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Title: Section 712-1.26 - Details and finishes

Effective Date


712-1.26 Details and finishes.

All details shall meet the following requirements:

(a) Drinking fountains, telephone booths, vending machines and other such items shall be located so as not to obstruct or interfere with the required minimum widths of exit corridors.

(b) All doors to toilets, bathrooms and shower rooms used by patients shall be equipped with hardware which will permit access in an emergency.

(c) Janitor's closets, where required by other Parts of this Subchapter, shall each contain a floor receptor or service sink and storage space for housekeeping equipment and supplies.

(d) Paper towel dispensers or other acceptable hand-drying facilities shall be provided at all lavatories and sinks used for handwashing.

(e) A floor drain shall be provided in the discharge room of any linen or refuse chute.

(f) Boiler rooms, food preparation centers and laundries shall be insulated and ventilated to prevent any floor surface above from exceeding a temperature of eighty degrees Fahrenheit.

(g) All finishes shall meet the following requirements:

(1) Floors shall be cleanable and shall have the wear resistance appropriate for the location involved. Floors in kitchens and related spaces shall be water-resistant and grease-proof. In all areas where floors are subject to wetting, they shall have a non-slip finish.

(2) Adjacent dissimilar floor materials in patient areas shall be flush with each other to provide an unbroken surface, or as nearly flush as is possible without any undue obstacles encountered at the point of material change.

(3) Walls shall be washable, and in the immediate area of plumbing fixtures, the finish shall be moisture-proof. Walls and wall bases in dietary areas shall be free of spaces that can harbor insects or harmful bacteria.

(4) Wall bases in areas used for surgical and obstetrical procedures shall be integral with the wall of the floor surface material and shall be without voids that can harbor harmful bacteria or insects.

(5) Ceilings shall be washable in operating suites, delivery suites, and nurseries. Such ceilings shall have no holes, fissures or openings except those required for ventilation or other mechanical equipment. Replacement ceilings in food preparation areas, and in equipment and utensil washing areas shall meet this requirement. All other ceilings shall be cleanable, except in boiler rooms, mechanical and building equipment rooms, shops, administrative and similar spaces, where this requirement shall not apply.

(h) All facilities in which patient bedrooms or occupant services, such as operating, delivery, diagnostic, recreation, patient dining, or therapy rooms, are located on other than the first floor, shall have electric or electrohydraulic elevators. At least one hospital-type elevator shall be provided.

(1) Elevator cabs and platforms shall be constructed of noncombustible material, except that fire-retardant-treated material may be used if all exterior surfaces of the cab are covered with metal. Cabs of the hospital-type elevators shall have inside dimensions that will accommodate a patient's bed and attendants. The cab door shall have a clear opening to permit passage of a patient's bed.

(2) Elevators shall have automatic leveling of the two-way automatic maintaining type with accuracy within plus or minus one-half inch, unless manually operated.


VOLUME D (Title 10)