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Sec. 1. The definitions in this rule apply throughout this rule.
Sec. 2. "Bathing beach" means a body of water not contained within a structure, chamber, or tank and used for swimming, diving, or recreational bathing.
Sec. 3. "Camp" means a youth camp.
Sec. 4. "Department" means the Indiana state department of health.
Sec. 5. "Designated adult" means the individual with the primary responsibility for health matters, food, staff supervision, the administration of program operations, and business and transportation services.
Sec. 6. "Gray water" means wastewater originating from dish washing, hand washing, laundering, showers, or sinks.
Sec. 7. "Local health officer" means the health officer of any local health department or their authorized representative.
Sec. 8. "Person" means any individual, firm, partnership, company, corporation, trustee, association, municipality, county, authority, estate, or public or private entity owning, conducting, controlling, managing, or operating a camp.
Sec. 9. "Primitive camp" means a youth camp that operates at a site having only tents.
Sec. 10. "Public sewer" means a sewage disposal facility provided by a utility, municipality, conservancy district, or regional sewer district.
Sec. 11. "Public water supply" means water supplied by a utility, municipality, conservancy district, regional water district, rural water corporation, or not-for-profit water corporation.
Sec. 12. "Tent" means a shelter with twenty-five percent (25%) or more of its walls or roof, or both, made of fabric material.
Sec. 13. "Water station" means a facility for filling water storage containers with potable water from an approved water system.
Sec. 14. "Youth camp" means any area or tract of land established, operated, or maintained to provide more that seventy-two (72) continuous hours of outdoor group living experiences away from established residences for educational, recreational, sectarian, or health purposes to ten (10) or more children who are under eighteen (18) years of age and not accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Sec. 15. Any person planning the construction, addition to, or significant change in the construction of any youth camp shall, at least ninety (90) days prior to the initiation of any such construction, submit plans, drawn to scale, for review and approval by the department. These plans must be certified by a registered engineer or architect licensed to practice in Indiana.
Sec. 16. When a youth camp is in session, there shall be a designated adult on the premises who is responsible for compliance with this rule.
Sec. 17. (a) When a youth camp is in session, there shall be an individual present who is designated as the health supervisor and who has completed at least the Red Cross Standard First Aid Course or its equivalent.
(b) A member of the camp health staff shall conduct a health screening of each camper to identify any illness or communicable disease. The screening shall:
(c) Youth camps owners shall possess an original or a copy of an up to date medical log. The medical log shall be in permanent ink and be a record of the dates, times, patient names, ailments, treatments, names of attending staff, and signature of the person who made the entries into the log.
(d) Medication prescribed for campers or staff members shall be dispensed from original containers.
(e) Medications, except those a physician prescribed for self-administration, shall be locked in a cabinet, box, or drawer or stored in a safe place inaccessible to children.
(f) Whenever there is an injury or illness to a camper that results in hospitalization, a positive x-ray or laboratory analysis, or the camper is being sent home, a report shall be sent to the department. This report shall be:
(g) Whenever there is an injury or illness that results in the death of a camper or staff member, a report of the incident and death shall be filed with the department within twenty-four (24) hours of the death.
(h) The use of tobacco products or alcoholic beverages is prohibited in buildings used by children. The use of tobacco products or alcoholic beverages in the presence of children is prohibited in a youth camp while it is in operation.
Sec. 18. (a) Youth camps constructed after the effective date of this rule shall include a separate room with toilet and lavatory facilities to be used as an infirmary and isolation area.
(b) The separate room described in subsection (a) shall have the following:
Sec. 19. (a) First aid kits shall be available to camp staff at food service operations, beaches, the infirmary, the camp office, primitive camps, and readily available in a timely manner to all program areas. First aid may be administered only by properly trained staff.
(b) As a minimum, each first aid kit must include the following:
(c) First aid materials shall be wrapped and stored so they do not become contaminated.
Sec. 20. (a) A record for each camper must be maintained by the designated adult operating a camp and shall contain the following:
(b) Records required by this rule shall be kept on file by the designated adult for a period of at least two (2) years.
