Advertisement

SB 1953: The Law, the Program, and the Implementation Challenge

  • Daniel J. AleschEmail author
  • Lucy A. Arendt
  • William J. Petak
Chapter
Part of the Environmental Hazards book series (ENHA)

Abstract

SB 1953 was introduced and enacted quickly following the Northridge Earthquake, but its basic elements had been developed over more than a decade before the earthquake. The legislature did not develop the law in haste in response to the Northridge Earthquake, nor was the law developed without substantial input from technical experts on building performance, State agencies, hospital owners, and others. SB 1953 is, essentially, a minor rewrite of OSHPD’s response to the Milestone 4, Initiative 1.2 in the California Seismic Safety Commission’s report entitled A Recommended Program to Seismically Strengthen Pre-Hospital Act Hospital Facilities (Seismic Safety Commission, California at Risk: Reducing Earthquake Hazards 1987 to 1992. State of California, Sacramento, 1986). There is one noteworthy difference between what the Seismic Safety Commission and OSHPD proposed and what was finally enacted. Whereas both the Seismic Safety Commission and OSHPD indicated the need for some kind of financial assistance and flexible compliance methods for hospitals to meet the compliance deadlines, SB 1953 did not provide financial assistance, financial incentives, or compliance flexibility for hospitals to help them comply. It simply provided hard milestones for compliance without enabling funding or access to funding. This would prove to be a serious obstacle to implementation.

Keywords

Major Earthquake Acute Care Hospital Federal Emergency Management Agency Life Safety Hospital Facility 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

References

  1. California Seismic Safety Commission (2001) Findings and recommendations on hospital seismic safety. State of California, Sacramento, November 2001Google Scholar
  2. California State Senate SB 1953 (1994) Chaptered, 9 Sept 1994Google Scholar
  3. Federal Emergency Management Agency (1992) NEHRP handbook for seismic evaluation of existing buildings: FEMA 178. FEMA, Washington, DCGoogle Scholar
  4. Federal Emergency Management Agency (1997) NEHRP guidelines for the seismic rehabilitation of buildings: FEMA 273. FEMA, Washington, DCGoogle Scholar
  5. Schaefer KA (2004) Earthquake resistant and resilient hospitals. Presented at visions of leaders: structural and geotechnical earthquake engineering research needs for the mitigation of earthquake risks for the next decade, MCEER Forum, September. http://mceer.buffalo.edu/research/nees/grandopen/Forum/schaefer.pdf.
  6. Seismic Safety Commission (1986) California at risk: reducing earthquake hazards 1987 to 1992. State of California, SacramentoGoogle Scholar
  7. Tobin T (2004) Personal communicationGoogle Scholar
  8. Tokas CV, Schaefer K (1999) The seismic safety program for hospital buildings in California, Part 2: the seismic retrofit program for existing California hospitals. In: Proceedings of the workshop design and retrofitting of hospitals, Palazzo Panchiatichi, Florence, Italy, 21–22 Oct 1999Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Netherlands 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel J. Alesch
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lucy A. Arendt
    • 1
  • William J. Petak
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Wisconsin-Green BayGreen BayUSA
  2. 2.University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

Personalised recommendations