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September 02, 2008

Heather Howard
Commissioner

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DHSS Proposes the Readoption of N.J.A.C. 8:25, New Jersey Youth Camp Safety Standards, with Amendments, New Rules, and Repeals


 

The Consumer and Environmental Health Services of the Division of Epidemiology, Environmental and Occupational Health of the Public Health Services Branch of the Department of Health and Senior Services (Department) is proposing the readoption of N.J.A.C. 8:25, New Jersey Youth Camp Safety Standards, with amendments, new rules, and repeals.  The notice of proposal appears in the September 2, 2008 issue of the New Jersey Register.

         

          N.J.A.C. 8:25 implements the requirements of the New Jersey Youth Camp Safety Act set forth at N.J.S.A. 26:12-1 et seq. (P.L. 1973, c. 375) by establishing minimum standards to protect the health and safety of children that attend private day and residential youth camps.  The rules at N.J.A.C. 8:25 set forth standards for the certification and inspection of youth camps, staff requirements and in some circumstances qualifications, supervision ratios of staff to campers, prevention of building and environmental hazards, operation of a health program at each camp, sanitation in camp buildings, general camper safety, food and water, conducting off-site trips, transportation, water safety, recordkeeping, reporting, and enforcement. 

         

          In this rulemaking the Department proposes technical and substantive amendments, repeals and new rules.  Noteworthy substantive amendments and new rules include the following:

 

·         Proposed amendments to the definition of “youth camp” at N.J.A.C. 8:25-1.4 to clarify that a youth camp operates for a period of, or portions of, two days during the same week and distinguish a day camp from a resident camp for better clarity throughout the rules.

·         Proposed amendment at N.J.A.C. 8:25-3.2(a) to expand the qualifications of a camp director.

·         Proposed amendments at N.J.A.C. 8:25-3.2(e) through (j) requiring criminal history and sex offender registry checks for staff members.

·         Proposed amendments at N.J.A.C. 8:25-3.2(l) through (p) to establish specific ratios of staff to campers based on the age and number of campers.

·         Proposed amendments at N.J.A.C. 8:25-5.2(a) to expand the qualifications of a health director.

·         Proposed new rules at N.J.A.C. 8:25-10.6 that would prohibit the use of privies and pit-toilets

·         Proposed new rules at N.J.A.C. 8:25-14 covering additional standards for single sports use camps.

           

          The public has until November 1, 2008 to comment on the notice of proposal.  Persons wishing to comment on the proposal must submit their comments in writing to Ruth Charbonneau, Director, Office of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Office of the Commissioner, Department of Health and Senior Services, PO Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360.  Written comments on the proposal must be postmarked on or before November 1, 2008, which is the close of the 60-day public comment period.

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