Mechanical Specialty Codes:
What Facility Owners Should Know
On April 1, 2007 the Department of Consumer Business Services (DCBS), Buildings Codes Division
(BCD) adopted the 2007 Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code, which included revisions to the ventilation requirements found in Chapter 4. These changes may impact facilities offering nail technology services.
The Mechanical Specialty Code requires facilities providing nail technology services, including manicures and pedicures, to meet the following ventilation standards in NEW or renovated structures (Work which requires building/mechanical permit):
  • Exhaust system shall capture the contaminants and odors at their source or point of use.
  • The outdoor air being brought into the area has been modified to require 50 cubic feet per minute (cfm) at each station instead of 25 cfm per person.
Under Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 817-010-0007 and 817-020-0011(1)(b), all facilities must meet the required specifications for building, fire and plumbing codes.   For more information on revisions to the mechanical specialty codes, go to
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