Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation
Information Bulletin

October 11, 2000 Christine Baker
(415) 703-4220

Commission Approves New Projects on California Health, Safety
and Workers' Compensation

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) approved plans for additional projects and activities at its public meeting on October 5, 2000 in Sacramento.

The Commission approved a study project with the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California to further its analyses of alternative factors that may be utilized in workers’ compensation premium calculations. Factors such as payroll, the number of hours worked, dual classifications, and other premium adjustment programs, and the advantages and disadvantages of each of these alternatives were discussed.

This joint feasibility study with the WCIRB will identify additional classifications in the construction industry that might benefit from a dual classification rating system and identify greatest gains and the pros/cons of expanding this kind of program to other classifications and industries.

The Commission also approved a project to develop an Issue Paper regarding the responsibility for workers’ compensation coverage for participants in public school vocational training programs.

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