Trash Collection Room

Q: What if anything can be stored in a room called trash chute collection room? We have housekeeping wanting to store boxes of new waste receptacles in there. I think they shouldn’t, but I don’t know where in the Life Safety Code it discusses this arrangement.

A: The answer is found in section 19.5.4.4 in the 2012 LSC, which states the room where the trash chute discharges into cannot be used for any other purpose. That tells me that you are not permitted to store anything in these rooms. The discharge room is required to be treated as a hazardous room so it would be required to be sprinklered and 1-hour rated if new construction or renovation.

Even though the room looks attractive for use as a storage room, do not allow the room to be used for anything other than trash collection from the chute discharge. However, that would allow you to have PPE items placed in the room, such as a box of latex gloves or an apron if the workers removing the trash from the room wanted to wear latex gloves or an apron. Those items would be considered “for the purpose” of the room.

Brad Keyes
Brad Keyes, CHSP

Brad is a former advisor to Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) and former Joint Commission LS surveyor. He guides clients through  organizational assessment; management training; ongoing coaching of task groups; and extensive one-on-one coaching of facility leaders. He analyzes and develops leadership effectiveness and efficiency in work processes, focusing on assessing an organization’s preparedness for a survey, evaluating processes in achieving preparedness, and guiding organizations toward compliance. 

As a presenter at national seminars, regional conferences, and audio conferences, Brad teaches the Keyes Life Safety Boot Camp series to various groups and organizations. He is the author or co-author of many HCPro books, including the best-selling  Analyzing the Hospital Life Safety Survey, now in its 3rd edition. Brad has also authored a variety of articles in numerous publications addressing features of life safety and fire protection, as well as white papers and articles on the Building Maintenance Program. Currently serving as the contributing editor of the monthly HCPro newsletter Healthcare Life Safety Compliance  gives Brad further insight into the industry’s trends and best practices.