ATCP 78.18(4)(c)1.1. A camp shall have firefighting equipment available in nonpermanent sleeping areas. Where fire barrels or buckets are used, they shall be painted red or plainly marked, maintained and kept filled with water.
ATCP 78.18(4)(c)2. 2. For permanent structures, a camp shall comply with the fire safety requirements of chs. SPS 314 and 361 to 365, including rules on isolation of fire hazards, fire escapes, fire exits, fire extinguishers, fire alarm systems, smoke detectors, exit lighting, space heaters, ventilation, and directions of escape.
ATCP 78.18(4)(c)3. 3. All emergency equipment shall be continuously maintained.
ATCP 78.18(4)(c)4. 4. Local fire fighting and law enforcement officials shall be notified in writing when a camp is planned to be operational or annually if the camp is open the entire year.
ATCP 78.18(5) (5)Water activities.
ATCP 78.18(5)(a) (a) All swimming and watercraft activities at a camp shall be under the direction of an adult water activities director who holds a current department-approved lifeguard certification.
ATCP 78.18(5)(b) (b) Every person serving as a lifeguard at a camp shall hold a current department-approved lifeguard certification, a current first-aid certificate approved by the department and a current certificate approved by the department for the completion of a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for adults, children and infants, and shall have training, as required by the U.S. occupational safety and health administration under 29 CFR 1910.1030, bloodborne pathogens standard.
ATCP 78.18 Note Note: Obtain a list of approved certification courses for lifeguarding, first aid, and CPR from the Bureau of Food and Recreational Businesses at (608) 224-4682 or PO Box 8911, Madison, Wisconsin 53708-8911.
ATCP 78.18(5)(c) (c) Except as allowed in par. (d), either the water activities director or a staff person who is certified as specified in par. (b) shall be on duty at each water activity area, such as where boating, canoeing, swimming, or water skiing occurs, for every 50 persons or fraction thereof in the water. In addition, there shall be an overall ratio of one staff person at each water activity area for every 10 persons in the water.
ATCP 78.18(5)(d) (d) A group consisting only of adults or a group participating in a family camping program with at least one parent or designated adult supervisor present and supervising may use water activity areas, other than swimming, without supervision by camp aquatics staff provided the group receives orientation from camp aquatics staff based on written procedures that specify all of the following:
ATCP 78.18(5)(d)1. 1. Personal flotation devices shall be provided in accordance with s. 30.62 (3) (a), Stats., for each boat under 16 feet in length. Boats 16 feet in length or more shall also be equipped with at least one U.S. coast guard approved type IV throwable flotation device.
ATCP 78.18(5)(d)2. 2. Personal flotation devices shall be worn by all persons at all times when operating or riding on personal watercraft in accordance with s. 30.62 (3) (b), Stats.
ATCP 78.18(5)(d)3. 3. Safety regulations shall be followed, including safety devices for personal watercraft in accordance with s. 30.62 (3m), Stats.
ATCP 78.18(5)(d)4. 4. A designated check-in and check-out system is to be used by camp staff to identify persons using the water activity areas.
ATCP 78.18(5)(e) (e) An equipped first-aid kit appropriate for its intended use as determined by the water activities director or the camp health supervisor shall be maintained and readily available at each water activity area.
ATCP 78.18 Note Note: Obtain a list of Department-recommended minimum first-aid kit contents by contacting the Bureau of Food and Recreational Businesses at (608) 224-4682 or PO Box 8911, Madison, Wisconsin 53708-8911.
ATCP 78.18(5)(f) (f) Lifesaving equipment, including a minimum of at least a backboard, ring buoy, or rescue tube or throw bag and reaching pole, shall be maintained and immediately available at each water activity area.
ATCP 78.18(5)(g) (g) The camp operator or water activities director shall establish and enforce a method for checking persons in and out of the water.
ATCP 78.18(5)(h) (h) The camp operator or water activities director shall establish and enforce a method for supervising persons in the water such as the buddy system, the colored cap system or a combination of methods of supervising persons.
ATCP 78.18(5)(i) (i) The camp operator or water activities director shall designate a separate area for each water activity.
ATCP 78.18(5)(j) (j) The camp operator or water activities director shall conspicuously post swimming and boating regulations and restrictions at all water activity areas.
ATCP 78.18(5)(k) (k) Access to a water activity area shall be controlled and the area used for swimming shall be clearly marked and separated into sections for nonswimmers, beginners, intermediates, and proficient swimmers. No person may go into a section beyond his or her classification except when being tested under supervision for the next higher level.