Sec. 21. (a) No condition, situation, or installation shall be created, installed, or maintained that:
(b) An accurate plat of the camp shall be maintained that shows the location of buildings, wells, privies, sewage disposal systems, sanitary facilities, swimming areas, and water and sewer lines.
(c) The central camp areas, primitive camps, and program areas shall be maintained to minimize the growth of poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, and other noxious plants.
(d) The camp shall be free of debris or other hazards.
(e) Building stairways over four (4) steps in height shall have handrails.
(f) Equipment and facilities in camps shall be designed, installed and maintained in a safe condition. Playground equipment shall be securely anchored.
(g) When not in use, archery equipment, firearms, and ammunition shall be locked in a cabinet or building.
(h) Poisonous substances, pool chemicals, pesticides, and toxic chemicals shall be clearly marked and stored in locked cabinets or enclosures.
Sec. 22. (a) Telephone service shall be provided to each youth camp as follows:
(b) A written emergency plan for dealing with natural disasters, lost campers, and other emergencies must be developed and maintained. At a minimum, the plan shall include procedures for evacuation and transportation to emergency facilities. Camp staff shall be trained on the plan and a record of the training shall be kept by a responsible adult. Campers shall be advised of their responsibilities in following the plan.
(c) Camps offering aquatic activities must have an emergency plan that includes procedures for rescues, accounting for each camper, evacuations, and the method for notification of emergency services. Weekly orientation in using the aquatic emergency plan must be conducted.
Sec. 23. (a) Each youth camp shall be equipped with a minimum of a 4-A, 60-B:C, ten (10) pound, multipurpose, dry chemical, pressure fire extinguisher within one hundred (100) feet of each kitchen, furnace room, and sleeping facilities.
(b) Fire extinguishers must be readily accessible and maintained in an operable condition.
(c) Exits from structures must be maintained free of obstructions and have exit signs clearly posted.
(d) Buildings with occupancy of more than ten (10) persons shall have at least two (2) separate and independent exits. Exits shall not be closer to each other than fifty percent (50%) of the longest exterior dimension of the building.
(e) Buildings with occupancy above the first floor shall have two (2) separate and independent exits. At least one (1) exit shall lead directly to the outside.
(f) A one-room building used for sleeping shall be equipped with a smoke detector.
(g) Buildings with two (2) or more compartmentalized sleeping rooms shall have hard-wired interconnected smoke detectors.
(h) All required smoke detectors shall be UL listed.
(i) All required smoke detectors shall be kept clean and tested monthly.
(j) Fire drills shall be held within twenty-four (24) hours of the beginning of each camping session and weekly thereafter.
(k) Gasoline and other flammable fluids shall be marked and stored in locked containers or in locked buildings not occupied by campers.
(l) Gasoline and other flammable fluids shall be stored at least fifty (50) feet from sleeping quarters.
Sec. 24. (a) Wiring, lighting, and electrical receptacles shall be installed and maintained in a safe condition.
(b) Fifteen (15) and twenty (20) ampere, one hundred twenty-five (125) volt receptacles in sanitary facilities, bathrooms, garages, or maintenance buildings or located outside of buildings shall be equipped with ground-fault circuit interrupter protection.
(c) Electrical receptacles shall have wiring and circuit breakers or fuses sized to conform to the amperage of the receptacles they supply.
(d) Electrical switches, circuit breakers, receptacles, control equipment, and metering devices located in wet places or outside of a building shall be weatherproof.
(e) Splices to electrical wires at accessible locations shall be made utilizing approved junction boxes.
(f) In areas subject to vehicle movement, service drop conductors of not over six hundred (600) volts nominal, shall be at least eighteen (18) feet above the ground surface. In other areas, the minimum clearance shall be ten (10) feet above the ground surface.
(g) Electrical equipment and conductors shall not be attached to trees.
(h) Electrical receptacles shall be grounded and shall not have an open neutral, open hot conductor, or reverse polarity.
(i) Loose electrical equipment shall be secured. Face plates and panel fronts shall be in place to prevent accidental contact.
