Chapter 5: Facilities, Supplies, Equipment, and Environmental Health
5.1 Overall Requirements
18.104.22.168: 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, Large Family Child Care Home, Small Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS22.214.171.124 Inspection of Buildings
126.96.36.199 Assessment of the Environment at the Site Location
188.8.131.52 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.