Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation
Information Bulletin

April 19, 2001 Christine Baker
(415) 703-4220

Commission Approves Report on Permanent Disability at Private, Self-Insured Firms

SAN FRANCISCO – At its meeting on April 19, 2001 in San Francisco, the California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) voted to approve the latest report resulting from the Commission’s extensive, ongoing study of permanent disability. This report completes that portion of the study that estimated the wage losses of workers with permanent disability claims.

"Permanent Disability at Private, Self-Insured Firms" was developed by the Rand organization under contract with the Commission. The report describes the Commission’s study of wage loss, replacement, and return to work for workers’ compensation claimants of private-sector self-insured employers in California. "Wage Loss" is the difference between what an injured worker actually earned for several years following the injury and what the worker would have earned had the injury not occurred.

Major findings from this study include:

The Commission 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.

The report is available at the Commission's website at The report may also be obtained by writing to Christine Baker, Executive Officer, Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation, 455 Golden Gate Avenue, 10th Floor, San Francisco, California 94102, by calling (415) 703-4220, or by faxing a request to (415) 703-4234.