15A NCAC 18A .2822      toys, equipment and FURNITURE

(a)  Toys, equipment and furniture provided by a child care center shall be kept clean and in good repair.  In rooms designated for children who are not toilet trained, toys and other mouth-contact surfaces shall be cleaned and then sanitized at least daily when used and more frequently if visibly dirty, by the following methods:

(1)           scrubbed in warm, soapy water using a brush to reach into crevices;

(2)           rinsed in clean water;

(3)           submerged in a sanitizing solution as set out in 15A NCAC 18A .2801(22) for at least two minutes or sanitized with another approved sanitizing solution; and

(4)           air dried.

A testing method or kit shall be available to ensure compliance with the prescribed 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.  Other sanitizing solutions that have been determined to be at least as effective as the chlorine bleach solution are acceptable as long as these products are nontoxic to children, used according to the manufacturer's instructions and approved by the Department.  Toys, items and surfaces not designed to be submerged shall be washed and rinsed in place, sprayed with a sanitizing solution and allowed to air dry.  Hard plastic toys may be washed and rinsed in a dishwasher and cloth toys may be laundered and mechanically dried without requiring sanitizing.

(b)  Toys, furniture, cribs, or other items accessible to children, shall be free of peeling, flaking, or chalking paint.

(c)  Water play centers shall be filled just prior to each water play session.  Water shall be emptied after each session or more often if visibly soiled.  The water play centers including toys, shall be cleaned and sanitized at least daily or more often if visibly soiled.  Water play is prohibited during the outbreak and investigation of communicable diseases at the site.  Wading pools are not considered water play centers and are regulated under 15A NCAC 18A .2500.


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

Eff. July 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. February 1, 1995; July 23, 1992;

Temporary Amendment Eff. April 15, 1998;

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