ATCP 78.18(5)(L) (L) Water activity areas shall be free of hazards, and equipment in water activity areas shall be maintained. Equipment includes docks, ladders, rafts, diving boards, boats, life jackets, and paddles.
ATCP 78.18(5)(m) (m) A camp may allow swimming after dark in swimming areas if a minimum of 5 foot-candles general overhead lighting is provided. The illumination shall be measured at water level.
ATCP 78.18(5)(n) (n) A rescue boat shall be readily available when water activities extend beyond the designated swimming area. The boat shall be provided with at least a ring buoy or rescue tube or throw bag attached to 50 feet of ¼ inch rope and a reaching pole.
ATCP 78.18(5)(o) (o) Personal floatation devices shall be U.S. coast guard approved and shall be sized properly for each individual.
ATCP 78.18 Note Note: To obtain a copy of the department's “Model Ordinance for Public Beaches," write: Bureau of Environmental Health, P. O. Box 2659, Madison, Wisconsin 53701-2659.
ATCP 78.18(6) (6)Swimming pools. Any swimming pool, wading pool, whirlpool or similar structure shall comply with ch. SPS 390 and the camp operator shall obtain a license and operate the pool in accordance with ch. ATCP 76.
ATCP 78.18 History History: Cr. Register, January, 2001, No. 541, eff. 2-1-01; correction in (4) (c) 2. was made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register May 2002 No. 557; CR 08-073: renum. from HFS 175.13 Register January 2009 No. 637, eff. 2-1-09; corrections in (2) (c) and (6) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register January 2009 No. 637; corrections in (4) (c) 2., (6) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register January 2012 No. 673; renum. from DHS 175.18 Register June 2016 No. 726; correction in (6) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register June 2016 No. 726; CR 18-019: am. (6) Register January 2020 No. 769, eff. 2-1-20.
ATCP 78.19 ATCP 78.19 Health.
ATCP 78.19(1)(1)Health services.
ATCP 78.19(1)(a)(a) Before a camp opens for the first time, and at least annually thereafter, the camp operator shall make written arrangements for medical care of campers and camp staff by a staff physician or consulting physician and for emergency admissions to a designated hospital.
ATCP 78.19 Note Note: It is recommended that a parent's or guardian's written consent for emergency medical care be secured by the camp director prior to or upon the camper's arrival at camp.
ATCP 78.19(1)(b) (b) A camp shall have a vehicle available at all times to transport a camper or staff member requiring emergency medical services to a hospital or clinic when the camp cannot provide the needed services.
ATCP 78.19(2) (2)Health history. Except in a family camping program, each camper and each staff member, upon arrival at the camp, shall present to the health services staff an up-to-date written health history that describes any physical condition, medications or allergies requiring special consideration. For a camper or staff member under 18 years of age, the written health history shall be prepared and signed by a parent or guardian or, if no parent or guardian is available, another adult relative with whom the child resides. Health services staff shall review all health histories and notify the camp operator of special health concerns.
ATCP 78.19 Note Note: It is recommended that each camper and staff member, upon arrival at the camp, also present to the health services staff a written report of a physical examination performed within the preceding 24 months by a physician, a physician assistant or a registered nurse.
ATCP 78.19(3) (3)Infirmary. A camp shall have written procedures and space for the temporary isolation of sick or injured campers and staff members. Any person reasonably suspected of having a communicable disease shall be suitably isolated.
ATCP 78.19 Note Note: Reportable communicable diseases are listed in appendix A to ch. DHS 145. Cases are to be reported to the local health officer or the Department as required under s. 252.05, Stats., and ch. DHS 145.
ATCP 78.19(4) (4)First-aid supplies. A camp shall have on hand first-aid supplies as determined by the health services staff.
ATCP 78.19 Note Note: Obtain a list of Department-recommended minimum first-aid supplies by contacting the Bureau of Food and Recreational Businesses at (608) 224-4682 or PO Box 8911, Madison, Wisconsin 53708-8911.
ATCP 78.19(5) (5)Health care.
ATCP 78.19(5)(a) (a) Camp health supervisor. Except as provided under par. (e), a camp shall have an adult camp health supervisor who shall be responsible for routine and emergency health care supervision at the camp.
ATCP 78.19(5)(b) (b) Health services staff qualifications.
ATCP 78.19(5)(b)1.1. Except as provided under par. (e) and as permitted in subd. 3., the on-site health services staff shall include at least one of the following:
ATCP 78.19(5)(b)1.a. a. A physician licensed in Wisconsin.
ATCP 78.19(5)(b)1.b. b. A registered nurse licensed in Wisconsin.
ATCP 78.19(5)(b)1.c. c. A physician assistant licensed in Wisconsin.
