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RULE §553.101Definitions

The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise. The definitions in §553.3 of this chapter (relating to Definitions) also apply to this subchapter.

  (1) Approved--Acceptable to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

  (2) Authority having jurisdiction (AHJ)--An organization, office, or individual responsible for enforcing the requirements of a code or standard, or for approving equipment, materials, an installation, or a procedure.

  (3) Auxiliary serving kitchen--An area that is not contiguous to a food preparation or serving area and that is for serving food but is not used for cooking or meal preparation.

  (4) Bedroom usable floor space--The floor area of a resident bedroom that may be considered toward meeting minimum requirements for a resident bedroom floor area.

  (5) Building rehabilitation--Any construction activity involving repair, modernization, reconfiguration, renovation, changes in occupancy or use, or installation of new fixed equipment, including:

    (A) the replacement of finishes, such as new flooring or wall finishes or the painting of walls and ceilings;

    (B) the construction, removal, or relocation of walls, partitions, floors, ceilings, doors, or windows;

    (C) the replacement of doors, windows, or roofing;

    (D) changes to the appearance of the exterior of a building, including new finish materials;

    (E) the installation, repair, replacement, or extension of fire protection systems, including fire sprinkler systems, fire alarm system, and fire suppression systems, at cooking operations;

    (F) the replacement of door hardware, plumbing fixtures, handrails in corridors, or grab rails in bathrooms and restrooms;

    (G) the repair, replacement, or extension of required communication systems;

    (H) the repair or replacement of emergency electrical system equipment and components, including generator sets, transfer switches, distribution panel boards, receptacles, switches, and light fixtures;

    (I) the change of a wing or area to a Certified Alzheimer's Disease Assisted Living Facility or unit;

    (J) the change of a Certified Alzheimer's Disease Assisted Living Facility or unit to ordinary resident-use;

    (K) a change in the use of space, including the change of resident bedrooms to other uses, such as offices, storage, or living or dining spaces; and

    (L) changes in locking arrangements, such as the installation of access control systems or the installation or removal of electronic locking devices, including electromagnetic locks, and other delayed-egress locking devices.

  (6) Co-mingles--The laundering of apparel or linens of two or more individuals together.

  (7) Conversion--Change of occupancy from an existing residential or health care occupancy to a residential board and care occupancy, including an assisted living facility located in a building that had been used as a residence or a health care facility such as a hospital or a nursing home.

  (8) Direct telephone--A telephone that automatically dials and connects to a fixed location when the caller takes the handset off-hook without requiring the caller to input a receiving telephone number. A direct telephone must ring at a location staffed 24-hours a day and may not be answered by an answering machine or voicemail system. A direct telephone may also function as a regular telephone when a receiving telephone number is entered.

  (9) Factory Mutual (FM)--An organization that certifies products and services for compliance with loss prevention standards. Also known as FM Approvals.

  (10) Finished ground level--The level of the finished ground (earth or other surface on ground).

  (11) Fuel-fired heating device--Any equipment, device, or apparatus, or any part thereof, which is installed for the purpose of combustion of fuel, including natural gas, liquid petroleum gas (propane), or solid fuel, to produce heat or energy used as a component of a heating system providing heat for any interior space or water source. Freestanding solid fuel- or pellet-fuel burning appliances such as freestanding wood-burning or pellet-burning stoves do not meet this definition.

  (12) Independent cooking equipment--An electric or gas stove or range with one or more burners, with or without an oven.

  (13) Living unit--A portion of a facility arranged as a separate unit providing one or more bedrooms, toilet and bathing facilities, and living or dining spaces, with or without facilities for cooking, exclusively for the use of the residents residing in the bedrooms.

  (14) Neighborhood or household--A portion of a large facility arranged as a unit providing bedrooms, toilet and bathing facilities, resident living areas, and kitchen facilities serving up to 16 residents.

  (15) NFPA--National Fire Protection Association.

  (16) NFPA 10--Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers, 2010 edition.

  (17) NFPA 13--Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, 2010 edition.

  (18) NFPA 13D--Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One-and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, 2010 edition.

  (19) NFPA 13R--Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Residential Occupancies Up to and Including Four Stories in Height, 2010 edition.

  (20) NFPA 25--Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, 2011 edition.

  (21) NFPA 54--National Fuel Gas Code, 2012 edition.

  (22) NFPA 70--National Electrical Code, 2011 edition.

  (23) NFPA 72--National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, 2010 edition.

  (24) NFPA 96--Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations, 2011 edition.

  (25) NFPA 110--Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems, 2010 edition.

  (26) NFPA 211--Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel-Burning Appliances, 2010 edition.

  (27) NFPA 720--Standard for Installation of Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detection and Warning Equipment, 2012 edition.

  (28) Special Waste from Health Care-Related Facilities--Special waste from health care-related facilities as defined in Texas Administrative Code, Title 25, Part 1, Chapter 1, Subchapter K (relating to Definition, Treatment, and Disposition of Special Waste from Health Care-Related Facilities).

  (29) TCEQ--Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Source Note: The provisions of this §553.101 adopted to be effective August 31, 2021, 46 TexReg 5189

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