Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation

May 5, 2017

Eduardo Enz
(510) 622-3959

Senate Rules Committee Appoints Mona Garfias as New Commissioner

OAKLAND — The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) is pleased to announce the Senate Rules Committee has appointed Mona Garfias to the Commission as an employer representative. The position does not require Senate confirmation.

The Commission consists of eight members, four representing employers and four from organized labor. The Governor appoints four Commissioners, and the Speaker of the Assembly and the Senate Rules Committee each appoint two members.

Since 1998 Ms. Garfias has been Director of Claims for DMS Facility Services, a large unionized employer in the janitorial industry with over 1800 employees. She started her career in the insurance industry 27 years ago and held various workers’ compensation claims positions on both the insurance carrier and insurance brokerage side. Ms. Garfias was instrumental in implementing the Ross Pike Memorial Workers’ Compensation Carve-Out & Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program and continues to be involved on a daily basis.

CHSWC, created by the workers' compensation reform legislation of 1993, is charged with examining the health and safety and workers' compensation systems in California and recommending administrative or legislative modifications to improve its operations.

Information about CHSWC is available at Information may also be obtained by writing to CHSWC at 1515 Clay Street, 17th floor, Oakland, CA 94612; by calling (510) 622-3959; by faxing a request to 510-286-0499; or by sending an email to

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