Caring for Our Childen (CFOC)

Chapter 5: Facilities, Supplies, Equipment, and Environmental Health

5.1 Overall Requirements

5.1.1 General Location, Layout and Construction of the Facility

5.1.1.6: 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.

RATIONALE
Both 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).
COMMENTS
Child care operations sometimes use older buildings or buildings designed for purposes other than child care.
TYPE OF FACILITY
Center, Early Head Start, Head Start, Large Family Child Care Home, Small Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS
5.1.1.2 Inspection of Buildings
5.1.1.5 Assessment of the Environment at the Site Location
5.7.0.7 Structure Maintenance
REFERENCES
  1. 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.