Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Virginia Department of Health
State Board of Health
Rules and Regulations Governing Campgrounds [12 VAC 5 ‑ 450]
Temporary Campground Water Quality/Hand Washing Sinks Exemption
Action 6160
General Information
Action Summary The Regulations provide that any tanks, hoses, or appurtenances that are used to distribute water shall be of food-grade construction. This requirement extends to any tanks or appurtenances providing water, including those associated with portable hand washing sinks. Current industry design of the majority of portable hand washing sinks do not meet this requirement through standard materials and design. As a result, the current regulation may discourage the use of portable hand washing sinks, and thus hand washing, at temporary campgrounds. As hand washing is a primary component to reducing communicable disease, it is not the goal of the regulation to prohibit or discourage hand washing. VDH proposes to amend the Regulations to allow for the use of equipment that is more in line with industry standard, less burdensome to regulated entities, while protecting the public through signage stating that water in portable handwashing sinks is not for human consumption.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [7315]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
9888 Fast-Track Secretary of Health and Human Resources review in progress.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Julie Henderson  / Director of Food and General Envirnmntl. Svces.
109 Governor St.
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)864-7455    FAX: (804)864-7475    TDD: (800)828-1120

This person is the primary contact for this chapter.