CalOHA is currently monitoring Assembly Bill 2243 which would require Cal/OSHA on or before December 31, 2025, to submit a proposal for revising regulations on heat illness “to include an ultrahigh heat standard for employees in outdoor places of employment for heat in excess of 105 degrees Fahrenheit.” Revisions that are being required would include an increase in mandatory cool down periods, immediate availability of cool water, and an increase in monitoring for heat-related illnesses, among others.
This bill would also require that Cal/OSHA revise the wildfire smoke regulation originally adopted in 2019, lowering the AQI (Air Quality Index) threshold at which protections equipment would become mandatory.
Assembly Bill 2243 has been amended in Senate as of June 29, 2022 and sent back to committee. Stay tuned for updates as it progresses but in the meantime, check out these tips for keeping both your workers and guest cool and safe through the summer heat waves.
Show movies in your park, without risk of copyright infringement
During last Tuesdays ‘Coffee & Connections’ we got the opportunity to hear from Brian Novy, a representative of the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation to learn about licensing content and ask him our questions concerning copyright compliance to find out what our members need to know. In case you missed it, let us fill you in on the details.
As our world evolves and technologies advance, visual media consumption has quickly gone from waiting for your show to come on one a few select channels or hunting down VHS tapes to countless streaming services with unlimited readily available content.
With so much content out there, coming from so many different sources it can be difficult to keep track and make sure that everything you are putting out for public consumption gets properly credited back to its rightful owners.
The bottom line is this:
If you are displaying visual media (movies, tv, news stations, etc.) outside of your private residence, you need to purchase a copyright license to protect yourself and the rightful owner of said content. Even the news? That’s right! News stations often use stock footage such as Getty images in their news segments, subjecting them to copywrite law.
By: Dyana Kelley, CampCalNOW President & CEO
We were too, so we enlisted assistance from the experts.
With so many changes in the types of recreational vehicles on the road the question of the “code” has been a hot and often controversial subject. On May 17th, CampCalNOW President and CEO, Dyana Kelley, hosted Mitchel Baker, deputy director of code at Housing and Community Development (HCD) and Michael Ochs, Director of Government Affairs for the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), to speak during her weekly zoom, “Coffee & Connections with CampCalNOW”.
To clearly understand the subject, we needed to be clear on the terms and definitions.
The RVIA refers to the “sticker” as a seal while HCD describes it as a label. For all intent and purposes, the terms can be used interchangeably.
The correct term for a towable type of unit is considered a park “trailer” whether it is a park model or travel trailer, according to RVIA.
NFPA is the National Fire Protection Association. They are a global, self-funded nonprofit organization established in 1896, devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards.
NFPA 1192 is the standard on recreational vehicles.
NFPA 1194 is the national standard for recreational vehicle parks. NFPA 1194 is superseded by the Special Occupancy Parks Act in California.
ANSI is the American National Standards Institute. Founded in 1918, ANSI is a private, non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standards and conformity assessment system.
Our conversation began with Michael Ochs, explaining that the RVIA seal is designed to give the consumer confidence in knowing that the RV was built to a certain standard. RVIA has a team of 6 inspectors that regularly inspect the manufacturing plants. They do not inspect RVs. The manufacturers purchase the seals from RVIA based on annual production.
Cancellation policies in a post-covid world
by Emily Beauchamp, CampCalNOW
It is no secret that when the coronavirus arrived it tore down everyone’s plans, policies, and procedures to the core. We all had to stop everything and adapt our lives, not just once but repeatedly as we received new information, protections, and understandings. As we transition from accommodating a pandemic to accommodating an epidemic, our tolerance and policies transition along with it. With the waves and new variants coming and going, some of us may be left wondering, how lenient should we remain to those who are cancelling trips? Is an arriving guest coming down with covid still an acceptable excuse to have penalty fees waived when they cancel last minute? We reached out to our members to find out how they are handling things.
While a majority of parks have returned to their “pre-covid” cancellations policies and are no longer differentiating covid related cancellations from those cancelling for other reasons, several others are still willing to work with guests in these situations. While none of the parks are choosing to come out and advertise it, many have stated that they are still willing to waive penalty fees based on the situation or allow covid positive guests to reschedule their reservations for alternative dates.
Last minute cancelations can really impact your parks expected revenue and not every park is situated to handle those losses, however some feel as though keeping guests satisfied is of higher value than their cancelation fees. There really is no right or wrong answer, as long as you are doing what is best for your particular business model. The good news is that cancelations due to covid now seem to be few and far between.