Section 2 Substantial Hazards to Public Health and Safety

Substantial Hazards to Public Health and Safety include, but are not limited to:

2.1Substantial damage to the public accommodation facility caused by earthquake, wind, fire, rain, or flood.
2.2Loss of electrical power to such critical systems as lighting, heating, cooling, or ventilation controls for a period of two (2) or more hours.
2.3Reduction of water pressure below 20 pounds per square inch (psi) to any part of a facility, any unplanned water outage, or the water supply is cut off in its entirety for a period of one (1) or more hours.
2.4A water supply that is not approved by the Health Authority.
2.5A defect or condition that exists in the system supplying potable water that may result in the contamination of the water.
2.6A cross-connection between the potable and non-potable water distribution systems, such as landscape irrigation, air conditioning, heating, and/or fire suppression. See Appendix A: “Public Health Significance of Cross-Connections.PDF (1.1 MB/10 pages)
2.7A back siphonage event.
2.8Sewage that is not disposed of in an approved and sanitary manner.
2.9Lack of properly installed toilet and/or hand washing facilities.
2.10An infestation, harborage or propagation of vermin.
2.11The presence of toxic or noxious gases, vapors, fumes, mists or particulates in concentrations immediately dangerous to life or health, or in concentrations sufficient to cause an environmental disease or a public nuisance.
2.12The presence of any unapproved pesticide residues in the interior building areas of a public accommodation facility, in food establishments contained within the public accommodation facility, or in any food present in the facility; or the presence of excessive restricted-use pesticides in any outdoor area of a public accommodation facility; or any evidence of the indiscriminate use of a pesticide or herbicide which may be injurious to the health of humans.
2.13The presence of any disease-causing organism in water exposed to the atmosphere, which has caused an environmental disease in the public accommodation facility. An informational example “Legionella Sampling Plan and Form” is provided in Appendix B. PDF (130 KB/15 pages)
2.14An employee infected with a communicable disease which represents an immediate hazard to staff or guests. A list of communicable diseases considered to be an immediate hazard is located in Appendix C PDF (516 KB/76 pages), along with a combined copy of NRS and NAC 441A, “Communicable Diseases.”
2.15Equipment that by condition, design, construction or use poses an immediate risk of entrapment, fall, puncture, pinch, crush, trip, or other cause of injury.
2.16Environmental surfaces, furnishings, beds, mattresses, pillows, blankets, linen, towels, chairs or other items within a room that are stained with blood or bodily fluids, soiled, or infested with vermin; or are in an otherwise unsanitary condition.
2.17Any unmitigated biohazardous event that simultaneously involves more than one (1) guest room or a public area exceeding 200 square feet.
2.18Missing or inoperable smoke detection equipment in each sleeping or separated living area.
2.19Inability of the heating and cooling equipment to maintain the room temperature between 60°F and 90°F by thermostatic control in all living and sleeping rooms while being used by guests.
2.20The presence of uncontrolled putrescible waste within the public accommodation facility, on the facility grounds, or in waste accumulation and disposal areas in quantity and duration as to create a nuisance.
2.21All illegal clandestine drug laboratories and related activities. Cleanup guidelines are located in Appendix D. PDF (18 KB/2 pages)
2.22All substantial health hazards listed in Section 2 that are not mitigated within the required timeframes listed in these Regulations must be reported to the Health Authority via telephone. Contact information for the Health Authority is provided in Appendix E. PDF (20 KB/1 page)

Contact Information

Phone: (702) 759-1633


Updated on: January 15, 2019

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