FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2006

CONTACT:
Christine Baker
510-622-3959


CHSWC Posts New Information on Workers' Compensation Medical Care

Oakland -- The California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) has posted on its website information on medical care under the new workers’ compensation laws. The 28-page booklet, "Getting Appropriate Help for Your Injury," was written for injured workers in California to learn about their rights and responsibilities, steps to take, and where to go for help. It describes California workers' compensation rules and procedures as of October 2006. The two-page fact sheet, "The Basics About Medical Care for Injured Workers," answers basic questions on workers' compensation medical care and other services and benefits for injured workers.

The booklet and the fact sheet were prepared by the Institute of Industrial Relations (IIR) and the Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP), Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, School of Public Health, at the University of California at Berkeley in collaboration with the California Department of Industrial Relations, CHSWC, and the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC).

CHSWC, 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. CHSWC 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.

Information about CHSWC and the Workers' Compensation Medical Booklet and Fact Sheet may be accessed on the Internet at CHSWC's home page at www.dir.ca.gov/chswc. Information may also be obtained by writing to CHSWC at 1515 Clay Street, Suite 901, Oakland, California, 94612, by calling (510) 622-3959, by faxing a request to (510) 622-3265, or by email at chswc@dir.ca.gov.

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