My child care center was built before 1978. What are the concerns regarding lead paint and renovations / repairs?
Half a million U.S. kids are estimated to be affected by lead paint. Often, exposure carries with it some level of irreversible physical and intellectual damage. These cases are directly linked to renovations and repairs on pre-1978 buildings where lead dust was created and not adequately contained and cleaned. Children should not be exposed to any amount of this dangerous metal and providers can help this effort by making sure their child care centers are lead-safe.

Renovators and contractors doing work that disturbs paint in child-occupied facilities and homes built before 1978 are required to work in “lead-safe” ways. The EPA lead web site tells about lead’s hazards, preventing lead exposure, living safely in pre-1978 buildings, and what “lead-safe” means. The page “Operators of Child Care Facilities” informs operators in older buildings that they either 1) get lead-safe certified if they are doing repairs/remodels themselves, or 2) that they advisedly hire a lead-safe certified firm. A concise EPA handout on providers’ responsibilities is available.

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1. Does Tri-County Health Department issue licenses for childcare facilities?
2. When are health inspections conducted?
3. Does Tri-County Health Department routinely inspect home day cares?
4. How can I get a copy of past health inspection reports?
5. What resources are available about serving nutritious foods in our childcare center?
6. What sort of foods is my center permitted to serve?
7. What is the difference between a sanitizer and a disinfectant?
8. What are the requirements for sanitizing and disinfecting with bleach?
9. Does Tri-County offer training for child care center staff?
10. We will be constructing a new facility, what do we need to complete?
11. I’m interested in buying an existing child care center, what do I need to do before purchasing it?
12. We will be adding a room or changing one of our rooms. What do I need to do?
13. Who can I contact if I have questions about adding equipment?
14. When will I be invoiced for my health inspection?
15. My child care center was built before 1978. What are the concerns regarding lead paint and renovations / repairs?