There are some measures you can take to reduce the likelihood of a seat collapsing while in use at your facility. The following precautions should be taken:
Place a sign on the wall in each shower
stall where you have a shower seat with
the weight limit. “This seat is designed
for persons up to XXX lbs weight”. This
sign should be affixed to the wall near
the seat or directly over the folding seat.
If you have individual shower stalls in the facility, a sign should be posted in each shower stall.
Inspect the seats annually or more often
to determine if there are signs of rust,
corrosion, or wear and tear. Repair or
replace as necessary. Items to check
a. Hinges where attached the wall and under the seat
b. Screws where the seat may be attached to panels for wooden seats or under the seats
c. Broken or damaged seat panels should be removed from service
Most seats generally have a 2-5 year warranty depending upon the make/model of the chair. Create a policy to replace these seats in your facility as needed.
Freestanding shower seats should be equipped with rubber feet on the legs, as shown in the picture above. General wear and tear from moving the seats will wear out the rubber feet on the seats. These should be checked and replaced as needed or have the seat removed from service.
Installation of new wall mounted seats should be installed directly into studs, not just into tile.
Preventive care makes for a more enjoyable experience for your members and guests using the facility.