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TITLE 25HEALTH SERVICES
PART 1DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
CHAPTER 265GENERAL SANITATION
SUBCHAPTER LSTANDARDS FOR PUBLIC POOLS AND SPAS
RULE §265.201Dressing and Sanitary Facilities at Post-10/01/99 and Pre-10/01/99 Pools and Spas

(a) Fixture design at post-10/01/99 facilities. Fixtures at facilities for post-10/01/99 and pre-10/01/99 pools and spas shall be designed so that they are readily cleanable.

(b) Fixture installation at post-10/01/99 and pre-10/01/99 facilities. Fixtures at facilities for post-10/01/99 and pre-10/01/99 pools and spas shall be installed in accordance with local plumbing codes and shall be properly protected by cross-connection control devices (backflow prevention devices).

(c) Proper cleaning at post-10/01/99 and pre-10/01/99 facilities. Facilities for post-10/01/99 and pre-10/01/99 pools and spas shall be cleaned as necessary to maintain sanitary conditions at all times.

(d) Adequate ventilation at post-10/01/99 facilities. Adequate ventilation shall be provided in facilities for post-10/01/99 and pre-10/01/99 pools and spas to prevent objectionable odors in accordance with §265.199(l) of this title (relating to Specific Safety Features for Post-10/01/99 and Pre-10/01/99 Pools and Spas).

(e) Dressing and sanitary facilities at facilities for post-10/01/99 Class A, or B pools or spas and Class D pools operated in conjunction with a Class A or B pool. Adequate dressing and sanitary facilities shall be provided for post-10/01/99 Class A or B pools and for post-10/01/99 Class D pools operated in conjunction with a Class A or Class B pool.

  (1) Separate dressing and sanitary facilities shall be provided for each gender. The rooms shall be well lit, drained, ventilated, and of good construction, using impervious materials. They shall be developed and planned so that good sanitation will be maintained throughout the building at all times. An appropriate number of dressing rooms that can accommodate a family are allowed.

  (2) Partitions between portions of the dressing room area, screen partitions, shower, toilet, and dressing room booths shall be of durable material not subject to damage by water and shall be designed so that a waterway is provided between partitions and floor to permit thorough cleaning of the walls and floor areas with hoses and brooms.

  (3) At least one shower and dressing booth for each gender shall be provided. This condition may be subject to variation for schools and other institutional use where a pool or spa may be open to one gender at a time.

  (4) Floors shall have a slip-resistant surface and shall be sufficiently smooth to ensure ease in cleaning. Floor drains shall be provided, and floors shall be sloped 1/4 inch per foot toward the drains to ensure positive drainage.

  (5) An adequate number of hose bibs and a hose of adequate length shall be provided for washing down all areas of the dressing facility interior. Adequate cross-connection control devices as approved by the TCEQ or local regulatory authority shall be provided. When not in use, hoses shall be stored in such a manner to prevent a trip hazard.

(f) Lavatories, showers, and toilets at post-10/01/99 pools and spas. Except as provided in subsection (g) of this section, the following requirements apply to lavatories, showers and toilets in facilities serving post-10/01/99 Class A, B, C, or D pools and spas:

  (1) the required fixture schedule is contained in the following table:

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  (2) the number of fixtures should be increased for swimming pools at schools or similar locations where load may reach peaks due to schedule of use; and

  (3) shower(s) and lavatory(ies) water temperature shall be controlled by anti-scald devices. The water heater and thermostatically-controlled mixing valves shall be inaccessible to users and shall be capable of providing 2 gallons per minute of water between 90 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit to each shower head. A shower can be located on the deck of the pool if proper wastewater disposal is provided. The shower need not be enclosed in Class C pools.

(g) Sanitary facilities serving post-10/01/99 pools or spas in apartments, hotels, motels or condominiums. Post-10/01/99 Class C and D pools and spas located in an apartment, hotel, motel or condominium complex are not required to have the following facilities:

  (1) showers;

  (2) dressing rooms;

  (3) toilets;

  (4) urinals unless the facility has toilets for persons using the pool or spa;

  (5) hand drying towels unless the facility has a lavatory in an enclosed room;

  (6) baby changing table unless the facility has a dressing room or toilets; and

  (7) a lavatory if a faucet is installed at lavatory height and in compliance with subsection (f)(3) of this section and proper wastewater disposal is provided.

(h) Additional requirements for sanitary facilities at post-10/01/99 and pre-10/01/99 pools and spas. Post-10/01/99 and pre-10/01/99 sanitary facilities serving a post-10/01/99 or pre-10/01/99 pool or spa shall comply with the following whenever lavatories, toilets, mirrors, or dressing rooms are provided:

  (1) Soap dispensers with liquid or powdered soap shall be provided at each lavatory. The dispenser shall be of all metal or plastic type with no glass permitted in these units;

  (2) any mirrors shall be shatter resistant;

  (3) toilet paper holders and toilet paper shall be provided at each toilet;

  (4) covered waste receptacles shall be provided in toilet or dressing room areas; and

  (5) single-use hand drying towels or hand drying devices shall be provided near the lavatory.


Source Note: The provisions of this §265.201 adopted to be effective September 1, 2004, 29 TexReg 7704

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