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What are the requirements for toilets, handwashing sinks and bathing facilities?

(1) You must provide:
(a) A toilet room that is vented to the outdoors;
(b) A room with flooring that is moisture resistant and
washable;
(c) One flush-type toilet and one adjacent sink for handwashing within auditory (hearing) range of the child care classrooms for every fifteen children and staff;
(d) Toileting privacy for children of opposite genders who are six years of age and older, or when a younger child demonstrates a need for privacy; and
(e) A mounted toilet paper dispenser within arms reach of the user with a constant supply of toilet paper for each toilet.
(2) Children eighteen months of age or younger are not included when determining the number of required flush-type toilets.
(3) If urinals are provided, the number of urinals must not replace more than one-third of the total required toilets.
(4) Toilet fixture heights must be as follows:
If the age group is:
The toilet fixture height must be:
(a) Toddler:
Eighteen months through 29 months
(i) Ten - 12 inches (child size); or
(ii) Fourteen - 16 inches (adult size) with a safe, easily cleanable platform that is moisture impervious and slip resistant.
(b) Preschool or older:
Thirty months of age through six years of age not enrolled in kindergarten or elementary school
(i) Ten - 12 inches (child size); or
(ii) Fourteen - 16 inches (adult size) with a safe, easily cleanable platform that is moisture impervious and slip resistant.
(5) Handwashing sink heights must be as follows:
If the age group is:
The sink height must be:
(a) Toddler:
Twelve months through 29 months
(i) Eighteen - 22 inches; or
(ii) Provide a moisture and slip resistant platform for children to safely reach and use the sink.
(b) Preschool or older:
Thirty months of age through six years of age not enrolled in kindergarten or elementary school
(i) Twenty-two - 26 inches; or
(ii) Provide a moisture and slip resistant platform for children to safely reach and use the sink.
(c) School age:
Over five years of age or enrolled in kindergarten or elementary school
(i) Twenty-six - 30 inches; or
(ii) Provide a moisture and slip resistant platform for children to safely reach and use the sink.
(6) Infants are not included when determining the number of sinks required for handwashing.
(7) The sink for handwashing must:
(a) Be located in or immediately outside of each toilet room;
(b) Have water controls that are accessible by the intended user; and
(c) Not be used for food preparation, as a drinking water source or a storage area.
(8) You must have:
(a) Single-use paper towels and dispensers; or
(b) Heated air-drying devices.
(9) You must use soap from some type of dispenser to prevent the spread of bacteria from the soap.
(10) If the center is equipped with a bathing facility, you must:
(a) Have parent permission to bathe children;
(b) Equip the bathing facility with a conveniently located grab bar and a nonskid pad or surface; and
(c) Provide constant supervision for the child five years of age and younger and older children who require supervision.
(11) You must make the bathing facility inaccessible to children when not in use.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.215.060, 43.215.070 and chapter 43.215 RCW. WSR 14-13-057, § 170-295-5100, filed 6/12/14, effective 7/13/14. WSR 06-15-075, recodified as § 170-295-5100, filed 7/13/06, effective 7/13/06. Statutory Authority: Chapters 74.12 and 74.15 RCW. WSR 03-14-110, § 388-295-5100, filed 6/30/03, effective 8/1/03.]
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