FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 19, 2005

CONTACT:
Christine Baker
510-622-3959


The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation Announces an Updated
Online Multilingual Health and Safety Resource Guide

The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) is pleased to announce the publication of the updated electronic Multilingual Health and Safety Resource Guide, a resource for finding health and safety information in multiple languages. This Guide is a collection of training materials for employers and employees such as fact sheets, checklists, and other resources that are available online and can be printed to distribute to employees participating in injury and illness prevention programs in the workplace.

The Guide covers a broad range of topics including identifying and controlling hazards, legal rights and responsibilities, back injury prevention, ergonomics, chemical hazards, violence prevention, and the development of Injury and Illness Prevention Programs (IIPPs). It also provides information on hazards in a number of specific industries and occupations, including agriculture, construction, health care and office work.

Resources are available in 18 different languages including Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Croatian, Haitian/Creole, Hmong, Japanese, Khmer/Cambodian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese. The Guide is updated on a periodic basis.

The Multilingual Health and Safety Resource Guide is part of the Worker Occupational Safety and Health Training and Education Program (WOSHTEP) developed by CHSWC in partnership with the Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) at the University of California, Berkeley and the Labor Occupational Safety and Health (LOSH) Program at the University of California, Los Angeles. The goal of WOSHTEP is to raise awareness and promote injury and illness prevention through training and dissemination of materials by a statewide network of providers.

The Multilingual Health and Safety Resource Guide was prepared by LOHP for CHSWC. The Resource Guide is available on the web at http://www.dir.ca.gov/chswc/MultilingualGuide/MultilingualGuideMain.html, http://www.lohp.org, and http://www.losh.ucla.edu. For more information about the Multilingual Resource Guide, please contact Karen Andrews, Librarian, LOHP, at (510) 643-4335 or at andrews2@berkeley.edu.

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 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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