Sec. 25. (a) Camps shall be provided with an adequate and convenient supply of potable water that meets the Indiana department of environmental management public water supply drinking water quality standard found in 327 IAC 8. Potable water shall always be available for culinary, drinking, laundry, and bathing purposes.
(c) A camp shall exclusively use a public water supply if public water is available within a reasonable distance. If a public water supply is not available, a camp shall have water supplied from a well that complies with 327 IAC 8.
(d) The construction and location of all camp wells with less than fifteen (15) service connections or serving less than twenty-five (25) people shall comply with all the requirements of this rule.
(e) Camp water supply and distribution systems shall have the capacity to deliver a minimum water pressure of twenty (20) pounds per square inch to all water stations and connections during periods of peak water usage. The water supply shall have capacity to meet total daily water demands. If a well or pump cannot meet peak or daily water demand, camps shall be provided with sufficient usable storage capacity to meet the demand.
(f) The casing pipe of a well shall project not less than:
(g) Water supplies shall have no well head, well casing, pump, pumping machinery, exposed pressure tanks, or suction piping located in any pit, room, or enclosed space that does not have free drainage, by gravity, to the ground surface at all times.
(h) Wells and potable water distribution systems shall be disinfected after construction and after a repair. The water shall be tested and be bacteriologically acceptable in at least two (2) consecutive samples collected at least twenty-four (24) hours apart before the potable water system can be used.
(i) There shall be no direct physical connection between the camp potable water supply system and any nonpotable water supply system.
(j) Stop-and-waste valves or yard hydrants that would allow aspiration or back flow of contaminated water into the potable water system shall not be used.
(k) Common drinking cups are not permitted.
(l) When potable water is transported, it shall be in closed, disinfected containers used for no other purpose.
(m) Plumbing fixtures shall comply with 675 IAC 16.
Sec. 26. (a) Sewage shall be disposed of by a connection to a public sewer, if available within a reasonable distance from the camp. If a public sewer is not available within a reasonable distance from the camp, sewage disposal must comply with 410 IAC 6-12, 410 IAC 6-10, Bulletin S.E. 11, Bulletin S.E. 13 [PDF - 1.1 MB], or applicable rules of the Indiana department of environmental management for sewage disposal facilities other than sanitary vault privies or septic tank soil-absorption systems.
(b) Only wastewater management businesses licensed pursuant to IC 13-18-12 shall clean camp privies and portable toilets of waste. Privies must be pumped when the accumulated waste is within eighteen (18) inches of the privy floor.
Sec. 27. (a) The entrance to a sanitary facility shall have a sign to designate which sex may use the facility. Solid walls extending from floor to ceiling shall separate facilities for each sex located in the same building.
(b) Toilets, urinals, hand washing, and bathing facilities shall be provided as follows:
|Individuals to be served||Showers||Lavatories||Toilets||Urinals*|
|*Toilets may be substituted for the appropriate number of urinals.|
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(c) Camps serving more than seventy (70) campers shall have sanitary facilities for each sex in the ratio of one (1) shower, lavatory, and toilet or urinal for each fifteen (15) additional campers.
(d) Showers or lavatories are not required at primitive camps.
(e) For all common use rooms that contain sanitary or laundry facilities, excluding sanitary vault privies and portable toilets, the following minimum requirements shall apply:
(f) Toilet paper shall be available at all times in toilets and privies.
(g) Privies shall be constructed and maintained in compliance with Bulletin S.E. 11.
(h) Where electricity is available, the privy interior must have artificial illumination. Where electricity is not available, the privy must allow natural light to enter for illumination.
(i) Hand washing facilities, or a dispenser with moistened disposable towelettes, shall be located within twenty-five (25) feet of a privy.
(j) Toilet facilities shall be located within five hundred (500) feet of each sleeping area.
Sec. 28. (a) Central kitchen and dining halls shall comply with 410 IAC 7-24.
(b) Kitchens separate from the central dining hall and used for individual campers to prepare meals shall meet the following requirements:
Sec. 29. (a) Buildings, structures, tents, and cabins shall be kept in good repair and maintained in a safe and sanitary condition.
