Governor's Traffic Safety Committee

Child Passenger Safety Program

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CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY
STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE

 

New York State takes pride in the fact that its Child Passenger Safety Program is comprised of highly qualified, professional, and dedicated advocates from a wide variety of professional disciplines. The following standards were established to help ensure that these advocates maintain the highest level of excellence. The requirements and capabilities regarding responsibilities and activities as stated in the Standards of Performance have been established as "best practice" recommendations. All Technicians and Technician Instructors in New York State are expected to uphold and abide by these standards as provided by the New York State Child Passenger Safety Advisory Board.

 

CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY TECHNICIAN

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CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY TECHNICIAN INSTRUCTOR

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PRACTITIONER/TECHNICIAN ASSISTANT

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EDUCATOR

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CHILD SAFETY SEAT CHECK-UP EVENTS

A Child Passenger Safety Seat Check-Up Event is conducted to educate parents and caregivers about the proper ways to transport children safely using child safety seats and seat belts. The purpose of a child safety seat check is to focus on the appropriate child restraint selection and proper installation. As a test to insure the knowledge and capabilities of a parent/caregiver, they are requested to perform the final installation of the child safety seat in the vehicle before leaving the event.

Safety is the number one priority for staff and participants. To ensure the quality of Child Passenger Safety Seat Checks and limit liability concerns, the following guidelines and recommendations have been established: Only current materials should be given to parents and caregivers; use only a current recall list; and no child should sit in the vehicle's front seat during a check-up event.

 

STAFFING AT CHILD SAFETY SEAT CHECK-UP EVENTS

Child safety seat check events should be staffed with specially trained persons who will inspect and supervise the installations of child safety seats by parents and caregivers. Practitioners/Assistants must work with a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician when instructing parents how to install a child safety seat. Every check-up event should have at least one Lead Checker. Whenever possible, it is recommended that there be a Lead Checker for every three check up teams. All technicians are required to sign in on an attendance roster at each check-up event to provide documentation of participation.

Remember every technician needs to attend and participate in 2 events a year!

 

LEAD CHECKER

The roles and responsibilities of the Lead Checker include:

Supervise check-up teams to ensure safety seat checks are performed accurately and child safety seats are installed correctly.

 

CHECKER

The roles and responsibilities of the Checker include:

Instruct parents and caregivers on securing their child properly in the child safety seat.

 

RECORDER

The roles and responsibilities of the Recorder include:

 

TRAFFIC FLOW COORDINATOR

 

GREETER

 

RUNNER

 

REGIONAL CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY CONFERENCE

The Regional Child Passenger Safety Conference is a joint effort among representatives of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to increase the level of knowledge and competence of child passenger safety educators, practitioners, technicians, and instructors who are actively engaged in child passenger safety arenas.

The aim of the conference is to focus on areas that include the following: education, inspection, program management, enforcement, car seat development, distribution, and special needs passengers. This is an opportunity for those who cannot attend a national conference to meet the vehicle and car seat manufacturers, as well as, government and regulatory officials who will offer the latest information and technology for child passenger safety. The conference will also provide the opportunity to network with other child passenger safety advocates in the tri-state area and to share information and ideas.

Attendance at the Regional Child Passenger Safety Conference is not mandatory, but it is strongly recommended for child passenger safety advocates. The information and activities offered at the conference are essential to remain current in the ever-changing arena of child passenger safety.

Only those Child Passenger Safety Technicians who are currently certified with Safe Kids Worldwide will be invited to this conference and be eligible for financial assistance.

 

NEW YORK STATE CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY ADVISORY BOARD

The New York State Child Passenger Safety Advisory Board was created in January 2004 as a result of the CPS task force meetings held statewide in 2003. The CPS Advisory Board advises the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee on child passenger safety issues and promotes a higher level of skill, knowledge, and participation of technicians and instructors to improve child passenger safety in all regions of New York State.

Members of the Board were chosen to represent 14 regions of the state, as well as, special interests regarding child passenger safety. Each Regional Coordinator has been given the responsibility to help improve communication, provide assistance and program direction, address regional problems and issues, and assure that the Child Passenger Safety Standards of Performance are upheld.

Further information about the NYS CPS Advisory Board and the current members can be obtained by visiting the Governor Traffic Safety Committee's website at safeny.ny.gov.

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NEW YORK STATE
GOVERNOR'S TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE

6 Empire State Plaza, Room 410B
Albany, New York 12228
safeny.ny.gov

Revised 1/2010