounded.

2.  Destination-oriented elevators shall not be required to comply with V407.3.4.

V407.3.5 Door Delay.  Elevator doors shall remain fully open in response to a car call for 3 seconds minimum.

V407.3.6 Width.  The width of elevator doors shall comply with Table V407.4.1.

EXCEPTION:  In existing elevators, a power-operated car door complying with V404.2.3 shall be permitted.

V407.4 Elevator Car Requirements.  Elevator cars shall comply with V407.4.

V407.4.1 Car Dimensions.  Inside dimensions of elevator cars and clear width of elevator doors shall comply with Table V407.4.1.

EXCEPTION:  Existing elevator car configurations that provide a clear deck area of 16 square feet (1.5 m2) minimum and also provide an inside clear depth 54 inches (1370 mm) minimum and a clear width 36 inches (915 mm) minimum shall be permitted.

Table V407.4.1 Elevator Door and Car Sizes

Minimum Dimensions

Door Location

Door Clear Width

Inside Car, Side to Side

Inside Car, Back Wall to Front Return

Inside Car, Back Wall to Inside Face of Door

Centered

42 inches (1065 mm)

80 inches (2030 mm)

51 inches (1295 mm)

54 inches (1370 mm)

Side (off-centered)

36 inches (915 mm)1

68 inches (1725 mm)

51 inches (1295 mm)

54 inches (1370 mm)

Any

36 inches (915 mm)1

54 inches (1370 mm)

80 inches (2030 mm)

80 inches (2030 mm)

Any

36 inches (915 mm)1

60 inches (1525 mm)2

60 inches (1525 mm)2

60 inches (1525 mm)2

1.  A tolerance of minus 5/8 inch (16 mm) is permitted.
2.  Other car configurations that provide a turning space complying with V304 with the door closed shall be permitted.

V407.4.2 Deck Surfaces.  Deck surfaces in elevator cars shall comply with V302 and V303.

V407.4.3 Platform to Hoistway Clearance.  The clearance between the car platform sill and the edge of any hoistway landing shall be 1¼ inch (32 mm) maximum.

V407.4.4 Leveling.  Each car shall be equipped with a self-leveling feature that will automatically bring and maintain the car at deck landings within a tolerance of ½ inch (13 mm) under rated loading to zero loading conditions.

V407.4.5 Illumination.  The level of illumination at the car controls, platform, car threshold, and car landing sill shall be 5 foot candles (54 lux) minimum.

V407.4.6 Elevator Car Controls.  Where provided, elevator car controls shall comply with V407.4.6 and V309.4.

EXCEPTION:  In existing elevators, where a new car operating panel complying with V407.4.6 is provided, existing car operating panels shall not be required to comply with V407.4.6.

V407.4.6.1 Location.  Controls shall be located within one of the reach ranges specified in V308.

EXCEPTIONS:  1.  Where the elevator panel serves more than 16 openings and a parallel approach is provided, buttons with deck designations shall be permitted to be 54 inches (1370 mm) maximum above the finish deck surface.

2.  In existing elevators, car control buttons with deck designations shall be permitted to be located 54 inches (1370 mm) maximum above the finish deck surface where a parallel approach is provided.

V407.4.6.2 Buttons.  Car control buttons with deck designations shall comply with V407.4.6.2 and shall be raised or flush.

EXCEPTION:  In existing elevators, buttons shall be permitted to be recessed.

V407.4.6.2.1 Size.  Buttons shall be 3/4 inch (19 mm) minimum in their smallest dimension.

V407.4.6.2.2 Arrangement.  Buttons shall be arranged with numbers in ascending order.  When two or more columns of buttons are provided, they shall read from left to right.

V407.4.6.3 Keypads.  Car control keypads shall be in a standard telephone keypad arrangement and shall comply with V407.4.7.2.

V407.4.6.4 Emergency Controls.  Emergency controls shall comply with V407.4.6.4.

V407.4.6.4.1 Height.  Emergency control buttons shall have their centerlines 35 inches (890 mm) minimum above the finish deck surface.

V407.4.6.4.2 Location.  Emergency controls, including the emergency alarm, shall be grouped at the bottom of the panel.

V407.4.7 Designations and Indicators of Car Controls.  Designations and indicators of car controls shall comply with V407.4.7.

