Existing law, the California Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1973, imposes safety responsibilities on employers and employees, including the requirement that an employer establish, implement, and maintain an effective injury prevention program, and makes specified violations of these provisions a crime. Existing law also requires the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board to adopt standards developed by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health that require specified types of hospitals to adopt a workplace violence prevention plan as part of the hospital's injury and illness prevention plan to protect health care workers and other facility personnel from aggressive and violent behavior.
This bill would require the standards board, by March 1, 2025, to amend the standards to include a requirement that a hospital implement a weapons detection screening policy that requires the use of weapons detection devices at specific entrances of the hospital, a requirement that a hospital assign appropriate personnel who meet specified training standards, a requirement that a hospital have reasonable protocols for alternative search and screening for patients, family, or visitors who refuse to undergo weapons detection device screening, and a requirement that a hospital adopt reasonable protocols for storage or confiscation, and return, of patient, family, or visitor property that might be used as a weapon.
Among other provisions, the bill would require that the standards include a requirement that a hospital post, in a conspicuous location, within reasonable proximity of any public entrances where weapons detection devices are utilized, a notice adopted by the standards board, notifying the public that the hospital conducts screenings for weapons upon entry but that no person shall be refused medical care, pursuant to specified federal law.
By expanding the scope of an existing crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Statutes affected:
AB2975: 6401 LAB
02/16/24 - Introduced: 6401 LAB
03/21/24 - Amended Assembly: 6401.8 LAB, 6401 LAB
04/02/24 - Amended Assembly: 6401.8 LAB
06/27/24 - Amended Senate: 6401.8 LAB
07/03/24 - Amended Senate: 6401.8 LAB
AB 2975: 6401 LAB