We have many environmental health resources available throughout our webpages. The resources below are most relevant for child care providers.
- Lead-based paint is the primary source of exposure for children. Review the Department of Health Service's (DHS) Guidance for Child Care Providers Regarding Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Child Care Settings, P-02105.
- Lead can also be in drinking water. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Services has resources on lead in drinking water and action to take when a center has lead plumbing.
- Did you know there are other emerging sources of lead exposure, P-01887a?
- Many Wisconsinites use private wells for their drinking water. Test regularly for bacteria, P-02132, nitrate, P-02128, and arsenic, P-45012 to ensure safe water at your center.
- If you get your water from a public system, you can review your consumer confidence report to see where your water comes from and what is in it. If you do not find your system on this webpage, contact your local water utility.
- If you have an in-home child care center, learn how to have and maintain a healthy home.
- Learn more about lead by visiting the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.
- Learn more about children and the environment and why children are generally more likely to be hurt or get sick from environmental issues than adults.
- Our main environmental health webpage has information on all environmental health topics, including information on air, water, and soil.
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