HB12-1268 - Health Facility Safety Inspection Transfer To CDPS

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning A Transfer Of Functions Pertaining To Health Facility Compliance With Certain Building Safety Standards From The Department Of Public Health And Environment To The Division Of Fire Safety In The Office Of Preparedness, Security, And Fire Safety Within The Department Of Public Safety, And, In Connection Therewith, Renaming The Public School Construction And Inspection Section In The Division Of Fire Safety.

Currently, the division of fire safety (division) in the office of preparedness, security, and fire safety within the Colorado department of public safety conducts construction plan reviews and performs inspections of public school buildings to determine compliance with building and fire safety codes. The department of public health and environment (department) is responsible for such reviews and inspections for health facility buildings.

Effective July 1, 2012, the bill transfers to the division the department's functions, personnel, and property directed principally for inspections of heath care facilities for conformity to building and fire safety standards. With the exception of certain health facilities for which there are no central buildings used to provide health services to individuals, the division will be responsible for adopting building and fire safety standards, reviewing plans for construction, performing inspections, issuing certificates of occupancy and compliance, and otherwise assessing and enforcing compliance with building and fire safety standards.

To reflect its broader scope, the division's public school construction and inspection section is renamed the "health facility and public school construction and inspection section" (section). Laws setting forth the current administrative duties and processes of the division and the section, as they relate to the public school construction and inspection program, are amended to include health facilities.

The bill leaves intact the existing authority of a local jurisdiction to adopt and enforce concurrent building and fire safety codes, and describes the interaction between local and division oversight and regulations.

The department is prohibited from licensing a health facility unless the division issues to the department a certificate of compliance certifying that the health facility's buildings and structures conform to the building and fire safety standards adopted by the director of the division. Upon receipt of such certificate, the department must take action regarding the pending application for licensure within 30 days.

Latest update: May 29, 2012
05/29/2012 Governor Action - Signed
05/25/2012 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/25/2012 Sent to the Governor
05/24/2012 Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/09/2012 Senate Third Reading Passed
05/09/2012 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
05/08/2012 Senate Second Reading Special Orders - Passed with Amendments
05/04/2012 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
05/03/2012 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
05/02/2012 Senate Committee on Business, Labor and Technology Refer Amended to Finance
05/02/2012 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor and Technology
05/01/2012 House Third Reading Passed
04/30/2012 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments
04/26/2012 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily
04/24/2012 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
04/20/2012 House Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
03/23/2012 House Second Reading Re-referred to Appropriations
03/15/2012 House Committee on Health and Environment Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
03/14/2012 House Committee on Appropriations Re-Refer Unamended to Health and Environment
02/23/2012 House Committee on Health and Environment Refer Amended to Appropriations
02/07/2012 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health and Environment