Child Care Centers & Schools
Environmental health specialists inspect facilities that are licensed by the Division of Child Development and Early Education once every six month period. During these inspections, centers are evaluated based on sanitation, food handling practices, diapering methods, and the prevention of communicable diseases, as directed in the .2800 NC Rules.
School buildings are inspected once a school year and are assessed under the .2400 NC Rules.
The REHS protects public health and safety through preventative measures designed to identify and control the spread of diseases. They accomplish these objectives by the promotion of environmental health through education of the general public and through the enforcement of health laws, rules, and policies as they pertain to both licensed childcare facilities and school building sanitation
- NEW North Carolina Administrative Code .2816 -Lead Poisoning Hazards in Child Care Centers (PDF)
- North Carolina Administrative Code .2800 - Child Care Centers Rules and Definitions (PDF)
- Plan review application (PDF)
- North Carolina Administrative Code .2400 - Public and Private School Buildings (PDF)
- Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- CDC disease listing
- North Carolina Poisonous Plants
- FDA’s Bad Bug Book
- Healthy Child Care NC
Online training series
Review of the NC rules pertaining to kitchen staff and food safety.
Approved Alternative Chemicals
Below is a list of alternative chemicals that have been approved for use in child care centers and schools. This list is comprised of products that have been submitted to this office for review and is not in any way a comprehensive list of available products on the market. If you would like to submit a chemical for approval, please send in the brand, manufacturer, active ingredient and the directions for making the solution. Typically, all of this information is found on the spec sheet label of the product.
If your center would like to use anything other than the bleach solution and it is on this list below, you must still notify this office so that documentation can be made.
|Brand name||active ingredient||contact time|
|BruTab 6s||sodium dichloro-s-triazinetrione 48.21%||1 minute||10 minutes|
|Beyond Green||thymol .23%||not approved||2 minutes|
|Maxima 128||didecyldimethylammonium chloride 2.5%||2 minutes||10 minutes|
|PureGreen 24||silver .003%||not approved||2 minutes|
|a2b||trichloromelamine 18.7%||2 minutes||10 minutes|
|Wepak Lemon Zip||dodecyl dimethyl ammonium chloride 1.268%||not approved||10 minutes|
|ChloroGlass||trichloromelamine 18.7%||2 minutes||10 minutes|