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Subject 125-2-3 SANITATION

Rule 125-2-3-.01 Responsibility

The Warden/Superintendent, with the assistance and guidance of the institutional physician and other necessary aides, shall be responsible for the direction, coordination, and supervision of all activities associated with the maintenance of high standards of sanitation at his (her) institution. Frequent inspections and prompt corrective actions to reduce or eliminate deficiencies noted are required. Each institution is required to comply with all state and local sanitary codes and regulations as published by the Department of Public Health or the applicable County Board of Health, as appropriate.

Rule 125-2-3-.02 Water Supply

Institutions shall meet or exceed the water purity requirements dictated by law and regulation. An adequate water supply which will fulfill current and near-term forecast requirements (including consumption, laundry as applicable, bathing, firefighting, etc.) is required.

Rule 125-2-3-.03 Sewage and Sewage Treatment

Facilities for the collection and disposal of sewage wastes at each institution are required to meet all applicable state and local codes and regulations. Adequate facilities to accommodate the inmate population in accordance with standards established by the Department of Health or County Board of Health shall be required.

Rule 125-2-3-.04 Personal Hygiene

(1) Inmates shall be furnished the basic necessities to maintain a high standard of personal cleanliness. Necessities shall include, but not be limited to, soap, razor blades or other shaving devices, toothbrushes, toothpaste or powder, etc. Female inmates shall be provided additional hygiene items as required.
(2) Inmates who are assigned to daily work details are required to bathe daily.
(3) Inmates assigned to Food Service duties shall be required to bathe prior to reporting to their shift for such detail.
(4) Freshly laundered work uniforms shall be issued as necessary to maintain a high degree of personal cleanliness and a neat appearance. As a minimum, clean uniforms shall be issued once a week.
(5) Bedding shall be maintained in a sanitary condition by laundering linens/bedding and spraying mattresses/pillows with a disinfectant (Lysol or equivalent). Sheets and pillow cases shall be changed at least once a week. Pillows and mattresses shall be inspected and aired monthly if indicated for the specific composition, and soiled or damaged items shall be cleaned, disinfected and/or replaced as required. Blankets and mattress covers shall be laundered as necessary.
(6) Barber shops shall be maintained in accordance with standards established by the Department of Public Health or County Board of Health, as applicable. Each inmate shall have a conventional haircut. Hair shall not be longer than three (3) inches; shall not extend beyond a point which would reach the collar on an ordinary shirt; and shall not cover any part of the ears or eyebrows. Inmates may wear sideburns no longer than a point even with the bottom of the ear canal. Mustaches are permitted, but shall not extend beyond the edge of the mouth and must be kept neat and trimmed at all times. Goatees, beards, and similar facial adornments are prohibited, unless medically indicated.
(7) A foot locker and/or wall locker or other appropriate storage space shall be provided to each inmate. Each inmate shall be required to maintain his (her) personal effects and his (her) assigned area in a neat, orderly and sanitary condition at all times.

Rule 125-2-3-.05 Laundries

Each institution shall either maintain an operationally adequate institutional laundry facility, participate in such an operation jointly with another institution or provide commercial laundry service in order to assure an ample supply of laundered items for institutional needs. Particular attention shall be paid to assuring the provision of clean and sanitary items related to Food Service personnel and activities.

Rule 125-2-3-.06 Garbage

Refuse shall be stored, handled and disposed of in such a manner as to be secure from animals, inaccessible to rats, cockroaches and flies, and so that liquids cannot leak from the covered containers. Garbage shall be disposed of daily in a timely and sanitary manner consistent with requirements established by the Department of Public Health or the County Board of Health, as applicable. Garbage containers shall be thoroughly cleaned after each disposal of such wastes.

Rule 125-2-3-.07 Insect and Rodent Control

Each institution shall establish and maintain a concerted effort to reduce and control insect and rodent infestation. Frequent inspection, particularly of Food Service areas, shall be required. Regular treatment of affected areas, using professional advice and/or assistance if required shall be undertaken.