Bill Text: CA AB2092 | 2019-2020 | Regular Session | Introduced

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Bill Title: Emergency ambulance employees: safety devices and safeguards.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2020-06-23 - Referred to Com. on L., P.E. & R. [AB2092 Detail]

Download: California-2019-AB2092-Introduced.html


CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2092


Introduced by Assembly Member Rodriguez

February 05, 2020


An act to add Division 2.7 (commencing with Section 1900) to the Health and Safety Code, relating to emergency ambulance employees.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2092, as introduced, Rodriguez. Emergency ambulance employees: protective gear and safety equipment.
Existing law establishes a statewide system for emergency medical services and establishes the Emergency Medical Services Authority, which is responsible for establishing training, scope of practice, and continuing education for emergency medical technicians and other prehospital personnel.
This bill would require an emergency ambulance provider to provide each emergency ambulance employee who drives or rides in the ambulance with protective gear and safety equipment to wear during the employee’s work shift and to make the protective gear and safety equipment readily available for the employee to use when responding to an emergency call. The bill would also require the emergency ambulance employer to provide training to the emergency ambulance employee on the proper fitting and use of the protective gear and safety equipment. The bill would not apply to the state or a political subdivision thereof.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Division 2.7 (commencing with Section 1900) is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

DIVISION 2.7. Emergency Ambulance Employees

1900.
 For purposes of this division, the following definitions apply:
(a) “Emergency ambulance employee” means a person who meets both of the following requirements:
(1) Is an emergency medical technician (EMT), dispatcher, paramedic, or other licensed or certified ambulance transport personnel who contributes to the delivery of ambulance services.
(2) Is employed by an emergency ambulance provider.
(b) “Emergency ambulance provider” means an employer that provides ambulance services, but not including the state, or any political subdivision thereof, in its capacity as the direct employer of a person meeting the description contained in paragraph (1) of subdivision (a).
(c) “Protective gear” means any material or equipment worn by the employee that is intended to provide, but is not limited to, both of the following:
(1) Body protection from ballistic, slash, and stabbing attacks.
(2) Eye protection from flying particles, sparks, bodily fluids, and biohazard splatter.

1901.
 An emergency ambulance provider shall provide each emergency ambulance employee who drives or rides in the ambulance with protective gear and safety equipment to wear during the employee’s work shift and shall make the protective gear and safety equipment readily available for the employee to use when responding to an emergency call. The emergency ambulance employer shall provide training to the emergency ambulance employee on the proper fitting and use of the protective gear and safety equipment.

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