Model Asthma Plan in Child Care

Best Practices to Prevent Environmental Asthma Triggers in Child Care

The Minnesota Department of Health developed "Best Practices to Prevent Environmental Asthma Triggers in Child Care Facilities" as a resource to help child care providers identify and prevent environmental asthma triggers. It can also be used to improve indoor air quality in general. It was developed for child care centers, but most of it applies to home child care.

The best practices consist of the following components:

  1. Model Environmental Asthma Trigger Prevention Plan
    an example plan to make immediate improvements with task-oriented policies and procedures
  2. Building Evaluation Procedure for Asthma Triggers
    a comprehensive and detailed assessment checklist to identify and address asthma triggers and underlying building problems
  3. Other Resources
    links to other resources to learn more about asthma, the indoor environment, and health and safety in child care

If you have any questions associated with these resources or other indoor air quality issues, contact Dan Tranter:

Email: daniel.tranter@state.mn.us
Phone: 651-201-4618


Model Environmental Asthma Trigger Prevention Plan

Model Environmental Asthma Trigger Prevention Plan (PDF: 55.2KB/5 pages)

Building Evaluation Procedure for Asthma Triggers

Building Evaluation Procedure for Asthma Triggers (PDF: 64KB/27 pages)

Individual Sections

Section A: General Operations and Maintenance Practices and Procedures (PDF: 34KB/3 pages)

Section B: Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (PDF: 41KB/4 pages)

Section C: Smooth Floors: Maintenance and Cleaning (PDF: 25KB/1 pages)

Section D: Carpets, Area Rugs, Entry Mats: Maintenance, Cleaning and Locations (PDF: 30KB/2 pages)

Section E: General Cleaning Activities (PDF: 32KB/2 pages)

Section F: Disinfection and Sanitation (PDF: 27KB/2 pages)

Section G: Pests and Pesticides (PDF: 29KB/2 pages)

Section H: Chemicals (PDF: 28KB/2 pages)

Section I: Construction/Renovation (PDF: 32KB/2 pages)

Section J: Furnishing, Products and Materials (PDF: 28KB/3 pages)

Section K: Plants and Animals (PDF: 24KB/3 pages)

Section L: Smoking (PDF: 11KB/1 pages)

Section M: Moisture (PDF: 29KB/2 pages)

Section N: Hand Washing (PDF: 16KB/1 pages)

Section O: Outdoor Pollutants and Allergens (PDF: 26KB/1 pages)

Appendices

Appendix A: Environmentally Preferable Cleaning Product Distributors and Primary References (PDF: 25KB/2 pages)

The best practices were developed with funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (CH 9659820).


Other Resources

Child Care Resources: Indoor Environments, Asthma and Funding

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Updated Thursday, August 02, 2012 at 09:23AM