The California government Gavin Newsom on Tuesday signed two bills aimed at ensuring that employers provide and store personal protective equipment for health care workers and will impose up to $ 25,000 in penalties for those who do not follow them.
AB 2537, which passed both the State Assembly and the Senate in August, requires public and private public emergency hospitals to provide employees who provide direct patient care or provide services that directly support personal care with personal protective equipment necessary to comply with existing occupational safety regulations.  Employers are now also required to ensure that employees use the personal protective equipment delivered to them and, from 1
Among other changes, the new law also requires public emergency hospitals before January 15, 2021 to be prepared to report to the Department of Industrial Relations, under penalty of perjury, its highest average daily average consumption of PPE for seven consecutive days during the calendar year 2019 It excludes general emergency hospitals under the jurisdiction of the California Department of State Hospitals from this requirement. SB 275 was also signed into law, which also passed both chambers in August, demanding that the State Department of Public Health and the Office of Civil Protection, in coordination with other government agencies, establish a state PPE inventory.
The department is also required to establish guidelines for the procurement, handling and distribution of personal protective equipment, taking into account, inter alia, the amount of each type of personal protective equipment that would be required for all healthcare professionals and key workers in the state over a 90-day period  The new law, including requirements for the management of the warehouse, establishes the advisory committee for personal protective equipment, consisting of representatives from an association representing qualified nursing facilities, a governmental organization representing doctors and work organizations representing health care professionals, among other groups , to provide recommendations for the development of guidelines for the procurement, handling and distribution of personal protective equipment. Catalog