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Draft Rules

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) posts proposed rules for public comment below as draft rules.  Draft rules posted for public comment may be edited based on comments received but have not yet been formally proposed for adoption.

The draft rules are written, with input by some affected organizations and individuals, by the Ohio Department of Health's programs responsible for carrying out the rules.  The draft rules are then posted for public comment for anyone to provide comments on the draft.  Upon posting the draft rules, ODH sends out an e-notification alert to interested parties who have signed up on the Ohio Business Gateway Regulatory Reform site (http://business.ohio.gov/reform/).

Posting of the draft rules also begins the 60-day review period by the Ohio Public Health Advisory Board (OPHAB).  OPHAB is tasked with reviewing all ODH rules and making a recommendation to the Director of Health.  ODH also provides a copy of the draft rules to the Common Sense Initiative (CSI) in the Office of Lieutenant Governor.

Once rules are reviewed by CSI and OPHAB, the rules may be formally proposed.


Please Click Here to send a comment on a proposed rule.
(For a complete list of current proposed rules and status updates click on the Proposed Rules tab.)
Chapters/Rules Title Posted Comment Period Office/Bureau*


Licensing of Radioactive Material 12/04/2018 01/04/2019 BEHRP


Physical Protection of Category Two Quantities of Radioactive Material 12/03/2018 01/03/2019 BEHRP


Licensing of Source Material 12/03/2018 01/03/2019 BEHRP


Criminal Records Checks 12/03/2018 01/03/2019 OHAL

3701-40-06, -08

Universal Newborn Hearing
Screening and Hearing Evaluations




3701-21-01, -25

Food Service Operations




*OGC [Office of the General Counsel]; OHAL [Office of Health Assurance and Licensing]; OHIW [Office of Health Improvement and Wellness]; OHIW [Office of Health Improvement and Wellness]; OHP [Office of Health Preparedness]; OHPPI [Office of Health Policy and Performance Improvement];  BID [Bureau of Infectious Disease]; BEHRP [Bureau of Environmental Health and Radiation Protection]; BHP [Bureau of Health Promotion]; BHS [Bureau of Health Services]; BMCFH [Bureau of Maternal & Child and Family Health]; BPHL [Bureau of Public Health Laboratory]; BVS [Bureau of Vital Statistics]; PHLIP [Public Health Lead Investigation Program]; PHL [Public Health Laboratory].



Proposed Rules

After the public comment period and review by the Common Sense Initiative (CSI) and the Ohio Public Health Advisory Board (OPHAB), draft rules become proposed rules when original filed with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR), the Legislative Service Commission (LSC), and the Secretary of State.  In some cases, rules are also filed with the Ohio Department of Aging (ODA) as necessary (See R.C. 173.01). 

A public hearing will be scheduled 30-45 days after the proposed rules are original filed at JCARR.  Notification of the public hearing will be available on The Ohio Department of Health's website (HERE) and through e-notifications.

Status of Proposed Rules:
CLICK below to view the current stage of the Chapter or Rule.


Public Comment Period 

Rule #      Chapter/Rule/Title Dates
3701:1-40      Licensing Requirements for Radioactive Materials

Dec. 04, 2018 -
Jan. 04, 2019  

3701:1-37      Physical Protection of Category One and Category Two
     Quantities of Radioactive Material

Dec. 03, 2018 -
Jan. 03, 2019  


     Licensing of Source Material

Dec. 03, 2018 -
Jan. 03, 2019  

3701-13-05      Criminal Records Checks Dec. 03, 2018 -
Jan. 03, 2019

Rules on Ohio Public Health Advisory Board (OPHAB) Agenda

Rule #      Chapter/Rule/Title Date

3701-21-01 and -25

     Food Service Operations Nov 30, 2018
3701-40-01 through -10

     Universal Newborn Hearing Screening

Nov 30, 2018

Original File Proposed Draft Rules

Rule #      Chapter/Rule/Title Date


through -14

    Do Not Resuscitate  
3701-81     Lead Safe Rental Registry  

Public Rules Hearing

Rule #      Chapter/Rule/Title Date


     Ryan White Program Dec 20, 2018
3701-64      Long-term Care Facilities Dec 06, 2018
3701-69      Radon Testing Dec 20, 2018
3717-1      State of Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code Dec 20, 2018

Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) Hearing

Rule #      Chapter/Rule/Title Date
3701-64      Long-term Care Facilities Dec 10, 2018
3717-1      State of Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code Dec 10, 2018

Final File Rules

Rule #      Chapter/Rule/Title Date



NOTE: Final filed Chapters/Rules of the Ohio Administrative Code that relate to the Ohio Department of Health will remain on the proposed rules page until they are available through LAWriter.


