Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation
Information Bulletin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
July 28, 1997 Christine Baker
(415) 557-1304

Commission Hosts a Community Forum - Summit on California Workers' Compensation Permanent Disability

SAN FRANCISCO--The California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a community forum entitled "Summit on California Workers' Compensation Permanent Disability".

The Summit will be held on Friday, November 21, at the South San Francisco Conference Center in South San Francisco. Its purpose is to inform the workers' compensation community and the public about the RAND Permanent Disability Study findings and recommendations, determine their response and elicit their recommendations. The Summit will enable the community to determine areas of consensus and areas where there are different perspectives.

The Permanent Disability Study Report is scheduled to be published in July of 1997 and will form the basis for a CHSWC evaluation of the current California permanent disability rating system. The report and the body of testimony at the Summit will be considered in the Commission's analysis of and recommendations for Legislative and/or administrative changes to workers' compensation permanent disability.

In addition to the presentation and discussion of the RAND report, there will be response to the report from academics, employers, employees, insurers, injured workers, medical providers, rehabilitation providers, program administrators, and public officials.

Also of interest to the community, is the Industrial Medical Council's program to educate treating physicians regarding important medical-legal issues. This will include informing them of the latest developments which will facilitate their performance in treating and evaluation impairment of injured workers and ultimate reporting responsibilities with regards to determining disability. The IMC program will be held on Thursday, November 20 at the South San Francisco Conference Center in South San Francisco.

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 details on the Summit may be obtained 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, by calling (415) 557-1304, or by faxing a request to (415) 557-1385.

The information is also available through the Department of Industrial Relations' Internet servers' Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation home page. The address is www.dir.ca.gov.

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