Child Care Sanitation
Hand washing is the single most important line of defense in preventing the transmission of disease-causing organisms.
Employees shall wash hands upon reporting for work; before and after handling food; before bottle feeding or serving to other children; before handling clean utensils or equipment; after toileting or handling of body fluids (e.g., saliva, nasal secretions, vomitus, feces, urine, blood, secretions from sores, pustulant discharge); after diaper changing; after handling soiled items such as garbage, mops, cloths and clothing; after being outdoors; after handling animals or animal cages; and after removing disposable gloves.
Children shall wash hands upon arrival at the child care center; after each diaper change or visit to the toilet; before eating meals or snacks; before and after water play; after outdoor activity; and after handling animals or animal cages. Hand sanitizing products may be used in lieu of hand washing while children are outdoors if hands are washed upon returning indoors.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control describes proper hand washing as:
Using liquid soap and tempered water
Rubbing hands vigorously with soap and tempered water for
Washing all surfaces of the hands, to include the backs
of hands, palms, wrists, under fingernails and between fingers
Rinsing well for ten seconds
Drying hands with a paper towel or other hand-drying device