CHA News Article

Hospital Input Sought on Potential Changes to Structural, Nonstructural Building Requirements

At the recent Structural and Nonstructural Committee meeting of the Hospital Building Safety Board, the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) proposed changes to structural and nonstructural code requirements for the 2019 California Building Standards Code, which will become effective Jan. 1, 2020. OSHPD seeks input from the hospital industry on its proposals, including:

  • The Hospital Facilities Seismic Safety Act requires hospitals to be capable of continuing operations after a seismic event, insofar as practical. What nonstructural anchorage, bracing of equipment and systems are practical in hospital buildings constructed prior to 1983?
  • What physical plant building standards should OSHPD adopt for outpatient observation units as created by Senate Bill 1076, such as room sizes, support spaces, etc.?
  • What changes, if any, should be incorporated into the building code to ensure elevator operation is maintained post-earthquake?

OSHPD must submit its proposed code changes to the Building Standards Commission by March 2018. OSHPD also presented on this activity at the recent CHA OSHPD Workgroup meeting. The OSHPD PowerPoint slides from these meetings are available at www.calhospital.org/construction-renovation.

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