FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24, 2005

CONTACT:
Christine Baker
510-622-3959


CHSWC Releases "Selected Indicators in Workers' Compensation: A Report Card for Californians"

SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) has released "Selected Indicators in Workers' Compensation: A Report Card for Californians." This report is a compilation of data from and for the entire workers' compensation community. It is intended to be a reference for monitoring the ongoing system and serve as an empirical basis for proposing improvements.

The data included in the Report Card was derived from many sources within the workers' compensation community. The online Report Card, available at www.dir.ca.gov/chswc will be updated as needed and will 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 "Selected Indicators in Workers' Compensation: A Report Card for Californians" 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 emailing chswc@dir.ca.gov.

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