IR # 97-56
Wednesday, November 5, 1997

Christine Baker
(415) 557-1304

Commission's Summit to Discuss
RAND Permanent Disability Report

SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) is hosting a public forum to discuss a report on workers' compensation permanent disability, produced by the RAND organization under contract with CHSWC.

The public forum, "Summit on California Workers' Compensation Permanent Disability", will be held on Friday, November 21, 1997, at the South San Francisco Conference Center. In addition to a presentation of the findings and recommendations by members of the RAND study team, there will be response to the report from academics, employers, employees, insurers, injured workers, medical providers, rehabilitation providers, the legal community, program administrators, and public officials. The RAND report will be available at the Summit.

The Summit will bring together interested persons and representatives from the workers' compensation community in California and the nation to discuss and comment upon the report's findings and recommendations, and determine areas of possible consensus and areas where further analyses may be needed.

CHSWC is in the process of establishing Policy and Technical advisory committees comprised of representatives from the workers' compensation community. The RAND report and comments from the public will serve as the basis for CHSWC and its advisory committees to discuss and further consider potential changes to the permanent disability process. CHSWC's goal is to develop recommendations for improving the workers' compensation system in California.

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 and other CHSWC activities 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 at