Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

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

5.4 Space and Equipment in Designated Areas

5.4.1 Toilet and Handwashing Areas Mop Sinks

Centers with more than thirty children should have a mop sink. Large and small family child care homes should have a means of obtaining clean water for mopping and disposing of it in a toilet or in a sink used only for such purposes.
Handwashing and food preparation sinks must not be contaminated by wastewater. Contamination of hands, toys, and equipment in the room plays a role in the transmission of diseases in child care settings (1,2).
Mop sinks are installed on the floor, similar to a shower pan, and are usually located in janitor’s closets or laundry facilities.
Center, Early Head Start, Head Start, Large Family Child Care Home, Small Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS Food Preparation Sinks Handwashing Sinks in Food Preparation Areas Handwashing Sink Using Portable Water Supply
  1. Churchill, R. B., L. K. Pickering. 1997. Infection control challenges in child-care centers. Infect Dis Clin North Am 11:347-65.
  2. Van, R., A. L. Morrow, R. R. Reves, L. K. Pickering. 1991. Environmental contamination in child day-care centers. Am J Epidemiol 133:460-70.