Register January 2012 No. 673
Chapter DHS 175
RECREATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL CAMPS
DHS 175.01   Authority and purpose.
DHS 175.02   Scope.
DHS 175.03   Definitions.
DHS 175.04   Plan consultation.
DHS 175.05   Permits.
DHS 175.06   Department fees.
DHS 175.07   Enforcement.
DHS 175.08   Suspension or revocation of permit.
DHS 175.09   Appeals of actions by the department.
DHS 175.10   Appeals of actions by agent health departments.
DHS 175.11   Location of the camp.
DHS 175.12   Water supply.
DHS 175.13   Sewage disposal system.
DHS 175.14   Toilet and shower facilities.
DHS 175.15   Garbage and refuse.
DHS 175.16   Food preparation and service.
DHS 175.17   Buildings and grounds.
DHS 175.18   Safety and supervision.
DHS 175.19   Health.
DHS 175.20   Register.
DHS 175.21   Sleeping quarters.
DHS 175.22   Primitive camping.
Ch. DHS 175 Note Note: Chapter H 75 as it existed on August 31, 1978, was repealed and a new Chapter H 75 was created effective September 1, 1978. Chapter H 75 was renumbered Chapter HSS 175 effective June 1, 1982; Chapter HSS 175 as it existed on October 31, 1985 was repealed and a new Chapter HSS 175 was created effective November 1, 1985. Chapter HSS 175 was renumbered chapter HFS 175 under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 1., Stats., and corrections were made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 6. and 7., Stats., Register, January 1997, No. 493. Chapter HFS 175 as it existed on January 31, 2001, was repealed and a new chapter HFS 175 was created effective February 1, 2001. Chapter HFS 175 was renumbered chapter DHS 175 effective February 1, 2009, and corrections made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register January 2009 No. 637.
DHS 175.01 DHS 175.01 Authority and purpose. This chapter is promulgated under the authority of ss. 227.11 (2) (a), 250.04 (7) and 254.47 (4), Stats., to prescribe rules for recreational and educational camps for enforcement by the department and agent local health departments to protect public health and safety.
DHS 175.01 Note Note: The Department of Health Services strongly recommends that each camp owner or operator implement a comprehensive system of background checks for all persons who apply to be camp staff members and who will have direct, regular contact with campers. The system should include asking the person to self-disclose, in writing, any of the following in their background: pending criminal charges, criminal convictions, governmental findings of abuse or neglect of a child or an adult, or governmental findings of misappropriation of a child's or an adult's property. The system should also include conducting background checks from the records maintained by the Wisconsin Departments of Justice, Health Services, and Safety and Professional Services. Background checks can be completed by submitting the Department of Justice's criminal history request form with the request purpose designated as "Caregiver Background Check-General." The checks should be completed either before or within 60 days after hiring a staff member, and the camp owner or operator should consider any information obtained from the background checks in making a decision about whether to hire or retain the staff member. Guidelines and forms for conducting comprehensive background checks can be found in ch. DHS 12 or on the Department's internet site: www.dhs.wi.gov.
DHS 175.01 History History: Cr. Register, January, 2001, No. 541, eff. 2-1-01; CR 08-073: renum. from HFS 175.01 Register January 2009 No. 637, eff. 2-1-09.
DHS 175.02 DHS 175.02 Scope.
DHS 175.02(1)(1) Applicability. This chapter applies to the operators of recreational and educational camps and to the department and its agents.
DHS 175.02(2) (2)Approved comparable compliance.
DHS 175.02(2)(a)(a) The department may approve an alternative to a method, practice, material, equipment or design required under this chapter that will not be contrary to public health, safety or welfare when the department is provided with satisfactory proof that the alternative will achieve results which are closely equivalent to the results of literal application of the requirement under this chapter.
DHS 175.02(2)(b) (b) An alternative approved by the department under par. (a) may be made conditional for either of the following:
DHS 175.02(2)(b)1. 1. A defined period of time.
