Substitute House Bill 296

Substitute House Bill 296, introduced by Representatives Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) and Mike Duffey (R-Worthington), would allow schools and camps to have epinephrine autoinjectors on hand in cases of emergency stemming from known or unknown allergic reactions. The bill would specifically authorize school districts, a chartered or nonchartered nonpublic school, a community school, a STEM school, a

How the program would work

A board of education of each city, local, exempted village or joint vocational school district or the governing authority of each charter school, community school, STEM school, residential camp or day camp, or the board of trustees of a college-preparatory boarding school that chooses to keep epinephrine under this program shall adopt a policy that would govern the maintenance and use of the epinephrine in consultation with a licensed health professional authorized to prescribe drugs. Part of the policy shall include a prescriber-issued protocol that specifies definitive orders for epinephrine autoinjectors and the dosages of epinephrine to be administered through them.

The required policy shall also specify:

  • One or more locations in each school or camp in which the epinephrine is stored.
  • Conditions under which epinephrine must be stored, replaced and disposed.
  • Which individuals may access and use an epinephrine autoinjector.
  • Any training that employees or contractors must complete.
  • The emergency situations, such as signs of anaphylaxis, under which epinephrine may be administered.
  • The individuals, such as students, campers, employees, contractors, counselors and school or camp visitors, to whom a dosage may be administered.

A school or camp must contact emergency services immediately following administering a dose of epinephrine. A school is required to report to the Department of Education each time an epinephrine autoinjector was used. Any camp who administers a dose from its supply shall report to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The bill contains an immunity for schools and camps from civil liability for injury, death or loss to person or property from an act or omission associated with using epinephrine under this proposed law.

Status of Substitute House Bill 296

The bill passed the full Ohio House on November 20, 2013, by a vote of 92-0. The bill is pending in the Senate Medicaid, Health and Human Services Committee and has had a number of hearings.