(b) Floors and floor coverings in buildings used for sleeping or camp activities shall be in good repair and easily cleanable.
(c) Buildings used for sleeping shall have screened openable windows or mechanical ventilation as required by 675 IAC 14-4.3-1.
(d) Outside openings shall be screened with at least sixteen (16) mesh screen to prevent the entrance of insects.
(e) Screened doors shall be tight-fitting, in good repair, and self-closing.
(f) At least thirty (30) square feet of floor space per camper must be provided in rooms used for sleeping.
(g) Beds shall be arranged so the heads of the sleepers are at least six (6) feet apart and there is at least thirty (30) inches between the sides of the beds. Beds are not required to be affixed to the floor.
(h) Sleeping rooms shall have a minimum ceiling height of seven (7) feet.
(i) Bedding provided by the camp operator shall be clean and washed before use by a new camper.
(j) Foam bed mattresses shall be provided with easily cleanable mattress covers.
(k) Vertical separation between the top of the lower mattress of a double deck bunk and the upper bunk shall be a minimum of twenty-seven (27) inches. The vertical separation from the top of the upper mattress to the ceiling shall be a minimum of thirty-six (36) inches.
(l) Bunk beds used by campers shall be equipped with guardrails on the upper bunk. Guardrails are required on any side of a bunk not placed tightly against a wall.
(m) At least twenty (20) foot-candles of light shall be provided throughout buildings used for sleeping.
(n) Tent material shall be flame-retardant.
Sec. 30. (a) An individual currently certified as a lifeguard and having a current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification must direct swimming, boating, canoeing, watercraft, water skiing, and other aquatic activities.
(b) A minimum of one (1) counselor for each fifteen (15) campers shall supervise watercraft and swimming activities.
(c) At each aquatic site, a minimum of one (1) currently certified lifeguard for each thirty (30) campers must be provided.
(e) In addition to the requirements of 410 IAC 6-2 and 675 IAC 20, swimming pools less than two thousand (2,000) square feet shall have one (1) or more qualified lifeguards on duty when the pool is in use by campers.
(f) Watercraft activity participants must wear a Type II or Type III U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device.
(g) Bathing beaches shall comply with the following:
Sec. 31. (a) Refuse, including garbage, shall be collected, stored, and disposed of properly so the camp is clean and litter free. Refuse shall not accumulate in a manner that could:
(b) Each garbage can and dumpster in a camp shall be covered with a tight-fitting lid at all times except during use.
(c) Garbage and refuse shall be collected at least once per week or more often when necessary.
(d) Burning of garbage and refuse is not permitted.
(e) Garbage and refuse shall be stored in watertight, rodent proof, fly proof containers. Unless plastic liners are used, garbage containers shall be cleaned when emptied.
(f) Dumpsters shall be located at least fifty (50) feet from sleeping areas.
Sec. 32. (a) Animal shelters, corrals, tie rails, or hitching posts shall not be located within two hundred (200) feet of a dining hall, kitchen, or other place where food is prepared, cooked, or served.
(b) Buildings, grounds, and storage areas shall be kept free of insect and rodent infestations and free of refuse that could harbor rodents, mosquitoes, flies, and other pests.
(c) Lumber, pipe, and other building materials shall be stored at least four (4) inches above the ground.
Sec. 33. The department or the local health officer may enter public or private property at reasonable times and, upon presentation of credentials, to do any of the following:
Sec. 35. Local health officers may enforce the rules of the department. County and municipal authorities within their respective jurisdictions have jurisdiction over zoning, building codes, and ordinances pertaining to camps.
SECTION 3. 410 IAC 6-7 IS REPEALED.
LSA Document #01-243(F)
Notice of Intent Published: 24 IR 3660
Proposed Rule Published: March 1, 2002; 25 IR 2002
Hearing Held: March 22, 2002
Approved by Attorney General: June 20, 2002
Approved by Governor: June 24, 2002
Filed with Secretary of State: June 27, 2002, 1:30 p.m.
Incorporated Documents Filed with Secretary of State: Bulletin S.E. 11, 1986; Bulletin S.E. 13, 1988.
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