FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 19, 2012

CONTACT:
Lachlan Taylor
510-622-3959

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The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation
Approves Release of the Draft Report on "Impact of the Adoption of AMA-Based
Permanent Disability Rating Schedule in California"

OAKLAND -- The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) is pleased to announce that  the Commission’s draft report on “Impact of the Adoption of AMA-Based Permanent Disability Rating Schedule in California” has been approved for release for public comment.

The report estimates the impact of the AMA-based Permanent Disability Rating Schedule (PDRS) adopted January 1, 2005, relative to the PDRS adopted April 1, 1997.  The 2005 PDRS uses the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (AMA Guides) as the basis for evaluating permanent impairment.  The draft report is available for review and public comment on the CHSWC website until February 21, 2012.

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 draft report on “Impact of the Adoption of AMA-Based Permanent Disability Rating Schedule in California” is available online as is information about CHSWC. Information may also be obtained 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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