On January 23, 2013, the California Building Standards Commission
adopted emergency regulations revising the 2010 California
Building Standards Code. One of the key areas impacted was
signage. Hospitals have a lot of signs — large hospitals may
have up to 80 or more different types. Find out about the
emergency regulations and what you need to do to comply.
The California Department of Public Health has updated sections
of Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations related to
licensing fees and diesel generator testing so they
conform to changes previously enacted in statute. Because
the changes were enacted through statute, they do not have a
“regulatory effect” and are not required to go through the
standard regulatory development process. A list of
the affected Title 22 sections that have been amended or
repealed is attached. Also attached are the updated
The California Building Standards Commission has adopted
emergency regulations to the 2010 California Building Standards
Code to eliminate conflicts between requirements in the Americans
with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California code. Prior to this
change, hospitals and other businesses were not able to meet both
ADA and California access compliance for signage; seating in
auditoriums, assembly halls and theaters; and water closets and
drinking fountains. Because signage requirements continue to
cause confusion, CHA will hold a webinar March 5, from 10 a.m. to
noon, on hospital signage compliance. Additional information on
the webinar — ADA and California Access Code Signage Requirements
— will be provided early next week.
Hospitals operating refrigeration systems with a charge of 200
lbs. or more of high global warming refrigerant will have to
submit 2013 service records to the state Air Resources Board
(ARB) by March 2014. Starting Jan. 1, 2013, facilities will be
able to enter their 2013 service records directly into ARB’s
online reporting database. This will allow them to enter records
periodically rather than waiting until the deadline to comply.
ARB will hold a complimentary webinar Dec. 13 from 1 p.m. – 3
p.m. (PT) to provide instructions on correctly entering records.
In addition, ARB will cover regulations and procedures for filing
annual reports and paying annual implementation fees using an
online tool. To register, go to https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/960264569.
For the audio portion of the webinar, call (877) 716-6050 and
enter participant passcode 7307397. For more information on the
requirements, visit www.arb.ca.gov/stoprefrigerantleaks.
The filing of the SB 499 form is required by law to assess the
status of hospital seismic compliance. Recently, the Office of
Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) made
improvements to the reporting process. In this webinar, OSHPD
faculty explain the changes to the online reporting form
and and share practices to improve filing accuracy.