ATCP 78.19(5)(b)1.d. d. A practical nurse licensed in Wisconsin.
ATCP 78.19(5)(b)1.e. e. A national athletic trainers association certified trainer.
ATCP 78.19(5)(b)1.f. f. An emergency medical technician or a paramedic.
ATCP 78.19(5)(b)1.g. g. A person currently certified as completing the American red cross emergency response course.
ATCP 78.19(5)(b)1.h. h. A person currently certified as completing the American red cross responding to emergencies course or equivalent.
ATCP 78.19(5)(b)2. 2. Except as permitted in subd. 3., anyone working as a member of the on-site health services staff at a camp shall hold current certification from the American red cross for CPR for the professional rescuer or the American heart association for health care provider CPR or equivalent age-appropriate cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
ATCP 78.19(5)(b)3. 3. Persons holding a current certificate for the completion of the American red cross community first-aid and safety course or equivalent and a current certificate for the completion of a course for adult, child and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation may serve as health services staff provided all of the following conditions are met:
ATCP 78.19(5)(b)3.a. a. The users of the camp are coming as an organized group such as a school class, a church group or a scout troop.
ATCP 78.19(5)(b)3.b. b. The program is for a period of 3 nights or less.
ATCP 78.19(5)(b)3.c. c. The local ambulance service provider or emergency medical service states in writing that there is a target response time of 15 minutes or less to the camp unless the department approves a longer response time.
ATCP 78.19(5)(b)3.d. d. There is a telephone capable of connecting with emergency medical services without the use of coins, accessible at all times during camp operation and located in close proximity to the camp buildings or lodging units.
ATCP 78.19(5)(c) (c) Health services staff coverage.
ATCP 78.19(5)(c)1.1. Except as provided under par. (e), a camp shall have a health services staff person qualified under par. (b) 1. and 2. available on the premises of the camp at all times while the camp is in operation.
ATCP 78.19(5)(c)2. 2. A health services staff person qualified under par. (b) 1. and 2. shall accompany all overnight programs going to a physical location not owned or operated by the camp. The health services staff person shall work under the direction of the camp health supervisor, have the appropriate camper records, first-aid supplies appropriate for the occasion as determined by the camp health supervisor and access to a means of communication to summon emergency help and communicate with the camp health supervisor.
ATCP 78.19(5)(c)3. 3. A health services staff person who has at least the training required under par. (b) 3. shall accompany all overnight programs going to a primitive camping area.
ATCP 78.19(5)(d) (d) Staff or consulting physician. Except as provided under par. (e), when a camp's permanent facilities are used for more than 3 nights, health services staff shall work under the delegation of a physician licensed under ch. 448, Stats., who is available on-site during the camping season or for consultation services. The staff physician or consulting physician, in cooperation with the camp operator, shall develop a written protocol, signed by the physician, for the administration of medications, routine health care and emergency medical care at the camp. The physician shall review the protocol annually.
ATCP 78.19 Note Note: Obtain a suggested outline for the contents of a protocol document by contacting the Bureau of Food and Recreational Businesses at (608) 224-4682 or PO Box 8911, Madison, Wisconsin 53708-8911.
ATCP 78.19(5)(e) (e) When health services staff are not provided by camp operator. When a camp's permanent facilities are used for more than 3 nights by members of the camp operator's organization or by an organized group from outside the camp operator's organization, and the camp operator does not provide health services staff, the camp operator's organization shall set and require minimum levels of training for leaders of the group which are not less than those required under par. (b) 2. and 3., before allowing use of the facilities. The camp operator shall ensure that organized groups using the facilities comply with this chapter.
ATCP 78.19(6) (6)Medications.
ATCP 78.19(6)(a) (a) All medications brought to camp by a camper or staff member shall be in containers that are clearly labeled to include the name of the camper or staff member, the name of the medication, the dosage, the frequency of administration and the route of administration. All medication prescribed by a physician shall, in addition, be labeled to include the name of the prescribing physician, the prescription number, date prescribed, possible adverse reactions, the specific conditions when contact should be made with the physician and other special instructions as needed.
ATCP 78.19(6)(b) (b) Except as allowed in par. (c), all medication brought to camp by a camper or staff member under 18 years of age shall be kept in a locked unit and shall be administered by health services staff qualified under sub. (5) (b), except that bee sting medication, inhalers, an insulin syringe or other medication or device used in the event of life-threatening situations may be carried by a camper or staff member. Each camper or staff member 18 years of age or older may take responsibility for the security of his or her personal medication.
