Sunday, August 24, 2008

California Using HAZUS to Evaluate Hospital System Safety

The California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) has implemented a new voluntary program to re-evaluate the seismic risk of California hospital buildings classified as Structural Performance Category (SPC-1). These buildings are considered hazardous and at risk of collapse in the event of an earthquake and must be retrofitted, replaced or removed from providing acute care services by 2013. OSHPD is using HAZUS to reassess the seismic risk of SPC-1 buildings. Those buildings that are determined to pose a low seismic risk may be reclassified to SPC-2. The SPC-2 buildings would have until 2030 to comply with the structural seismic safety standards. Participation in the HAZUS program is optional for hospital owners wishing to have their SPC-1 building(s) re-evaluated. For more info, click here...

California Hospital Association press release, click here...

To read an August 23rd San Diego Union-Tribune article about this program , click here...



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