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California Adds Naloxone Hydrochloride (Or Another Similar Option) In First Aid Materials in The Workplace

02 Jul



Update Applicable to:Effective date
All covered employersRulemaking Proposal – December 1, 2026   Adopt Revised Standards – July 1, 2027

What happened?

On June 13, 2024, bill AB 1976l from the California Assembly was amended and re-referred to the Appropriations Committee. It is projected to be passed and then submitted to the governor for signing into law but the exact date when it will be officially handed over to the Governor is still undetermined.

What are the details?

Key Bites

  • The bill requires the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board to draft a rulemaking proposal before December 1, 2026, to revise Section 3400 of Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations.
  • This revision would require all first aid kits in a workplace to include a nasal spray of naloxone hydrochloride (or another opioid antagonist approved by the FDA) to reverse opioid overdose and instructions for using the opioid antagonist.
  • The Standards Board must adopt revised standards for the standards described in this section on or before December 31, 2026.
  • The Standards Board must provide guidance on proper storage of the opioid antagonist

Business Considerations

  • Employers need not do anything yet but should ensure workplace safety: This involves complying with all occupational safety and health regulations and regularly reviewing and updating safety protocols.

Source References

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