Planning Checklist for Diapering Stations in Shelters
- Is diapering station as far from water stations, food prep and dining areas as possible?
- Is the diaper changing surface made of non-porous material?
- Is there a rail or similar barrier that surrounds the diaper changing surface to help protect children from falls?
- Is one station available for every 8 diapered children?
- Is the diapering station within arm’s reach of sink? Sink should not be used for food preparation, dishwashing, or dispensing water to drink.
- Is sink stocked with liquid soap? If diapering station cannot be placed within reach of an existing sink and a temporary handwashing station cannot be set up, provide hand sanitizer containing 60% alcohol. Place sanitizer within reach of caregiver, but out of reach of children (ideally in a fixed wall dispenser).
- Are paper towels or air dryers available for drying hands?
- Is a lidded, plastic-lined trash receptacle (preferably with a foot-operated opening mechanism) available in the diapering area?
- Are clean paper towels, butcher paper, or other disposable materials available for lining the changing table?
- If shelter will provide diapers and wipes, are these placed within reach of caregivers but away from diapering surface?
- Is appropriate disinfectant solution* in reach of caregivers, but out of children’s reach?
*EPA-registered disinfectant appropriate for the diapering surface or freshly prepared bleach solution.
- Are signs posted to instruct caregivers to wash their hands and child’s hands with soap and water immediately after the diaper change?
- Are signs posted to use the diapering station sink for handwashing but not for drinking, cooking, or washing dishes or clothing?
- If diapering station is not near sink or temporary handwashing station, are signs posted at diapering station to direct caregivers to nearest sink?
- Are instructions posted about how to use the disinfectant solution? Consider labeling spray bottle with instructions in large type, or including these instructions on posters about diapering procedures.