A California bill that would introduce safety requirements for ski resorts has taken its first step towards approval on Wednesday. Assembly Bill 990 would require California ski resorts to file safety plans with the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, make those plans available to the public, report all serious injuries and fatalities to the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, and post adequate safety signs in the resort.
“I lost my daughter in February 2006 in a skiing accident, and I’ve spent quite a bit of time studying ski safety,” said Dr. Dan Gregorie, president and founder of California Ski and Snowboard Safety Organization. “It became apparent there are a number of significant opportunities to improve safety.”
Gregorie said the bill has wide-spread support from California Medical Association, California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, California Chiropractic Association, California Coalition for Children’s Safety & Health, California Ski and Snowboard Safety Organization, SnowSport Safety Foundation, and Saferparks. Gregorie said the bill’s requirements simply provide the public with information about safety at ski resorts, and could act as a catalyst for ski resorts to improve safety.
The California Ski Industry Association has a few issues with the bill, but a spokesman said his organization believes they can be worked out.
The most recent version of the bill can be found here. The bill will now go through two readings at the state assembly, then if passed go on to the Senate Labor Committee, then the Senate floor, and if approved end up on the Governor’s desk potentially in September. If signed into law, it would take effect Jan. 1, 2010.