FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 21, 2011

CONTACT:
Christine Baker
510-622-3959

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The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation
Announces the 2011 Young Worker Leadership Academy in Northern California

OAKLAND -- The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) is pleased to announce that the annual Northern California Young Worker Leadership Academy will be held in Berkeley, February 3, 4 and 5, 2011 (for information on the Academy, see http://www.dir.ca.gov/Chswc/WOSHTEP/2011_YWLA_Flyer.pdf).

The Academy will provide a leadership development opportunity for teams of high school students, with their adult sponsors, from different communities statewide to focus on young worker health and safety.  The goals of the Academy are to:

The Young Worker Leadership Academy has been jointly developed by the University at California, Berkeley’s Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) and the University of California, Los Angeles’ Labor Occupational Safety and Health (LOSH) Program. The Academy is part of the statewide Worker Occupational Safety and Health Training and Education Program (WOSHTEP) administered by CHSWC in the Department of Industrial Relations. The Academy receives additional funding from the California Wellness Foundation.

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 Young Worker Leadership Academy is available at www.youngworkers.org or by calling Diane Bush at LOHP at (510) 643-2424.  Information about 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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