Chapter 5: Facilities, Supplies, Equipment, and Environmental Health
5.1 Overall Requirements
5.1.1 General Location, Layout and Construction of the Facility
184.108.40.206: Structurally Sound Facility
Every exterior wall, roof, and foundation should be structurally sound, weather-tight, and water-tight to ensure protection from weather and natural disasters.
Every interior floor, wall, and ceiling should be structurally sound and should be finished in accordance with local building codes to control exposure of the occupants to levels of toxic fumes, dust, and mold.
RATIONALEBoth the design of structures and the lack of maintenance can lead to exposure of children to physical injury, mold, dust, pests, and toxic materials (1).
COMMENTSChild care operations sometimes use older buildings or buildings designed for purposes other than child care.
TYPE OF FACILITYCenter, Early Head Start, Head Start, Large Family Child Care Home, Small Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS220.127.116.11 Inspection of Buildings
18.104.22.168 Assessment of the Environment at the Site Location
22.214.171.124 Structure Maintenance
- Whole Building Design Guide Secure/Safe Committee. 2010. Ensure occupant safety and health. National Institute of Building Sciences. http://www.wbdg.org/design/ensure_health.php.