|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||CONTACT:|
|October 26, 2000||Christine Baker|
DIR and Commission To Host
"California Forum for Workplace Health and Safety"
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and the California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) will be hosting a public educational program devoted to workplace injury prevention, safety and return to work.
The "California Forum for Workplace Health and Safety" is intended to bring workers, employers, the community and the public together to participate in presentations, discussions and various workshops over a two-day period. The Forum will be held on Thursday and Friday, February 8 & 9, 2001 at the South San Francisco Conference Center in South San Francisco.
The California Forum for Workplace Health and Safety will provide an opportunity for the health, safety and workers compensation communities and the public to:
- Discuss and share ideas for workplace injury prevention.
- Identify what employers and employees can do before and after to minimize the impact of work injury or illness.
- Develop ideas for a California workplace health and safety agenda for the new millenium.
- Provide information regarding successful techniques in facilitating return to work after workplace injury.
- Present the latest research in workplace safety, health and return-to-work.
- Examine the role of the physician in return-to-work.
- Review models of "best practices" facilitating recovery and return-to-work.
- Consider areas where improvements need to be made.
The Forum is jointly sponsored by the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of California at Berkeley. The following organizations are contributing endorsement and/or financial support as co-sponsors:
- American Society of Safety Engineers
- California Applicants Attorneys Association
- California Association of Joint Powers Authorities
- California Chamber of Commerce
- California Coalition on Workers Compensation
- California Correctional Peace Officers Association
- California Department of Health Services, Occupational Health Branch
- California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO
- California Manufacturers and Technology Association
- California Medical Association
- California Self-Insurers Association
- California Society of Industrial Medicine & Surgery
- California Workers Compensation Institute
- Industrial Medical Council
- International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions
- International Workers Compensation Foundation, Inc.
- Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California
- Schools Excess Liability Fund
- State Construction and Building Trades Council of California
- State Compensation Insurance Fund
- Workers Compensation Health Initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Commission is charged with overseeing the health and safety and workers' compensation systems in California and recommending administrative or legislative modifications to improve their operation. The Commission 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.
Further details on the Forum may be obtained by writing to Christine Baker, Executive Officer, Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation, 455 Golden Gate Avenue, 10th Floor, San Francisco, California 94102, by calling (415) 703-4220, or by faxing a request to (415) 703-4234. The information is also available through the Department of Industrial Relations' internet home page at www.dir.ca.gov.