Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

Chapter 1: Staffing

1.7 Staff Health

1.7.0 Occupational Hazards

Written personnel policies of centers and large family child care homes should address the major occupational health hazards for workers in child care settings. Special health concerns of pregnant caregivers/teachers should be carefully evaluated, and up-to-date information regarding occupational hazards for pregnant caregivers/teachers should be made available to them and other workers. The occupational hazards including those regarding pregnant workers listed in Appendix B: Major Occupational Health Hazards, should be referenced and used in evaluations by caregivers/teachers and supervisors.
Early care and education employees need to learn about and practice ways to minimize risk of illness and injury and promote wellness for themselves (1). As a workforce composed primarily of women of childbearing age, pregnancy is common among caregivers/teachers in child care settings. All female staff members of childbearing age should be encouraged to discuss the potential exposure to risks that could cause harm to their unborn child with their primary health care provider (1).
Center, Early Head Start, Head Start, Large Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS Pre-Employment and Ongoing Adult Health Appraisals, Including Immunization
  1. American Academy of Pediatrics. Managing Infectious Diseases in Child Care and Schools: A Quick Reference Guide. Aronson SS, Shope TR, eds. 5th ed. Itasca, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2020:38.