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007.05.10-68. Physical Facilities, Details and Finishes.

AR ADC 007.05.10-68Arkansas Administrative CodeEffective: February 5, 2021

West's Arkansas Administrative Code
Title 007. Department of Health
Division 05. Health Facility Services
Rule 10. Rules for Critical Access Hospitals in Arkansas (Refs & Annos)
Effective: February 5, 2021
Ark. Admin. Code 007.05.10-68
007.05.10-68. Physical Facilities, Details and Finishes.
All details for alteration or expansion projects as well as for new construction shall comply with the following.
A. Details.
1. Compartmentation, exits, automatic extinguishing systems, and other details relating to fire prevention and fire protection shall comply with requirements listed in the NFPA referenced codes and be shown on the Fire Protection Plan. The Fire Safety Evaluation System (FSES) is an acceptable means of determining Life Safety Code compliance.
2. Minimum corridor width shall be eight feet clear without projections. Increased width shall be provided at elevator lobbies and other places where conditions may demand more clearance. All service or administrative corridors shall not be less than 44 inches in width. Doors to patient rooms shall be a minimum door size of three feet eight inches wide and seven feet high to provide clearance for movement of beds and other equipment. Alternatively, NFPA 101 shall be deemed to meet requirements.
3. Items such as drinking fountains, telephone booths, and vending machines, shall be located so as not to project into exit access corridors. Incidental items shall be determined by the licensing agency.
4. Rooms containing bathtubs, sitz baths, showers, and water closets, subject to occupancy by patients, shall be equipped with doors and hardware which shall permit access from the outside in any emergency.
5. All doors between corridors, rooms, or spaces subject to occupancy, except elevator doors, shall be of the swing type. Openings to showers, baths, patient toilets, ICU patient compartments with the breakaway feature, and other such areas not leading to fire exits shall be exempt from this standard.
6. All patient room doors located on exit access corridors shall have positive latching hardware.
7. Doors to patients' toilet rooms and other rooms needing access for wheelchairs shall have a minimum width of 36 inches for new facilities.
Alcoves and similar spaces which generally do not require doors are excluded from this requirement.
8. Windows shall be designed so that persons cannot accidentally fall out of them when they are open or shall be provided with security screens. Operation of windows shall be restricted to inhibit possible escape or suicide. Where the operation of windows or vents require the use of tools or keys, tools or keys shall be on the same floor and easily accessible to staff.
9. Glass doors, lights, sidelights, borrowed lights, and windows located within 12 inches of a door jamb (with a bottom frame height of less than 60 inches above the finished floor) shall be constructed of safety glass, wired glass, or plastic, break resistant material that creates no dangerous cutting edges when broken. Similar materials shall be used for wall openings in active areas such as recreation rooms and exercise rooms, unless otherwise required for fire safety. Safety glass-tempered or plastic glazing materials shall be used for shower doors and bath enclosures. Plastic and similar materials used for glazing shall comply with the flame- spread ratings of NFPA 101. Safety glass or plastic glazing materials, as noted above, shall also be used for interior windows and doors, including those in pediatric and psychiatric unit corridors. In renovation projects, only glazing within 18 inches of the floor shall be changed to safety glass, wire glass, or plastic, break-resistant material. NFPA 101 contains additional requirements for glazing in exit corridors, etc., especially in buildings without sprinkler systems.
10. Where labeled fire doors are required, these shall be certified by an independent test laboratory as meeting the construction requirements equal to those for fire in NFPA Standard 80. Reference to a labeled door shall be construed to include labeled frame and hardware.
11. Trash chutes shall be in accordance with NFPA standard 82. In addition, linen and refuse chutes shall meet or exceed the following requirements:
a. Service openings to chutes shall not be located in corridors or passageways but shall be located in a room which complies with NFPA 101;
b. Service openings to chutes shall have approved self-closing Class B one and one-half hour labeled fire doors;
c. Minimum cross-sectional dimensions of gravity chutes shall not be less than two feet;
d. Chutes shall discharge directly into collection rooms separate from incinerator, laundry, or other services. Separate collection rooms shall be provided for trash and for linen. Chute discharge into collection rooms shall comply with NFPA 101;
e. Gravity chutes shall extend through the roof with provisions for continuous ventilation as well as for fire and smoke ventilation. Openings for fire and smoke ventilation shall have an effective area of not less than that of the chute cross-section and shall be not less than four (4) feet above the roof and not less than six (6) feet clear of other vertical surfaces. Fire and smoke ventilating openings may be covered with single strength sheet glass.
