TX Proposal: Rules Relating to Chapter 166 Workers’ Health and Safety-Accident Prevention Services


Austin, TX (WorkersCompensation.com) - The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation (TDI-DWC) is accepting public comment on the proposal to add new 28 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §166.2, amend 28 TAC §§166.1, 166.3, and 166.5, and repeal existing 28 TAC §§166.2, 166.4, 166.6, 166.7, 166.8, and 166.9. The purpose of these proposed rules is to amend to various notice, service, and reporting requirements imposed upon insurance companies with regard to accident prevention services associated with Texas Labor Code provisions in Chapter 411, Subchapter E, Accident Prevention Services.

The proposal will be published in the December 14, 2012 issue of the Texas Register and may be viewed on the Secretary of State website at http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/index.shtml once published. A courtesy copy is also available on the TDI website at www.tdi.texas.gov/wc/rules/proposedrules/index.html. The public comment period closes at 5 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST) on Tuesday, January 15, 2013. Comments received after the close of the comment period will not be considered.

Public comments may be submitted by e-mailing rulecomments@tdi.state.tx.us or by mailing or delivering the comments to Maria Jimenez at:
Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation
Office of Workers' Compensation Counsel, MS-4D
7551 Metro Center Drive, Suite 100
Austin, Texas 78744-1645

A public hearing on these proposals will be held at 1:30 p.m. CST on Friday, January 4, 2013 in the Tippy Foster Room of the TDI-DWC Central Office at 7551 Metro Center Drive in Austin. The TDI-DWC provides reasonable accommodations for persons attending meetings, hearings, or educational events, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require accommodations in order to attend the hearing, contact Idalia Salazar at (512) 804-4403 at least two business days prior to the confirmed hearing date.

The hearing will also be audio streamed. To listen to the audio stream, access the Public Outreach Events/Training Calendar on the TDI website at
http://www.tdi.texas.gov/wc/events/index.html and then click on the “Broadcast” link for the hearing. Media Player 7 (or new version) or RealPlayer 10 (or newer version) is required to hear the audio stream. Audio streaming will begin approximately five minutes before the scheduled time of the hearing.
The public hearing date, time, and location should be confirmed by those interested in attending or listening via audio stream. The hearing may be confirmed by viewing the Public Outreach Events/Training Calendar on the TDI website at http://www.tdi.texas.gov/wc/events/index.html. Written and oral comments presented at the hearing will be considered.

If there are any questions regarding the information in this memo, contact Tim Eubank at (512) 804-4756 or Tim.Eubank@tdi.state.tx.us.

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