The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, shall
have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates
(1) Chlorine bleach solutions--A chemical used to destroy
bacteria and to disinfect implements and non-porous surfaces; solution
should be mixed fresh at least once per day. As used in this chapter,
chlorine bleach solutions fall into three categories based on concentration
and exposure time:
(A) Low level disinfection (100 - 200 ppm)--Add two
teaspoons household (5.25%) bleach to one gallon water. Soak 10 minutes
(B) High level disinfection (1,000 ppm)--Add one-third
(1/3) cup household (5.25%) bleach to one gallon water. Soak 20 minutes
(C) Blood and body fluid cleanup and disinfection (5,000
ppm)--Add one and three-quarters (1 3/4) cups household (5.25%) bleach
to one gallon water. Also referred to as a 10% bleach solution.
(2) Clean or cleansing--Washing with liquid soap and
water, detergent, antiseptics, or other adequate methods to remove
all visible debris or residue. Cleansing is not disinfection.
(3) Disinfect or disinfection--The use of chemicals
to destroy pathogens on implements and other hard, non-porous surfaces
to render an item safe for handling, use, and disposal.
(4) Disinfectant--In this chapter, one of the following
(A) an EPA-registered bactericidal, fungicidal, and
virucidal disinfectant used in accordance with the manufacturer's
(B) a chlorine bleach solution used in accordance with
(5) EPA-registered bactericidal, fungicidal, and virucidal
disinfectant--When used according to manufacturer's instructions,
a chemical that is a low-level disinfectant used to destroy bacteria
and to disinfect implements and non-porous surfaces.
(6) Multi-use items--Items constructed of hard materials
with smooth surfaces such as metal, glass, or plastic typically for
use on more than one client. The term includes but is not limited
to such items as clippers, scissors, combs, nippers, tweezers, and
some nails files.
(7) Single-use items--Porous items made or constructed
of cloth, wood, or other absorbent materials having rough surfaces
usually intended for single use including but not limited to such
items as tissues, orangewood sticks, cotton balls, thread, surgical
tape, extension pads, some buffer blocks, and gauze.
(8) Sterilize or sterilization--To eliminate all forms
of bacteria or other microorganisms by use of an autoclave or dry
(9) Sanitize or sanitization--To reduce the number
of microorganisms to a safe level by use of an ultraviolet sanitizer.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §83.100 adopted to be effective March 1, 2006, 31 TexReg 1280; amended to be effective August 1, 2006, 31 TexReg 5952; amended to be effective January 1, 2008, 32 TexReg 9970; amended to be effective February 17, 2012, 37 TexReg 681; amended to be effective July 1, 2014, 39 TexReg 4650