FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 18, 2009

CONTACT:
Christine Baker
510-622-3959

 

The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation
Announces the 2009 Young Worker Leadership Academy in Southern California

OAKLAND  --  The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) is pleased to announce that the 2009 Southern California Young Worker Leadership Academy will be held in at the University of California, Los Angeles on February 26, 27 and 28, 2009. The 2009 Northern California Young Worker Leadership Academy was held at the University of California, Berkeley on January 29, 30 and 31. The Academy will provide a leadership development opportunity for small teams of four high schools students from different communities in Southern California to focus on young worker health and safety.  The goals of the Academy are to:

The Young Worker Leadership Academy has been jointly developed by the University at California, Berkeley’s Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) and the University of California, Los Angeles’ Labor Occupational Safety and Health (LOSH) Program, in consultation with the California Center for Civic Participation, a national leader in the area of youth development and youth governance.  Academy sponsors include the California Partnership for Young Worker Health and Safety, a statewide task force made up of government agencies and other organizations that can play a role in protecting and educating California’s young workers.  The Young Worker Leadership Academy is part of the statewide Worker Occupational Safety and Health Training and Education Program (WOSHTEP) administered by CHSWC in the Department of Industrial Relations. The Academy receives additional funding from the California Wellness Foundation.

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.  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 illnesses and to examine those programs in other states.

Information about the Young Worker Leadership Academy is available at www.youngworkers.org or by calling Diane Bush at LOHP at (510) 643-2424 or Nancy Morales at LOSH at (310) 794-5996.  Information about CHSWC is available at www.dir.ca.gov/chswc and by writing to the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation, 1515 Clay Street, Room 901, Oakland, CA 94612, by calling (510) 622-3959, by faxing a request to (510) 622-3265, or by emailing chswc@dir.ca.gov.

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