New Hampshire Code of Administrative Rules
He - Department of Health and Human Services
Subtitle He-P - Former Division of Public Health Services
Chapter He-P 800 - RESIDENTIAL CARE AND HEALTH FACILITY RULES
Part He-P 809 - HOME HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS
Section He-P 809.20 - Physical Environment and Emergency Preparedness

Universal Citation: NH Admin Rules He-P 809.20

Current through Register No. 12, March 21, 2024

(a) The licensee shall comply with all federal, state, and local laws, rules, codes, and ordinances for:

(1) Building;

(2) Health, including waste disposal and water;

(3) Fire; and

(4) Zoning.

(b) The HHCP shall keep all entrances and exits to the licensed premises accessible at all times during hours of operation.

(c) The HHCP shall be clean, maintained in a safe manner and in good repair, and kept free of hazards.

(d) Each licensee shall develop a written emergency plan that covers any situation that prevents the HHCP from providing patient services and which:

(1) Includes site-specific plans for the protection of all persons on-site in their licensed premises in the event of fire, natural disaster, severe weather, and human-caused emergency to include, but not be limited to, a bomb threat;

(2) Is approved by the local emergency management director or fire department, as appropriate;

(3) Is available to all personnel;

(4) Is based on realistic conceptual events;

(5) Is modeled on the incident command system (ICS) in coordination with local emergency response agencies;

(6) Provides that all personnel designated or involved in the emergency preparedness plan of the facility shall be supplied with a means of identification, such as vests, baseball caps, or hard hats, which shall be worn at all times in a visible location during the emergency;

(7) Includes the HHCP's response to both short-term and long-term interruptions in the availability of utility service in the disaster or emergency, including establishing contingency plans for continuity of essential building systems or evacuation to include the following, as applicable:
a. Electricity;

b. Water;

c. Ventilation;

d. Fire protection systems;

e. Fuel sources; and

f. Communications systems;

(8) Includes a plan for alerting and managing personnel in a disaster, and accessing critical incident stress management (CISM), if necessary;

(9) Includes a policy detailing the responsibilities of personnel for responding to an emergency while on duty in the home of a patient;

(10) Includes an educational, competency-based program for personnel, to provide an overview of the components of the emergency management program and concepts of the ICS and the personnel's specific duties and responsibilities; and

(11) If the HHCP is located within 10 miles of a nuclear power plant and is part of the New Hampshire Radiological Emergency Response Plan (RERP), includes the required elements of the RERP.

(e) Each licensee shall annually review and revise, as needed, its emergency plan.

#9466, eff 5-2-09

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