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Indiana Dept. of Environmental Management. PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH THREATS 5-STAR ENVIRONMENTAL RECOGNITION FOR CHILD CARE FACILITIES. Why is IDEM focusing on Child Care Facilities?. Over 100,000 Hoosier children attend daycare Children not little adults. Windows of

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Indiana dept of environmental management

Indiana Dept. of Environmental Management

PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH THREATS

5-STAR ENVIRONMENTAL RECOGNITION FOR

CHILD CARE FACILITIES


Why is idem focusing on child care facilities

Why is IDEM focusing on Child Care Facilities?

  • Over 100,000 Hoosier children attend daycare

  • Children not little adults


Children are not little adults

Windows of

Vulnerability

During Development

Children are not little adults

Different EnvironmentalExposures

Physiological

Differences

Different adverse health effects in children and adults


Children drink eat and breathe more per pound of body weight

Children drink, eat, and breathe more per pound of body weight

Infants

Adults


Environmental contaminants can affect children differently than adults

Environmental Contaminants can Affect Children Differently than Adults

  • Children may be more highly exposed to contaminants

  • Children may be more vulnerable to the toxic effects of contaminants.


Why be concerned about environmental health for children at your facility

Why be concerned about environmental health for children at your facility?

  • Was your building built prior to 1978?

  • Do you have gas heat or gas appliances?

  • Do you use pesticides?

  • Have you or are you renovating?

  • Do you know the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer?

  • Do you have a mercury thermostat?

  • Do you have leaks or water damage?


The bad news

The Bad News

  • Asthma rates increasing.

  • Concerns of mercury exposure in the womb.

  • Disproportionate impact of childhood diseases on low-income and minority children.

  • Children still have elevated blood lead levels.


What can you do

What can you do?

  • Take a look at your childcare facility.

  • Identify areas that may be putting children at risk of being exposed to environmental dangers.


5 star environmental recognition for child care facilities

5-Star Environmental Recognition for Child Care Facilities

  • Recognizes those facilities going beyond compliance


Why should a facility participate

Why should a facility participate?

  • Educational Tool

  • Marketing Strategy

  • Free Stuff!!


Three core issues

Three Core Issues

  • Environmental Threats

  • Health and Safety

  • Environmental Stewardship

    • See application


Protecting children from environmental threats

Protecting Children from Environmental Threats

  • Lead

  • Mercury

  • Radon

  • Asbestos

  • PCBs

  • Pesticides

  • Secondhand Smoke

  • Carbon Monoxide


Indiana dept of environmental management

IPM:

Areas under and around dumpster

should be cleaned regularly.


Indiana dept of environmental management

IPM:

Clutter! Notice the blue sign.


Indiana dept of environmental management

IPM:

More clutter! Attracts mice and spiders such as the brown recluse.


Indiana dept of environmental management

IPM:

Mouse poison found in a childcare facility. Mice will pick up pieces and trail them throughout classrooms where children may mistake it for candy.


Indiana dept of environmental management

Indoor Air Quality:

Water damaged ceiling tiles are a haven for mold. Ceiling tiles can also contain asbestos.


Indiana dept of environmental management

Indoor Air Quality:

Mold is very common in childcare facilities. It triggers asthma and allergies and some types of mold are even deadly.


Indiana dept of environmental management

Chemical Safety:

Labeling Chemicals (Bleach Bottles)


Indiana dept of environmental management

Asthma:

Pets with fur can cause allergies and asthma attacks.

Their food also attracts pests.


Indiana dept of environmental management

Environmental Stewardship:

Reusable dishes instead of styrofoam.


For more information

For more information…..

  • www.IN.gov/idem/childcare

  • On IDEM’s 5-Star Program

    • Karen Teliha 317-233-5555


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