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007.05.10-71. Physical Facilities, Plumbing and other Piping Systems.

AR ADC 007.05.10-71Arkansas Administrative Code

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)
Ark. Admin. Code 007.05.10-71
007.05.10-71. Physical Facilities, Plumbing and other Piping Systems.
All plumbing systems shall be designed and installed in accordance with the requirements of the latest edition of the Arkansas State Plumbing Code and the latest edition of the Laws, Rules, and Regulations Governing Boiler Inspection, Arkansas Department of Labor.
A. Plumbing Fixtures.
1. The material used for plumbing fixtures shall be nonabsorbent acid-resistant material.
2. The water supply spout for lavatories and sinks required in patient care areas (except patient rooms) shall be mounted so that the discharge point is a minimum distance of five inches above the rim of the fixture.
3. All fixtures used by medical and nursing staff and all lavatories used by patients and food handlers shall be trimmed with valves which can be operated without the use of hands. Where blade handles are used for this purpose, they shall not exceed four and one-half inches in length, except that handles on clinical sinks shall be not less than six inches long. (Automatic controls are acceptable.) Scrub sinks shall be trimmed with foot, knee or ultrasonic controls.
4. Clinical sinks shall have an integral trap in which the upper portion of the water trap provides a visible seal.
5. Shower bases and tubs shall provide non-slip walking surfaces.
B. Potable Water Supply Systems.
1. Systems shall be designed to supply water at sufficient pressure to operate all fixtures and equipment during maximum demand periods.
2. Each water service main, branch main, riser, and branch to a group of fixtures shall be valved. Stop valves shall be provided at each fixture. Appropriate panels for access shall be provided at all valves where required.
3. Backflow preventers (vacuum breakers) shall be installed on hose bibs, laboratory sinks, janitors' sinks, bedpan flushing attachments, autopsy tables, and on all other fixtures to which hoses or tubing can be attached.
4. Bedpan flushing devices shall be provided in each inpatient toilet room. Installation is optional in psychiatric and alcohol-abuse units where patients are ambulatory
5. The following standards shall apply to hot water systems:
a. The water-heating system shall have sufficient supply capacity at the temperatures and amounts indicated in Table 9 of the Appendix. Water temperature is measured at the point of use or inlet to the equipment.
b. Hot-water distribution systems serving patient care areas shall be under constant recirculation to provide continuous hot water at each hot water outlet. The temperature of hot water for showers and bathing shall be appropriate for safe and comfortable use. (See table 9 of the Appendix).
6. Water distribution systems shall be arranged to provide hot water at each hot water outlet at all times. (See table 9 of the Appendix).
C. Drainage Systems. The following standards shall apply to drainage systems:
1. Drain lines used for acid waste disposal shall be made of acid-resistant material.
2. Drain lines serving some types of automatic blood-cell counters shall be of carefully selected material that will eliminate potential for undesirable chemical reactions
3. Drainage piping should not be installed within the ceiling or exposed in operating and delivery rooms, nurseries, food preparation centers, food serving facilities, food storage areas, central services, electronic data processing areas, electric closets, and other sensitive areas. Where exposed overhead drain piping in these areas is unavoidable, special provisions shall be made to protect the space below from leakage, condensation, or dust particles.
4. Floor drains shall not be installed in operating and delivery rooms.
5. If a floor drain is installed in cystoscopy, it shall contain a nonsplash, horizontal-flow flushing bowl beneath the drain plate. Note: Floor drains in cystoscopy operating rooms have been shown to disseminate heavily contaminated spray during flushing. Unless regularly with large amounts of fluid, the trap tends to dry out and permit passage of gases, vapors, odors, insects and vermin directly into the operating room. For new construction, if a floor drain is insisted upon by the users, the drain plate should be located away from the operative preferably with a closed system of drainage. Alternative methods include (a) an aspirator/trap installed in a wall connected to the collecting trough of the operating table by a closed, disposable tube system, or (b) a closed system using portable collecting vessels. (See NFPA 99.)
6. Drain systems for autopsy tables shall be designed to positively avoid splatter or overflow onto floors or back siphonage and for easy cleaning and trap flushing.
7. Building sewers shall discharge into community sewage. Where such a system is not available, the facility shall treat sewage in accordance with local and state regulations.
8. Kitchen grease traps shall be located and arranged to permit easy access without the need to enter food preparation or storage areas. Grease traps shall be of capacity required and shall be accessible from outside of the building without need to interrupt any services.
9. Where plaster traps are used, provisions shall be made for appropriate access and cleaning.
10. In dietary areas, floor drains and/or floor sinks shall be of a type that can be easily cleaned by removal of cover. Provide floor drains or floor sinks at all “wet equipment” (i.e., ice machines) and as required for wet cleaning of floors. Provide removable stainless steel mesh in addition to grilled drain cover to prevent entry of large particles of waste which might cause stoppages. Location of floor drains and floor sinks shall be coordinated to avoid conditions where locations of equipment make removal of covers for cleaning difficult.
D. The installation, testing, and certification of nonflammable medical gas and air systems shall comply with the requirements of NFPA 99. (See Table 11 of the Appendix for rooms that require station outlets.)
E. Clinical vacuum system installations shall be in accordance with NPFA 99. (See Table 11 of the Appendix for rooms that require station outlets.)
F. All piping, except control-line tubing, shall be identified. All valves shall be tagged, and a valve schedule shall be provided to the facility owner for permanent record and reference.
G. When the functional program includes hemodialysis, continuously circulated filtered cold water shall be provided.
H. Provide condensate drains for cooling coils of a type that may be cleaned as needed without disassembly. Provide air gap where condensate drains empty into floor drains. Provide heater elements for condensate lines in freezer or other areas where freezing may be a problem.
I. No plumbing lines may be exposed overhead or on walls where possible accumulation of dust or soil may create a cleaning problem or where leaks would create a potential for food contamination.


Amended Jan. 1, 2016.
<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 007.05.10-71, AR ADC 007.05.10-71
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