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7 Pa. Code § 82.5. Camp housing.

§ 82.5. Camp housing.

 (a)  Housing for seasonal farm laborers and their families shall be confined to one of the following:

   (1)  Buildings used exclusively for the purpose of human habitation.

   (2)  Fully-partitioned rooms in buildings used for purposes other than human habitation, provided that persons may not be housed in buildings used for the shelter of livestock.

   (3)  Approved mobile homes.

   (4)  Separate dormitory or sleeping room shared by unrelated seasonal farm workers shall be provided for each sex.

 (b)  Every housing foundation, exterior and interior wall, floor, ceiling, roof, gutter, leader and downspout, stairway, door and appurtenances thereto shall be kept in sound condition and in good repair.

 (c)  Foundations, if used as a common wall for habitable rooms, shall be waterproofed exteriorly and interiorly and be more than 50% above ground level.

 (d)  Exterior walls of wood shall be painted or otherwise protected from weathering. Exterior walls of masonry or other weather resistant material need not be painted provided a waterproof paint, sealant or moisture barrier is used on the interior wall.

 (e)  The floors of habitable rooms, hallways, corridors, toilet rooms, laundries, pantries and storage areas shall be constructed of materials that are smooth, tight and easily cleanable. Floors shall be maintained in a sound and sanitary manner. Additionally, the following requirements shall be met:

   (1)  First story wooden floors shall be elevated 18 inches above ground level at all points.

   (2)  Shower and laundry floors shall be impervious to water; junctions of the floor to the wall shall be coved; and floor drains shall be provided.

   (3)  At least 1/2 of the floor area must have a minimum ceiling height of 7 feet to be considered usable space in determining habitable room size. Floor space may not be counted toward minimum requirements when the ceiling height is less than 5 feet.

 (f)  Every habitable room shall be provided with windows that are weathertight, operable and in good repair and comply with the following provisions:

   (1)  The window size shall equal 10% of the floor area.

   (2)  Forty-five percent of the window area shall be openable except where there is supplied an operable device to provide ventilation.

   (3)  Properly fitted screens of at least 16 mesh shall be provided for every openable window during the insect season.

 (g)  Exterior doors shall be weathertight and in sound operating condition. If the doorway is used for ventilation, a properly fitting screen door with a self-closing device shall be provided.

 (h)  Space heating equipment capable of safely and adequately heating all habitable rooms, bathrooms, showers, and laundry rooms to 68°F shall be provided if the camp is occupied prior to May 15 or after September 15.

 (i)  Heating equipment for water shall be supplied and be maintained in proper operating condition. Hot water shall be supplied to kitchens, lavatories, showers, tubs and laundry fixtures. Unvented or unventable heaters employing a flame are prohibited.


   The provisions of this §  82.5 issued under sections 301 and 603 of the Seasonal Farm Labor Act (43 P. S. § §  1301.301 and 1301.603).


   The provisions of this §  82.5 adopted September 28, 1973, effective September 29, 1973, 3 Pa.B. 2178; amended March 28, 1975, effective April 14, 1975, 5 Pa.B. 626; amended January 2, 1981, effective January 3, 1981, 11 Pa.B. 11. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (19726) to (19728).

Cross References

   This section cited in 7 Pa. Code §  82.5a (relating to occupancy).

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