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§ 52b.12 - What are the minimum requirements of construction and equipment?

(a) General. In addition to being subject to other laws, regulations, executive orders, and policies referred to in § 52b.14, the standards set forth in this section have been determined by the Director to constitute minimum requirements of construction and equipment, including the expansion, remodeling, renovation, or alteration of existing buildings, and these standards, as may be amended, or any revisions or successors of these standards, shall apply to all projects for which federal assistance is requested under this part. The publications referenced in this section are hereby incorporated by reference and made a part of the regulations in this part.

(b) Incorporation by reference. The Director of the Federal Register approves the incorporations by reference in paragraph (c) of this section in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a)(1) and 1 CFR part 51. Copies may also be obtained from the organizations at the addresses listed in paragraph (c) of this section. Copies may be inspected at the National Cancer Institute, Executive Plaza North, Room 539, 6130 Executive Boulevard, Rockville, MD 20852 (telephone 301-496-8534; not a toll-free number); the National Center for Research Services, Building 31, Room 3B11, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892 (telephone 301-496-5793); not a toll-free number); and at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to: The Director may for good cause shown, approve plans and specifications which contain deviations from the requirements prescribed in paragraph (c) of this section, if the Director is satisfied that the purposes of the requirements have been fulfilled. In addition to these requirements, each project shall meet the requirements of the applicable state and local codes and ordinances relating to construction.

(c) Design and construction standards. The facility shall comply with the following mandatory design and construction standards:

(1) “Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospital and Health Care Facilities” (1996-97). American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health (AIA); available from AIA Rizzoli Catalogue Sales, 117 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94108 (telephone 1-800-522-6657, fax 415-984-0024).

(2) 1995 ASHRAE Handbook: Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning Applications (1995), Chapter 13, “Laboratory Systems.” American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, Inc., 1791 Tullie Circle, NE, Atlanta, GA 30329 (telephone 404-636-8400).

(3) ICBO “Uniform Building Code,” Volumes 1-3 (1997). International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO), 5360 South Workman Mill Road, Whittier, CA 90601-2298 (telephone 562-699-0541 or 800-284-4406).

(4) BOCA National Building Code (1996) 1998 Supplement, Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc. (BOCA), 4051 West Fossmoor Road, Country Club Hills, IL 60478-5795 (telephone 708-799-4981; fax 708-799-4981).

(5) “Recommended Lateral Force Requirements and Commentary” (1996). Structural Engineers Association of California; available from International Conference of Building Officials, 5360 South Workman Mill Road, Whittier, CA 90601-2298 (telephone 562-699-0541).

(6) “Prudent Practices in the Laboratory: Handling and Disposal of Chemicals” (1995). National Research Council; available from National Academy Press, 8700 Spectrum Drive, Landover, MD 20785 (telephone 1-800-624-6242).

(7) The following material is available for purchase from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 11 Tracy Drive, Avon, MA 02322-9908 (telephone 617-770-3000 or 1-800-735-0100):

(i) NFPA 45, “Standard on Protection for Laboratories Using Chemicals” (1996).

(ii) NFPA 70, “National Electric Code” (1996).

(iii) NFPA 99, Chapter 4, “Gas and Vacuum Systems” (1996).

(iv) NFPA 101, “Life Safety Code” (1997).

(v) NFPA “Health Care Facilities Handbook” (1996).

(8) NSF Standard No. 49 for Class II (Laminar Flow) Biohazard Cabinetry (1992). National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), 3475 Plymouth Road, Box 1468, Ann Arbor, MI 48106 (telephone 734-769-9010).

(9) ACGIH “Industrial Ventilation: A Manual of Recommended Practice” (1998). American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), 1330 Kemper Meadow Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45240-1634 (telephone 513-742-2020).

(10) AIHA “Laboratory Ventilation Workbook” (1994). American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), 2700 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 250, Fairfax, VA 22031 (telephone 703-849-8888).

(11) The following material is available for purchase from the Southern Building Code Congress (SBCC), 900 Montclair Road, Birmingham, AL 35213-1206 (telephone 205-591-1853; fax 202-591-0075:

(i) SBCC “International Standard Plumbing Code” (1997).

(ii) SBCC “Standard Building Code” (1997).

[64 FR 63722, Nov. 22, 1999, as amended at 69 FR 18803, Apr. 9, 2004]