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HEALTH ORDINANCES

ORDINANCE NO. 25.

Approved March 30, 1900. Prohibiting the Burial of the Dead Within the city and County of

San Francisco.

Whereas, the burial of the dead within the City and County of San Francisco is dangerous to life and detrimental to the public health; therefore, Be it ordained by the People of the City and County of San Francisco as

follows: Section 1. It shall be unlawful for any person, association or corporation, from and after the 1st day of August, A. D. 1901, to bury or inter, or cause to be interred or buried, the dead body of any person in any cemetery, graveyard or other place within the City and County of San Francisco, exclusive of those portions thereof which belong to the United States, or are within its exclusive jurisdiction.

Section 2. Any person, association or corporation violating any of the provisions of this Ordinance shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than one hundred (100) dollars, nor more than five hundred (500) dollars, or by imprisonment not exceeding six (6) months, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

Section 3. Order No. 1961 and all Orders or parts of Orders in conAlict with the provisions of this Ordinance are hereby repealed.

ORDER NO. 2709.

Approved November 1, 1893.

Regulating the Disposition of Bodies of Persons Dying from Criminal

Causes.

The People of the City and County of San Francisco do ordain as follows: Autopsies in cases of Sudden Death Prohibited Except Upon Permit

from Coroner. Section 1. It shall be unlawful for any person to perform, or assist in performing, any autopsy or other post-mortem examination upon the body of any person who has died suddenly or whose death has resulted from injury or upon the bodies of persons found under such circumstances as to lead to a suspicion of crime having been committed, or in cases of accidental deaths or suicides, except a permit to perform such autopsy or postmortem examination has been issued by the Coroner. Removal of Body of Any' Person Dying Suddenly Prohibited, Except on

Permit from Coroner or Health Officer. Section 2. It shall be unlawful for any person to remove, or aid in removing, the body of any deceased person from the place where the death of such person has occurred, except permission to remove said body has been granted by the Coroner or Health Officer, or a regularly licensed physician, who has been in attendance upon the deceased for not less than twenty-four hours prior to death, shall have certified that the death was not directly or indirectly the result of criminal causes.

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Disposal in Any Manner of Body of Deceased Person Without Permit

from Coroner or Health Officer Prohibited. Section 3. It shall be unlawful for any persor., except upon authorization by the Coroner, or Health Officer, to dispose of or in any manner to aid in the disposal of, whether by burial, dissection or otherwise, the body or parts thereof of any person whose death has resulted from the performance or an effort to perform a criminal abortion.

Permits to Inter or Remove Any Remains of Deceased Persons-How

Obtained. Section 4. It shall be unlawful for any person to obtain, or induce, or assist others in obtaining, or attempt to secure from the proper authorities any permit to inter, remove or otherwise dispose of the remains of any deceased person, except that the party desiring such permit shall present to the Health Officer a certificate of death, which shall clearly and truthfully show the name and age of decedent, the precise location where the death occurred, and, if the same has been caused by criminal abortion, either as a direct or indirect consequence, the certificate shall so state.

Penalty. Section 5. Any person violating any of the provisions of this Order shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars, or by imprisonment in the County Jail not to exceed six months, or by both such fine and imprisonment.--As amended by Order No. 261 (Second Series), approved December 8, 1899.

ORDER NO. 2457.

Approved October 6, 1891.
Providing for the Interment or Placing in a Vault of All Decedents

Within a period of Five Days After Death, or Within a Like
Period After the Arrival of Any Dead Body for Interment in this

City and County.
The People of the City and County of San Francisco do ordain as follows:

Interment of Decedents. Section 1. The bodies of all deceased persons dying within the City and County of San Francisco, also the bodies of all deceased persons brought to the City and County for interment, must be interred or placed in a vault in some cemetery within a period of five days from the occurrence of the death of such person dying in this City and County, and in the case of bodies transported to this City and County for burial, within a like period of five days from and after the date of arrival of such body.

Penalty.

Section 2. Any person or persons having charge of the disposal of any deceased person's remains, whether such decedent shall have died in the City and County of San Francisco or have been transported to said City and County for burial, who shall violate any of the provisions of this Order, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine not less than fifty dollars nor more than one hundred dollars.

ORDER NO. 2748.

Approved March 21, 1894.

Providing Regulations Relating to Crematories., The People of the City and County of San Francisco do ordain as follows:

Section 1. No person shall erect, maintain or use any furnace or other contrivance for reducing to cinders or ashes bodies of human beings, within three hundred feet of any street or highway or park of the City. Nor shall any such contrivance be maintained or used unless it be constructed and used so as not to be detrimental to the public health and decency. Any person violating this Ordinance shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars, or by imprisonment in the County Jail for not more than six months, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

ORDER NO. 241 (Second Series).

Approved December 8, 1899.

Regulating the Cremation of Human Remains. The People of the City and County of San Francisco do ordain as follows:

Section 1. When a person dies in the City and County of San Francisco, and it is the intention of the person whose duty it is to dispose of the body to cremate it, there must be filed on a form prescribed by the Board of Health an application for a permit to cremate said body, signed by him or his agent.

Section 2. The person applying must file with the proper officer a certificate, signed by a physician, or a Coroner, or two reputable citizens, setting forth as near as possible the name, age, color, place of birth, occupation, date, locality and cause of death of the deceased.

Section 3. After the application and certificate are filed, the Inspector of Disinterments (or such other person as may be designated in writing by the Board of Health or Health Officer) shall immediately inquire into the circumstances relating to the death, and, within twelve hours after such application is filed, report, in writing, to the Health Officer as to whether, in his opinion, death resulted from natural causes, and whether there are reasons why said body should not be cremated.

