5101:2-12-15 Safe and sanitary equipment and environment in licensed child care centers.

(A) The center shall provide furniture, materials, equipment, and an environment which are safe.

(1) Fire arms and ammunition materials shall not be on the premises.

(2) The center shall maintain an indoor temperature which will not fall below sixty-five degrees Fahrenheit.

(3) If the center's indoor temperature exceeds eighty-five degrees, ventilation that produces air movement or air conditioning shall be provided.

(4) Equipment, materials, and furniture shall be sturdy and safe, easy to clean and maintain, and free of sharp points or corners, splinters, protruding nails, loose or rusty parts, paint which contains lead or other poisonous materials, or other hazardous features as determined by the department.

(5) Children in care shall be protected from any items and conditions which threaten their health, safety, and well being, including but not limited to: stoves, bodies of water, window covering pull cords, telephone cords, electrical cords, extension cords, lead hazards, asbestos, wells, traffic, employees' personal belongings and other environmental hazards. If area rugs are used, they shall have a nonskid backing. Floor surfaces shall be maintained to prevent injury. Lawnmowers, power tools and other equipment shall not be used or stored in areas where children may have access to them.

(6) Furniture, equipment and materials which are not usable due to breakage or hazards shall be removed immediately and stored away from children until repaired.

(7) Toys or other materials small enough to be swallowed shall be kept out of the reach of infants and toddlers.

(8) Cleaning and sanitizing equipment and supplies shall be stored in a space that is inaccessible to children. Cleaning agents, aerosol cans and all other chemical substances shall be stored in a designated area in their original containers and/or clearly labeled.

(9) Mercury thermometers shall not be permitted at the center.

(10) Renovations and remodeling to areas in which child care is provided shall be conducted in a safe manner to ensure that lead poison hazards are not introduced into the environment as required by Chapter 3742. of the Revised Code.

(11) A pet or animal is permitted if it presents no apparent threat to the safety or health of the children. All pets shall be properly housed, cared for, and inoculated. Verification of inoculations, for each pet requiring such inoculations, shall be on file at the center for review by the department. Children shall not be directly exposed to animal urine or feces.

(12) Electrical outlets, including surge protectors, within the reach of children shall have child proof receptacle covers when not in use, except for programs which serve school children exclusively.

(13) Air conditioners, heat pumps, electric fans, and heaters shall be mounted or placed out of the children's reach or have safeguards which prevent children from being injured. All space heaters utilized by the child care center shall be approved in writing by the fire department and/or the building department.

(14) Unless toilets and sinks are of suitable height for use by the children, the center shall provide a sturdy, nonslip platform on which the children may stand.

(15) All areas used by children shall be ventilated and shall provide protection from rodents, insects and other hazards.

(16) Indoor swings, excluding infant swings, slides, climbers, and climbing apparatus shall not be placed over concrete, tile, or any similarly hard surface. There shall be shock absorbent protective covering under and around this equipment. If climbing equipment is over three feet high, landing mats at least one and one half inches thick shall be used. The protective covering shall be used and placed according to manufacturers' guidelines.

(17) Any children's equipment equipped with straps shall be used in accordance with manufacturers' guidelines.

(18) Spray aerosols shall not be used when children are in attendance.

(19) In accordance with division (A)(8) of section 2923.1212 of the Revised Code, the center shall post a sign that contains a statement in substantially the following form: "Unless otherwise authorized by law, pursuant to the Revised Code, no person shall knowingly possess, have under the person's control, convey or attempt to convey a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance on these premises."

(B) The center shall provide a clean and healthy environment and furniture, materials, and equipment which are maintained in sanitary condition.

(1) Toilet tissue, liquid soap, running water, individually assigned or disposable toweling or air dryers shall be provided in all restrooms. Toilets shall be flushed after each use.

(2) The center shall be cleaned daily. Equipment, furnishings, and materials shall be kept clean and in good repair. Centers shall follow appendix A to this rule in regards to cleaning and sanitizing center equipment and facilities.

(3) Running water shall be publicly supplied or supplied by a well meeting local zoning standards. Water that is not publicly supplied shall be sampled by the local health department and determined to be safe by an approved laboratory prior to initial licensure approval and at least annually thereafter. A copy of the test results shall be maintained on file at the center for review by the department.

(4) Individual servings or individual packages of food or drink that have been served to a child shall be discarded or sent home with the child if not consumed during meal or snack time. Food or drink that is individually packaged and the package has not been opened may be stored at the center to be served again or sent home.

(5) Any containers, cups, dishes and silverware shall be discarded or cleaned and sanitized after each use, with the exception of individual, labeled containers used for water. Individual containers used for water that are labeled with the child's name shall be permitted to be used throughout the day but shall be washed and sanitized before being used again on another day. Dishes, cups, containers, and silverware sent by the parent/guardian shall be cleaned and sanitized by the center or sent home daily for cleaning.

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R.C. 119.032 review dates: 02/03/2010 and 02/01/2015
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 5104.011
Rule Amplifies: 5104.011 , 5104.015 , 2923.1212
Prior Effective Dates: 3/1/81, 6/1/84, 9/1/86, 1/2/92 (Emer.), 4/1/92, 4/1/03, 9/1/05, 1/1/07, 9/1/07