Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation
Annual Report

Introduction

Cover Letter

The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation was created by the workers' compensation reform legislation of 1993 -- a package of several bills which made significant changes to the California workers' compensation program.

The Commission is charged with performing the following duties:

1. Issue an annual report on the state of the California workers' compensation system, including recommending administrative or legislative modifications which would improve the operation of the system.

2. Review and approve applications for grants to assist in establishing effective occupational injury and illness prevention programs.

3. Review for approval a proposal by the Administrative Director of the Division of Workers' Compensation as required by California Labor Code Section 4660 to change the standard disability ratings.

4. Consult with the Administrative Director of the Division of Workers' Compensation, as required by Section 139.2(o) of the California Labor Code, on the adoption of regulations prohibiting a Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) from requesting or accepting any compensation or other thing of value from any source that does or could create a conflict with the QME's duties as a medical evaluator.

5. Conduct a continuing examination of the California Workers' Compensation System and examine other states' workers' compensation programs.

6. Conduct a continuing examination of California's activities to prevent industrial injuries and occupational diseases and examine other states' activities to prevent industrial injuries and occupational diseases.

This document is the first annual report of the California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation. The impact of the workers' compensation reform legislation on the California workers' compensation system is the primary focus of this report.

This annual report is organized by sections:

Executive Summary

I - The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation

II - California's Workers' Compensation System

III - The Commission's Examination of Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation

IV - The Commission's Grant Program

V - The Commission's Joint Responsibilities with the Division of Workers' Compensation

VI - The Commission's Future Activities


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