Smoke Evacuation News


May 28, 2019

May 28 Informational Hearing Set for Oregon Smoke Bill

The Oregon House Health Committee has set an informational hearing for HB2901 for Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

April 17, 2019

California Agency Reviewing Comments on Surgical Smoke Evacuation

In 2017, then-Governor Brown vetoed CA AB 402 which would have required California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) to develop a regulation requiring the evacuation of surgical smoke in health facilities.

March 28, 2019

Colorado Second State to Enact Surgical Smoke Evacuation Law

On March 28, 2019, Colorado Governor Jared Polis took the important step to sign into law a surgical smoke bill that will protect Colorado perioperative nurses and surgical team members from the harmful effects of plume.

February 13, 2019

Colorado Smoke Evacuation Bill Passes House

Colorado HB19-1041 passed the Colorado House in late January, just a week after the House Health & Insurance Committee unanimously voted to send the bill forward.

June 13, 2018

RI Governor Signs Smoke Evacuation Legislation

Rhode Island perioperative nurses will breathe a little easier when the new law requiring facilities to adopt policies requiring the elimination of surgical smoke from ORs goes into effect.

May 21, 2018

AORN Members Deliver Powerful Surgical Smoke Testimony

Legislators heard moving testimony on surgical smoke in Colorado operating rooms, which peaked interest and support for requiring evacuation. While the bill did not pass this year, significant strides were made and the fight for safe workplaces continues.

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