Section 1 – General Provisions

Summary of Acronyms used in this Regulation

EPAUnited States Environmental Protection Agency
°F Degrees Fahrenheit
FIFRAFederal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act
IDLHImmediately Dangerous to Life or Health
ISDSIndividual Sewage Disposal System
NACNevada Administrative Code
NRS Nevada Revised Statute
NSFNational Sanitation Foundation International
OSHAOccupational Safety and Health Administration
ppmparts per million
psipounds per square inch
RVRecreational Vehicle
SCRVSelf-Contained Recreational Vehicle
SNHDSouthern Nevada Health District

Definitions – As used in these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires, the following words and terms defined have the meanings ascribed to them in this document:

1.1“Agency of jurisdiction” defined. The agency of jurisdiction is the local building department, safety authority, fire marshal, business licensing, police or other federal, state or local health agency, federal regulatory agencies, departments of agriculture, other than the Health Authority, having jurisdiction concerning construction, operation, maintenance, and public safety of a public accommodation facility.
1.2“Bathroom” defined. A bathroom is a room which contains a bathtub or a shower, or both.
1.3“Bed and breakfast facility” defined. A bed and breakfast facility is a public accommodation facility located within a commercial home with no more than five (5) guest rooms, offering bed and breakfast accommodations for no more than ten (10) persons, rented or let on a daily basis for a period of time not to exceed thirty (30) days (See NAC 446.850).
1.4“Bed frame” defined. A bed frame is an open metal or wooden support framework upon which a bed is placed to allow floor clearance.
1.5“Bedding” defined. Bedding includes mattresses, quilts, blankets, sheets, pillows, comforters and spreads.
1.6“Biocide” defined. A biocide is an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered physical or chemical agent capable of killing microorganisms.
1.7“Biofilm” defined. Biofilm means an assemblage of microbial cells attached to an environmental surface and enclosed in a matrix primarily composed of polysaccharides that is not easily removed by normal rinsing or water flow. Mineral crystals (scale), corrosion particles, clay or silt particles, may be present within or on the biofilm matrix.
1.8“Biohazard event” defined. A biohazard event is an event in which a biological agent, including pathogenic microorganisms and their toxins, causes a condition that may constitute a threat to human health and safety.
1.9“Biohazard Event Control Plan” defined. A Biohazard Event Control Plan is a written plan which contains detailed clean-up procedures by which public accommodation facility employees can safely disinfect potentially-contaminated environmental surfaces and control potential communicable disease outbreaks among guests and/or employees. The Biohazard Event Control Plan must also include procedures for which biohazard events are to be reported to the Health Authority and procedures for documenting response activities in a logbook.
1.10“Box frame” defined. A box frame is a closed support frame upon which a bed is placed to allow floor clearance.
1.11“Cease and Desist Order” defined. A Cease and Desist Order is a written Order issued by the Health Authority which directs the responsible person to immediately stop doing or allowing a specific action to occur at a public accommodation facility. A Cease and Desist Order does not include a direction to completely cease operating a public accommodation facility. Under certain circumstances, a Cease and Desist Order can include a timeframe to achieve compliance with the Order so long as there is not an imminent threat to public health or safety.
1.12“Certified applicator” defined. A certified applicator is a person who is certified by the Nevada Department of Agriculture and is qualified to use or supervise the use of restricted-use pesticides.
1.13“Clean” defined. Clean means free of visible dirt, dust, sludge, foam, slime (including algae and fungi), rust, scale, mineral deposits, accumulation of impurities, and/or other foreign material.
1.14“Common bathroom” defined. A common bathroom is a guest bathroom that is to be shared by the guests of more than one (1) guest room.
