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Health and Safety Code - HSC


  ( Division 2 enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 60. )

CHAPTER 2. Health Facilities [1250 - 1339.59]

  ( Chapter 2 repealed and added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 1202. )

ARTICLE 1. General [1250 - 1264]
  ( Article 1 added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 1202. )


The State Department of Public Health shall develop written guidelines and regulations as necessary to minimize the risk of transmission of blood-borne infectious diseases from health care worker to patient, from patient to patient, and from patient to health care worker. In so doing, the department shall consider the recommendations made by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for preventing transmission of HIV and Hepatitis B. The department shall also take into account existing regulations of the department as well as standards, guidelines, and regulations pursuant to the California Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1973 (Part 1 (commencing with Section 6300) of Division 5 of the Labor Code) regarding infection control to prevent infection or disease as a result of the transmission of blood-borne pathogens. In so doing, the department shall consult with the Medical Board of California, the Dental Board of California, and the Board of Registered Nursing as well as associations representing health care professions, associations of licensed health facilities, organizations that advocate on behalf of those infected with HIV, and organizations representing consumers of health care. The department shall complete its review of the need for guidelines and regulations by January 1, 1993.

(Amended by Stats. 2017, Ch. 561, Sec. 100. (AB 1516) Effective January 1, 2018.)