Due to the complexity of hospital construction, OSHPD serves as
the building official for all hospital general acute-care
inpatient facilities in California. To determine the clinic
buildings under OSHPD’s jurisdiction, see the Clinic
CAN. OSHPD is responsible for the plan review and area
compliance activities for hospital construction. Once OSHPD’s
work has been completed, OSHPD notifies the Department of Public
Health Licensing and Certification Program, which provides a
certificate of occupancy for the new building/service.
OSHPD receives its authority under the
Hospital Facilities Seismic Safety Act (HFSSA), which was
enacted in 1973. The HFSSA originally pertained only to new
construction or retrofits/renovations that affect the
structural integrity of the building. Following the Northridge
Earthquake, SB 1953 (Chapter 740, Statutes of 1994) was enacted,
which established deadlines hospitals need to meet to remain
operational. This is referred to as Seismic Mandate. In carrying out the
Hospital Facilities Seismic Safety Act, the OSHPD Director
receives advice/consultation from the HBSB as needed.
A quarterly meeting of CHA and OSHPD staff with
select hospital representatives. The following
hospitals/systems participate: Adventist Health, Cedar Sinai,
Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Chinese Hospital, Dignity
Health, Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital, Kaiser Permanente,
Kindred, Mad River Hospital, MemorialCare, Prime Healthcare
Services, Providence, Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, Scripps
Health, Sharp, St. Joseph Health System, Stanford Hospitals &
Clinics, Sutter Health, Tenet Health, UC (Davis, San Diego, San
Francisco), and Verity.
Previously exempt from Title 24, Part 6 of the state energy code,
health care facilities must now comply with those regulations. To
help hospitals learn how to design their facilities for
compliance — as well as document and verify — the Office of
Statewide Health Planning and Development will sponsor a
series of online forums on Nov. 6 and 7.
On July 17, the California Building Standards Commission
certified emergency building standards proposed by the Office of
Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) to implement
CHA’s sponsored bill from last year,
Assembly Bill (AB) 2190 (Chapter 673, Statutes of 2018).
The California Building Standards Commission has announced the
availability of the 2019 California Building Standards Code,
which takes effect Jan. 1, 2020. The 2016 Building Standards Code
remains in effect until Dec. 31, 2019.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) earlier this
week released All
Facilities Letter 19-19, which updates its application
process for new or remodeled pharmacy clean rooms and mobile
sterile compounding units (MSCUs). Notably, CDPH will no longer
accept incomplete applications for pharmacy clean rooms or MSCUs.
CDPH states the update is in response to Assembly Bill 2978
(Chapter 992, Statutes of 2018), which requires CDPH to review or
deny applications within 100 days of receipt.
The California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) has issued
Information Bulletin 16-03, regarding the 2016 Legislative
Changes to state laws related to building and building standards.
This information bulletin may be viewed on the CBSC website
Publications page. This information bulletin summarizes the
2016 legislative changes to state laws related to buildings and
building standards. The statutory changes summarized in this
bulletin become effective on January 1, 2017, unless otherwise
specified in statute.