EXCEPTION:  In existing elevators, where a new car operating panel complying with V407.4.7 is provided, existing car operating panels shall not be required to comply with V407.4.7.

V407.4.7.1 Buttons.  Car control buttons shall comply with V407.4.7.1.

V407.4.7.1.1 Type.  Control buttons shall be identified by tactilecharacters complying with V703.2.

V407.4.7.1.2 Location.  Raised character and braille designations shall be placed immediately to the left of the control button to which the designations apply.

EXCEPTION:  Where space on an existing car operating panel precludes tactile markings to the left of the controls, markings shall be placed as near to the control as possible.

V407.4.7.1.3 Symbols.  The control button for the emergency stop, alarm, door open, door close, entry deck, and phone, shall be identified with tactile symbols as shown in Table V407.4.7.1.3.

EXCEPTION:  Where a passenger vessel has more than one entry deck, the entry deck tactile symbol is not required.

Table V407.4.7.1.3 Elevator Control Button Identification

Control Button

Tactile Symbol

Braille Message

Emergency Stop

 

octagon with incised X

 

 

 

"ST"OP" Three cells

Alarm

 

bell

 

 

AL"AR"M Four cells

Door Open

 

two arrows pointing outward

 

 

OP"EN" Three cells

Door Close

 

two facing arrows

 

 

CLOSE Five cells

Entry Deck

star

 

 

MA"IN" Three cells

Phone

 

phone handset

 

 

PH"ONE" Four cells

V407.4.7.1.4 Visible Indicators.  Buttons with deck designations shall be provided with visible indicators to show that a call has been registered.  The visible indication shall extinguish when the car arrives at the designated deck.

V407.4.7.2 Keypads.  Keypads shall be identified by characters complying with V703.5 and shall be centered on the corresponding keypad button.  The number five key shall have a single raised dot.  The dot shall be 0.118 inch (3 mm) to 0.120 inch (3.05 mm) base diameter and in other aspects comply with Table V703.3.1.

V407.4.8 Car Position Indicators.  Audible and visible car position indicators shall be provided in elevator cars.

V407.4.8.1 Visible Indicators.  Visible indicators shall comply with V407.4.8.1.

V407.4.8.1.1 Size.  Characters shall be ½ inch (13 mm) high minimum.

V407.4.8.1.2 Location.  Indicators shall be located above the car control panel or above the door.

V407.4.8.1.3 Deck Arrival.  As the car passes a deck and when a car stops at a deck served by the elevator, the corresponding character shall illuminate.

EXCEPTION:  Destination-oriented elevators shall not be required to comply with V407.4.8.1.3 provided that the visible indicators extinguish when the call has been answered.

V407.4.8.1.4 Destination Indicator.  In destination-oriented elevators, a display shall be provided in the car with visible indicators to show car destinations.

V407.4.8.2 Audible Indicators.  Audible indicators shall comply with V407.4.8.2.

V407.4.8.2.1 Signal Type.  The signal shall be an automatic verbal annunciator which announces the deck at which the car is about to stop. 

EXCEPTION:  For elevators other than destination-oriented elevators that have a rated speed of 200 feet per minute (1 m/s) or less, a non-verbal audible signal with a frequency of 1500 Hz maximum which sounds as the car passes or is about to stop at a deck served by the elevator shall be permitted.

V407.4.8.2.2 Signal Level.  The verbal annunciator shall be 10 dB minimum above ambient, but shall not exceed 80 dB, measured at the annunciator.

V407.4.8.2.3 Frequency.  The verbal annunciator shall have a frequency of 300 Hz minimum to 3000 Hz maximum.

V407.4.9 Emergency Communication.  Emergency two-way communication systems shall comply with V308.  Tactile symbols and characters shall be provided adjacent to the device and shall comply with V703.2.

V407.4.10 Handrails.  Where handrails are provided in elevators, the handrails shall comply with V503.  Handrails complying with V307.2 shall be permitted to overlap clearances for elevators.

V408 Limited-Use/Limited-Application Elevators

V408.1 General.  Limited-use/limited-application elevators shall comply with V408 and with ASME A17.1 (incorporated by reference, see “Referenced Standards” in Chapter 1).  They shall be passenger elevators as classified by ASME A17.1.  Elevator operation shall be automatic.

V408.2 Elevator Landings.  Landings serving limited-use/limited-application elevators shall comply with V408.2.

