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Hospital workplace safety bills on governor’s desk
Sacramento Business Journal

Two bills to extend workers’ compensation coverage for health-care workers at California hospitals have been approved by lawmakers and sent to the governor’s desk.

One bill involves workers exposed to antibiotic-resistant staph infections, while the other addresses workplace violence. The hospital industry opposes both bills.

Assembly Bill 2616 responds to caregiver concerns about contracting difficult-to-treat staph infections from the 200,000 patients treated annually for the problem in California hospitals. About 12,000 of those cases result in death. The bill assumes hospital employees who get this type of infection got it at work — and qualifies them for workers’ compensation coverage.