DHS 175.02(2)(b)2. 2. Experimental or trial purposes.
DHS 175.02 History History: Cr. Register, January, 2001, No. 541, eff. 2-1-01; CR 08-073: renum. from HFS 175.02 Register January 2009 No. 637, eff. 2-1-09.
DHS 175.03 DHS 175.03 Definitions. In this chapter:
DHS 175.03(1) (1) "Adult" means a person 18 years of age or older.
DHS 175.03(2) (2) "Adulteration" means making food not safe for human consumption by having it bear or contain any of the following:
DHS 175.03(2)(a) (a) A poisonous or deleterious substance in a quantity that may be injurious to health.
DHS 175.03(2)(b) (b) An added poisonous or deleterious substance for which no safe tolerance has been established under U.S. food and drug administration regulations, or exceeding the tolerance if one has been established.
DHS 175.03(2)(c) (c) A filthy, putrid or decomposed substance, or is otherwise unfit for human consumption.
DHS 175.03(2)(d) (d) It has been processed, prepared, packed or held under unsanitary conditions which may have rendered it injurious to health.
DHS 175.03(2)(e) (e) It is in whole or in part the product of a diseased animal or an animal which has died otherwise than by slaughter.
DHS 175.03(2)(f) (f) Its container is composed in whole or in part of any poisonous or deleterious substance which may render the contents injurious to health.
DHS 175.03(3) (3) "Agent" means the city, county or village designated by the department under s. 254.69 (2), Stats., and ch. DHS 192 to issue permits to and make investigations or inspections of recreational and educational camps.
DHS 175.03(4) (4) "Approved" means acceptable to the department, based on its determination of conformance with this chapter and good public health practices.
DHS 175.03(5) (5) "Camp" means a premises, including temporary and permanent structures, that is operated as an overnight living quarters where both food and lodging or facilities for food and lodging are provided for children or adults or both children and adults for a planned program of recreation or education, and that is offered free of charge or for payment of a fee by a person or by the state or a local unit of government. "Camp" does not include any of the following:
DHS 175.03(5)(a) (a) An overnight planned program of recreation or education for adults or families at an establishment holding a current hotel or motel or restaurant permit.
DHS 175.03(5)(b) (b) An overnight planned program of recreation or education for less than 4 consecutive nights and without permanent facilities for food and lodging.
DHS 175.03(5)(c) (c) An overnight planned program for credit at an accredited academic institution of higher education.
DHS 175.03(5)(d) (d) A tournament, competition, visitation, recruitment, campus conference or professional sports team training camp.
DHS 175.03(6) (6) "Camp health supervisor" means an adult responsible for routine and emergency health care supervision at the camp.
DHS 175.03(7) (7) "Comminuted" means reduced in size by methods including chopping, flaking, grinding or mincing. Comminuted includes fish or meat products that are reduced in size and restructured or reformulated such as gefilte fish, gyros, ground beef, and sausage; and a mixture of 2 or more types of meat that have been reduced in size and combined, such as sausages made from 2 or more meats.
DHS 175.03(8) (8) "Department" means the Wisconsin department of health services.
DHS 175.03(9) (9) "Easily cleanable" means readily accessible and fabricated of material and finish that allows residue to be completely removed by normal cleaning methods.
DHS 175.03(10) (10) "Equipment" means, in connection with the operation of a food service facility at a camp, stoves, ranges, hoods, meat blocks, counters, refrigerators, sinks, ice-making machines, dishwashing machines, steam tables, blenders, meat grinders and slicers and similar items used to prepare or hold foods or to clean utensils.
DHS 175.03(11) (11) "Existing camp" means operating with a permit first issued by the department or an agent before February 1, 2001.
DHS 175.03(12) (12) "Family camping program" means that a parent or guardian or, if no parent or guardian is available, another adult relative with whom the child resides is supervising his or her own children at a camp.
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