JAN 19 1993

The Honorable Ernest F. Hollings United States Senate 125 Russell Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510-4002 Dear Senator Hollings: In response to your inquiry on behalf of (b)(6) , I am enclosing a copy of our response to XX concerning the regulatory requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act for slip resistance of floors. Sincerely,

John R. Dunne Assistant Attorney General Civil Rights Division Enclosure

cc: Records; Chrono; Wodatch; McDowney; Harland; FOIA; MAF. :udd:jonessandra:hollings.cgl 01-01849​ (b)(6) XX Columbia, South Carolina 29224 Dear XX

This letter responds to your inquiry concerning the

regulatory requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for slip resistance of floors. The ADA authorizes the Department of Justice to provide technical assistance to individuals and entities with rights or obligations under the Act. This letter provides informal guidance to assist your constituent in understanding the ADA accessibility standards. However, this technical assistance does not constitute a legal interpretation of the statute and it is not binding on the Department. Section 4.5.1 of the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (page 35628 of the enclosed document) requires ground and floor surfaces along accessible routes and in accessible rooms and spaces to be stable, firm, and slipresistant. There are no enforceable standards for coefficients of friction in the regulations. The Appendix to the Guidelines, which is advisory only, discusses recommended coefficients of friction in section A4.5.1 (page 35678). Because coefficients of friction for flooring materials in place can be affected by water, cleaning compounds, or other factors, and because it is difficult to measure these coefficients under varying environmental conditions, the recommended coefficients are provided only as advisory guidance and not as regulatory requirements.

cc: Records; Chrono; Wodatch; McDowney; Harland; FOIA; MAF. :udd:mercado:congltrs:hollings.ewh 01-01850​ -2Additional information regarding slip-resistance is available from the Access Board by calling 800-USA-ABLE and requesting its publication titled "Slip-Resistant Surfaces." In addition, the Department of Justice maintains a telephone information line to provide technical assistance regarding the rights and obligations of individuals, businesses, agencies, and others covered or protected by the ADA. This technical assistance is available by calling 202-514-0301 (voice) or 202514-0383 (TDD) between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

I hope the information we have provided is helpful to you. Sincerely,

John L. Wodatch Chief Public Access Section Enclosure 01-01851​ (b)(6) XX Columbia, SC 29224 XX The Honorable William Barr U.S. Attorney General U.S. Department of Justice, Room 5111 10th and Constitution Ave. N.W. Washington, D.C. 20530 Dear Sir: We are greatly concerned about the apparent lack of enforcement by the Justice Department of the slip-resistant floor requirement of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. XX has called on hundreds of businesses throughout the eastern part of South Carolina (Columbia to Charleston) in an effort to bring a safer environment to these organizations XX(b)(6) In many cases XX tested the floors for the coefficient of friction with a slip meter. Virtually none of the floors tested comply with the ADA 0.6 coefficient of friction standard for public-access facilities set forth in the Act and most are not even close. Even though the law called for all work to have been completed by January of 1992, XX have been told by businessmen that they will only correct their problems when it becomes expedient to do so. (meaning enforcement by your organization.) Several have even gone so far as to XX . It is difficult for me to write this letter XX XX problem and we would XX these businesses to comply with the law. The complete lack of

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response on the part of the business community however, has prompted me to write. XX XX We would appreciate knowing what plans you have for enforcing the law. Sincerely, (b)(6) XX cc: Senator Strom Thurmond Senator Ernest Hollings 01-01852