This standard refers to grab bars installed in bathrooms or restrooms, which are safety devices designed to be grasped and enable a person to maintain balance or utilize restroom fixtures. This can include wall-mounted grab bars at toilets or showers. There is no evaluation under this standard on whether the grab bars meet standards under the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS) or the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) design standards. This inspection standard is designed only to determine if installed grab bars are secure, defined as having no detectable movement when tested. The inspection guidance indicates that the inspector should “Grab the bar in the middle and apply a moderate force back and forth.”

Def# Deficiency Severity Repair Due HCV Rating
1 Any movement whatsoever is detected in the grab bar Moderate 30 Days Fail

Grab Bar Standard V2.2 Updated 6/23/22

Revision: 8
Last modified: 18 June 2023


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