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02 Sep

September 2021: Cal/OSHA PPE Stockpiling Requirement is in Effect

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Update Applicable to:
All employers in hospital settings in California. 

What happened?
On September 29, 2020, Governor Newson signed AB 2537 into law. 

What are the details?
The Law is currently in effect and operative as of July 26, 2021. It requires public and private employers in hospital settings that provide direct patient care in a general acute care hospital to have a three-month stockpile of personal protective equipment (PPE) based on normal consumption beginning April 1, 2021. 

As used in Labor Code section 6403.3, normal consumption means the average amount of the equipment specified below, for each category, type and size of the equipment, used by employees over the previous two-year period: 

  • N95 filtering facepiece respirators. 
  • Powered air-purifying respirators with high efficiency particulate air filters. 
  • Elastomeric air-purifying respirators and appropriate particulate filters or cartridges. 
  • Surgical masks. 
  • Isolation gowns. 
  • Eye protection. 
  • Shoe coverings. 

The law can be read here

An article on the law can be read here

What do employers need to do?
Employers should read the law and review their PPE procedures on stock and usage to stay in compliance with the new requirement for stockpiling.