V408.2.1 Call Buttons.  Elevator call buttons and keypads shall comply with V407.2.1.

V408.2.2 Hall Signals.  Hall signals shall comply with V407.2.2.

V408.2.3 Hoistway Signs.  Signs at elevator hoistways shall comply with V407.2.3.1.

V408.3 Elevator Doors.  Elevator hoistway doors shall comply with V408.3.

V408.3.1 Sliding Doors.  Sliding hoistway and car doors shall comply with V407.3.1 through V407.3.3 and V408.4.9.

V408.3.2 Swinging Doors.  Swinging hoistway doors shall open and close automatically and shall comply with V404, V407.3.2 and V408.3.2.

V408.3.2.1 Power Operation.  Swinging doors shall be power-operated and shall comply with ANSI/BHMA A156.19 (1997 or 2002 edition) (incorporated by reference, see “Referenced Standards” in Chapter 1).

V408.3.2.2 Duration.  Power-operated swinging doors shall remain open for 20 seconds minimum when activated.

V408.4 Elevator Cars.  Elevator cars shall comply with V408.4.

V408.4.1 Car Dimensions and Doors.  Elevator cars shall provide a clear width 42 inches (1065 mm) minimum and a clear depth 54 inches (1370 mm) minimum.  Car doors shall be positioned at the narrow ends of cars and shall provide 32 inches (815 mm) minimum clear width.

EXCEPTIONS:  1.  Cars that provide a clear width 51 inches (1295 mm) minimum shall be permitted to provide a clear depth 51 inches (1295 mm) minimum, provided that car doors provide a clear opening 36 inches (915 mm) wide minimum.

2.  Existing elevator cars shall be permitted to provide a clear width 36 inches (915 mm) minimum, clear depth 54 inches (1370 mm) minimum, and a net clear platform area 15 square feet (1.4 m2) minimum.

V408.4.2 Deck Surfaces.  Deck surfaces in elevator cars shall comply with V302 and V303.

V408.4.3 Platform to Hoistway Clearance.  The platform to hoistway clearance shall comply with V407.4.3.

V408.4.4 Leveling.  Elevator car leveling shall comply with V407.4.4.

V408.4.5 Illumination.  Elevator car illumination shall comply with V407.4.5.

V408.4.6 Car Controls.  Elevator car controls shall comply with V407.4.6.  Control panels shall be centered on a side wall and shall comply with V309.

V408.4.7 Designations and Indicators of Car Controls.  Designations and indicators of car controls shall comply with V407.4.7.

V408.4.8 Emergency Communications.  Car emergency signaling devices complying with V407.4.9 shall be provided.

V408.4.9 Handrails.  Where handrails are provided in elevators, the handrails shall comply with V503.  Handrails complying with V307.2 shall be permitted to overlap clearances for elevators.

V409 Platform Lifts

V409.1 General.  Platform lifts shall not be attendant-operated and shall provide unassisted entry and exit from the lift.

V409.2 Deck Surfaces.  Deck surfaces in platform lifts shall comply with V302 and V303.

V409.3 Clear Deck Space.  Clear deckspace in platform lifts shall comply with V305.

V 409.4 Platform to Runway Clearance.  The clearance between the platform sill and the edge of any runway landing shall be 1¼ inch (32 mm) maximum. 

V409.5 Operable Parts.  Controls for platform lifts shall comply with V309.

V409.6 Doors and Gates.  Platform lifts shall have low-energy power-operated doors or gates complying with V404.3.  Doors shall remain open for 20 seconds minimum.  End doors and gates shall provide a clear width 32 inches (815 mm) minimum.  Side doors and gates shall provide a clear width 42 inches (1065 mm) minimum.

EXCEPTION:  Platform lifts serving two landings maximum and having doors or gates on opposite sides shall be permitted to have self-closing manual doors or gates.

V409.7 Handrails.  Where handrails are provided in platform lifts, the handrails shall comply with V503.  Handrails complying with V307.2 shall be permitted to overlap clearances for platform lifts where handrail supports do not project into the clear deckspace required by V409.3.

V410 Accessible Means of Escape

V410.1 Components.  Each accessible means of escape shall comply with administrative authority requirements applicable to the corresponding required means of escape from that space; and shall consist of one or more of the following components:

(a) walking surfaces complying with V403;

(b) doors and doorways complying with V404;

(c) ramps complying with V405;

(d) curb ramps complying with V406;

(e) exit stairways complying with V410.2;

(f) elevators complying with V206.6, and V410.3; and

(g) platform lifts complying with V206.7 and V410.4.

