Common risks that daycare workers face

Daycare workers have an important job of trying to help young children to remain safe and learn while they are away from their parents. Unfortunately, there are many hazards that come along with this very rewarding job. It is imperative that all daycares have adequate safety protocol to help ensure that workers don't suffer unnecessary injuries or illnesses as a result of caring for the tykes.

The age of the children employees are working with has a part in what type of safety procedures a daycare's workers need to follow. For example, wearing gloves when they are changing diapers and then washing their hands afterward can help to prevent illnesses from being transmitted from toddlers to workers. People who have older children might not have to worry about that factor.

Almost all daycare workers need to pay close attention to how they handle things like runny noses and ill children. Some parents might send their kids to the center when they are under the weather. Workers need proper vaccinations and must know what steps to take when a child does show up with something contagious.

Toys and spills on the floors are also a hazard. Teaching the children to pick up their own messes is a work in progress, but it is something that can help to keep everyone safe. Workers should always double check where they are walking to prevent slips, trips and falls.

Workers who suffer an injury at a daycare are able to receive workers' compensation benefits to help with things like medical bills and missed wages. Find out if you are eligible and work to get the benefits that are due to you.

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