{"Registered volunteer":"An individual who serves without pay and whose status as a volunteer is recorded in official state registries for security and public record purposes"}
Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

ORC Ann. 5502.281(C)

Summary Title

Liability: Registered Volunteer


A registered volunteer who provides emergency services or participates in a training will not be held legally responsible for injury, death, or damage to property. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Full Title

Duties of the Executive Director of the Emergency Management Agency and the Director of Health.

Full Text

(C) A volunteer registered under this section is not liable in damages to any person or government entity in tort or other civil action, including an action upon a medical, dental, chiropractic, optometric, or other health-related claim or veterinary claim, for injury, death, or loss to person or property that may arise from an act or omission of that volunteer. This division applies to a registered volunteer while providing services within the scope of the volunteer’s responsibilities during an emergency declared by the state or political subdivision or in disaster-related exercises, testing, or other training activities, if the volunteer’s act or omission does not constitute willful or wanton misconduct. (D) As used in this section: (1) “Registered volunteer” means any individual registered as a volunteer pursuant to procedures established under this section and who serves without pay or other consideration, other than the reasonable reimbursement or allowance for expenses actually incurred or the provision of incidental benefits related to the volunteer’s service, such as meals, lodging, and child care.