FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24, 2005
CHSWC Releases "Workers' Compensation in California: A Guidebook for Injured Workers"
SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) has approved for release a revision of the 2002 "Workers' Compensation in California: A Guidebook for Injured Workers," developed by the Labor Occupational Health program (LOHP) at the University of California, Berkeley. This revised Guidebook provides an overview of the workers' compensation system. It is meant to help workers with job injuries understand their basic legal rights, the steps to take to request workers' compensation benefits, and where to seek further information and help if necessary.
The revised Guidebook lists additional resources, including governmental agencies, attorneys, health care providers, unions, and support groups, as well as books and other materials. The revised Guidebook will be available after the middle of March at www.dir.ca.gov/chswc. It incorporates the latest changes in workers' compensation legislation and will be updated as needed to reflect the latest information.
CHSWC 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.
Since its inception in 1994, CHSWC has held meetings, conducted fact-finding hearings, and directed several studies to determine how these crucial programs are serving California employees and employers. These studies, conducted by independent research organizations under contract with CHSWC, and other activities were aided by the involvement of state agency personnel and interested members of the workers' compensation community. This cooperative public-private partnership continues to work together to identify, describe, measure and propose solutions to problems and difficulties in the current health and safety and workers' compensation systems.
A copy of the revised "Workers' Compensation in California: A Guidebook for
Injured Workers" may be obtained at no charge by writing to the Commission on Health
and Safety and Workers' Compensation, 1515 Clay Street, Oakland, CA 94612 by
calling (510) 622-3959, by faxing a request to (510) 622-3265, or by