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New Bleach Guidelines for Child Care

2/19/2015

Disinfecting and Sanitizing with Bleach: Guidelines for Mixing Bleach Solutions for Child Care and Similar Environments.

A new document providing guidelines for disinfection in child care/early learning settings has been posted on the Washington State Department of Health, H.E.R.E website. Disinfecting and Sanitizing with Bleach: Guidelines for Mixing Bleach Solutions for Child Care and Similar Environments was created by a workgroup led by the Department of Health. The document provides recipes for disinfecting and sanitizing solutions using various strengths of chlorine bleach and water and was created in response to changes in the concentration of commonly used household bleach products.

Prior the 2012, most household bleach was available at a concentration of  5.25-6.25%.  In the past few years, manufacturers have increased the concentration to 8.25%. As a result, recipes needed to be adjusted based on the strength of the bleach solution. The document can be accessed and downloaded using the following link: http://here.doh.wa.gov/materials/guidelines-for-bleach-solutions/13_Disinfect_E15L.pdf

Workgroup members included staff from Department of Health, , Department of Early Learning, Snohomish County Health District, Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County, Washington State Department of Ecology, and the Coalition for Safety and Health in Early Learning.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Nancy P. Bernard, MPH

Program Manager, Indoor Air Quality/School Environmental Health and Safety
Office of Environmental Health, Safety, & Toxicology
Washington State Department of Health
P.O. Box 47825, Olympia, WA  98504-7825
Phone:  (360) 236-3072, FAX:  (360) 236-2261
Nancy.Bernard@doh.wa.gov

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