1.15“Communicable disease” defined. A communicable disease is a disease which is caused by a specific infectious agent or its toxic products, and which can be transmitted, either directly or indirectly, from a reservoir of infectious agents to a susceptible host organism.
1.16“Disinfect” defined. Disinfect means to carry out a process that kills most or significantly reduces pathogenic microorganisms.
1.17“Disinfectant” defined. A disinfectant is an EPA-registered antimicrobial agent, such as a chemical, or heat that destroys, neutralizes, or inhibits the growth of pathogenic microorganisms. All chemical disinfectants must provide a strength equivalent to at least 50 ppm of free available chlorine at a pH of 7.0 to 7.6 in their normal use concentration.
1.18“Disposable article” defined. A disposable article is a cup, container, lid, closure, plate, knife, fork, spoon, stirrer, paddle, straw, placemat, napkin, doily, wrapper or similar article which is made wholly or in part from a synthetic or other readily destructible material and which is intended to be discarded after a single use.
1.19“Dry camping” defined. Dry camping is the practice of camping or parking where there are no available hookups for water, sewage disposal, electricity, and other amenities at each individual parking space.
1.20“Environmental surface” defined. An environmental surface is the surface of any furniture, equipment, fixture, walls, floors, ceilings, bathtubs, showers or similar surface which is part of a public accommodation facility.
1.21“EPA-registered” defined. EPA-registered means any chemical or substances, including sanitizers, sterilizers, biocides, or other substances which must be registered with the United States EPA under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) prior to their distribution and use by industry and consumers.
1.22“Faucet” defined. A faucet is a device that regulates the flow rate of water at the point of delivery at a sink or bathtub.
1.23“Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)” defined. Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) is the federal law found in Title 7 of the United States Code, Chapter 6, Subsection 136 et. seq., amended 1996 which provides for federal control of pesticide distribution, sale, and use. EPA was given authority under FIFRA not only to study the consequences of pesticide usage but also to require users (farmers, utility companies, and others) to register when purchasing pesticides. Later amendments to the law require users to take exams for certification as applicators of pesticides. All pesticides used in the United States must be registered (licensed) by EPA.
1.24“Foot-candle” defined. Foot-candle is a unit of measure of the intensity of light falling upon a surface, equal to one lumen per square foot and originally defined with reference to a standardized candle burning at one foot from a given surface.
1.25“Fumigation” defined. Fumigation is the application of a poisonous substance that has a vapor pressure greater than five (5) millimeters of mercury at 77º F that is intended to destroy living organisms, e.g., methyl bromide.
1.26“Furniture” defined. Furniture is the movable articles in a guest room or public area that make it fit for living or working. Furniture includes but is not limited to, tables, chairs, bed headboards, bed frames, box frames, sofas, carpets, curtains, pictures, vases, mirrors, televisions and other electrical equipment, and appliances. Bedding, utensils, and tableware are not considered to be furniture.
1.27“Gray water” defined. Gray water is waste water, not including black water (raw sewage), from residential, commercial, and industrial sources, such as sink, shower, or bathtub drainage or washing machine discharges. Gray water is sometimes used for irrigation.
1.28“Guest” defined. A guest is any person other than employees, either paying or non-paying, that uses any part of a public accommodation facility.
1.29“Guest room” defined. A guest room is any sleeping or resting rooms and contiguous areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, kitchenettes, etc., intended for private use by a guest or guests of a public accommodation facility.
1.30“Guest room attendant” defined. A guest room attendant is any public accommodations facility employee who, as part of his or her normal work assignment, performs the routine cleaning and upkeep (excluding maintenance items) of one or more guest rooms.