Final Rules

Final rules are rules that have completed the rules process, been adopted by the Director of Health, and are codified in the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC).

Chapters of the Ohio Administrative Code that relate to the Ohio Department of Health are available through LAWriter by clicking the links below;

3701 Department of Health - Administration and Director 3701:1 Radiation Control 3717 State of Ohio Uniform
Food Safety Code
4736 State Board of
Sanitarian Engineers

Ohio Administrative Code rules may be accessed by clicking on the Chapter link in the table below:



     Communicable Diseases
3701-4      Ohio Cancer Incidence Surveillance System
3701-5      Vital Statistics
3701-6      Physician Loan Repayment Program
3701-7      Maternity Units and Homes
3701-8      Help Me Grow Program
3701-9      Body Art (Tattoo and Body Piercing)
3701-12      Certificate of Need
3701-13      Hiring of Direct-Care Provider Employees
3701-14      DRG Reporting Requirements
3701-15      Tuberculosis
3701-16      Residential Care Facilities
3701-17      Nursing Homes
3701-18      Training and Competency Evaluation Programs; Train the Trainer
3701-19      Hospice Care Programs
3701-21      Food Service Operations
3701-25      Resident Camps
3701-26      Campgrounds
3701-28      Private Water Systems
3701-29      Household Sewage Disposal Systems
3701-30      Lead Screening and Assessment
3701-31      Swimming Pools
3701-32      Lead Hazard Abatement
3701-33      Agricultural Labor Camps
3701-36      Local Health Departments
3701-40      Hearing Evaluations
3701-41      Poison Control, Prevention, and Treatment
3701-42      Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program
3701-43      Program for Medically Handicapped Children
3701-44      Ryan White Program
3701-45      Ohio Hearing Aid Assistance Program
3701-47       Abortion
3701-48      Save Our Sight Fund
3701-49      Fees for Laboratory Services
3701-51      Public Notice
3701-52      Smoking Prohibitions
3701-53      Alcohol Testing
3701-54      Critical Congenital Heart Disease
3701-55      Newborn Screening for Genetic, Endocrine, or Metabolic
3701-56      Dentist Loan Repayment Program
3701-57      Ohio Birth Defects Information System
3701-58      Dental Hygienist Loan Repayment Program
3701-59      Hospitals
3701-60      Home Health Agencies
3701-61      Nursing Home Residents' Rights on Transfer or Discharge;
     Employee Background Checks
3701-62      Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Protocol
3701-63      Appeal of Denial of Long-Term Care Facility Certification
3701-64      Abuse or Neglect in Long-Term Care Facilities
3701-65      Service Delivery to Multiple Needs Children
3701-67      Child Fatality Review Board
3701-68      Use of 440-416 Funds
3701-69      Radon Testing
3701-72      Licensing of Radiation Handlers Operating in Medical Settings
3701-73      Public Health Investigations
3701-74      Choose Life Fund
3701-75      Accessing Confidential Personal Information
3701-82      Lead Training Programs; Environmental Lead Analytical Laboratories
3701-83      Licensing Provisions for Health Care Facilities
3701-84      Quality Standards for Providers of Health Care Service (HCS) 
3701-86      Registration of Newborn Safety Incubator Locations
3701:1-37      Physical Protection Program
3701:1-38      License or Registration for Radiation Handlers
3701:1-40     ByProduct and Accelerator Produced Materials
3701:1-43      Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive
     Material (TENORM)
3701:1-44      Issuance of Licenses
3701:1-46      Byproduct, Accelerator Produced Material and Radium Licensing
3701:1-48      Licensing and Safety Requirements for industrial Radiography
3701:1-49      Licensing and Safety Requirements for Well Logging
3701:1-50      Packaging and Transportation of Radioactive Material
3701:1-52      Licensing and Safety Requirements for Irradiators
3701:1-54      Radiation Generator and Broker Reporting Requirements
3701:1-56      License for Special Nuclear Material
3701:1-58      Medical Use of Radioactive Materials 
3701:1-66      Radiation Generating Equipment
3701:1-67      External Beam Radiation Therapy Equipment
3701:1-68      Industrial Radiation Equipment
3717-1      State of Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code
4736      Sanitarian Licensure (4736-9-02, 4736-10-01, 4736-15-01, 4736-15-03)

Click on the following site to access both newly original filed rules as well as, newly final filed rules that may not yet have been posted to the web: Register of Ohio.