Rule 511-6-2-.08. Toilet Facilities.

Georgia Administrative Code

Department 511. RULES OF GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Chapter 511-6. FOOD AND LODGING ESTABLISHMENTS

Subject 511-6-2. TOURIST ACCOMMODATIONS

Current through Rules and Regulations filed through July 30, 2020

Rule 511-6-2-.08. Toilet Facilities

(1) Toilet, lavatory, and bathing facilities shall be provided at all tourist accommodations except as provided in paragraphs (13) and (16) of this Rule. Such facilities shall be easily accessible, convenient and available to patrons at all times.
(2) Bedrooms in permanent structures shall be provided with private or connecting baths. Central toilet facilities may be used to serve bed and breakfast inns and existing multi-storied tourist accommodations; so long as, toilet facilities are within the building, located on each floor, and deemed adequate by determination of the Health Authority to serve the tourists therein.
(3) Bedrooms in non-permanent structures such as cabins, park trailers, or structures in a wilderness settings used to provide lodging shall be provided with access to central toilet/shower building.
(4) Toilet rooms and fixtures must be smooth and nonabsorbent and shall be kept clean and in good repair. Walls, floors, and ceilings shall be constructed of easily cleanable nonabsorbent materials and shall be kept clean and in good repair. While being used by tourists, every surface of a bathtub, shower, shower enclosure, toilet and lavatory, which may come in contact with a person's body, must be sanitized each day, unless the guest has declined regular tourist room services. If a tourist declines regular tourist room services, the tourist accommodation facility must ensure that these surfaces are cleaned and sanitized at least once per week and between tourists.
(5) Toilet, lavatory and bathing facilities shall be mechanically ventilated. Where ventilation ducts are used, ducts from toilet rooms shall not be connected into return ventilation ducts to any other room. In existing tourist accommodations permitted prior to the adoption of this rule, the current ventilation must prevent odor, mold, mildew, and moisture. All new or major renovation of a tourist accommodation will require mechanical ventilation to be installed to the outside of the building separate from heating and air-condition systems.
(6) Toilet rooms, lavatories and bathing facilities shall be provided with soap, artificial light, and hot and cold water under pressure.
(7) Unused, individually wrapped soap or liquid soap dispensed from approved containers shall be provided in guest rooms. Soap furnished in public wash rooms or baths shall be dispensed from approved containers designed to preclude contamination of the contents by individual contact.
(8) Clean laundered individual towels shall be provided for each occupant in tourist rooms. Used or soiled towels shall be exchanged with clean towels and laundered between each occupancy and at the request of the customer. If fabric bath mats are provided, they shall be laundered or cleaned after each occupancy. Towels, whenever provided in public wash rooms or baths, shall be individual towels and if cloth shall have been laundered since last used.
(9) Toilet tissue shall be provided in a dispenser at each toilet at all times.
(10) Anti-slip tubs slip strips, appliqués, or slip-proof mats shall be provided in each bathing facility and shall be kept clean and in good repair.
(11) When used, hydromassage bathtubs shall be installed in accordance with the applicable codes. The recirculation piping system for a hydromassage bathtub shall be cleaned in accordance with the manufacturer instructions. Further, the manufacturer's cleaning instructions shall be available on-site for examination at the request of the Health Authority. Fresh potable water must be provided with each use.
(12) Where dependent trailers are located, central toilet/shower buildings shall be provided and sized to meet the expected guest load based upon the number of trailer spaces or fraction thereof.
(13) If the independent trailer sites are served by sewer connections, then it is not necessary for independent trailer sites to have access to central toilet/shower buildings. However, if such facilities are not provided, a sign with at least 2-inch high lettering shall be posted at the main entrance to the establishment notifying dependent trailer owners that central toilet/shower facilities are not available.
(14) Central Toilet/Shower Buildings shall meet at least the following minimum requirements:
(a) They shall be provided with separations for each sex with no interconnection. All rooms and parts of the central toilet/shower building shall be well-lighted, drained, ventilated to control odor, mold and mildew and of good construction with impervious materials. They shall be developed and planned in consultation with the Health Authority and designed so that good sanitation can be maintained throughout the building at all times. Every surface of a bathtub, shower, shower enclosure, toilet and lavatory which may come in contact with a person's body must be sanitized each day.
(b) Handicapped accessible toilet, shower, and lavatory facilities shall be designed and provided in accordance with state or local requirements and can be included as part of the required total number of water closets, shower heads, lavatories, etc.
(c) Central toilet/shower building shall be plainly identified with signage of at least 2-inch high lettering and located within 200 feet of dwelling units or trailer spaces served.
(d) When serving dependent trailers, central toilet/shower buildings shall be provided for each ten trailer spaces or fraction thereof with not less than one commode, one lavatory and one tub or shower head for each sex. In addition, at least one urinal shall be provided in each central toilet designated for men.
(e) When serving non-permanent structures, a central toilet/shower building shall be provided for each ten non-permanent structure, or fraction thereof, with not less than one commode, one lavatory and one tub or shower head for each sex. In addition, at least one urinal shall be provided in each central toilet designated for men.
(f) If partitions are provided 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, mops and brooms.
(g) Hot and cold water under pressure shall be provided at all lavatories and showers.
(h) Floors of central toilet/shower buildings shall be free of joints or openings and shall be continuous throughout the areas. Floors shall have a slip-resistant, nonabsorbent surface that shall be relatively smooth to ensure thorough cleaning. In all newly constructed, remodeled or renovated facilities, floor drains shall be provided and floors shall be sloped not less than one-eight inch (1/8") per foot toward the drains to ensure positive drainage.
(i) In all newly constructed, remodeled or renovated facilities, an adequate number of three-fourths inch (3/4") hose bibbs shall be provided for flushing down the central toilet facility interior.
(j) Soap dispensers for providing either liquid or powdered soap shall be provided at each lavatory. Shampoo dispensers for shampoo shall be provided for each shower head. These dispensers shall be of all metal or plastic type with no glass. They shall dispense their contents in such a manner that precludes contamination of the contents by individual contact.
(k) At least one paper towel dispenser or hand blow dryer shall be provided for every three lavatories.
(l) An unbreakable mirror shall be provided over each lavatory.
(m) Toilet paper holders shall be provided at each water closet.
(n) Soap, paper towels, and toilet tissue shall be provided in all dispensers.
(o) Fixtures shall be installed in accordance with local plumbing codes and shall be properly protected against back-siphonage.
(p) Fixtures shall be designed so that they may be readily and frequently cleaned and disinfected. Frequent cleaning and disinfecting shall not cause damage.
(q) At least one trash receptacle will be available in toilet areas.
(15) In all newly constructed, remodeled or renovated facilities, at least one service sink or one curbed cleaning facility equipped with a floor drain shall be provided and shall be conveniently located for the cleaning of mops or similar wet floor cleaning tools and for the disposal of mop water and similar liquid waste. Service sinks or curbed cleaning facilities may be located in central toilet/shower buildings servicing non-permanent structures or dependent trailer parks.
(16) Remote, primitive, or wilderness campsites may not be required to provide toilet facilities at the discretion of the Health Authority. If toilet facilities are not provided, then a sign shall be posted at the main entrance notifying campers of what facilities are or are not available.

Cite as Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 511-6-2-.08

Authority: O.C.G.A. §§ 31-2A-6 and 31-28-5.

History. Original Rule entitled "Toilet Facilities"s adopted. F. Jul. 16, 2013; eff. Jan. 1, 2014, as specified by the Agency.