CHA News Article

Hospitals Required to Post New Sign
Human trafficking notice includes information on getting help and reporting unlawful activity

Emergency rooms within general acute care hospitals and urgent care centers are now required to post a sign regarding human trafficking. SB 1193 (Chapter 515, Statutes of 2012) added Section 52.6 to the Civil Code, requiring specified businesses, as of April 1, 2013, to post a notice informing the public and victims of human trafficking about telephone hotline numbers for getting help or reporting unlawful activity. The required sign may be downloaded from the California Attorney General’s website at

The sign must be posted in a conspicuous place near the public entrance or in another conspicuous location in clear view of the public and employees, where similar notices are customarily posted. The sign must be at least 8 ½ inches by 11 inches in size and printed in a 16-point font. In addition, the sign must be printed in English, Spanish and one other language that is the most widely spoken language in the county where the hospital or clinic is located, and for which translation is mandated by the federal Voting Rights Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 1973 et seq.).  The California Attorney General’s website has a list of counties in which a third language other than English and Spanish is the most widely spoken language. Failure to post this sign may result in a civil penalty of $500 for a first offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense.

CHA has developed a chart on state and federal hospital signage requirements that includes the name of the required sign; who must comply; a description of the requirement; any signage requirements that specify where in the facility the sign must be posted; sign size, font size, or foreign language requirements in the law; and the names of sample signs. The chart is found in CHA’s 2013 California Hospital Compliance Manual. To learn more about the manual and to place an order, visit