IR # 96-36
Monday, September 23, 1996

Christine Baker
(415) 557-1304

Commission on Health, Safety and Workers' Compensation
Releases 95-96 Report

SAN FRANCISCO -- At its September 16, 1996 meeting, the Commission on Health, Safety and Workers' Compensation voted to adopt the 1995-96 Annual Report, which is now available to the public. The Commission was created by the 1993 reform legislation to monitor the state of the workers' compensation system and its report discusses various impacts of the 1993 California workers' compensation reforms and makes recommendations for further fine-tuning of the state's workers' compensation system.

During the past year, the Commission has held meetings, conducted fact-finding hearings, and directed several studies to determine the effects of reform legislation on California employees and employers. These studies, conducted by independent research organizations under contract with the Commission, and other activities were aided by the involvement of state agency personnel and interested members of the workers' compensation community. This cooperative public-private partnership continues to work together to identify, describe, measure and propose solutions to problems and difficulties in the current health and safety and workers' compensation systems.

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 states activities to prevent industrial injuries and occupational diseases and to examine those programs in other states. The Commission focused its attention on the impact of the reform legislation on the community, on various aspects of Californias health and safety and workers' compensation systems, and on the operations of state agencies charged with carrying out those programs. The 1995-96 Annual Report contains findings and recommendations on workers' compensation claims adjudication, vocational rehabilitation, disability evaluation, medical issues, medical-legal evaluations, and fraud and on the High Hazard Consultation and Inspection Program.

A copy of the Commission's 1995-96 Annual Report is available at no charge by writing to Christine Baker, Executive Officer, Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation, 30 Van Ness Avenue, Room 2122, San Francisco, California 94102; by calling (415) 557-1304; or by faxing a request to (415) 557-1385.

The annual report and other Commission publications are also available through the Internet at the California Department of Industrial Relations home page at Information about the Commission may be accessed by choosing either Occupational Safety & Health or Workers' Compensation.