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(A) Compliance required. It shall be unlawful to install, operate or maintain any automatic dry cleaning machine as hereinafter defined except in compliance with the provisions of this section, or without complying with all of the provisions pertaining to the installation and operation of such machine herein contained or in violation of any laws, rules or regulations of the Illinois Department of Public Health relating thereto.
(B) Definition. An AUTOMATIC DRY CLEANING MACHINE, as the term is used herein, shall be construed to include and mean any device or apparatus for the cleaning of clothes or fabrics and designed to be used or operated by any but the owner or an employee of the owner thereof, which machine or device makes use of or contains perchlorethylene or any other chemical solvent or substance which may cause harm to human beings by reason of inhalation or contact.
(C) Permit. It shall be unlawful to install any automatic dry cleaning machine without first having secured a permit therefor. Applications for such permit shall contain full information as to mechanical equipment of the machine and provisions for ventilation for both the machine and the room in which the machine will be located.
(D) Installation regulations.
(1) Each machine shall be completely enclosed by a cabinet and shall be vented with intake at the top and the outlet at or near the bottom of such machine. Groups of machines may be entirely enclosed or supported on all open sides by an enclosure topped with a hood vented as provided for each individual machine.
(2) The exhaust system must maintain a minimum flow of 100 cubic feet per minute face velocity through the loading door whenever the door is open.
(3) The discharge stack for the machines and for the room in which the machines are located shall extend at least two feet above the level of any window which can be opened located within 50 feet of the outlet of the stack and shall be at least 50 feet away from any fresh air intake leading to any premises.
(4) The machines must be so constructed as to prevent the loading door from being opened during the normal cycle of operation. Each machine shall be equipped with a transparent door or port to allow visual examination of the status of the cleaning cycle.
(5) Any connection of the machine with the water supply system must be equipped with an air gap or vacuum breaker in the line upstream from the condenser with no control valves downstream from such gap or breaker. Wastewater shall be discharged through an air gap.
(6) The room in which such machine is installed shall be ventilated so that there shall be a minimum flow of air per machine from the area to which the public is admitted of at least 500 cubic feet per minute in a room where there are no more than 3 machines installed; 400 cubic feet per minute where there are no more than 8 machines installed; 375 cubic feet per minute where there are no more than 16 machines installed; and 360 cubic feet per minute where there are more than 17 machines installed. For this purpose, each cleaning cell shall be considered as 1 machine.
(7) Each machine must be so designed and constructed as to prevent the leakage of the liquids, gases or vapors.
(E) Operation regulations.
(1) No such automatic dry cleaning machine shall be operated unless all the equipment described in division (D) is properly installed and in good operating working condition.
(2) No establishment shall be open for business, and it shall be unlawful to admit the public or customers into the room where such machines are located unless there is on duty in the establishment at all times a competent person in charge of the establishment and in charge of the operation of the machines. There shall be warning signs posted in places of easy observation warning of the dangers in the event of leakage of liquid, gas or vapor occurs. It shall be unlawful to permit any residue containing solvent to flow into the sewer system of the city; tightly covered metal containers may be used for temporary storage of such waste outside the building. The containers shall bear labels indicating the contents and dangers involved in handling and shall be locked if in an unenclosed place.
(3) At least one legible sign shall be maintained in a place available to customers giving the name, address and phone number of the owner of the establishment and of the service department or agency responsible for the proper maintenance of the machines.
(F) Inspections. It shall be the duty of the Chief of Police to cause such inspections to be made as are necessary to see to the enforcement of the provisions of this section.
(Ord. 61-11, passed 9-11-61) Penalty, see § 10.99