Caring for Our Childen (CFOC)

Chapter 1: Staffing

1.7 Staff Health

1.7.0

1.7.0.4: 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.
RATIONALE
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).
TYPE OF FACILITY
Center, Large Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS
1.7.0.1 Pre-Employment and Ongoing Adult Health Appraisals, Including Immunization
REFERENCES
  1. Aronson, S. S., T. R. Shope, eds. 2017. Managing infectious diseases in child care and schools: A quick reference guide, pp. 43-48. 4th Edition. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.