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Seismic Standards to Get Tougher in California

November 30, 2010

With 2010 coming to a close, Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) is already looking ahead to another important milestone - 2013. That's when California Senate Bill 1953 – the Hospital Facilities Seismic Safety Act – will require all California hospitals considered hazardous or at risk of collapse in the event of an earthquake to be rebuilt, retrofitted or closed.California-Capitol-Buliding.jpg 

No stranger to the unique building codes and structural integrity regulations of California-based operations, CPI has long been manufacturing IT infrastructure products that carry the all-important Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development (OSHPD) Pre-Approval (OPA) number.

For hospitals, these OPA numbers are critical to conforming to the standards set forth by Senate Bill 1953, as well as additional new regulations set forth to take effect January 1, 2011 by the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC). As these deadlines draw closer, CPI is here to remind our California neighbors that total IT infrastructure compliance is well within reach. After all, in today's digital age, properly securing and maintaining the networks that store patient medical records and more is second only to ensuring the physical well being of the community you serve and the faculty you employ.

Whether planning to rebuild or retrofit your hospital's data center installation to meet these fast approaching regulations, CPI can help you reduce the OSHPD approval cycle with detail-oriented on-site visits and implementation. Because our expert team of engineers closely follows the guidelines set forth by OSHPD, as well as the Network Building System (NEBS), we also understand the ways in which your hospital's IT infrastructure must be secured in the event of seismic activity.

If you would like to learn more about OSHPD regulations or schedule your own on-site visit, please contact CPI Technical Support at 1-800-834-4969 or via email.

Ultimately, while no can predict when and where a natural disaster will occur, we can all do our part to minimize the impact.

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