The California Commission

on Health and Safety

and Workers' Compensation

1996-97 Annual Report

Commission Members

James J. Hlawek (1997 Chairman)

Tom Rankin (1996 Chairman)

Leonard McLeod

Gerald O'Hara

Kristen Schwenkmeyer

Robert B. Steinberg

Darrel "Shorty" Thacker

Gregory Vach

Executive Officer

Christine Baker

State of California

Department of Industrial Relations

September 1997

September 1997

The Honorable Pete Wilson
Members of the California State Legislature

The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation is pleased to submit its third annual report on the state of California's workers' compensation system. This report describes the activities of the Commission during fiscal year 1996-97.

Starting in 1994, the Commission began the process of assessing the impact of the 1993 workers' compensation legislation. This report includes the findings from several study projects which, among other analyses, provides a basis for Commission recommendations for modifications to various aspects of health and safety and workers' compensation systems.

The Commission appreciates the gracious cooperation of the entire California workers' compensation community -- employer and employee organizations, insurers, medical care providers, applicant and defense attorneys, the legislature, state government agencies, and members of the public -- for their assistance in the Commission's undertakings. This concerted effort will, we believe, continue to result in improvements to vital state programs and concomitant benefits to all Californians.


James J. Hlawek Chairman

Leonard McLeod Gerald O'Hara Tom Rankin Kristen Schwenkmeyer
Commissioner Commissioner Commissioner Commissioner

Robert B. Steinberg Darrel "Shorty" Thacker Gregory Vach
Commissioner Commissioner Commissioner