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AB-7 Emergency ambulance employees: multithreat body protective gear.(2021-2022)

As Amends the Law Today


 Section 6414 is added to the Labor Code, to read:

 (a) (1) Subject to the requirements of Section 31360 of the Penal Code, upon request by an emergency ambulance employee, an emergency ambulance provider shall provide multithreat body protective gear to that employee and, once the protective gear is acquired by the provider, shall make the protective gear readily available for the employee to use when responding to an emergency call. The emergency ambulance provider shall provide training to that employee on the proper fitting and use of the protective gear, consistent with the guidelines developed pursuant to paragraph (3) of subdivision (b).
(2) An emergency ambulance employee shall not be prevented from using multithreat body protective gear while on duty as an emergency ambulance employee.
(3) An emergency ambulance provider shall inform each emergency ambulance employee, upon initial employment and subsequently on an annual basis, of the employee’s right to request multithreat body protective gear.
(b) (1) The Emergency Medical Services Authority shall develop and establish standards for the protective gear provided pursuant to subdivision (a).
(2) In developing the standards described in paragraph (1), the authority shall additionally develop a process of certification for the protective gear provided pursuant to subdivision (a).
(3) The authority shall additionally develop guidelines for emergency ambulance providers on training emergency ambulance employees on the proper fitting and use of the protective gear provided pursuant to subdivision (a).
(4) The authority, when developing standards, processes, or guidelines pursuant to this subdivision, may work and contract with other state agencies and nonprofit and private entities.
(c) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
(1) (A) “Emergency ambulance employee” means a person who meets both of the following requirements:
(i) Is an emergency medical technician (EMT), paramedic, or other licensed or certified ambulance transport personnel who contributes to the delivery of ground ambulance services.
(ii) Is employed by an emergency ambulance provider.
(B) Notwithstanding subparagraph (A), air ambulance employees and stationary dispatchers do not fall under this definition for purposes of this section and are not subject to the requirements of this section.
(2) “Emergency ambulance provider” means an employer that provides ground ambulance services, but not including the state or any political subdivision of the state, in its capacity as the direct employer of a person meeting the description contained in paragraph (1).
(3) “Multithreat body protective gear” or “protective gear” means material or equipment that is worn by an employee and is bullet, strike, slash, and stab resistant. For purposes of emergency ambulance providers under this section only, multithreat body protective gear shall be considered as part of safety devices and safeguards, as described in Section 6401.
(d) This section does not apply in instances in which emergency ambulance services are provided pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement, in which case the collective bargaining agreement shall apply.
SEC. 2.
 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.