15A NCAC 18A .3636      food service area floors

(a)  In Resident Camps, the floors of all rooms in which food is stored, prepared, handled or served, or in which utensils are washed, shall be of such construction to be easily cleaned, and shall be kept clean and in good repair.  Food waste on the floor as a result of that day's preparation process is not a violation of this Rule as long as the food waste is removed at regular intervals and prior to closing.

(b)  Floors in areas where food is to be prepared or stored may be of sealed concrete, terrazzo, quarry or vinyl tile, wood covered with composition flooring or equal, except that:

(1)           carpet may be used in wait stations and self-service bars;

(2)           there will be no flooring requirements for portable cooking units which may be used in a dining room for occasional service at individual tables; and

(3)           nothing in this Section shall prohibit the use of approved anti-skid floor applications where needed for safety reasons.

(c)  The joints between walls and floors shall be rounded or be otherwise constructed to provide a tight seal between the floor and wall.

(d)  Floors, which are subjected to flood type cleaning, shall be provided with floor drains and shall slope to drain.

(e)  Clean carpet, in good repair, may be used in dining areas.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 130A-235; 130A-248;

Eff. October 1, 2007.