Rule: What must I do to prevent the spread of germs when diapering children?
Children who are learning to use the toilet may still soil their pull-ups or underwear and clothing. Minimum standard rules for child care centers and homes (chapters 746 & 747) now require soiled clothing to be safely stored in a sealed plastic bag to be sent home with the child. The intent of this rule is to decrease the risk of spreading infection by preventing contamination.
How should soiled clothing be handled prior to placement in a sealed plastic bag?
Soiled clothing should be placed directly in the plastic bag. To avoid contamination of otherwise clean surfaces that are routinely used by children and caregivers, soiled clothing should not be rinsed in the sink or toilet prior to placement in a sealed plastic bag. If clothing is soiled with solid fecal matter, the fecal matter can be carefully disposed in and flushed down the toilet.
Technical Assistance: If these procedures are new to your operation, consider sending a newsletter to parents explaining the new procedures and asking parents who have children still learning to use the toilet to provide an extra set of clothing.
What is considered a "sealed" plastic bag?
We now know that minimum standard rules require soiled clothing and blood contaminated disposable gloves be stored in a sealed plastic bag. The intention of these requirements is to create an additional barrier to decrease the possibility of direct and indirect contact with hazardous substances and materials. So what is considered a "sealed" plastic bag?
Ways to seal a plastic bag:
- Double tie the handles
- Use the manufacturer's instructions for bags that provide sealed edges (e.g. zip lock bags)
- Use wire ties provided with bags
Technical Assistance: Consider repurposing clean plastic bags you have already used from groceries and produce.