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49 Pa. Code § 13.174. Facilities and equipment required.

§ 13.174. Facilities and equipment required.

 The preparation room shall be constructed solely for the purpose of scientifically preparing human remains and shall contain the following facilities and equipment for the purpose of preventing disease and properly disposing of waste material arising out of the embalming process:

   (1)  A sink with running water and sewerage connections and possessing a 2-inch capacity drain pipe.

   (2)  A metal or porcelain covered operating or embalming table.

   (3)  A metal cabinet or metal or glass shelves or a material impervious to water and stain.

   (4)  A waste container with cover.

   (5)  A first aid kit placed in a conspicuous place.

   (6)  Surgical instruments and apparatus for the preparation of embalming of a body. Aspirator shall be a nonbackflow type or have a nonbackflow valve in the line.

   (7)  Walls which are airtight and covered in their entirety by tile, plaster, composition board or similar material. With the exception of tile, all of those materials shall be finished with enamel or some other smooth, hard, waterproof material.

   (8)  Airtight ceiling.

   (9)  A floor which shall be entirely of concrete with glazed surface or tile or wood flooring covered with linoleum or material of similar composition so as to be impervious to water.

   (10)  Outside ventilation which may be provided by screened windows or transoms or, in lieu thereof, by an 8-inch pipe leading to the exterior of the building and otherwise constructed so as to conform to the highest health standards.

   (11)  Solid doors which are painted or enameled and windows which are screened.

   (12)  Sterilizer, chemical or otherwise.

   (13)  Flushing facilities to flush injurious corrosive materials from the eyes or body.

     (i)   The facilities, which shall be accessible, operable, and near the work area, are to be either:

       (A)   An eye bubbler or eye shower, or both, available from safety equipment suppliers.

       (B)   A 4-foot length of 3/4-inch hose attached to simple quick opening valve.

     (ii)   Clean cold water shall be available for either of the facilities listed in subparagraph (i) and may not exceed 25 pounds pressure.

     (iii)   Portable eye washers are permitted if of a type approved by OSHA.

   (14)  Protective wearing apparel as follows:

     (i)   Rubber gloves or other type impervious to the chemicals being handled.

     (ii)   Goggles.

     (iii)   Suitable clothing or apron, rubber or other material impervious to the chemicals being handled.


   The provisions of this §  13.174 adopted October 19, 1973, effective October 20, 1973, 3 Pa.B. 2392; amended November 11, 1977, effective November 12, 1977, 7 Pa.B. 3306. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (12930).

Cross References

   This section cited in 49 Pa. Code §  13.171 (relating to general requirement); and 49 Pa. Code §  43b.6 (relating to schedule of civil penalties—funeral directors and funeral establishments).

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