Excellent advise from National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care. (1-800-598-5437, http://nrckids.org)
Diaper Changing Areas
- Is there a separate area for diaper changing – away from food and meal preparation areas?
- Is the diaper changing surface only used for diaper changing (e.g. not for food preparation)?
- Are changing tables leak proof, kept in good repair, and cleaned and sanitized after each use?
- Are changing tables at a convenient height for caregivers (between 28 and 32 inches high)?
- Are changing tables equipped with railings or barriers that extend at least 6 inches above the change surface (to prevent falls from rolling)?
- Is there at least one diaper changing table per infant and toddler group?
(Note: There should be enough diaper changing tables to allow enough time for changing diapers and for cleaning and sanitizing between children.)
- In child care centers, are handwashing sinks within arm’s reach of the caregiver to diaper changing tables and toilets?
(Note: A minimum of one handwashing sink should be available for every two changing tables.)
- In family homes, are handwashing sinks within 10 feet of the changing table if the diapering area cannot be set up so the sink is next to the changing table?
- Are soiled diapers stored in containers separate from other waste?
- Are soiled cloth diapers and soiled clothing individually bagged to be sent home with a parent at the end of the day?
Read the full article at http://www.healthykids.us/chapters/diapering_pf.htm