A facility providing resident-use areas, such as bedrooms,
dining rooms, or recreation areas, or resident services, such as diagnostic
services or therapy services, located on other than the main entrance
floor must provide at least one elevator that complies with the requirements
of ASME A17.1.
(1) Number of elevators.
(A) When one to 60 resident beds are located on any
floor other than the main entrance floor, a facility must provide
at least one hospital-type elevator.
(B) When 61 to 200 resident beds are located on any
floor other than the main entrance floor or when major inpatient services
are located on a floor other than those containing resident beds,
a facility must provide at least two elevators, one of which must
(C) When 201 to 350 resident beds are located on any
floor other than the main entrance floor, or when major inpatient
services are located on a floor other than those containing resident
beds, a facility must provide at least three elevators, one of which
must be hospital-type.
(D) A facility with a capacity of more than 350 resident
beds must determine the number of elevators required from a study
of the facility plan and the estimated vertical transportation requirements.
(E) Elevator service may be reduced, with the approval
of HHSC, for those floors that provide only partial inpatient services.
(2) Cars and platforms. Cars of hospital-type elevators
must have inside dimensions that will accommodate a resident bed and
attendants and must be at least five feet wide by seven feet six inches
deep. The car door must have a clear opening of not less than three
feet eight inches.
(3) Leveling. Elevators must be equipped with an automatic
leveling device of the two-way automatic maintaining type with an
accuracy of 1/2 inch.
(4) Operation. Elevators, except freight elevators,
must be equipped with a two-way special service switch to permit cars
to bypass all landing button calls and be dispatched directly to any
(5) Accessibility provisions. Elevator controls, alarm
buttons, and telephones must be accessible to and usable by individuals
with disabilities as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
(6) Protection from fire. Elevator call buttons, controls,
and door safety stops must be of a type that will not be activated
by heat or smoke. Door openings must meet the requirements of the
NFPA 101 for protection of vertical openings.
(7) Field inspection and tests. Inspections and tests
must be made and the facility must be furnished written certification
that the installation meets the requirements set forth in this section
and all applicable safety regulations and codes.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §554.363 adopted to be effective March 22, 2018, 43 TexReg 1646; transferred effective January 15, 2021, as published in the Texas Register December 11, 2020, 45 TexReg 8871