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28 Pa. Code § 205.67. Electric requirements for existing and new construction.

§ 205.67. Electric requirements for existing and new construction.

 (a)  Artificial lighting shall be restricted to electric lighting.

 (b)  Spaces occupied by people, machinery and equipment within buildings shall have electric lighting which is operational at all times.

 (c)  Electric lights satisfactory for residents’ activities shall be available.

 (d)  Electric lights in rooms used by residents shall be placed or shaded to prevent direct glare to the eyes of residents.

 (e)  Night lights shall be provided in bedrooms, stairways, corridors, bathrooms and toilet rooms used by residents.

 (f)  Arrangements to transfer lighting from overhead fixtures to night light fixtures in stairways and corridors shall be designed so that switches can only select between two sets of fixtures and cannot extinguish both sets at the same time.

 (g)  In addition to night lights, residents’ bedrooms shall have general lighting. The light emitting surfaces of the night light may not be in direct view of a resident in a normal in-bed position.

 (h)  A reading light shall be provided for each resident.

 (i)  In each resident room there shall be grounding type receptacles as follows: one duplex receptacle on each side of the head of each bed except for parallel adjacent beds. Only one duplex receptacle is required between beds plus sufficient duplex receptacles to supply portable lights, television and motorized beds, if used, and one duplex receptacle on another wall.

 (j)  A nurse’s calling station—signal originating device—with cable with push button housing attached or other system approved by the Department shall be provided at each resident bed location so that it is accessible to the resident. Two cables and buttons serving adjacent beds may be served by one station. An emergency calling station within reach of the resident shall be provided at each bathing fixture and toilet unless a single bell can be reached by the resident from both the bathing fixture and the toilet. Cable and push button housing requirement will apply to those facilities constructed after July 1, 1987.

 (k)  Calls shall register by a signal receiving and indicating device at the nurses’ station, and shall activate a visible signal in the corridor at the resident’s door. In multicorridor nursing units, additional visible signal indicators shall be installed at corridor intersections.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  205.67 amended under section 803 of the Health Care Facilities Act (35 P. S. §  448.803); and section 2102(g) of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. §  532(g)).

Source

   The provisions of this §  205.67 adopted August 29, 1975, effective September 1, 1975, 5 Pa.B. 2233; amended January 31, 1987, effective July 1, 1987, 17 Pa.B. 514; amended July 23, 1999, effective July 24, 1999, 29 Pa.B. 3999. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (242533) to (242534).



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