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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 6. Criminal Justice and Corrections
Agency 15. Department of Corrections
Chapter 20. Regulations Governing Certification and Inspection
2/28/2020

6VAC15-20-210. on-Site Health Inspection Procedures.

A. Virginia Department of Health staff shall announce the intent of the visit and produce official identification if required upon arrival at the facility.

B. The facility shall grant access to all documents, staff and areas of the local correctional facility necessary to complete the inspection.

C. Virginia Department of Health staff shall evaluate jail kitchen facilities in accordance with the Food Regulations, 12VAC5-421. A food establishment permit shall be issued to facilities that comply with the Food Regulations. No permit shall be issued to facilities that are not in substantial compliance with the regulations.

D. Virginia Department of Health staff shall also inspect all areas of the facility necessary to determine compliance with standards for facility cleanliness and housing areas of local correctional facilities designated in the interagency letter of agreement between the Board of Corrections and the Virginia Department of Health.

E. Compliance data shall be gathered through documentation, interview and observation. Situations that prevent access to documentation, observation or interview to determine compliance shall result in a finding of noncompliance for the applicable standard.

F. If possible, food service and standards compliance inspections should occur on the same visit to the facility. In those cases where follow-up visits are necessary, those visits may be coordinated with appropriate facility staff.

G. At the conclusion of the inspection, the facility administrator or designee or both shall be briefed on the inspection findings.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-5 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 13, Issue 17, eff. July 1, 1997; amended, Virginia Register Volume 23, Issue 22, eff. August 9, 2007.

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