One of the top health concerns that parents have for their children is environmental hazards Since children’s bodies are developing at such a fast rate, they can be more susceptible to those hazards.
Link to information that can help you to learn how to minimize children’s risks to environmental hazards:
Babies and toddlers depend on their families and caregivers to prevent them from getting food poisoning. They are at a high risk for food poisoning so it is very important we take steps to reduce this risk. Here are some ways to Keep Young Children Safe from Food Poisoning.
For more information on Children’s Environmental Health, please visit the Environmental Health Section of NCDHHS.
Child care facilities are permitted by the Division of Child Development.
Child Care Facilities are inspected twice per year by an environmental health specialist (EHS). During these inspections, the EHS observes and talks with facility personnel about procedures related to diaper changing, food service and preperation, storage of chemicals and medicine as well as general sanitation. Child Care Facilities receive a score based on the number violations found during the inspection. There is a demerit system in which a classification of superior, approved, provisional or disapproved is awarded based on the demerits received.
- To receive a superior, a demerit score of less than 15 must be achieved with no 6 demerit items deducted.
- An approved is received if the demerit score is more than 15 but less than 30.
- A provisional classification is assigned if any 6 demerit item is violated or if the total demerit score is more than 30 but not more than 45. If the demerit score is 46 or more, or if the conditions which resulted in a provisional classification have not been corrected in the time period specified by the Environmental Health Specialist, then the establishment will be placed in a disapproved status.
If the provisional status exceeds 7 days, or if the child care facility is disapproved, the Division of Child Development is notified immediately for further action. At the end of the inspection, a classification card is posted in a conspicuous place designated by the EHS.
School Buildings are inspected on an annual basis and are regulated in accordance with the Rules Governing the Sanitation of Public: Private: and Religious Schools. The inspection process covers everything from proper maintenance of the school facilities to correctly controlling chemicals used within the school building. Schools are graded on a 100 point scale and are given a number grade; however, no letter grade is posted for the school building.
School Cafeterias are graded on a quarterly basis and are regulated in accordance with the Rules Governing the Sanitation of Foodservice Establishments. The grading scale is on a 100 point scale and a letter grade is assigned and posted. A score of 90 to 100 is awarded an A, a score of 80 to 89.5 is awarded a B and a score of 79 to 79.5 is awarded a C. A score below 70 results in an immediate suspension of the operating permit.
The North Carolina Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) currently coordinates clinical and environmental services aimed at eliminating childhood lead poisoning. Alamance County Environmental Health works closely with staff from the Environmental Health Section of DHHS to identify lead poisoning hazards in the homes of children (less than 6 years of age) with lead poisoning or elevated blood lead levels.