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Codes Committee

The Division of Engineering Service Codes Committee is designated as the IHS Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) for all code interpretations required to resolve conflicts that arise from interpreting and applying various codes, guidelines, and other criteria in IHS facilities and projects.

The Committee is currently comprised of DES staff plus one non-voting Area Office staff member. The Committee consists of six members appointed by the DES Director. All members are registered professional architects and/or engineers with specific training and experience in implementing and interpreting the applicable codes. Appointments to the Committee are for two-year terms. Current Committee members include:

  • Dwight Packer, RA (Chairperson)
  • John Bausch, PE (Vice Chair)
  • Michael Young, PE
  • Suresh Shah, PE
  • Gerald Inglett, RA
  • George Stevens, PE (non-voting member)

When a question regarding interpretation or proper application of a code or standard arises in the performance of your duties, you may request the Committee provide an interpretation. Requests should be routed through your Area Facilities Manager and/or Safety Officer to the DES Director.

The standard protocol for responding to interpretation requests is for the Committee Chair to confirm receipt of the request within 14 days. The confirmation will provided an estimated timeframe for issuance of the interpretation and may ask for additional information necessary to complete the interpretation. Interpretations should be rendered within 28 days, and can be expedited when timing is critical.

More detailed information regarding Committee organization and protocols may be found in the OEHE Technical Handbook [PDF - 218 KB].

The following interpretations have been previously issued by the Codes Committee:

Interpretation Topic Interpretation Number Issue Date
Fire Protection Water Flow Standards DES CCD 2006.001 [PDF - 115 KB] 06/19/2006
Engineering Services Codes Committee DES CCD 2005.001 [PDF - 82 KB] 11/28/2005
Health care and business mixed occupancies DES CCD 2004.001 [PDF - 41 KB] 02/13/2004
Existing corridor doors blocking egress width DES CCD 1999.006 [PDF - 73 KB] 10/22/1999
Suspended acoustical tile ceilings in smoke barriers DES CCD 1999.002 [PDF - 79 KB] 10/15/1999
Unoccupied spaces opening into exit enclosure DES CCD 1999.007 [PDF - 73 KB] 08/19/1999
Mechanical rooms opening into egress stairs DES CCD 1999.005 [PDF - 73 KB] 08/19/1999
Protected separation of hospital and central plant DES CCD 1999.008 [PDF - 73 KB] 08/12/1999
Water fountain accessibility DES CCD 1999.001 [PDF - 79 KB] 06/03/1999
Fire protection sprinklers in storage areas DES CCD 1999.003 [PDF - 80 KB] 05/20/1999
Locker spaces near food preparation areas DES CCD 1999.004 [PDF - 71 KB] 05/20/1999
Sprinkler protection in attic spaces DES CCD 1998.002 [PDF - 88 KB] 04/30/1998
Liquid petroleum gas appliances in basements DES CCD 1998.001 [PDF - 82 KB] 03/12/1998
Code edition and chapter to be used in major renovations DES CCD 1997.006 [PDF - 98 KB] 10/14/1997
Dental suite exit requirements DES CCD 1997.005 [PDF - 81 KB] 08/29/1997
Medical Records construction requirements DES CCD 1997.003 [PDF - 93 KB] 06/12/1997
NFPA 99 Requirements for laboratories DES CCD 1997.004 [PDF - 93 KB] 06/12/1997
Horizontal exit and fire/smoke damper requirements in existing health care occupancies DES CCD 1997.002 [PDF - 94 KB] 05/06/1997
Combustible wood stud partitions in Health Care occupancies DES CCD 1997.001 [PDF - 89 KB] 01/23/1997
Second means of egress from second floor DES CCD 1996.001 [PDF - 89 KB] 06/11/1996
Medical gas cylinder valve manual shut off DES CCD 1995.001 [PDF - 84 KB] 03/14/1995
Suburban Dynaline package terminal air conditioners with gas heat in Nursing Homes DES CCD 1994.001 [PDF - 82 KB] 11/10/1994