COMMISSION ON HEALTH AND SAFETY AND WORKER'S COMPENSATION

MINUTES OF TELECONFERENCE MEETING
Wednesday, August 21, 2002
Via San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, California

In Attendance

San Francisco:

Commissioner Kristen Schwenkmeyer
Commissioner Darrel "Shorty" Thacker
Executive Officer Christine Baker

Sacramento

Chairman Tom Rankin
Commissioner Allen L. Davenport
Commissioner John C. Wilson
Commissioner Leonard C. McLeod

Los Angeles

Commissioner Jill A. Dulich
Commissioner Robert B. Steinberg

Call to Order / Adoption of Minutes

Chairman Rankin called the meeting to order at 2 pm and asked for a motion on the July 15 –16, 2002 Strategic Planning meeting minutes. Commissioner Wilson moved for approval of the minutes, Commissioner Dulich seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Report on the CHSWC Strategic Plan

Christine Baker, Executive Officer

Christine Baker stated that CHSWC staff incorporated the discussions of the strategic planning meeting into a draft strategic plan. Ms. Baker commented that she was submitting the draft strategic plan to the Commissioners for their review and approval.

Public comment

Peggy Sugarman, California Applicants' Attorney Association, asked for more time to review and submit comments and questions on the draft strategic plan.

CHSWC Vote

Commissioner Wilson moved to release the draft strategic plan to the public for comment. Commissioner Thacker and Commissioner Dulich seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Request for Proposals for CHSWC Study of California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Market

Christine Baker, Executive Officer

Ms. Baker stated that in the last several meetings the Commission had discussions and held a public hearing on the workers’ compensation insurance industry issue. She commented that the next step was to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) in order to get competitive bids on the study. The draft RFP presented to the Commissioners outlines the objective and scope of the study. Ms. Baker added that she worked with the Division of Workers’ Compensation and the Department of Insurance in order to refine issues included in the RFP. She reiterated that this study was contingent on sufficient funding.

Commissioner Davenport commented that he would like to see the study focus on producing a workers’ compensation system that works effectively for workers and employers. Ms. Baker stated that an additional bullet in the scope of the study section would be added to the Request for Proposal at Commissioner Davenport’s request. The additional point would look at identification of strategies that deliver proper benefits to injured workers in a timely and cost efficient manner.

Public comments

Mark Webb, American Insurance Association, commented that he would like an opportunity to provide his comments in writing to the Commission. He specified that the RFP, among other things, should include in its objective and scope of study an analysis of reinsurance, legislative proposals that will be shortly presented to the Governor, rate making process.

Chairman Rankin asked what is the potential for amending the request for proposal at a later time. Ms. Baker replied that although the proposal would lock CHSWC into the scope of the study, there would be a chance for some flexibility when the Commission makes the actual contract with the chosen bidder.

After some discussion, the Commissioners agreed that the issue of reinsurance and the current legislative bills should be included in the request for proposal.

CHSWC Vote

Commissioner Davenport moved to adopt the request for proposal as amended. Commissioner Thacker seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Proposal to Develop a Method to Identify Areas for Education and Safety Training Efforts in California

Frank Neuhauser, University of California at Berkeley

Mr. Neuhauser summarized briefly the proposal before the Commission to develop a method to identify areas for education and safety training efforts in California. He explained that the proposal would use Bureau of Labor Statistics data to evaluate the safety of industries in California and identify particular hazards that stand out relative to the rest of the country. This project would help to identify where to focus effort in education and training that could help prevent occupational injuries. Mr. Neuhauser also added that the data would be useful in evaluating programs that would be put in place as part of the Worker Occupational Safety and Health Training and Education Program.

CHSWC Vote

Commissioner Davenport moved to approve the proposal to "Develop a Method to Identify Areas for Education and Safety Training Efforts in California", Commissioner Schwenkmeyer seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Public comments / questions

There were no other public comments or questions.

Adjournment

Chairman Rankin adjourned the meeting at 2:30 pm.


Approved: Respectfully submitted,

_SIGNATURE ON FILE____________                                      __ SIGNATURE ON FILE             _________

Tom Rankin, Chair                           Date                                        Christine Baker, Executive Officer              Date