15A NCAC 18A .2817      TOILETS

(a)  In child care centers, toilet tissue shall be provided in each toilet room and stored in a clean, dry place.  The toilet room shall include or be adjacent to a handwash lavatory.  Storage in toilet rooms shall be limited to toileting and diapering supplies.  All toilet fixtures shall be easily cleanable, and in good repair.  Toilet fixtures shall be child‑sized, adapted adult toilets or potty chairs.

(b)  Toilet fixtures shall be cleaned and disinfected at least daily and when visibly soiled. A disinfecting solution as set out in 15A NCAC 18A .2801(7) shall be used for this purpose.  A testing method shall be made available to ensure compliance with the prescribed bleach solution concentration. To achieve the maximum germ reduction with bleach, the cleaned surfaces shall be left glistening wet with the bleach solution and allowed to air dry or be dried only after a minimum contact time of at least two minutes.  Products registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as hospital grade germicides or disinfectants or as disinfectants for safe use in schools, child care centers, institutions or restaurants are also approved disinfectants, provided the manufacturer's Material Safety Data Sheets are kept on file at the child care center and the instructions for use are followed.

(c)  If potty chairs are used, they shall be located and stored in a toilet room equipped with a spray-rinse toilet or utility sink.  Potty chairs shall be emptied, rinsed, cleaned and disinfected after each use with a disinfecting solution as described in Paragraph (b) of this Rule.

(d)  When cloth diapers are used and emptied, the diaper changing area shall be located next to a toilet room.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 110‑91;

Eff. July 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2006; January 1, 2006; April 1, 1999; February 1, 1995.