Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

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

5.2 Quality of the Outdoor and Indoor Environment

5.2.6 Water Supply and Plumbing 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.
The 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 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.
A 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.

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RELATED STANDARDS Handwashing Procedure Hand Sanitizers Water Heating Devices and Temperatures Allowed Handwashing Sinks Prohibited Uses of Handwashing Sinks Mop Sinks