Chapter 5: Facilities, Supplies, Equipment, and Environmental Health
5.2 Quality of the Outdoor and Indoor Environment
5.2.6 Water Supply and Plumbing
220.127.116.11: Handwashing Sink Using Portable Water Supply
When plumbing is unavailable to provide a handwashing sink, the facility should provide a handwashing sink using a portable water supply and a sanitary catch system approved by a local public health department. A mechanism should be in place to prevent children from gaining access to soiled water or more than one child from washing in the same water.
RATIONALEThe best way to clean hands is to wash with soap and running water or use a hand sanitizer, with supervision. Ideally, properly equipped handwashing sinks should be provided (see Standard 18.104.22.168). However, in emergency situations when a supply of running water or hand sanitizer may not be realistically available, sinks with a portable water supply can be used.
COMMENTSA variety of portable hand sinks are available for purchase. Before purchasing, facilities should consult with their local health department on what types of portable sinks are allowed or approved for use.
The handling of waste water poses sanitation hazards for children and staff. Portable systems often require staff to lift the water containers. Such lifting may pose an occupational health risk.
TYPE OF FACILITYCenter, Early Head Start, Head Start, Large Family Child Care Home, Small Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS22.214.171.124 Handwashing Procedure
126.96.36.199 Hand Sanitizers
188.8.131.52 Water Heating Devices and Temperatures Allowed
184.108.40.206 Handwashing Sinks
220.127.116.11 Prohibited Uses of Handwashing Sinks
18.104.22.168 Mop Sinks