February 28, 2008

Christine Baker

CHSWC Releases Report and Research Agenda on Workplace Health and Safety

OAKLAND – The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) is pleased to release a “Background Report on California Occupational Safety and Health Programs” and a “Report on a Research Agenda for Improving Workplace Health and Safety.”  The Background Report provides a profile of occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities, as well as an overview of prevention efforts by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) and other agencies.  The “Report on a Research Agenda for Improving Workplace Health and Safety” identifies key health and safety areas where further research and study could help improve workplace health and safety in California. The overall goal of the research agenda is to conduct research that results in both knowledge and policies that eliminate workplace fatalities and reduce injuries and illnesses, and make California workplaces and workers the safest, healthiest and most productive in the country.

CHSWC is charged with examining the health and safety and workers' compensation systems in California and recommending administrative or legislative modifications to improve their operation.  CHSWC was established to conduct a continuing examination of the workers' compensation system and of the state's activities to prevent industrial injuries and occupational diseases and to examine those programs in other states.

Information about CHSWC and the 2007 Annual Report is available on the CHSWC web site, by contacting CHSWC by writing to 1515 Clay Street, Room 901, Oakland, 94612; by phone at (510) 622-3959: by fax at (510) 622-3265; or by email