Requires certain employees of certain child day cares to be trained and certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid; such training and certification must be maintained as current according to the standards established by the American National Red Cross or the American Heart Association.
BILL NUMBER: S2331
TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the social services law, in relation to requiring employees of certain child care facilities to be trained and certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid
Requires that operators, program directors, assistants and employees with the potential for regular and substantial contact of family day care homes, group family day care homes, school-age child care programs and child day care centers be trained and certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Section 390-a of the social services law is amended to add a new subdivision 5 to mandate all day care providers and staff to be trained and certified in CPR.
EXISTING LAW :
Section 390-a of the social services law is amended by adding a new subdivision 5.
The health and safety of our children while in the care of others is of primary concern to New York State. This is clearly demonstrated by the number of new laws and regulations which have been implemented over the past few years. OCFS encourages day care providers and their staff to take the CPR and first aid courses, and they have a contract with the American Red Cross, but it is not mandatory. This legislation would make it mandatory for the operators and staff of all day care providers to be trained and certified in CPR and first aid. Accidents are the leading cause of death among toddlers and children. Included in the classification of accidents are choking, electrocution, drowning, and other trauma. It has been shown that if CPR is started immediately after such trauma it can, besides possibly saving a life, prevent brain damage in those who survive. It is essential that we protect our children as much as we possibly can, and part of that protection is making sure that the professionals caring for them are adequately trained to deal with as wide a range of situations as possible.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
S.4635/A.4076 of 2007-08 Passed Assembly 2004: A.5327 (Green) Passed Assembly 2002: A11209 (Green) Passed Assembly
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
EFFECTIVE DATE : 90 days after becoming law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2331 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 18, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sen. PADAVAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Children and Families AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to requiring employees of certain child care facilities to be trained and certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 390-a of the social services law is amended by adding a new subdivision 5 to read as follows: 5. THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES SHALL PROMULGATE REGU- LATIONS REQUIRING OPERATORS, PROGRAM DIRECTORS, ASSISTANTS AND EMPLOYEES WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR REGULAR AND SUBSTANTIAL CONTACT WITH CHILDREN OF FAMILY DAY CARE HOMES, GROUP FAMILY DAY CARE HOMES, SCHOOL-AGE CHILD CARE PROGRAMS AND CHILD DAY CARE CENTERS TO RECEIVE CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION AND FIRST AID TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION. THE RULES AND REGULATIONS SHALL REQUIRE SUCH TRAINING AND CERTIFICATIONS TO BE MAIN- TAINED AS CURRENT PURSUANT TO THE REQUIREMENTS ESTABLISHED BY THE AMERI- CAN NATIONAL RED CROSS OR THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION. S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law, provided, however, that effective immediately the amendment, addition, and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the timely implementation of this act on its effective date is here- by authorized and directed to be made on or before such effective date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04465-01-9