11. [FN1] Dumbwaiters, conveyors, and material handling systems shall comply with NFPA 101.
12. Thresholds and expansion joint covers shall be installed flush with the floor surface to facilitate use of wheelchairs and carts. Expansion and seismic joints shall be constructed to restrict the passage of smoke.
13. Grab bars shall be provided in all patients' toilets, showers, tubs, and sitz baths. The bars shall have one and one-half inch clearance to walls and shall have sufficient strength and anchorage to sustain a concentrated load of 250 pounds.
14. Soap dishes, soap dispensers and/or other devices shall be provided at showers, bath tubs, and all handwashing stations except scrub sinks.
15. Location and arrangement of handwashing stations shall permit proper use and operation. All sinks, except public toilets, janitor closets, and sinks used by patients only, shall have foot, knee, or wrist blade faucets. Particular care shall be given to the clearances required for blade-type operating handles.
16. Mirrors shall not be installed at handwashing fixtures in food preparation areas, nurseries, clean and sterile supply areas, scrub sinks, or other areas where asepsis is essential. Provisions for hand drying shall be included at all handwashing stations except scrub sinks. Paper units shall be enclosed to protect against dust or soil and to insure single unit dispensing.
17. Lavatories and handwashing stations shall be securely anchored to withstand an applied downward vertical load of not less than 250 pounds on the front of the fixture.
18. Radiation protection requirements of X-ray and gamma ray installations shall conform with Rules and Regulations for Control of Sources of Ionizing Radiation, Arkansas Department of Health.
19. The minimum ceiling height shall be seven feet ten inches with the following exceptions:
a. Boiler rooms shall have ceiling clearances not less than two feet six inches above the main boiler header and connecting piping.
b. Ceilings in radiographic, operating and delivery rooms, and other rooms containing ceiling-mounted equipment or ceiling-mounted surgical light fixtures shall be of sufficient height to accommodate the equipment or fixtures and their normal movement.
c. Ceilings in corridors, storage rooms, and toilet rooms shall be not less then seven feet eight inches in height. Ceiling heights in small, normally unoccupied spaces may be reduced.
d. Seclusion treatment rooms shall have a minimum ceiling height of nine feet.
20. Recreation rooms, exercise rooms, and similar spaces where impact noises may be generated shall not be located directly over patient bed area, delivery or operating suites, unless special provisions are made to minimize such noise.
21. Rooms containing heat-producing equipment (such as boiler or heater rooms and laundries) shall be insulated and ventilated to prevent any floor or partition surface from exceeding a temperature of 10°Fahrenheit above ambient room temperature.
22. Noise reduction criteria shown in Table 2 of the Appendix shall apply to partition, floor, and ceiling construction in patient areas. (Careful attention shall be given to penetrations.)
23. Approved fire extinguishers shall be provided in locations throughout the building in accordance with NFPA Standard No. 10. Extinguishers located in exit corridors shall be recessed.
24. Offsite buildings or freestanding buildings used for storage of archived patient medical records shall be built of noncombustible materials and provide security and smoke detection systems for the records. Records shall be arranged in an accessible manner and stored at least six inches above the floor. Records shall be protected against undue destruction from dust, vermin, water, etc. X-ray film storage are not required to meet the above requirements.
25. Light fixtures shall be provided with protective covers in food preparation, serving areas, and patient care and treatment spaces. Protective light fixture covers are not required in corridors.
26. Minimum distance between patient room windows and adjacent structures shall be 30 feet (new construction only).
27. A panic bar releasing device shall be provided for all required exit doors subject to patient traffic (new construction only).
28. Doors in smoke barrier partitions shall comply with NFPA 101.
29. Fire rated roof-ceiling assemblies shall be listed with a nationally recognized laboratory.
30. Mechanical smoke door coordinators shall not be used. Adjustable hydraulic closures or the full length header type shall be used.
