Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation
Information Bulletin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
August 12, 1999 Christine Baker
(415) 703-4220

Commission Continues Research Efforts to Improve Workers' Compensation

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation approved additional research projects at its public meeting on August 12, 1999 in San Francisco.

New projects include:

Augmentation of the Commission's ongoing project on workers' compensation benefit notices to improve the pertinent laws and regulations. Specifically, the project will further identify the statutory and regulatory requirements that cause the greatest problems with notices from the injured workers' perspective, and identify and propose practical changes in laws and regulations to improve basic information for noninsured and newly injured workers and to improve information in benefit notices for injured workers.

A project on return to work after low back injury, which will become part of the Commission's study of workers' compensation permanent disability by RAND. The focus is to identify the determinants of the effectiveness of the primary treating physician in facilitating return to work after low back injury.

The Commission, created by the workers' compensation reform legislation of 1993, 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 information about the Commission and its activities 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. Information is also available at www.dir.ca.gov.

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