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 classification upgrades.
The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development has informed CHA that all hospitals required to submit reports as required under SB 499 (Chapter 601, Statutes of 2009) met the Nov. 1 deadline. SB 499 reports are required to be submitted annually by hospitals with SPC-1 buildings, providing information on how each hospital plans to become seismic-compliant by its specific mandated deadlines.
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.