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January 5, 2011

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The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation Posts “Working Safer or Just Working Longer? The Impact of an Aging Workforce on Occupational Injury and Illness Costs”

OAKLAND -- The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) approved posting of the draft report “Working Safer or Just Working Longer? The Impact of an Aging Workforce on Occupational Injury and Illness Costs” for feedback and comment and for final posting in 30 days.

There has been concern about the impact of an aging workforce on occupational safety and health, which is partially driven by the impact of the cohort of baby-boomers and in part by concerns that injuries to older workers might drive occupational costs that would increase disability costs for workers and workers’ compensation costs for employers. This study examines how older workers’ injury frequency and costs differ from younger workers’ and how this will affect the workers’ compensation system.

CHSWC is charged with examining 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 illnesses and to examine those programs in other states.

Information about the “Draft Aging Workforce Report” and CHSWC is available at www.dir.ca.gov/chswc and by writing to the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation, 1515 Clay Street, Room 901, 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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