245A.146 Crib safety requirements.
Subdivision 1. Consumer product safety Web link. The commissioner shall maintain a link from the licensing division Web site to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission Web site that addresses crib safety information.
Subd. 2. Documentation requirement for license holders. (a) Effective January 1, 2006, all licensed child care providers must maintain the following documentation for every crib used by or that is accessible to any child in care:
(1) the crib's brand name; and
(2) the crib's model number.
(b) Any crib for which the license holder does not have the documentation required under paragraph (a) must not be used by or be accessible to children in care.
Subd. 3. License holder documentation of cribs. (a) Annually, from the date printed on the license, all license holders shall check all their cribs' brand names and model numbers against the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission Web site listing of unsafe cribs.
(b) The license holder shall maintain written documentation to be reviewed on site for each crib showing that the review required in paragraph (a) has been completed, and which of the following conditions applies:
(1) the crib was not identified as unsafe on the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission Web site;
(2) the crib was identified as unsafe on the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission Web site, but the license holder has taken the action directed by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission to make the crib safe; or
(3) the crib was identified as unsafe on the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission Web site, and the license holder has removed the crib so that it is no longer used by or accessible to children in care.
(c) Documentation of the review completed under this subdivision shall be maintained by the license holder on site and made available to parents of children in care and the commissioner.
Subd. 4. Crib safety standards and inspection. (a) On at least a monthly basis, the license holder shall perform safety inspections of every crib used by or that is accessible to any child in care, and must document the following:
(1) no corner posts extend more than 1/16 of an inch;
(2) no spaces between side slats exceed 2.375 inches;
(3) no mattress supports can be easily dislodged from any point of the crib;
(4) no cutout designs are present on end panels;
(5) no heights of the rail and end panel are less than 26 inches when measured from the top of the rail or panel in the highest position to the top of the mattress support in its lowest position;
(6) no heights of the rail and end panel are less than nine inches when measured from the top of the rail or panel in its lowest position to the top of the mattress support in its highest position;
(7) no screws, bolts, or hardware are loose or not secured, and there is no use of woodscrews in components that are designed to be assembled and disassembled by the crib owner;
(8) no sharp edges, points, or rough surfaces are present;
(9) no wood surfaces are rough, splintered, split, or cracked;
(10) no tears in mesh of fabric sides in non-full-size cribs;
(11) no mattress pads in non-full-size mesh or fabric cribs exceed one inch; and
(12) no gaps between the mattress and any sides of the crib are present.
(b) Upon discovery of any unsafe condition identified by the license holder during the safety inspection required under paragraph (a), the license holder shall immediately remove the crib from use and ensure that the crib is not accessible to children in care, and as soon as practicable, but not more than two business days after the inspection, remove the crib from the area where child care services are routinely provided for necessary repairs or to destroy the crib.
(c) Documentation of the inspections and actions taken with unsafe cribs required in paragraphs (a) and (b) shall be maintained on site by the license holder and made available to parents of children in care and the commissioner.
Subd. 5. Commissioner inspection. During routine licensing inspections, and when investigating complaints regarding alleged violations of this section, the commissioner shall review the provider's documentation required under subdivisions 3 and 4.
HIST: 2005 c 139 s 1
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