1.31“Guest room Closure Order” defined. A guest room Closure Order is a written notification to cease immediately the renting, leasing, or other occupation of a guest room at a public accommodation facility.
1.32“Health Authority” defined. Health Authority means the officers and agents of the Southern Nevada District Board of Health and the Southern Nevada Health District.
1.33“Health Permit” defined. A Health Permit is written approval by the SNHD to operate a public accommodation facility, under the provisions of these Regulations. Approval is given in accordance with these Regulations and is separate from any other licensing requirements of other agencies of jurisdiction that may exist within communities or political subdivisions comprising the SNHD.
1.34“Health Permit revocation” defined. Health Permit revocation occurs when the Health Authority revokes all permission to operate a public accommodation facility based on cause due to the presence of significant health and safety hazards. Upon receipt of the revocation Order, the public accommodation facility must cease immediately all renting, leasing, or other occupation of guest rooms and must close all facilities such as laundry facilities operated under the Health Permit. Revocations are intended to result in permanent closure of the public accommodation facility. The public accommodation facility may seek relief through the appeal process outlined in these regulations.
1.35“Health Permit suspension” defined. Health Permit suspension occurs when the Health Authority suspends all permission to operate a public accommodation facility based on cause due to the presence of significant health and safety hazards that are facility wide or are of such severity to cause an imminent hazard to the health and safety of guests and employees. Suspensions may lead to eventual Health Permit Revocation. The public accommodation facility may seek relief through the appeal process outlined in these Regulations.
1.36“Hostel” defined. A hostel is a public accommodation facility consisting of a building or group of buildings in which there are five (5) or more guest rooms used, designed, or intended to be used, let, or rented out for the purpose of offering to the general public transitory lodging. Hostels are supervised, and include common restroom, bathroom, and kitchen facilities.
1.37“Hotel” defined. A hotel is any public accommodation facility which is a building or group of buildings in which there are three (3) or more guest rooms used, designed, or intended to be used, let, or rented out for the purpose of offering to the general public lodging, on a day-to-day basis, where the primary entrance is through a lobby or foyer.
1.38“Hot water” defined. Hot water is water that attains and maintains a temperature between 90 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Each use of hot water in a public accommodation facility may require a more specific temperature range, (e.g., water at a hand sink should range from 100 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit).
1.39“Housekeeping cart” defined. A housekeeping cart is any cart used by guest room attendants to facilitate cleaning, linen exchange, and other routine housekeeping activities associated with guest room upkeep.
1.40“Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health (IDLH)” defined. Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health (IDLH) means conditions that pose an immediate threat to life or health or conditions that pose an immediate threat of severe exposure to contaminants which are likely to have adverse cumulative or delayed effects on health.
1.41“Kitchenette” defined. A kitchenette is a room or area within a single guest room of a public accommodation facility that must have the following amenities: a kitchen sink supplied with hot and cold potable water; cooking facilities such as a microwave oven, convection oven, or stove; a washable counter for food preparation; a refrigerator; and a cupboard or other kitchen cabinetry, and a ventilation hood. A kitchenette may also have an automatic dishwasher with a sanitizing cycle. Any other amenities are optional. (NAC 447.170)
1.42“Management Plan” defined. A Management Plan is a document written and used by an SCRV dry camping facility that provides information on how the facility intends to address pertinent issues such as:

