ADA and California Access Code Signage Requirements Webinar DVD
Ensuring your hospital is compliant

Webinar Recorded Live March 5, 2013
Program Rated 4.18 out of 5 by participants


On January 23, 2013, the California Building Standards Commission adopted emergency regulations revising the 2010 California Building Standards Code. These changes were made to eliminate conflicts between requirements in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California 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. The new requirements make sure that individuals with disabilities can navigate public buildings successfully.

Who needs access? Hospitals must consider persons with visual, hearing, cognitive and mobility issues, to name a few. It’s complicated, and hospitals that are out of compliance risk inspection, citation and fines.

Learn about the new California emergency regulations, and how to combine them with more stringent federal standards to achieve compliance.

Recommended for:

Facilities directors, disability access coordinators, compliance officers


California Access Code — New Signage Requirements

  • Meeting access in signs — more than just Braille
  • Signage basics — four broad categories with differing requirements
  • Impacted signs — new vs. existing
  • Sign structure — fonts, character sizes, pictorial symbols, placement, proportions
  • Sign placement — where, how high
  • Compliance obligations for existing signage
  • “Just make it match” — how hospitals get into trouble
  • Tips to solve access issues that are sensible, functional and compliant

State Building Official’s Role

  • Key enforcement players — various jurisdictions and code applications
  • OSHPD’s role — when and how long involved
  • What officials will look for in terms of compliance
  • Triggers for inspections
  • Vetting — avoiding problems with pre-construction review


Sharon Toji is general manager, CFO and ADA sign consultant for the H. Toji Companies, comprised of ADA Sign Products, accessible signage and way-finding design and fabrication; H. Toji and Company, an architectural signage fabricator and installer; and Access Communications, a consulting company dedicated to accessible communications in the built environment. Ms. Toji has performed numerous signage surveys since the advent of the ADA in 1992, from hotels to college campuses to entire small cities. As part of her committment to improve access she has been actively involved in state committees including: Committee on Accessible Evacuation with the California State Fire Marshal and Advisory Committee on Access with California Building Standards Commission. Previously, she served on the Access Committee at the Division of the State Architect.

Paul Coleman is the deputy director for the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), Facilities Development Division (FDD). As deputy director, Mr. Coleman is the chief building official for California’s hospitals — more than 4,000 buildings located at 1,709 health care facilities under FDD jurisdiction statewide. Prior to assuming the role of deputy director in 2009, Mr. Coleman served as OSHPD’s southern California deputy division chief in the FDD. There he was responsible for planning and directing work of the program staff, and assisted in the formulation and implementation of policies related to enforcement of the Seismic Safety Act. Mr. Coleman is a licensed architect and general contractor in the state of California.