New Rule by the CDPHE Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability
The CDPHE Division of Environmental Health & Sustainability has established sanitary standards for child care facilities, as well as enforcing them.
They enforce these regulations in Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco, and Gunnison counties. Local health agencies also inspect child care facilities in all other counties.
Inspecting child care facilities for radon is required every two years but may be conducted more based upon risk assessment.
The Rules & Regulations for Schools & Daycare Facilities in Colorado
The new rules apply to all license types, including 24-hour facilities, except foster homes and family child care homes, as well as neighborhood youth organizations.
The revisions to the Rules and Regulations Governing Child Care Facilities in the State of Colorado went into effect on January 14, 2016. Here are the four most consequential:
- All existing facilities must test for radon by May 1, 2017. Also, all new facilities must test within six months of occupancy.
- All facilities constructed before 1978 are required to use lead-safe practices when paint is disturbed unless certified as lead-free.
- The list of prohibited animals in facilities and classrooms with children under the age of 5 has been expanded to include poultry (chicks, ducklings, and hatchlings, in addition to adult birds).
- The food service section has been revised for clarity and allowances have been made to permit the serving of healthier, less processed foods.
They have created a comprehensive online training that can be taken at your own pace. To access the course, follow the directions below:
Register at www.co.train.org
Course ID: 1061220
Additionally, the regulation and several guidance documents can be found by visiting www.colorado.gov/cdphe/child-care. Should you have any questions, please reach out to your local health department or CDPHE at (303) 692-3645.
Stay tuned for more information on this topic, and you will also learn about testing day care facilities in the next posts.
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