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Submit your occupational disease claims to Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases (COID) in 4 simple steps

by , 15 May 2013
Did you know that your employee has a right to be compensated if they develop an occupational disease while working for your company?

Here's how to go about compensating for it!

What's an occupational disease ?

It's a health problem caused by exposure to a workplace health hazard (e.g. TB or hearing impairment). Such diseases can result from biological, chemical, physical, and psychological factors present in the work environment or encountered in the course of employment. !

 

 

 

 

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Did you know that if you employ even one worker, you must comply with this legislation?

Did you know that if you hire contractors to work on your site or at your workplace that this legislation also applies to you?

If you don't comply with the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases (COID) Act you could end up facing criminal prosecution.

I have a solution that'll make sure you comply with all your COID obligations and have the correct paperwork in place!

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Answer yes to these three questions before you go to the Compensation Commissioner

Ask these three questions to decide if the disease or illness constitutes an occupational injury (COIDA Section 65.1).

  1. Did the employee contract a disease listed in the first column of Schedule 3 (COID Act)?;
  2. Was the disease contracted during his employment with your company;
  3. If your employee contracted a disease not listed in the first column of Schedule 3, is it a disease that was identified as a result of his/her employment (e.g. Eczema caused by chemicals)?

When you know for sure it's an occupation disease, follow these steps.

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Follow these steps when you discover your employee has developed an Occupational disease

  1. Complete form W.Cl.1 within 14 days of finding out about the disease. You can download this form here.
  2. Send the completed form and a certified copy of the employee's ID to: The Compensation Commissioner, P.O. Box 955, Pretoria, 0001.
  3. Submit:
  • The first Medical Report for the occupational disease to the Compensation Fund as soon you get it from the doctor;
  • An audiogram if the worker became deaf because of noise in the workplace
  1. Send the Final Medical Report of the Occupational Disease once the employee feels better.

You could face severe penalties if you don't comply with your responsibilities for compensation to employees. So know your obligations inside out! Luckily there's an easy way to comply with your Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases (COID) legal obligations. Find out more here.

Until next time,

Stay safe

Kerusha Narothan
Product Manager: Health and Safety Training Manual

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