Register February 2012 No. 674
Chapter DHS 190
INSTITUTION SANITATION
DHS 190.01   Purpose and applicability.
DHS 190.02   Definitions.
DHS 190.03   Location of institution.
DHS 190.04   Construction.
DHS 190.05   Water supply.
DHS 190.06   Fire safety.
DHS 190.07   Plan for emergencies.
DHS 190.08   Physical environment.
DHS 190.09   Food service.
DHS 190.10   Dishwashing.
Ch. DHS 190 Note Note: Chapter H 56 as it existed on December 31, 1985 was repealed and a new chapter HSS 190 was created effective January 1, 1986. Chapter HSS 190 was renumbered to Chapter HFS 190 under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 1, Stats., and corrections made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 6. and 7., Stats., Register, August, 1998, No. 512. Chapter HFS 190 was renumbered chapter DHS 190 under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., and corrections made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats, Register January 2009 No. 637.
DHS 190.01 DHS 190.01Purpose and applicability. This chapter establishes standards of hygiene and safety for the protection of the health of residents of private institutions covered by s. 58.01 (1), Stats., county and other municipality-operated institutions and detention homes for children covered by s. 250.04 (10), Stats., and all institutions operated by the department.
DHS 190.01 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1985, No. 360, eff. 1-1-86; correction made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, August, 1995, No. 476.
DHS 190.02 DHS 190.02Definitions. In this chapter:
DHS 190.02(1) (1) “Department" means the Wisconsin department of health services.
DHS 190.02(2) (2) “Detention home for children" has the meaning prescribed for “secure detention facility" in s. 48.02 (10r), Stats.
DHS 190.02(3) (3) “Dwelling unit" means any building, apartment, cottage or dormitory used as a residence.
DHS 190.02(4) (4) “Institution" means the site, buildings and facilities established for housing persons in places included under s. DHS 190.01.
DHS 190.02(5) (5) “Sanitary fixture" means a toilet, washbasin, tub or shower.
DHS 190.02(6) (6) “Utensil" means any kitchenware, tableware, glassware, cutlery or container with which food or drink comes in contact during storage, preparation or serving.
DHS 190.02 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1985, No. 360, eff. 1-1-86; corrections in (1) and (2) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 6. and 7., Stats., Register January 2009 No. 637.
DHS 190.03 DHS 190.03Location of institution. Every institution shall be located on a well-drained site, and the premises shall be properly graded to prevent the accumulation of storm or other waters. No institution or dwelling unit which is a part of the institution may be located in any area that is situated so that drainage from any source of filth can be deposited in its location.
DHS 190.03 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1985, No. 360, eff. 1-1-86.
DHS 190.04 DHS 190.04Construction. To effectively protect against hazards to health, the institution building or buildings and appurtenances shall be constructed, operated and maintained in accordance with chs. SPS 361 to 365 and any other applicable state rules.
DHS 190.04 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1985, No. 360, eff. 1-1-86; correction made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, June, 2001, No. 546; correction made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register January 2009 No. 637; correction made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register February 2012 No. 674.
DHS 190.05 DHS 190.05Water supply.
DHS 190.05(1) (1) If a public water supply is available, it shall be used.
DHS 190.05(2) (2) The location, construction and operation of independent water systems shall be subject to approval of the department of natural resources.
DHS 190.05 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1985, No. 360, eff. 1-1-86.
DHS 190.06 DHS 190.06Fire safety.
DHS 190.06(1) (1) The furnace, boiler, fuel tanks and breaching shall be properly enclosed and separated from the rest of the building by fire-resistive construction which meets the requirements of chs. SPS 361 to 365.
DHS 190.06(2) (2) Fire escapes, fire exits, fire extinguishers, fire alarm systems, exit lights and directions for escape shall be provided which meet the requirements of chs. SPS 314 and 361 to 365.
DHS 190.06(3) (3) Flammable material and supplies, to include but not limited to paint, varnish and oil-soaked rags, shall be stored in metal containers or metal cabinets. All new and replacement metal containers and metal cabinets shall be listed for this purpose by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.
DHS 190.06(4) (4) A fire extinguisher suitable for grease fires shall be provided in the kitchen.
DHS 190.06(5) (5) Electrical equipment, including cords, shall be examined periodically and repaired if necessary. No more than one extension cord may run from a single outlet.
DHS 190.06 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1985, No. 360, eff. 1-1-86; corrections in (1) and (2) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register January 2009 No. 637; corrections in (1), (2) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register February 2012 No. 674.
DHS 190.07 DHS 190.07Plan for emergencies. Each institution shall have on file at the institution a written plan which specifies action and procedures for meeting emergency situations, including fire, serious illness and severe weather. Procedures for orderly evacuation of residents in case of emergency shall be included in the plan and shall be made known to all staff.
DHS 190.07 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1985, No. 360, eff. 1-1-86.
DHS 190.08 DHS 190.08Physical environment.
DHS 190.08(1) (1)Laundry area. Where laundry service is provided by the institution:
DHS 190.08(1)(a) (a) The laundry room shall be well-lighted and mechanically ventilated;
DHS 190.08(1)(b) (b) The floor in the laundry room shall be of concrete, tile or similar material impervious to water and easily cleaned, and be pitched to a floor drain; and
DHS 190.08(1)(c) (c) The walls and ceiling of the laundry room shall be smooth, non-absorbent, light-colored and have a washable surface.
DHS 190.08(2) (2)Ventilation.
DHS 190.08(2)(a)(a) No room may be used as a sleeping room that does not have an openable window leading to the outside or direct outside ventilation by means of windows, louvers, or air conditioning or other mechanical ventilation. If ventilation from outside is only by means of mechanical ventilation, an emergency source of power shall be available.
DHS 190.08(2)(b) (b) Kitchens, bathrooms, utility rooms and soiled linen rooms shall be ventilated to prevent objectionable odors from permeating through the building.
DHS 190.08(3) (3)Housekeeping.
DHS 190.08(3)(a)(a) Floors, walls, windows and ceilings shall be kept clean.
DHS 190.08(3)(b) (b) All rugs, carpets, blinds, drapes, curtains and upholstered furniture and other furnishings and equipment, including sanitary fixtures, shall be kept clean, free from odor and in good repair.
DHS 190.08(3)(c) (c) Toilet articles for common use, to include but not limited to towels, hair brushes and combs, are not permitted.
DHS 190.08(3)(d) (d) No common drinking cups or glasses may be used.
DHS 190.08(4) (4)Protection from back-siphonage. In plumbing systems, all cross-connections and arrangements permitting back-siphonage or backflow are prohibited, pursuant to s. SPS 382.41 or, in the case of health care facilities, s. SPS 382.50.
DHS 190.08(5) (5)Pest control.
DHS 190.08(5)(a)(a) Screens. All windows and doors used for ventilation purposes shall be provided with wire screening of not less than number 16 mesh or its equivalent and shall be properly maintained to prevent entry of insects. Screens for windows shall cover at least one-third of the window area. Screen doors shall be self-closing.
DHS 190.08(5)(b) (b) Eradication. All means necessary for the elimination of rodents, flies, roaches, bedbugs, fleas, lice and other household pests shall be used. Extreme care shall be taken in the use of poison to prevent accidental poisoning of domestic animals and people.
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