New Health regulations go into effect on January 1, 2019. Unless your child care center holds a Retail Food Establishment License, there are only 2 changes to the Rules and Regulations Governing the Health and Sanitation of Child Care Facilities that will affect your center.
From the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment:
“Below you will find the only change of requirements that are applicable to your food service operation:
1. Signs reminding staff to wash their hands must be posted at handwashing sinks. This requirement only applies to sinks used by people who handle food in the facility. Signs should be posted in employee bathrooms and at sinks used to wash hands during food handling (ex. kitchen and bottle preparation areas). These signs do not need to be posted at sinks used by the children. A sample sign is included for your convenience.
2. Food handling employees, including those who prepare bottles, must wash their hands before putting on clean gloves for food handling activities and when changing tasks. The current food safety regulations require hands to be washed every time gloves are put on hands or are changed, including when completing the same task. With the new regulations, if a staff member is handling food with gloves and changes gloves without changing their task, they do not need to wash their hands. Below are two examples.
a. A staff member is making sandwiches and notices mustard on his/her gloves so they decide they would like to change their gloves and then returns to making sandwiches. Because the person is not changing their task, they do not need to wash their hands.
b. A staff member is making sandwiches and removes their gloves to wash apples. Because the person is changing their task they should wash their hands between removing their gloves and washing apples.
Please take the time to post signs and provide education to the food handling staff in your facility before January 1, 2019. Should you have any questions regarding this notice please contact the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment at 303-692-3645 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or your Local Public Health Agency.”
Download the infographic and a handwashing poster here.