V410.2 Exit Stairways.  An exit stairway to be considered part of an accessible means of escape shall:

(a) have stairs complying with V502 and shall have a clear width of 48 inches (1220 mm) minimum between handrails, and

(b) either:

(i) incorporate an area of temporary refuge complying with V411 within an enlarged deck-level stair landing;

(ii) be accessed from an area of temporary refuge complying with V411; or

(iii) be accessed from an area of refuge complying with requirements established by the administrative authority.

EXCEPTIONS:  1.  This section shall not apply to exit stairways serving only one passenger guestroom.

2.  This section shall not apply to exit stairways where vessels are protected by an automatic sprinkler system complying with SOLAS II-2 (incorporated by reference, see V105.2.4) or NFPA 13 (incorporated by reference, see V105.2.5).

3.  The clear width of 48 inches (1220 mm) between handrails is not required for exit stairways accessed from an area of refuge complying with requirements established by the administrative authority.

4.  This section shall not apply to exit stairways accessed from open deck areas.

5.  Vessels carrying 600 or fewer passengers, or 49 or less overnight passengers, shall be permitted to have exit stairways with a clear width of 36 inches (915 mm) minimum between handrails.

V410.3 Elevators.  An elevator to be considered part of an accessible means of escape shall comply with the requirements of Rule 211 of ASME/ANSI A17.1 and shall be provided with emergency power.  The elevators shall be accessed from either an area of temporary refuge complying with V411 or an area of refuge complying with requirements established by the administrative authority.

EXCEPTIONS:  1.  Elevators are not required to be accessed from an area of temporary refuge or an area of refuge in open air spaces.

2.  Elevators are not required to be accessed from an area of temporary refuge or an area of refuge in vessels protected by an automatic sprinkler system complying with SOLAS II-2 (incorporated by reference, see V105.2.4) or NFPA 13 (incorporated by reference, see V105.2.5).

V410.4 Platform Lifts.  A platform lift to be considered part of an accessible means of escape shall comply with V409 and shall be provided with emergency power.

V411 Areas of Temporary Refuge

V411.1 General.  Areas of temporary refuge that are part of an accessible means of escape shall comply with V411.

V411.2 Location.  Areas of temporary refuge shall be accessed from the space it serves by an accessible means of escape.  Every required area of temporary refuge shall have direct access to a stair complying with V410.2 or an elevator complying with V410.3.

V411.3 Size.  Areas of temporary refuge shall be sized to accommodate one wheelchair space complying with V305.3 for each 200 occupants or portion thereof, based on the occupant load of the area of temporary refuge and all areas served by the area of temporary refuge.  Such wheelchair spaces shall not reduce the required means of escape width established by the administrative authority.  Access to any of the required wheelchair spaces in an area of temporary refuge shall not be obstructed by more than one adjoining wheelchair space.

V411.4 Construction.  Areas of temporary refuge shall comply with construction requirements established by the administrative authority for areas of refuge applicable to the particular vessel.

V411.5 Smoke Resistance.  Areas of temporary refuge shall comply with smoke resistance requirements established by the administrative authority for areas of refuge applicable to the particular vessel.

V411.6 Two-way Communication.  Areas of temporary refuge shall be provided with a two-way communication system between the area of temporary refuge and the bridge of the vessel, or a central control station which is manned while passengers are on the vessel.  The two-way communication system shall include both audible and visible signals.

V412 Passenger Boarding Systems

V412.1 General.  Passenger boarding systems shall comply with V412.

V412.2 Components.  Passenger boarding systems shall consist of one or more of the following components:

(a) walking surfaces complying with V403;

(b) doors and doorways complying with V404;

(c) ramps complying with V405;

(d) curb ramps complying with V406;

(e) elevators complying with V407 or V408;

(f) platform lifts complying with V409; and

(g) gangways complying with V413; 

V413 Gangways

V413.1 General.  Gangways that are part of passenger boarding systems required to comply with V412 shall comply with V413.

V413.2 Slope.  Gangway runs shall have a running slope not steeper than 1:12.

EXCEPTIONS:  1.  In existing passenger vessels, gangways shall be permitted to have running slopes steeper than 1:12 complying with Table V413.2 where such slopes are necessary due to space limitations.

