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What is a safe way to prepare bottles?

(1) Parents may bring from home filled bottles labeled with the infant's name for daily use (see WAC 170-295-4040).
(2) To prepare bottles you must:
(a) Prepare and fill bottles by washing hands prior to bottle preparation;
(b) Use a sink that is only for bottle preparation, other food preparation or other approved source of water. Water from a handwashing sink may not be used for bottle preparation;
(c) Do not heat a bottle in a microwave or allow bottles to warm at room temperature for more than an hour, to limit bacterial growth; and
(d) Bottles must be warmed under running warm water or placed in a container of water that is not warmer than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
(3) The bottle preparation area including the sink must:
(a) Be located at least eight feet from the outermost edge of diaper changing tables or counters and sinks used for diaper changing; or
(b) Have a barrier to prevent cross-contamination that is placed between the sink used for food or bottle preparation and the diaper changing table, counter or sink. If a barrier is used, it must be:
(i) Solid (without cracks or breaks);
(ii) Sealed;
(iii) Moisture-resistant; and
(iv) At least twenty-four inches in height from the counter surface.
(4) If the infant room does not have a sink that is dedicated to bottle and food preparation, you must provide a clean source of water for preparing bottles such as getting water from the kitchen and keeping it in a container with an airtight cover that:
(a) Is located at least eight feet from the outermost edge of diaper changing tables or counters and sinks used for diaper changing; or
(b) Has a barrier that meets the requirements in WAC 170-295-4030 (3)(b) to prevent cross-contamination that is placed between the sink used for food or bottle preparation and the diaper changing table, counter or sink.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.215 RCW and 2006 c 265. WSR 08-08-012, § 170-295-4030, filed 3/19/08, effective 4/19/08. WSR 06-15-075, recodified as § 170-295-4030, filed 7/13/06, effective 7/13/06. Statutory Authority: Chapters 74.12 and 74.15 RCW. WSR 03-14-110, § 388-295-4030, filed 6/30/03, effective 8/1/03.]
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