Sanitary equipment and environment for a licensed child care center
|| What are
the requirements to provide and maintain a clean environment, furniture,
materials, and equipment in a licensed child care center?
|| Toilet tissue, liquid soap, running
water, individually assigned towels, disposable towels or air dryers shall be
provided in all bathrooms. Toilets and bathroom sinks shall be in good working
condition. Toilets shall be flushed after each use.
|| Equipment, furnishings, and materials
shall be constructed of materials to facilitate cleaning and shall be kept
clean and in good repair.
Accumulated trash and garbage shall be stored outside of the outdoor or indoor
play area and shall not be accessible to the children.
|| The center shall be cleaned daily and
kept in a sanitary condition at all times. Cleaning and sanitizing shall not
take place while rooms are occupied by children, except for general cleanup
activities such as sweeping, vacuuming, mopping and wiping off tables which are
part of the daily routine. The cleaning and sanitizing schedule contained in
appendix A to this rule shall be followed.
|| The premises shall be kept clean to
prevent an infestation by insects or rodents.
|| If the center's water is not publicly
supplied, the center shall contact the Ohio environmental protection agency
(EPA) to determine if it qualifies as a public water system.
|| If the water supply qualifies as a public
water system, the center shall comply with the Ohio EPA requirements.
|| If the water supply does not qualify as a
public water system, the center shall contact the local health department to
have the water tested and follow any additional requirements requested by the
health department. The center shall retain a copy of the water test and make it
available upon request.
|| On-site sewage disposal systems shall not
present a public health hazard.
Dishes, cups, containers and silverware sent by the parent shall be cleaned and
sanitized according to appendix A to this rule if not sent home daily for
|| What are
the handwashing requirements for a center?
Handwashing shall occur in a handwashing sink which is a permanent fixture with
running water and which conforms to the Ohio plumbing standards of division
4101:3 of the Administrative Code.
|| Handwashing requirements for center child
care staff members, employees and children are detailed in appendix B to this
|| What are the
requirements for a smoke free environment in a center?
The center shall provide a smoke free environment for the
children during the hours that child care is being provided as detailed in
appendix C to this rule and be in compliance with the smoking ban pursuant to
section 3794.02 of the Revised
|| What are the
requirements for toothbrushing in a center?
Centers who provide toothbrushing shall:
|| Label each toothbrush with child's name
and store with bristles to air dry in such a way that the toothbrushes cannot
contact or drip on each other and the bristles are not in contact with any
|| Ensure that when a
single tube of toothpaste is used for more than one child a pea sized amount
shall be dispensed onto a clean piece of paper or paper product for each
|| Discard and replace
toothbrushes every three months or if one of the following occur:
|| Contamination through contact with
another brush or after illness.
A toothbrush is used by another child.
Cite as Ohio Admin. Code
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates:
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, 7/1/10, 11/22/15,