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007.05.10-59. Physical Facilities, Dietary Facilities.

AR ADC 007.05.10-59Arkansas 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 007.05.10-59
007.05.10-59. Physical Facilities, Dietary Facilities.
Construction, equipment, and installation shall comply with the standards specified in FDA U.S. Public Health Service Food Code. Food service facilities shall be designed and equipped to meet the requirements of the functional program. These may consist of an onsite conventional food preparing system, a convenience food service system, or an appropriate combination of the two. The following shall be provided:
A. Receiving/Control Areas. Provide an area for the receiving and control of incoming dietary supplies. This area shall be separated from the general receiving area and shall contain the following: a control station, and a breakout for loading, uncrating, and weighing supplies;
B. Storage Spaces. A minimum of four days' supplies shall be stocked. (In remote areas, this number may be increased to accommodate length of delivery in emergencies). All food shall be stored clear of the floor. Lowest shelf shall not be less than 12 inches above the floor or shall be closed in and sealed tight for ease of cleaning;
C. Cleaning supplies storage. Provide a separate storage room for the storage of non-food items such as cleaning supplies that might contaminate edibles.
D. Food Preparation Facilities. Conventional food preparation systems shall have adequate space and equipment for preparing, cooking, and baking. Convenience food preparation systems shall have adequate space for equipment for thawing, portioning, cooking, and/or baking. These areas shall be as close as possible to the user (i.e., tray assembly and dining);
E. Assembly and Distribution Areas. A patient tray assembly area shall be located within close proximity to the food preparation and distribution areas;
F. Food Service Carts. A cart distribution area shall provide space for storage, loading, distribution, receiving, and sanitizing of food service carts. The cart traffic shall be designed to eliminate any danger of cross circulation between outgoing food carts and incoming, soiled carts, and the cleaning and sanitizing process. Cart circulation shall not traffic through food processing areas;
G. Handwashing Stations. These shall be operable without the use of hands and be readily accessible at locations throughout the dietary department;
H. Dining Area. There shall be dining space for ambulatory patients, staff, and visitors which is separate from the food preparation and distribution areas;
I. Area for Receiving, Scraping, and Sorting Soiled Tableware. Area shall be adjacent to ware washing and separate from food preparation areas. A handwashing fixture shall be conveniently available;
J. Dishwashing Space. An area shall be located in a room separate from food preparation and serving areas. Commercial-type dishwashing equipment shall be provided. Clean and soiled dish areas shall be separated with an opening in the partition between the clean and soiled dish area large enough for the dishwasher and ventilation of the area. The clean dish area may be either a separate room or a portion of the kitchen. A lavatory shall be conveniently available. The soiled dish area shall be so located as to prevent soiled dishes from being carried through the food preparation area;
K. Ware Washing Facilities. They shall be designed to prevent contamination of clean wares with soiled wares through cross-traffic. The clean wares should be transferred for storage or use in the dining area without having to pass through food preparation areas;
L. Pot Washing Facilities including multi-compartmented sinks of adequate size for intended use shall be provided convenient to using service. Supplemental heat for hot water to clean pots and pans may be by booster heater or by steam jet.
M. Waste Storage Room. A food waste storage room shall be conveniently located to the food preparation and ware washing areas but not within the food preparation area. It shall have direct access to the hospital's waste collection and disposal facilities.
N. Storage Rooms and Areas. A room for cans, carts, mobile tray conveyors, and cleaning and sanitizing carts shall be provided. There shall be a separate storage room for the storage of non-food items that might contaminate edibles (i.e., cleaning supplies). A separate space or room for the storage of cooking wares, extra trays, flatware, plastic and paper products, and portable equipment is required;
O. Toilets and Locker Spaces. Lockers, if provided in the dietary facility, shall be for the exclusive use of the dietary staff. Toilets and lockers shall not open directly into the food preparation areas, but shall be in close proximity to them;
P. Office(s). Dietary service manager/supervisor offices shall be conveniently located for visual control of receiving area and food preparation areas;
Q. Environmental Closet. A closet shall be provided for the exclusive use of the dietary department to contain a floor sink and space for mops, pails, and supplies. Where hot water or steam is used for general cleaning, additional space within the room shall be provided for the storage of hoses and nozzles;
R. Ice Making Equipment. Equipment shall be convenient for service and easily cleaned. It shall be provided for both drinks (self-dispensing equipment), and for general use (storage bin type equipment);
S. Commissary or Contract Services from Other Areas. If a service is used, above items may be reduced as appropriate. The process of food delivery shall insure freshness, retention of hot and cold, and avoidance of contamination. If delivery is from outside sources, protection against weather shall be provided. Provisions shall be made for thorough cleaning and sanitizing of equipment to avoid mix of soiled and clean equipment;
T. Equipment. Mechanical devices shall be heavy duty, suitable for intended use and easily cleaned. Movable equipment shall have heavy duty locking casters. If equipment is to have fixed utility connections, it shall not be equipped with casters. Walk-in coolers, refrigerators, and freezers shall be insulated at floor, walls and top. Coolers and refrigerators shall be capable of maintaining a temperature down to freezing. Freezers shall be capable of maintaining a temperature of 20° below zero Fahrenheit. Coolers, refrigerators, and freezers shall be thermostatically controlled to maintain desired temperature settings in increments of two degrees or less. Interior temperatures shall be visible from the exterior. Controls may include audible and visible high and low temperature alarm. Time of alarm shall be automatically recorded. Walk-in units may be lockable from outside but shall have release mechanism for exit from inside at all times. Interior shall be lighted. All shelving shall be corrosion resistant, easily cleaned, and constructed and anchored to support a loading of at least 100pounds per linear foot. All cooking equipment shall be equipped with automatic shut off devices to prevent excessive heat buildup. Under counter conduits, piping, and drains shall be arranged to not interfere with cleaning of floor below or of the equipment;


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 007.05.10-59, AR ADC 007.05.10-59
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