(a)  Drinking fountains shall be of sanitary angle‑jet design, kept clean, and properly regulated.  All multi‑use utensils used for service of water in patients' rooms, including glasses, pitchers, and drinking tubes, shall be cleaned and sanitized before being used by any other individuals.  Disposable water pitchers shall be marked with the patient's name, used only by that patient and shall be disposed of and replaced when visibly soiled.

(b)  Ice shall be handled, transported, stored, and dispensed in such a manner as to be protected against contamination.  Ice machines, buckets, other containers, and scoops shall be cleaned on a regular schedule such that they are kept free of scum, rust, mold or other contamination.   Ice machines, buckets, other containers and scoops shall be maintained in good repair and shall be protected from the elements, splash, drip, dust, vermin, other contamination, and from use by unauthorized personnel.  Ice machines and storage chests which are accessible to patients or the public shall provide ice through automatic ice dispensing equipment which prevents the contamination of stored ice.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 130A‑235;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. December 5, 1977;

Amended Eff. March 1, 2003 (see S.L. 2002-160); September 1, 1990.