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AB-2679 Health facilities: regulations: linen laundry.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 06/26/2018 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  June 26, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 23, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2679


Introduced by Assembly Member O’Donnell

February 15, 2018


An act to add and repeal Section 1275.8 to of the Health and Safety Code, relating to health facilities.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2679, as amended, O’Donnell. Health facilities: regulations: linen laundry.
Existing law provides for the licensure and regulation of health facilities by the State Department of Public Health. Existing law requires the department to adopt, amend, and repeal reasonable rules and regulations as may be necessary or proper to carry out the purposes and intent of those provisions and to enable the department to exercise the powers and perform the duties conferred upon it by those provisions.
This bill would require the department, on or before January 1, 2020, to amend specified regulations relating to linen laundry in a general acute care hospital and acute psychiatric hospital to reflect modern advancements in linen laundry processes. Until the amendments to those regulations are adopted, the bill would authorize a general acute care hospital and acute psychiatric hospital to use a linen laundry process that uses lower water temperatures and reduced washing times, as compared to the water temperatures and washing times specified in those regulations, if certain infection control standards are met, including that the infection control committee of the hospital approves and periodically evaluates the effectiveness of the product or technology used. The bill would repeal its provisions on January 1, 2024.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 1275.8 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

1275.8.
 (a) On or before January 1, 2020, the department shall amend Sections 70825(a)(4) and 71629(a)(4) of Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations to reflect modern advancements in linen laundry processes.
(b) Until the department adopts amendments to Sections 70825(a)(4) and 71629(a)(4) of Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations pursuant to subdivision (a), a general acute care hospital and acute psychiatric hospital may use a linen laundry process that uses lower water temperatures and reduced washing times, as compared to the water temperatures and washing times specified in those provisions, if all of the following infection control standards are met:
(1) The product or technology used to wash soiled hospital linen specifically requires lower water temperatures.
(2) The infection control committee of the hospital approves and periodically evaluates the effectiveness of the product or technology.
(3) Contingency plans are developed for the use of water temperatures of at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit when the product is not available or when the technology is disrupted.
(c) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2024, and as of that date is repealed.