Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code
5/28/2024

Article 2. Safety

6VAC15-45-630. State inspections.

The facility shall be inspected at least annually by the Office of the State Fire Marshal. Action plans shall be written and submitted to the Department of Corrections.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 8.5; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-640. Monthly and weekly inspections.

Written policy, procedure, and practice shall provide for a comprehensive and thorough monthly inspection of the facility by the individual responsible for facility safety for compliance with safety and fire prevention standards. There shall be a weekly fire and safety inspection of the facility. This policy and procedure shall be reviewed every 12 months and updated as needed. The contractor shall ensure that corrective actions shall be taken.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 8.6; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-650. Fire alarm.

The facility shall have a manual fire alarm or an automatic smoke detection system or an automatic fire suppression system in all industrial, sleeping and living areas, and action plans shall be written and submitted for all areas of deficiencies. Other areas of the facility shall also have fire detection and suppression equipment as required by the State Fire Marshal.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 8.7; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-660. Fire protection equipment type and testing.

Written policy, procedure, and practice shall specify the facility's fire protection equipment type, use and testing to include:

1. Availability of equipment at appropriate locations throughout the facility.

2. Training on the use of the equipment.

3. Inspection of extinguishers annually.

4. Inspection of range hoods semiannually and cleaned as necessary.

5. Inspection of detection and suppression systems quarterly.

6. Quarterly testing of fire alarms for function. Inspections shall be performed by trained and qualified personnel.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 8.8; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-670. Safe furnishings.

Furnishings in inmate living areas, including cleanable, nontoxic and flame-retardant mattresses and pillows, shall be selected based on known fire safety performance characteristics. Furnishings which no longer meet fire safety performance specifications shall be repaired or removed from service.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 8.9; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-680. Risk management.

Written policy, procedure, and practice shall provide for a safety awareness program and self inspection which is to be coordinated, designed, implemented and documented by the individual responsible for facility safety.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 8.10; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

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