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Environmental Audit of Site Location

An environmental audit should be conducted before construction of a new building; renovation or occupation of an older building; or after a natural disaster to properly evaluate and, where necessary, remediate or avoid sites where children's health could be compromised. A written report that includes any remedial action taken should be kept on file. The audit should include assessments of:

a) Potential air, soil, and water contamination on program sites and outdoor play spaces;

b) Potential toxic or hazardous materials in building construction, such as lead and asbestos; and

c) Potential safety hazards in the community surrounding the site.

Topic:Health Services Management

Resource Type: Article

National Centers: Early Childhood Health and Wellness

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