  • Source of potable water
  • Location of the sanitary station
  • Disposal of solid waste
  • Facility signage location and language
  • Availability of back up restrooms
  • Parking lot and surrounding grounds maintenance.
1.43“Medical attention” defined. Medical attention is care given to an individual by a medical professional or other legally credentialed allied health practitioner, such as an emergency medical technician or first responder.
1.44“Medical professional” defined. A medical professional is a licensed, certified, or registered provider of health care such as a physician, physician assistant, osteopathic physician, advanced practitioner of nursing, registered nurse, podiatric physician, or a licensed hospital as the employer of any such person.
1.45“Mold” defined. Mold is any of the microscopic organisms of the kingdom Fungi, which possess a filamentous structure or mycelium. Molds are devoid of chlorophyll and generally have cell walls made primarily of chitin.
1.46“Mold remediation” defined. Mold remediation includes, without limitation:
The enclosure, abatement, or removal of mold or material containing mold from a building or structure, including any associated mechanical systems inside or outside the building or structure;

The repair, renovation, or demolition of a building or structure containing mold or material containing mold; or

Any activity connected with the enclosure, removal, abatement, repair, renovation, or demolition of a building or structure containing mold or material containing mold.

1.47“Motel” defined. A motel is a public accommodation facility which consists of a building or group of two (2) or more detached or semi-detached buildings containing one (1) or more guest rooms, each with a separate exterior entrance, used as a room for lodging on a day-to-day basis.
1.48“National Sanitation Foundation International (NSF)” defined. National Sanitation Foundation International (NSF) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that offers programs and services to augment and support the work of regulatory officials. This includes the development of public health standards, certification of products to those standards, and education and training in all areas of environmental health, including air, water, and food safety.
1.49“Nonsewered toilet” defined. A nonsewered toilet is a toilet that is not connected to a sewage disposal system. The term includes, without limitation, a free standing portable toilet and a recreational vehicle and/or trailer equipped with waste holding tanks.
1.50“Nuisance” defined. A nuisance is anything which is injurious to health or offensive to the senses, so as to interfere with the comfort or endanger the health or safety of the public.
1.51“Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)” defined. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is the agency which supervises and regulates all matters relating to the protection of the safety and health of employees in conformity with the provisions of NRS 618. In the State of Nevada, this agency is the Division of Industrial Relations of the Department of Business and Industry.
1.52“Outbreak” defined. An outbreak is the occurrence of cases of a communicable disease in a community, geographic region or particular population at a rate in excess of that which is normally expected in that community, geographic region or particular population (NAC 441A.130).
1.53“Pathogenic” defined. Pathogenic means the ability to produce disease.
1.54“Personal hygiene items” defined. Personal hygiene items are articles such as bars of soap, bath gel, bubble bath, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, mouthwash, toothbrushes, toothpaste, cotton swabs, cotton balls, razors, shaving cream, emery boards, combs, brushes, tweezers, feminine hygiene items, powder, etc., which are used for personal cleanliness and/or grooming.
1.55“Plumbing Code (PC)” defined. Plumbing Code means the current adopted (by the building department of the agency of jurisdiction) edition of the document entitled “Uniform Plumbing Code” published by the International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials, Walnut, California and any local codes added thereto) or the 2000 International Plumbing Code, if adopted by the agency of jurisdiction.
1.56“Potable water” defined. Potable water is water that is safe for human consumption.
1.57“Principal” defined. A principal is an owner, officer, partner, member or technician of a pest control business who has qualified by examination in one or more of the categories of pest control set forth in NAC 555.280.
1.58“Primary principal” defined. A primary principal is a principal who:
Is the only principal for a pest control business; or

Has been designated by a pest control business licensed pursuant to NAC 555.370 as the person responsible for the daily supervision of the category or categories of pest control performed by each business location of the pest control business within this state.

1.59“Public accommodation facility” defined. A public accommodation facility is a hotel/casino, resort, hotel, motel, hostel, bed and breakfast facility, or other facility offering rooms or areas to the public for monetary compensation or other financial consideration on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis.
1.60“Public accommodation facility Closure Order” defined. A public accommodation facility Closure Order is a written notification to cease immediately all business operations of a public accommodation facility.
1.61“Public area” defined. A public area is any area open to public view, whether indoors or outdoors, excluding guest rooms, at a public accommodation facility to which the public has approved access.
1.62“Putrescible” defined. Putrescible means capable of being decomposed by microorganisms with sufficient rapidity as to cause nuisances from odors or gases.
1.63“Recreational park trailer” defined. A recreational park trailer is a vehicle which is primarily designed to provide temporary living quarters for recreational, camping, or seasonal use and which:
Is built on a single chassis mounted on wheels;

Has a gross trailer area not exceeding 400 square feet in the set-up mode; and

Is certified by the manufacturer as complying with Standard No. A119.5 of the American National Standards Institute. (NRS 482.1005)