ATCP 78.19(6)(c) (c) When a camp's facilities are used for a program of 3 nights or less, an adult leader of the group shall keep all medications brought to camp by a camper or staff member under 18 years of age in a locked unit. The adult leader shall be responsible for the administration of the medications.
ATCP 78.19(7) (7)Health and treatment records.
ATCP 78.19(7)(a) (a) A camp's health supervisor shall keep available the health history required under sub. (2) for each camper and staff member.
ATCP 78.19(7)(b) (b) When a medication is administered or treatment provided to a camper or staff member, health services staff shall make a record of the action in a bound book with preprinted page numbers, indicating the following information: name of the person receiving the medication or treatment; ailment; name of the medication or treatment; quantity given; date and time administered; by whom administered; and comments.
ATCP 78.19(7)(c) (c) The camp shall retain health history and treatment records for at least 2 years.
ATCP 78.19(7)(d) (d) The camp operator shall maintain camper and staff health history and treatment records, except that an organized group using a camp's facilities for fewer then 3 nights when no camp staff are present may maintain its health histories and treatment records. Health history and treatment records shall be accessible, upon request, to the camp operator and public health officials.
ATCP 78.19 History History: Cr. Register, January, 2001, No. 541, eff. 2-1-01; CR 08-073: renum. from HFS 175.14 Register January 2009 No. 637, eff. 2-1-09; renum. from DHS 175.19 Register June 2016 No. 726; correction in (7) (b) made under s. 35.17, Stats., Register June 2016 No. 726.
ATCP 78.20 ATCP 78.20 Register.
ATCP 78.20(1)(1)A camp shall maintain a camp register that contains the names, home addresses and phone numbers of all campers and staff and the names and phone numbers of persons to notify in case of an emergency. The register shall be retained for a minimum of 2 years.
ATCP 78.20(2) (2)A camp shall have a method for tracking campers that shall be used to monitor persons entering and leaving camp during the program session.
ATCP 78.20 History History: Cr. Register, January, 2001, No. 541, eff. 2-1-01; CR 08-073: renum. from HFS 175.15 Register January 2009 No. 637, eff. 2-1-09; renum. from DHS 175.20 Register June 2016 No. 726.
ATCP 78.21 ATCP 78.21 Sleeping quarters.
ATCP 78.21(1)(1)Fire safety. Sleeping quarters at a camp shall comply with the fire safety requirements in s. ATCP 78.18 (4) (c).
ATCP 78.21(2) (2)Space. Sleeping quarters shall provide a minimum of 400 cubic feet for each occupant over 12 years of age and 200 cubic feet for each occupant 12 years of age or under and shall have a ceiling height of at least 7 feet. Adequate space shall be provided for wheelchair access to bedsides.
ATCP 78.21(3) (3)Floor space between beds. There shall be at least 3 feet horizontally between the sides of beds and at least 6 feet horizontally between the heads of sleepers.
ATCP 78.21(4) (4)Bunk beds. When campers sleep in upper bunks, guardrails shall be installed to prevent occupants from rolling out. The top of the rail shall be at least 5 inches above the top of the mattress and the bottom of the rail shall be no more than 3.5 inches above the top of the bed frame. No more than 2 beds may be stacked vertically and there shall be a vertical separation of at least 2.5 feet measured from the top of the lower mattress to the bottom of the frame of the upper bed. A free space of at least 2.5 feet shall be provided above the mattress of the upper bed.
ATCP 78.21(5) (5)Ventilation. Sleeping quarters shall be adequately ventilated.
ATCP 78.21 Note Note: See ch. SPS 364.
ATCP 78.21(6) (6)Bedding. Pillowslips, sheets, towels, and washcloths, when provided by the operator, shall be washed at least once a week and before being assigned to a different camper or staff member. Blankets, spreads, mattresses, and pillows shall be kept clean and free of insect infestation. Mattresses shall be covered with a nonabsorbent cover or other approved protection and shall be maintained clean and in good repair. The cover, pad, or mattress shall be cleaned for each incoming camper and staff member and more often if necessary.
ATCP 78.21(7) (7)Separation. A camp shall provide separate sleeping quarters for each sex, except when the sleeping quarters are occupied by a family.
ATCP 78.21 History History: Cr. Register, January, 2001, No. 541, eff. 2-1-01; CR 08-073: renum. from HFS 175.16 Register January 2009 No. 637, eff. 2-1-09; correction in (1) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register January 2009 No. 637; renum. from DHS 175.21 Register June 2016 No. 726; correction in (1) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., and correction in (6) made under s. 35.17, Stats., Register June 2016 No. 726.
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Published under s. 35.93, Stats. Updated on the first day of each month. Entire code is always current. The Register date on each page is the date the chapter was last published.