COVID-19-related IAPMO codes now free


One day Mark Evans and associate Chuck Popp, pictured, were called upon to install a new pump, two-stage float switch and high-level alarm in a sewage pit after the existing equipment had been destroyed when a previous contractor tried to “snake out the drain” without understanding the system.

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) has made standards and codes that relate to COVID-19 free of charge for the duration of the pandemic.

several of their standards available free of charge due to the pandemic. These include performance and installation requirements for plumbing and mechanical systems.

“Because we know the challenges many in our industry now face include financial uncertainty, IAPMO is temporarily providing free remote access to the standards most vital in dealing with such viral threats as COVID-19,” said IAPMO CEO Russ Chaney. “IAPMO understands we are all working together to combat COVID-19; access to codes and standards should not represent a roadblock in that battle.”

The codes are available at and include, ASSE 1044 – trap seal primer-drainage types and electric design types, ASSE 1072 – barrier type floor drain trap seal protection devices, ASSE 6000 – infection control risk assessment for all building systems, ASSE 12000 – infection control risk assessment for all building systems, ASSE 13000 – service plumber and residential mechanical services technician, ASSE 15000 – inspection, testing and maintenance of water-based fire protection systems, ASSE 16000 – inspector and plans examiner, IGC 127 – combined hand-washing systems, IGC 156 – wash fountains and lavatory systems with or without water closets, IGC 278 – concealed type waterless urinals, IGC 289 – portable sealed personal showering systems, IGC 305 – ABS and PVC horizontal backwater valves with lifting devices, IGC 316 – self-cleaning water closets, IGC 361 – flexible corrugated drain connectors for lavatories and sinks, Uniform Plumbing Code, Uniform Mechanical Code, and uniform swimming pool, spa and hot tub code.

By granting free access, IAPMO hopes to enhance public understanding of how the proper functioning of these systems protects the health of the people they serve.

Guidelines for plumbing professionals working under the threat of COVID-19 was also published by IAPMO. For more information, visit


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