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PDFWAC 246-320-026

Department role—Exemptions, interpretations, alternative methods.

This section outlines the department's responsibilities and actions in response to requests for interpretations, exemptions and alternative methods.
(1) The department may exempt a hospital from complying with portions of this chapter when:
(a) The exemption will not change the purpose and intent of chapter 70.41 RCW or this chapter;
(b) Patient safety, health or well being is not threatened;
(c) Fire and life safety regulations, infection control standards or other codes or regulations would not be reduced; and
(d) Any structural integrity of the building would not occur.
(2) The department will write an interpretation of a rule after receiving complete information relevant to the interpretation.
(3) The department may approve a hospital to use alternative materials, designs, and methods if the documentation and supporting information:
(a) Meets the intent and purpose of these rules; and
(b) Is equivalent to the methods prescribed in this chapter.
(4) The department will keep copies of each exemption, alternative, or interpretation issued.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.41 RCW and RCW 43.70.040. WSR 09-07-050, § 246-320-026, filed 3/11/09, effective 4/11/09.]
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