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PA's guv takes stand

Ensure equal access


Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has taken additional steps to guarantee equal access to facilities for individuals across the Commonwealth, according to an email sent by Office of Intergovernmental Affairs Secretary Eric Gutshall.

The Wolf Administration continues to ensure that Commonwealth buildings include universal single occupancy restroom facilities that are safe, accessible, and convenient to all citizens.

Additionally, to the extent feasible, all gender-specific single occupancy restrooms in existing Commonwealth buildings shall be converted to universal restrooms. Newly-constructed and renovated single occupancy universal restrooms should:

•Utilize appropriate signage as designated by the Pennsylvania Department of General Services that indicates a universal single occupancy restroom;

•Comply with all ADA requirements, including ADA lever/closer hardware with secure locks that include occupancy indicators;

•Comply with all International Building Code accessibility requirements for single-occupant toilet rooms; and

•Comply with the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code.

This action builds on the Governor’s two anti-discrimination executive orders to expand protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender expression, or identity for Commonwealth employees and employees of businesses who are contracted by the Commonwealth.