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Agricultural Labor Camps

Agricultural labor camps are regulated by the Ohio Department of Health under the authority of Chapter 3733. of the Ohio Revised Code and Chapter 3701-33 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC).

These rules were created to establish minimum standards, applicable throughout Ohio, for the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of these facilities in order to protect the occupants of the agricultural labor camp from injury, minimize the potential for disease transmission, and provide a safe and healthy environment.

An Agricultural labor camp is:

One or more buildings, trailers, tents or vehicles, together with any land appertaining thereto, established, operated or used as temporary living quarters for two or more families or five or more persons intending to engage in or engaged in agriculture or related food processing, whether occupancy is by rent, lease or mutual agreement.

Services provided by the Ohio Department of Health:

  • Assist employers in the regulatory process of developing new agricultural labor camps
  • Plan review and approval of new or extensively altered agricultural labor camps
  • Licensure of agricultural labor camps
  • Inspection of agricultural labor camps to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Investigation of reported unlicensed agricultural labor camps
  • Investigation of reported rule violations in licensed agricultural labor camps
  • Establish criteria for voluntary standards for agricultural labor camps in cooperation with the agricultural labor camp advisory committee (assembled whenever voluntary standards review is required)

Updated: 4/4/16