The California Building Standards Commission is now accepting comments on proposed rules that would align current building codes with a law enacted last year, Assembly Bill (AB) 2190 (Chapter 673, Statutes of 2018).
AB 2190 grants specified hospitals the opportunity to apply for an extension of the Jan. 1, 2020, seismic compliance deadline. Hospitals seeking extensions must submit an application to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) by April 1; OSHPD is required to grant the extension if certain requirements are met. Comments are due by 5 p.m. on April 1 and may be submitted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or postal service (postmarked no later than April 15, 2019) to:
California Building Standards Commission
Attn: Mia Marvelli, Executive Director
2525 Natomas Park Drive, Suite 130
Sacramento, CA 95833
AB 2190 also requires acute care hospitals with buildings that do not substantially comply with seismic safety standards to attest that their board of directors is aware that the building(s) are required to meet the Jan. 1, 2030, compliance deadline.
The attestation is due by Dec. 31 and applies to all acute care hospitals where buildings are rated SPC 1 or SPC 2, or where the NPC rating is less than 5. Attestations, along with the facility name and number, should be emailed to the Seismic Compliance Unit at email@example.com.