BILL NUMBER: AB 284	CHAPTERED
	BILL TEXT

	CHAPTER  550
	FILED WITH SECRETARY OF STATE  OCTOBER 7, 2001
	APPROVED BY GOVERNOR  OCTOBER 5, 2001
	PASSED THE SENATE  SEPTEMBER 13, 2001
	PASSED THE ASSEMBLY  SEPTEMBER 13, 2001
	AMENDED IN SENATE  SEPTEMBER 4, 2001
	AMENDED IN SENATE  AUGUST 27, 2001
	AMENDED IN SENATE  AUGUST 20, 2001
	AMENDED IN SENATE  JULY 5, 2001
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  MAY 31, 2001
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  APRIL 26, 2001

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Jackson

                        FEBRUARY 16, 2001

   An act to add Chapter 19 (commencing with Section 26200) to
Division 20 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to public health.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 284, Jackson.  Public health:  fungal contamination in indoor
environments.
   Existing law provides that the State Department of Health Services
is vested with the duties, powers, purposes, responsibilities, and
the jurisdiction of the department as they relate to public health.
The department has various duties to ensure that the most appropriate
methods are being used to protect the public health.
   This bill would require the California Research Bureau, which is
part of the California State Library, in consultation with the State
Department of Health Services, to perform a study of, and publish
findings on, fungal contamination in indoor environments, and to
organize meetings of a review panel to assist in the preparation of
appropriate content for the study.  This bill would require the
California Research Bureau to submit, no later than January 1, 2003,
the findings of the study to both the Legislature and the Director of
Health Services.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:


  SECTION 1.  The Legislature finds and declares all of the
following:
   (a) The problem of indoor air pollution has generated concern
among the scientific and public health communities around the world.

   (b) Bioaerosols, airborne particles emitted by fungi and bacteria,
are among the more than 1,500 indoor air pollutants that pose
potential hazards to public health.
   (c) The occurrence of adverse health effects on humans from fungi
can range from relatively minor symptoms, such as headache, sore
throat, and fatigue, to more serious effects.
   (d) While the inhalation of fungal spores is believed to
contribute to allergic reactions, infections, and other adverse
health effects, there is also considerable debate about practical
options for the prevention and control of fungi in indoor
environments.
   (e) Because fungi are ubiquitous in indoor environments, the
control of fungi poses a special difficulty for homeowners, building
owners, tenants, and public health officers.
   (f) Therefore, the State of California needs to promote a more
thorough understanding of the options for addressing fungal
contamination within the context of a wide array of indoor air
pollutants that are frequently inadequately understood.
   (g) By convening a review panel of experts to examine potential
hazards, their prevention, and their remediation, the state can
provide guidance to a growing public concern about options for
avoiding and remediating problems posed by fungal contamination.
  SEC. 2.  Chapter 19 (commencing with Section 26200) is added to
Division 20 of the Health and Safety Code, to read:

      CHAPTER 19.  FUNGAL CONTAMINATION REVIEW PANEL AND RESEARCH
PROGRAM

   26200.  (a) The California Research Bureau, in consultation with
the State Department of Health Services, shall perform a study and
publish findings on fungal contamination affecting indoor
environments, in accordance with this chapter.
   (b) The California Research Bureau shall organize meetings of a
review panel to assist in the preparation of appropriate content for
the study.
   (c) The California Research Bureau shall appoint to the review
panel a diverse group of professionals including, but not limited to,
representatives of the following:
   (1) Health officers.
   (2) Environmental health directors.
   (3) Experts on the health effects of fungi.
   (4) Medical experts.
   (5) Mold testing experts.
   (6) Industrial hygienists.
   (7) Engineers.
   26201.  The review panel shall examine the following areas
relating to fungal contamination in indoor environments:
   (a) Medical and public health.
   (b) Evaluation and monitoring.
   (c) Remediation and prevention.
   (d) Educational materials.
   (e) Hazard communication.
   (f) Any other area identified by the review panel.
   26202.  The panel shall review and, to the extent resources and
expertise permit, make findings on all of the following:
   (a) The health effects of exposure to fungi, based on a review of
the literature addressing immunology, infectious disease, and medical
evaluation.
   (b) The practices for assessing fungal contamination, including
the use of visual inspection, surface sampling, air monitoring, and
the proper analysis of environmental samples.
   (c) To the extent feasible, the appropriateness of commercially
available methods for identifying fungal contamination of building
components including, but not limited to, walls, ventilation systems,
and support beams.
   (d) The options for preventing and remediating fungal
contamination in indoor environments.  The findings are intended as a
practical guide regarding options for building managers, homeowners,
and members of the general public who may have concerns about fungal
contamination in living and working environments.
   (e) Recommendations on hazard communication for distinct
subpopulations, including workers employed in high-risk occupations.

   (f) The development of a recommended reading list related to
molds, their health effects, their impacts on indoor air quality, and
related topics for local government officials, including
environmental health officers.
   (g) Any additional topical areas deemed appropriate by the review
panel.
   26203.  (a) By January 1, 2003, the California Research Bureau
shall submit to the Legislature and the Director of Health Services
the published findings of the study.
   (b) (1) The findings may provide relevant information to the State
Department of Health Services for the purpose of establishing
standards and guidelines on fungal contamination affecting indoor
environments pursuant to Chapter 18 (commencing with Section 26100).

   (2) This subdivision may serve as a source of information for
department programs relating to fungal contamination, including those
provisions that become operative if Senate Bill 732 is enacted and
adds Chapter 18 (commencing with Section 26100).
   26204.  Of the funds identified in provision (2) of Item
6120-011-0001 of the Budget Act of 2001, twenty-five thousand dollars
($25,000) shall be made available to be used for contracts for
outside researchers pursuant to this chapter.