Microwaves - ADA/ANSI and UFAS Requirements

We test our products for ADA and UFAS compliance using these 5 requirements: Forward Reach, Forward Approach, Side Reach, Control Operation, Location of Controls. ADA Appliance Requirements

For microwave ovens, ADA/ANSI and UFAS requirements are the same; however, local codes may have additional or different standards based on the location. GE Appliances cannot account for all local codes.

To be considered ADA or UFAS compliant, a GE Appliances microwave or Advantium must meet the following requirements:

  • Maximum high forward reach for controls and operating mechanisms is 48"; maximum low forward reach is 15".
  • Controls and operating mechanisms must be operable with one hand and shall not require tight grasping, pinching or twisting of the wrist. The force required to activate controls shall be no more than 5 lbs.

Note: The bottom of the microwave cut-out should be no less than 15" and no more than 37" from the floor for ADA or UFAS compliance.

View ADA Compliant Microwave Ovens for compliant GE Appliances models.