|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||CONTACT:|
|March 17, 1999||Christine Baker|
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation approved additional research projects for the upcoming year at its public meeting held in Los Angeles on February 26, 1999.
New projects include:
An evaluation of statutorily required safety efforts in California and a survey of such programs in other states. This will include an analysis of the High Hazard and Loss Control programs of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health. In addition, this will form the basis for developing methodologies to evaluate such programs nationwide.
The development of a summary of the current knowledge of predictors and measures to evaluate Return-To-Work after work-related injury or illness. This paper will be presented at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conference on June 15, 1999 in Denver, Colorado, to which the Commission has been invited.
An augmentation to the Commissions ongoing project on young worker health and safety. This additional funding would enable further subcommittee meetings and support the development of the research center design, a pilot public information campaign, enhanced coordination among government agencies, and improving the student work permit system.
Under contract with the Commission, the Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) at UC Berkeley has identified areas in which Labor Code and regulatory changes could be made to improve information provided to injured workers. Commission legal staff will develop proposed revisions to certain Labor Code sections and recommend regulatory changes.
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.
Information about the Commission is available by writing to Christine Baker, Executive Officer, Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation, 30 Van Ness Avenue, Room 2122, San Francisco, California 94102 or by calling (415) 557-1304. Information is also available through the Department of Industrial Relations' web site at www.dir.ca.gov.