2.  Where an existing gangway run or series of gangway runs is replaced or altered, an increase in the length of the gangway run is not required to comply with V413.2, unless required by V202.4.

3.  On vessel carried gangways, where the total length of the gangway run or series of runs is at least as long as the beam of the vessel, V413.2 shall not apply to the gangways.

4.  On pier provided gangways, where the total length of a gangway run or series of runs is at least 120 feet (37 m), V413.2 shall not apply to the gangways.

5.  On passenger vessels which carry vehicles, where the only way for pedestrian passengers to embark or disembark is by way of a gangway which also functions as a vehicle transfer bridge, V413.2 shall not apply to the gangway.

 

Table V413.2 Maximum Gangway Slope and Rise for Existing Passenger Vessels

Slope1

Maximum Rise

Steeper than 1:10 but not steeper than 1:8

3 inches (75 mm)

Steeper than 1:12 but not steeper than 1:10

6 inches (150 mm)

  1. A slope steeper than 1:8 is prohibited.

 

V413.3 Cross Slope.  Cross slope of gangway runs shall not be steeper than 1:48.

V413.4 Surfaces.  Surfaces of gangway runs shall comply with V302.  Changes in level other than the running slope and cross slope are not permitted on gangway runs.

V413.5 Clear Width.  The clear width of a gangway run and, where handrails are provided, the clear width between handrails shall be 36 inches (915 mm) minimum.

EXCEPTION:  Where the largest deck of a passenger vessel is less than 3000 square feet (279m2), the width of gangway runs and the distance between handrails, if provided, shall be permitted to have clear widths of 32 inches (815 mm) minimum.

V413.6 Transition Plates.  Transition plates provided at the ends of gangway runs shall contrast visually with adjacent passenger walkways either light-on-dark or dark-on-light.

V413.7 Landings.  Gangways shall have landings at the top and the bottom of each gangway run.  Landings shall comply with V405.7.

EXCEPTIONS:  1.  Landings shall not be required at gangways which connect to transition plates which comply with V405.

2.  On telescoping gangways, landings shall not be required between gangway segments where transition plates are provided which comply with V405.1 through V405.6 and V405.8 through V405.10.

V413.7.1 Slope.  Landings shall comply with V302.  Changes in level are not permitted.

EXCEPTION:  Slopes not steeper than 1:48 shall be permitted.

V413.7.2 Width.  The landing clear width shall be at least as wide as the widest gangway run leading to the landing.

V413.7.3 Length.  The landing clear length shall be 60 inches (1525 mm) long minimum.

V413.7.4 Change in Direction.  Gangways that change direction between runs at landings shall have a clear landing 60 inches (1525 mm) minimum by 60 inches (1525 mm) minimum.

V413.7.5 Doorways.  Where doorways are located adjacent to a gangway landing, maneuvering clearances required by V404.2.4 and V404.3.2 shall be permitted to overlap the required landing area.

V413.8 Handrails.  Gangway runs with a rise greater than 6 inches (150 mm) shall have handrails complying with V503.

            EXCEPTIONS:  1.  Where gangways and transition plates connect and are required to have handrails, handrail extensions shall not be required.

2.  Where handrail extensions are provided on gangways or transition plates, extensions are not required to be horizontal to the landing surface.

V413.9 Edge Protection.  Edge protection complying with V413.9.1 or V413.9.2 shall be provided on each side of gangway runs and at each side of gangwaylandings.

EXCEPTIONS:  1.  Edge protection shall not be required on the sides of gangway landings serving an adjoining ramp run, gangway run or stairway.

2.  Edge protection shall not be required on the sides of gangway landings having a vertical drop-off of ½ inch (13 mm) maximum within 10 inches (255 mm) horizontally of the minimum landing area specified in V413.7.

V413.9.1 Extended Deck Surface.  The deck surface of the gangway run or landing shall extend 12 inches (305 mm) minimum beyond the inside face of a handrail complying with V503.

V413.9.2 Curb or Barrier.  A curb or barrier shall be provided that prevents the passage of a 4 inch (100 mm) diameter sphere, where any portion of the sphere is within 4 inches (100 mm) of the finish deck surface.

V413.10 Wet Conditions.  Landings subject to wet conditions shall be designed to prevent the accumulation of water.