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Term

Definition

General Terms
policy

A planned, written course of action for a specific circumstance;


used to guarantee consistency and sound decision-making

compliance

Conformity and obedience, as in compliance with the law

compliant

The characteristic of being obedient, of conforming

liability

Having legal responsibility and being subject to punishment for


not doing something

exempt

Not subject to; excused from

rule

A policy that is implemented as a requirement; in the case of


North Carolina Child Care Rules, a requirement for licensing

ratio

The number of times one number contains another number; the


relationship between two numbers

Health
axillary

A way of taking body temperature; of or near the armpit

oral

A way of taking body temperature; by mouth

rectal

A way of taking body temperature; by the rectum

communicable

A disease that can be passed from one person to another;


contagious, infectious

immunization

A medical procedure to introduce a vaccine into the body to


provide antibodies to resist disease; an inoculation, a
vaccination, or shot

administer

To give, as in administering medications

foodborne illness

Sickness caused by eating foods containing bacteria, toxins,


parasites, or viruses

pathogens

Germs, bacteria

sanitary

Preserving cleanliness and healthfulness; reducing bacteria

universal precautions

Guidelines staff must follow to control infections

Safety
supervise

To watch, to be aware of

hazardous

Having the potential to produce injury, to cause an accident

8.01 Vocabulary Health and Safety Policies