Staff Health and Wellness
The CCHC helps programs develop policies and procedures to protect staff from injury and illness. A CCHC also:
- Helps programs develop and implement staff health and safety policies in accordance with OSHA regulations, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and best practices, such as the CFOC standards
- Helps programs identify procedures to ensure staff health that include review of health appraisals and immunizations
- Helps programs monitor procedures to ensure staff are protected from blood borne pathogens by implementing annual Standard Precautions training and a program-specific exposure control plan
- Helps programs develop procedures for staff to safely use toxic substances
- Helps staff identify practices to support proper body mechanics
- Helps programs educate staff on best practices for preventing illness and injury, including risks to staff who are pregnant
The CCHC encourages programs to promote wellness by creating an environment that enhances workers’ physical and mental health. A CCHC also:
- Supports programs’ efforts to provide accommodations for staff with allergies, special health needs, and who are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Advises programs on enacting a comprehensive program for stress management and reduction
- Connects programs to resources and training to promote staff wellness and resilience
- Encourages programs to consider strategies to help staff feel valued, respected, and comfortable discussing concerns
- Helps programs promote staff health through nutrition and physical activity
- Helps programs maintain and promote a current list of community resources (or an employee assistance program) that can help staff address issues related to health, mental health, substance misuse, financial stability, food security, housing, and domestic violence
Featured Initiatives and Resources:
- 2019 Recommended Immunizations for Adults
Recommended Immunization Schedule for Adults Aged 19 Years or Older, United States, 2018.
- Childcare Worker Safety
Information for childcare workers to help them pay attention to their own safety in the workplace while nurturing children.
- Staff Health in Early Care and Education Programs
This document describes the major occupational hazards in early care and education programs and how to identify opportunities to promote staff health in the areas of nutrition and physical fitness.