IR # 96-23
Thursday, May 30, 1996

Christine Baker
(415) 557-1304

Commission Funds California's Task Force
on Young Workers' Health and Safety

SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation voted unanimously to fund a statewide task force charged with coordinating strategies to protect young people from work related illness and injury.

Every year 70 adolescents die from work injuries in the U.S. 63,000 are injured severely enough to require treatment in hospital emergency rooms. Most of these injuries are preventable. The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation will convene a Task Force to help address this problem in California.

The task force will be composed of groups and individuals dealing with California youth employment and education issues, as well as others who can play a role in educating and protecting young workers. The group will meet quarterly to accomplish the following tasks: Under the Commission's direction, the Labor Occupation Health Program of UC Berkeley will organize and staff three to four task force meetings, collect additional information requested by the Task Force, and prepare and distribute the items listed above.

The Commission, 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. 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.

Further information about the Commission and its activities may be obtained by writing to Christine Baker, Executive Officer, Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation, 30 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 2122, San Francisco, California 94102, by calling (415) 557-1304, or by faxing a request to (415) 557-1385. Information is also available through the Department of Industrial Relations' Internet servers' Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation home page. The address is