Colorado Board of Health Adopts Final Rule Regarding Antifreeze Use in Sprinkler Systems

Colorado Board of Health Adopts Final Rule Regarding Antifreeze Use in Sprinkler Systems

The Colorado Board of Health (the “Board”) adopted a final rule regarding the use of antifreeze in sprinkler systems in acute care facilities, including ASCs, amending the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (“CDPHE”) regulations that set forth the Standards for Hospitals and Health Facilities (6 C.C.R. 1011-1, Chapter II, Part I). The Board made permanent some, but not all, provisions of its proposed rule. Specifically, the final rule prohibits the use of antifreeze within the portions of a sprinkler system that cover the “patient sleeping room, patient use area, and egress corridor” of: (1) new ASCs that apply for initial licensure on or after January 1, 2011; and (2) existing ASCs’ additions of previously unlicensed space for which the application for plan review is received by the CDPHE on or after January 1, 2011. The final rule does not include the proposed rule provision that would have applied to all existing ASCs, and permitted antifreeze solution to be used in portions of the sprinkler system covering patient sleeping rooms, patient use areas, and egress corridors only if the antifreeze was a factory premixed solution with specified concentrations of chemicals.

Click here to read the proposed permanent rules as amended by the BOH on 11/17/2010.

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