1.64“Recreational vehicle (RV)” defined. A recreational vehicle is a vehicular-type unit primarily designed as temporary living quarters for travel, recreational or camping use, which may be self-propelled, mounted upon, or drawn by, a motor vehicle, occupied in any one place for 30 days or less. The term includes a recreational park trailer. (NRS 482.101)
1.65“Residual pressure” defined. Residual pressure is the pressure available at the fixture or water outlet after allowance is made for pressure drop due to friction loss, head, meter, and other losses in the system during maximum demand periods.
1.66“Responsible person” defined. A responsible person is the person or persons who own, manage, lease, act as the primary point of contact or otherwise control the construction, remodeling, operation or maintenance of a public accommodation facility.
1.67“Restricted-use pesticide” defined. A restricted-use pesticide is any pesticide, including any highly toxic pesticide, which the Nevada State Department of Agriculture has determined after a hearing, to be injurious to persons, pollinating insects, bees, animals, crops or land, other than pests or vegetation it is intended to prevent, destroy, control or mitigate; or detrimental to vegetation, except weeds; wildlife; or public health and safety; or has been classified for restricted use by or under the supervision of a certified applicator in accordance with Title 7, Agriculture; Chapter 6, Insecticides and Environmental Pesticide Control; Subchapter II, Environmental Pesticide Control; Section 136.
1.68“Restroom” defined. A restroom is a public room that contains one or more toilets and one or more lavatories.
1.69“Room service cart” defined. A room service cart is any cart used by food establishment staff to facilitate the provision of food from a room service kitchen to guests in a guest room.
1.70“Sanitary station” defined. A sanitary station is a facility used for removing and disposing of wastes from RV and self-contained recreational vehicle (SCRV) waste retention tanks.
1.71“Sanitized” defined. Sanitized means the treatment of equipment, utensils, and surfaces that can be accessed by the public with a biocide by a process which has been approved by the Health Authority as being effective in destroying pathogenic microorganisms of public health concern.
1.72“Scale reduction” defined. Scale reduction is any mechanical or chemical method used to remove the formation of hard water mineral deposits which have formed scale on equipment, plumbing, or any other surfaces where its build up has significantly reduced the function or sanitary condition of the object.
1.73“Self-contained recreational vehicle (SCRV)” defined. A self-contained recreational vehicle (SCRV) is a recreational vehicle or trailer of any size designed to serve as self-contained living quarters, including potable water and waste disposal facilities, for recreational or seasonal travel.
1.74“Service animal” defined. A service animal is any guide dog, signal dog, or any other animal specially trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability. This also includes animals such as dogs used to perform work on behalf of a public accommodation facility.
1.75“Service building” defined. A service building is a building provided to house sanitary facilities.
1.76“Sewage” defined. Sewage is the water-carried human or animal waste from residences, buildings, industrial establishments, feedlots or other places, together with such ground water infiltration and surface water as may be present. The term includes the mixture of sewage with wastes or industrial wastes and gray water.
1.77“Showerhead” defined. A showerhead is a perforated nozzle assembly that sprays water on a guest taking a shower.
1.78“Significant water/moisture” defined. Significant water/moisture means:

The presence of uncontrolled visible water or detectable moisture (measured as 95 percent relative humidity or higher) which persists for more than twenty-four (24) hours from an unmitigated source such as a roof leak, pipe leak or similar unexpected source; or

Moisture may be present due to the water contained in warmer air condensing into droplets when it reaches dew point against a cooler surface such as a wall, causing detectable condensation.

Moisture readings in wall and floor components that exceed recommended percentages for specific materials such as construction materials (12-16 percent) and wood (25 percent). While not absolutes, they may indicate a developing problem.

The presence of uncontrolled visible water or detectable moisture (measured as 95 percent relative humidity or higher) which originates from the normal activities associated with a public accommodation facility and continues on an ongoing basis; or

Evidence of uncontrolled visible water or detectable moisture (unmeasured) indicated by the presence of visible mold.

1.79“Site map” defined. A site map is a pictorial description of the general layout, available services, and location and arrangement of the parking spots provided by the SCRV dry camping facility.
1.80“Solid waste” defined. Solid waste is all putrescible and nonputrescible refuse in solid or semisolid form, including, but not limited to, garbage, rubbish, junk vehicles, ashes or incinerator residue, street refuse, dead animals, demolition waste, construction waste, and solid or semisolid commercial and industrial waste. The term does not include hazardous waste managed pursuant to NRS 459.400 to 459.600, inclusive.
1.81“Special Event” defined. A special event is any public gathering which is for a specific purpose, includes the service of food or a temporary food establishment, and is less than 14 days in duration. This does not include any private/”by invitation only” gathering or nonprofit/church gatherings held on nonprofit/church property.
1.82“Sterilization plant” defined. A sterilization plant is a building approved by the Health Authority for the purpose of sterilizing used bedding in compliance with NRS 444.010444.040 and NAC 444.001444.005 inclusive.
1.83“Tableware” defined. Tableware is all nondisposable utensils for eating and drinking, including knives, forks, spoons, glasses and cups.
1.84“Used bedding” defined. Used bedding is any mattress, box spring, cot, futon, bed sheet, mattress pad, blanket, bedspread, comforter, quilt, dust ruffle, pillow, pillow case, cushion, or other materials used in the filling of any of the above or similar articles which has been previously used prior to receipt by the operator of a public accommodations facility.
1.85“Utensils” defined. Utensils are any tableware or kitchenware used in the storing, preparing, conveying or serving of food; specifically including, but not limited to, ice buckets, ice scoops, tongs, and coffee pots and/or carafes.

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Updated on: January 15, 2019

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