Education event

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

March 5, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Pacific Time


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.

Register your teams now to 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.


Members $185 (per connection)
Nonmembers $275 (per connection)

Multiple staff can gather and participate from one location for one tuition fee. Register online using the button on the right or complete the registration form and fax it to (916) 552-7506. Checks should be made payable to CAHHS/CHA and mailed to:

California Hospital Association
Education Department
1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814

Cancellation Policy
A $50 non-refundable processing fee will be retained for each cancellation. Cancellations must be made in writing seven days prior and e-mailed to, or faxed to (916) 552-7506. No refunds will be made after this date. In the unlikely event the webinar is cancelled, paid participants will be fully refunded within 30 days. In the unlikely event the program is cancelled, CHA will fully refund paid participants within 30 days.

Continuing Education

Full attendance, completion of online survey, and attestation of attendance is required to receive continuing education credit for this webinar.

Note: CEs are complimentary for registrant. If additional participants under the same registration would like to be awarded CEs, a fee of $20 per person, will apply. Post-event survey will be sent to registrant and provide information on how to apply online for additional CEs.

Compliance: Compliance Certification Board (CCB) has approved
this program for 2.4 Compliance Certification Board (CCB) Continuing Education Units in one or more of the following areas: Application of Management Practices for the Compliance Professional; Application of Personal and Business Ethics in Compliance; Written Compliance Policies and Procedures; Designation of Compliance Officers and Committees; Compliance Training and Education; Communication and Reporting Mechanisms in Compliance; Enforcement of Compliance Standards and Discipline; Auditing and Monitoring for Compliance; Response to Compliance Violations and Corrective Actions; HIPAA Privacy Implementation. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the Compliance Certification Board.

Health Care Executives: CHA is authorized to award 2 hours of pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education Credit (non-ACHE) for this program toward the advancement, or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Participants in this program wishing to have the continuing education hours applied toward ACHE Qualified Education credit should indicate their attendance when submitting application to the American College of Healthcare Executives for advancement or recertification.

Access Info

This webinar allows you to attend and participate without ever leaving the office. The webinar is produced live, via the Internet and a telephone line. You only need a telephone and a computer with a web browser to participate.

Once you register, a confirmation e-mail will be sent with pertinent program information.

Audio for the webinar is accessed through a toll-free number (U.S. calls only). During the program, you will have the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers. If multiple people will be listening to the program at your office, only one person needs to register for the group. The slide presentation is accessed on your computer via the web.

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