The Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities approved several new Interpretative Guidelines at its January meeting, one of which governs Cooking Appliances in Assisted Living.
Link to the state website. http://tennessee.gov/assets/entities/health/attachments/Interpretive_Guidelines.pdf
The new guideline on cooking appliances is to assist communities in understanding how to comply with the Life Safety provisions of the rules, specifically 1200-08-25-.10(2)(h) which provides that cooking appliances other than microwaves are prohibited in resident “sleeping units.” Recently a community was cited for having a sandwich maker present during an inspection which was considered by the surveyor to be a cooking appliance. The new guideline requires that each facility have a policy on cooking appliances and that any cooking appliance allowed much meet “applicable codes and standards” as well as facility safety standards. In addition, any cooking appliance present in a community must have an automatic shut off.