Following the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, which resulted in $3
billion damage to hospitals, the Alfred E. Alquist Hospital
Facilities Seismic Safety Act was amended under SB 1953 (Chapter
740, Statutes of 1994. Seismic Mandate)
The seismic mandate established five structural and five
non-structural classifications of hospital building
seismic-safety levels, as well as deadlines for some
The California Building Standards Commission has adopted
emergency regulations to the 2010 California Building Standards
Code to eliminate conflicts between requirements in the Americans
with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California code. Prior to this
change, hospitals and other businesses were not able to meet both
ADA and California access compliance for signage; seating in
auditoriums, assembly halls and theaters; and water closets and
drinking fountains. Because signage requirements continue to
cause confusion, CHA will hold a webinar March 5, from 10 a.m. to
noon, on hospital signage compliance. Additional information on
the webinar — ADA and California Access Code Signage Requirements
— will be provided early next week.
Hospitals operating refrigeration systems with a charge of 200
lbs. or more of high global warming refrigerant will have to
submit 2013 service records to the state Air Resources Board
(ARB) by March 2014. Starting Jan. 1, 2013, facilities will be
able to enter their 2013 service records directly into ARB’s
online reporting database. This will allow them to enter records
periodically rather than waiting until the deadline to comply.
ARB will hold a complimentary webinar Dec. 13 from 1 p.m. – 3
p.m. (PT) to provide instructions on correctly entering records.
In addition, ARB will cover regulations and procedures for filing
annual reports and paying annual implementation fees using an
online tool. To register, go to https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/960264569.
For the audio portion of the webinar, call (877) 716-6050 and
enter participant passcode 7307397. For more information on the
requirements, visit www.arb.ca.gov/stoprefrigerantleaks.
The filing of the SB 499 form is required by law to assess the
status of hospital seismic compliance. Recently, the Office of
Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) made
improvements to the reporting process. In this webinar, OSHPD
faculty explain the changes to the online reporting form
and and share practices to improve filing accuracy.