902 Kar 10:010. Public Restrooms

Link to law: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/902/010/010.htm
Published: 2015

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      902 KAR 10:010.

Public restrooms.





AUTHORITY: KRS 194.050, 211.090, 211.990


FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 211.180 authorizes the Cabinet for Human

Resources to regulate the sanitation of public restrooms. This administrative

regulation provides standards for public restrooms in order to protect the

health of the public.


      Section 1.

Definitions. The following definitions shall apply in the interpretation and

enforcement of this administrative regulation:


"Cabinet" means the Cabinet for Human Resources and the local health

department having jurisdiction and their duly designated representatives.

      (2) "Public

rest room" means a facility that provides toilet and hand-washing

facilities for the general public.

      (3) "Septic

tank" means a watertight receptacle which receives the discharge of a

building sanitary drainage system (or part thereof) and is designed and

constructed so as to digest organic matter through a period of detention that

allows the liquids to discharge into the soil outside the tank through a system

of open joints or perforated piping, or a seepage pit.


      Section 2. Water

Flushed Toilet Facilities. If water flushed toilet facilities are provided for

the accommodation of the public or patrons at public places:

      (1) The floors

shall be of smooth construction and relatively impervious to water.

      (2) The walls

and ceilings shall have a smooth washable surface and shall be painted or

finished in light color and shall be maintained in good condition.

      (3) All openings

shall be effectively screened against flies and other insects.

      (4) All doors

shall be self-closing.

      (5) The plumbing

installations shall comply with the state plumbing code.

      (6) All wastes

resulting from flush toilets, lavatories or other fixtures shall be disposed of

in a public sewer or, in the absence of a public sewer, by a method approved by

the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet.

      (7) An adequate

supply of toilet tissue shall be provided at each toilet facility at all times.

      (8) The rooms

shall be adequately lighted and ventilated.

      (9) If drinking

water is provided, it shall be from a source approved by the Natural Resources

and Environmental Protection Cabinet.

      (10) If drinking

fountains are provided, they shall be installed in accordance to the state

plumbing code and shall be maintained in a sanitary manner.

      (11) The use of

the common drinking cup is prohibited.


Hand-washing facilities, including running water, soap and individual cloth or

paper towels, or other method for drying hands approved by the cabinet, shall

be provided.

      (13) The use of

the common towel is prohibited.

      (14) All trash

or refuse shall be kept in nonabsorbent containers and removed from the

premises as frequently as necessary to prevent an unsanitary condition from

developing. A covered waste container shall be provided in each women's toilet


      (15) The rooms,

including all fixtures therein, shall be kept clean, in good repair and free

from dust, dirt, insects and other contaminating material.


      Section 3. Earth

Pit Privies. Outdoor toilets (earth pit privies) not connected to a public

sewerage system or septic tank shall be prohibited within the boundaries of

cities of the first or second class as provided by KRS 381.780. In other areas,

if water under pressure is not available, earth pit privies may be used for the

accommodation of the public or patrons at public place provided they comply

with the following requirements:

      (1) Construction

of pit privies.

      (a) The pit shall

not be located within 100 feet of any source of water supply and shall have a

capacity of not less than fifty (50) cubic feet and shall be not less than four

and one-half (1/2) feet or more than six (6) feet deep, measured from the

original ground surface.

      (b) The pit

shall be lined with curbing of sound lumber, concrete, or other material

approved by the cabinet and extend to the full depth of the pit.

      (c) The floor

and seat riser shall be constructed of impervious material or tongue and groove

lumber, and in a manner to exclude insects and rodents. The seat riser shall be

so constructed and bonded with the floor as to prevent seepage through the

riser onto the floor and the seat opening shall be elevated at least twenty

(20) inches above floor level.

      (d) The

superstructure of the privy shall be constructed of substantial material

fastened solidly to the floor.

      (2) Maintenance

of pit privies.

      (a) The floor,

seat and other fixtures shall be kept in good repair and clean at all times.

      (b) An adequate

supply of toilet tissue shall be provided.

      (c) If the pit

is filled to within eighteen (18) inches of the floor, the pit shall be cleaned

or a new pit shall be constructed. Old pits shall be filled and mounded with


      (d) The privy

shall be adequately ventilated. (San-2; 1 Ky.R. 369; eff. 2-5-75; Am. 18 Ky.R.

1431; 2264; eff. 1-10-92.)