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SELECTED INDICATORS IN WORKERS’ COMPENSATION:   A REPORT CARD FOR CALIFORNIANS

Develop appropriate educational materials and model programs to aid employers in maintaining a safe and healthful workplace.

In 1999, the passage of AB 1655 gave the DIR the statutory authority to levy and collect assessments from employers to support the targeted inspection and consultation programs on an ongoing annual basis.

High Hazard Consultation Program

The Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) reports that in 2005, it provided on-site high hazard consultative assistance to 1,116 employers, as compared to 1,112 employers in 2004. During consultation with these employers, 6,808 Title 8 violations were observed and corrected as a result of the provision of consultative assistance.  

Since 1994, 9,840 employers have been provided direct on-site consultative assistance, and 54,486 Title 8 violations have been observed and corrected.  Of these violations, 41.4 percent were classified as "serious."

The following chart indicates the yearly number of consultations and violations observed and corrected during the years 1994 through 2005. It should be noted that effective 2002, the Safety and Health Inspection Projects (SHIPs) are included in the High Hazard Consultation Program figures.

High Hazard Consultation efficacy is measured by comparisons of employer lost and restricted workday data.  Beginning in 2001, the Log 200 was replaced with the Log 300 as the source for lost and restricted workday data.  The use of the Lost Work Day Case Incidence (LWDI) rate was transitioned and replaced with the Days Away, Restricted, or Transferred (DART) rate. Additionally, High Hazard Consultation uses experience modification (ex-mod) rates to measure efficacy.

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