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What must I do to be sure that diaper changing is safe and does not spread infections?

(1) Your diaper changing table and area must:
(a) Have a washable, moisture resistant diaper-changing surface that is cleaned and sanitized between children;
(b) Be a table or counter with a protective barrier on all sides that is at least three and one-half inches higher than the surface that the child lays on;
(c) Have a garbage can with a lid, plastic liner, and method for disposing of hand drying supplies so that a garbage can lid does not have to be opened with hands;
(d) Be on moisture impervious and washable flooring that extends at least two feet surrounding the diaper changing and handwashing area; and
(e) Be directly adjacent to a sink used for handwashing supplied with:
(i) Warm running water (between 85 degrees Fahrenheit and 120 degrees Fahrenheit);
(ii) Soap; and
(iii) A sanitary method for drying hands (single-use towels).
(2) You must have the diaper changing procedure posted and must follow the steps included.
(3) You must not leave the child unattended during the diaper change.
(4) You must not use the safety belts on diaper changing tables because they are neither cleanable nor safe.
(5) You must not place anything on the diaper-changing table, counter or sink except the child, changing pad and diaper changing supplies.
(6) Disposable diapers must be:
(a) Placed into a covered, plastic-lined, hands free covered container;
(b) Removed from the facility and the liner changed at least daily and more often if odor is present; and
(c) Disposed of according to local disposal requirements.
(7) Reuseable diapers must be:
(a) Individually bagged and placed without rinsing into a separate, cleanable, covered container equipped with a waterproof liner before transporting to the laundry, given to the commercial service or returned to parents for laundry; and
(b) Removed from the facility daily or more often if odor is present.
[WSR 06-15-075, recodified as § 170-295-4120, filed 7/13/06, effective 7/13/06. Statutory Authority: Chapters 74.12 and 74.15 RCW. WSR 03-14-110, § 388-295-4120, filed 6/30/03, effective 8/1/03.]
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