31. Corridor partitions, smokestop partitions, horizontal exit partitions, exit enclosures, and fire rated walls required to have protected openings shall be effectively and permanently identified with signs or stenciling in a manner acceptable to Health Facility Services. Such identification shall be above any decorative ceiling and in concealed spaces.
B. Finishes.
1. Cubicle curtains and draperies shall be noncombustible or rendered flame retardant and shall pass both the large and small scale tests of NFPA Standard 701 and the requirements of NFPA 13 when applicable.
2. Flame spread, fuel contributed, smoke density, and critical radiant flux of finishes shall comply with NFPA 101.
3. Floors in areas and rooms in which anesthetic agents are stored or administered to patients shall comply with NFPA Standard 99. Conductive flooring may be omitted in anesthetizing areas where a written resolution is signed by the hospital board stating that no flammable anesthetic agents shall be used and appropriate notices are permanently and conspicuously affixed to the wall in each such area and room.
4. Floor materials shall be easily cleanable and have wear resistance appropriate for the location involved. Floors in areas used for food preparation or food assembly shall be water resistant and grease-proof. Joints in tile and similar material in such areas shall be resistant to food acids. In all areas frequently subject to wet cleaning methods, floor-materials shall not be physically affected by germicidal and cleaning solutions. Floors that are subject to traffic while wet (such as shower and bath areas, kitchens, and similar work areas) shall have a non-slip surface. Any facility designed to install carpet shall have prior approval from the Arkansas Department of Health. The prior approval in part shall be contingent upon submission of a laboratory test report from an approved independent laboratory indicating that the proposed carpet meets or exceeds the requirements listed in NFPA 101 and agreement by the Department as to the specific areas in which carpet is to be used. In all carpet installations no rubber backings or rubber padding shall be permitted except in cases where the carpet and backing are tested as an integral component and the integral component meets the requirements listed in NFPA 101. Carpet shall not be allowed in the following areas or rooms: operating rooms, delivery rooms, emergency rooms, intensive care units, nursery, recovery, kitchens, laboratories, LDR and LDRP rooms, clean and soiled holding/workrooms, and isolation rooms. Operating rooms shall have a seamless floor.
5. Wall bases in kitchens, operating rooms, soiled workrooms, and other areas which are frequently subject to wet cleaning methods shall be made integral and coved with the floor, tightly sealed within the wall, and constructed without voids that can harbor insects.
6. Wall finishes shall be washable. In the vicinity of plumbing fixtures, shall be smooth and water resistant.
7. Floors and walls penetrated by pipes, ducts, and conduits shall be tightly sealed to minimize entry of rodents and insects.
8. Ceilings in food-preparation and storage areas, shall be cleanable with routine housekeeping equipment.
9. Operating rooms, trauma rooms, delivery rooms for Caesarean sections, and protective isolation rooms shall have ceilings with a smooth finish plaster or gypsum board surface with a minimum of fissures equipped with access panels where needed.
10. In psychiatric patient rooms, toilets, and seclusion rooms, ceiling construction shall be smooth finish plaster or gypsum board surface with a minimum of fissures. Ceiling-mounted air and lighting devices shall be security type. Ceiling- mounted sprinkler heads shall be of the concealed type.
11. Ceilings shall be cleanable and in the following areas shall be washable, waterproof, smooth finish plaster or gypsum board or vinyl faced acoustic panels: cardiac cath labs, surgical suite corridors, delivery suite corridors, central sterilization suite, autopsy rooms, bacteriology, mycology, media preparation rooms, glass washing rooms located in the labs, soiled holding rooms, soiled and clean utility rooms, emergency suite-treatment rooms and trauma rooms.
12. Finished ceilings may be omitted in mechanical, electrical, equipment spaces and shops.
13. Finished ceilings shall be provided for corridors in patient areas.
14. Sound sensitive areas such as neonatal intensive care may have special floor and ceiling treatments.


Amended Jan. 1, 2016; Feb. 5, 2021.
So in original.
<Statutory authority: Promulgated under the Authority of Ark. Code Ann. § 20-7-123, 20-9-201 et seq.>
Current with amendments received through May 15, 2024. Some sections may be more current, see credit for details.
Ark. Admin. Code 007.05.10-68, AR ADC 007.05.10-68
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