5101:2-18-21 Safety requirements in approved child day camps.

(A) A program staff member in charge of a child or group of children shall be responsible for their safety.

(B) All children shall be supervised as outlined in rule 5101: 2-18-12 of the Administrative Code.

(C) The approved child day camp shall not abuse or neglect children and shall protect children from abuse and neglect while in the camp's care.

(D) A camp staff member shall immediately notify the local public children's services agency when the camp staff member suspects that a child has been abused or neglected.

(E) For use in emergencies, camp staff members shall have access at all times to a communication method such as, but not limited to, a telephone, cell-phone, walkie talkie or pager.

(F) The approved child day camp shall have written safety regulations and emergency procedures that shall include at least the following:

(1) Vehicle safety requirements as outlined in rule 5101: 2-18-25 of the Administrative Code;.

(2) Search and rescue procedures for lost or missing children.

(3) Plan for the care of children in case of inclement weather or emergency situations.

(4) Procedures governing arrival and departure of children to assure that a camp staff member is aware of each child's presence at the camp;.

(5) Practices to be used when children mingle with the public that include:

(a) The supervision of children.

(b) Safety instructions for children in case they are separated from the group or are approached by a stranger.

(c) Safety while on pubic transportation, walking on public streets, and using public restrooms.

(d) Procedures for responding to the intrusion of unauthorized persons onto the campsite and review of security concerns.

(G) The child day camp shall conduct a written assessment of its operation to identify and reduce potential health and safety risks to children and staff. The written assessment shall include, at a minimum:

(1) Identification of:

(a) Natural hazards specific to the camp site;

(b) Man-made hazards specific to the camp site;

(c) Operation of facilities and/or equipment;

(d) Disasters such as fire, flood, tornado, hurricane;

(e) Conduct of children and staff.

(2) Procedures implemented to reduce risks associated with identified health and safety concerns including:

(a) Camp safety regulations for identified areas;

(b) Methods to control access to identified hazardous areas;

(c) Identification of how and when children and/or staff will be trained to deal with identified risks.

(3) Emergency procedures to respond to identified risks or situations identified in section (G)(1) of this rule.

(H) The child day camp shall provide documentation of liability insurance or documentation that the camp is self insured. The documentation shall be on file at the camp for review by ODJFS.

(I) Water bottles used for storage of drinking water shall be clearly marked and distinguishable by shape, color, or style from bottles containing non-consumable liquids. Bottles containing non-consumable liquids shall also be clearly labeled with their contents.

(J) Equipment and materials used by the child day camp shall be sturdy, safe and maintained. Equipment and materials which that are not usable due to breakage or hazards shall be marked and removed immediately or made inaccessible to children.

(K) Lawn mowers, hedge clippers and other machinery shall not be used in the immediate area where children are present.

(L) Pets or animals shall be permitted if they present no apparent threat to the safety or health of the children. All pets shall be properly housed, cared for, and inoculated. Verification of inoculations for each pet requiring such inoculations shall be on file at the camp for review by ODJFS. Children shall feed or care for animals under the supervision of a program staff member.

(M) Use of aerosols, herbicides and pesticides shall be prohibited when children are in attendance at the child day camp.

(N) Accumulated trash and garbage shall be stored in a designated area and shall not be accessible to the children.

(O) Any weapons, firearms and ammunition on the campsite shall be stored in a locked area.

(P) Gas and liquid flammables, explosives, and poisonous materials shall be stored in covered containers that are plainly labeled, stored away from food and handled only by people trained or experienced in their safe use.

(Q) Power tools used on the campsite shall be equipped with proper safety devices, in good repair and operated by only those people trained or experienced in their safe use.

(R) The camp shall prohibit smoking in food preparation and service areas, and in dining facilities during meal periods and shall designate smoking areas that are away from campers and nonsmokers.

(S) Preservice training requirements of rule 5101: 2-18-11 of the Administrative Code shall include all areas outlined in this rule.

Effective: 06/01/2009
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/26/2008 and 06/01/2014
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 5104.22
Rule Amplifies: 5104.22
Prior Effective Dates: 9/1/93