Section 4. When said report it filed and sufficient reasons are not given why cremation should not take place, the Board of Health or Health Officer shall issue a written permit for the cremation.

Section 5. A permit shall not be given to cremate a body upon which a Coroner's inquest is pending until the cause of death has been attested by the proper authority-except any part of a body, or the contents of a body proposed to be cremated may be removed and preserved as evidence, the same as in case of interment, and when such parts or contents are removed the body may be cremated.

Section 6. It shall be unlawful, without a permit, to remove from said City and County for the purpose of cremation, the remains of any human being who died within its limits; nor shall any such remains be removed and cremated without a permit from said Board of Health or Health Officer to so remove and cremate, as provided for in this Order, and any person who, as undertaker, or agent, or otherwise, obtains a permit to remove a body from said City and County for the purpose of interment, who cremates said body or is privy thereto, is guilty of a misdemeanor. When death resulted from contagious disease a special permit to remove and cremate may be issued by the Board of Health or Health Officer.

Provided, that in case of death from any cause whatever, a special permit may be issued by the Board of Health or Health Officer, to remove and cremate or to cremate without removal, a body at any time.

Section 7. When death results from contagious disease (within the meaning of the words "contagious disease"), as defined by said Board of Health or by law the body shall not be publicly exposed, and said remains shall be cremated without being taken from the case enclosing them, and said Board of Health may adopt regulations prescribing the manner and shape in which the remains referred to in this section shall be prepared for cremation.

Section 8. Any person violating any of the provisions of this Order is guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall be punished by a fine not exceeding five hundred (500) dollars, or by imprisonment not to exceed six (6) months, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

ORDINANCE NO. 1382 (New Series).

Approved November 22, 1910.

Prohibiting the Cremation of Dead Human Bodies Within the City and

County of San Francisco.

Be it Ordained by the People of the City and County of San Francisco as

follows: Section 1. It shall be unlawful for any person, association or corporation, from and after the first day of July, 1911, to cremate, or cause to be cremated, the dead body of any human being within the City and County of San Francisco, exclusive of those portions of said City and County belonging to or under the exclusive jurisdiction of the United States.

Section 2. Any person, firm, association or corporation violating any of the provisions of this Ordinance shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine not exceeding five hundred (500) dollars or by imprisonment in the County Jail for a period not to exceed six (6) months, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

Section 3. All Ordinances or parts of Ordinances, so far as they conflict with the provisions of this Ordinance, be and are hereby repealed.

ORDINANCE NO. 907 (New Series).

In Effect October 25, 1909.

Requiring Physicians and Surgeons and Persons in Charge of Hospitals

to Report to the Chief of Police Cases of Accident or Other Injury

Through Criminal Means. Be it Ordained by the People of the City and County of San Francisco as

follows: Section 1. It shall be the duty of every physician or surgeon, superintendent, proprietor or other person in charge of any public or private hospital or sanitarium within the City and County of San Francisco whenever any person has become an inmate or patient of or has been brought into such hospital or sanitarium suffering from any wound or other injury by his own act or by the act of another to report immediately to the Chief of Police of said City and County of San Francisco, the name of such inmate or patient, and all facts appertaining to such case within the knowledge of such physician or surgeon, superintendent, proprietor or other person in charge of said hospital or sanitarium.

Section 2. It shall be the duty of every physician or surgeon practicing within the City and County of San Francisco who is not the owner, proprietor, superintendent or other person in charge of any hospital or sanitarium who has under his charge or care any patient or other person suffering from any wound or injury by his own act or by the act of another to report immediately to the Chief of Police of said City and County of San Francisco, the name of such patient or other person and all facts appertaining to such case within the knowledge of such physician or surgeon.

Section 3. The provisions of this Ordinance shall not apply to any case wherein the person wounded or injured has been brought to the hospital or sanitarium or to the physician or surgeon by any member of the Police Department of the City and County of San Francisco.

Section 4. Every person who shall violate any of the provisions of this Ordinance shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not to exceed five hundred (500) dollars or by imprisonment in the County Jail for not more than six (6) months, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

Section 5. This Ordinance shall take effect immediately.

ORDER NO. 2126.

Approved October 31, 1889.

Relating to the Embalming of Bodies of Deceased Persons.

The People of the City and County of San Francisco do ordain as follows: Embalming Without Certificate of Death or Permit from Coroner

Prohibited. Section 1. No person shall use any embalming or preservative material in or upon the body of any deceased person, either by what is known as "cavity injection” or “temporary embalming,” or by injection into the blood vessels, or by any other means, or at all, without first obtaining a certificate of death from the attending physician, if there had been one, or in his absence, or in the event there had been no attending physician, then a certificate of death or a permit to embalm from the Coroner. Nothing herein contained shall be deemed to forbid the use of ice in and upon such body, for the preservation thereof.

Record of the Use of Any Embalming Fluid Must be Kept.

Section 2. Every person using any of the material mentioned in Section 1 (excepting ice), after having obtained the certificate or permit therein required, shall make and keep a record of the use of such material, showing the time and place of its use and the means employed and the material used. Said record shall be exhibited by the person keeping the same to the Coroner or any peace officer whenever an exhibition thereof is demanded by him. Certificate of Death to Be Issued by Attending Physician Within Two

Hours After Demand, Except when Postmortem Examination is

Held.

Section 3. It shall be the duty of every attending physician to give the certificate of death required by law within two hours after demand made therefor, except in such cases where a postmortem examination is necessary to determine the cause of death.

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