FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 12, 2006

CONTACT:
Christine Baker
510-622-3959


CHSWC Releases 2006 WOSHTEP Advisory Board Annual Report

Oakland -- The California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC), has approved the 2006 WOSHTEP Advisory Board Annual Report. WOSHTEP, the Worker Occupational Safety and Health Training and Education Program, is a statewide effort aimed at reducing job-related injuries and illnesses among California workers. This program was created as part of workers’ compensation reform and is administered by CHSWC through inter-agency agreements with the Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program (LOSH) at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The WOSHTEP labor-management Advisory Board guides the development of all activities, broadens partnerships with the employer, worker, and insurance communities and evaluates the program. In addition, the Advisory Board prepares an annual written report evaluating the use and impact of the programs developed.

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 WOSHTEP may be accessed on the Internet at CHSWC's home page at http://www.dir.ca.gov/chswc/woshtep.html. 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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