2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 26 - HEALTH AND VITAL STATISTICS
Section 26:2H-14.3 - Rules, regulations for adequate ventilation; air conditioning required within two years; exceptions
26:2H-14.3. Rules, regulations for adequate ventilation; air conditioning required within two years; exceptions
The Commissioner of Health shall, pursuant to the provisions of the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.) adopt rules and regulations necessary to effectuate the purposes of this act. The regulations shall require that:
a. Each health care facility included within the provisions of this act and which is not equipped with air conditioning on the effective date of P.L.1989, c.173 (C.26:2H-14.4 et al.), shall provide for and operate adequate ventilation in all areas used by patients or residents, including, but not limited to, the use of ceiling fans, wall fans or portable fans, where appropriate, so that the temperature in these areas does not exceed 82 degrees Fahrenheit, but the health care facility shall not directly assess patients or residents for the purchase or installation of the fans or other ventilating equipment.
The regulations shall also provide that within two years after the effective date of P.L.1989, c.173 (C.26:2H-14.4 et al.), every nursing home included within the provisions of this act, and every residential health care facility as specified in this paragraph, shall be equipped with air conditioning, except that the commissioner may grant a nursing home or residential health care facility a waiver from the air conditioning requirement to give the nursing home or residential health care facility one additional year to comply with the air conditioning requirement, for which waiver the nursing home or residential health care facility shall apply on a form and in a manner prescribed by the commissioner, if the nursing home or residential health care facility can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the commissioner that the failure to grant such a waiver would pose a serious financial hardship to the nursing home or residential health care facility. The air conditioning shall be operated so that the temperature in all areas used by patients or residents does not exceed 82 degrees Fahrenheit. The air conditioning requirement established in this subsection shall apply to a residential health care facility only: (1) upon enactment into law of legislation that increases the rate of reimbursement provided by the State under the Supplemental SecurityIncome program, P.L.1973, c.256 (C.44:7-85 et seq.), which rate is certified by the Commissioner of Health to be sufficient to enable the facility to meet the costs of complying with the requirement; and (2) if the facility qualifies for funds for energy efficiency rehabilitation through the "Petroleum Overcharge Reimbursement Fund," established pursuant to P.L.1987, c.231, which funds can be applied towards equipping the facility with air conditioning. A nursing home or residential health care facility shall not directly assess patients or residents for the purchase or installation of the air conditioning equipment; and
b. Patients or residents are identified by predisposition, due to illness, medication or otherwise, to heat-related illness and that during a heat emergency, their body temperature, dehydration status and other symptoms of heat-related illness are monitored frequently and regularly, any anomalies are promptly reported to the attending physician, and any necessary therapeutic or palliative measures are instituted, including the provision of liquids, where required.
L.1984,c.114,s.3; amended 1989,c.173,s.1.
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