This policy has not been amended to reflect the
Workplace Safety and Insurance Act and Regulations made under it
If workers are or have been employed in a process described in column 2 of Schedule 3 and contract the medical condition listed opposite in column 1, the Board accepts the condition as work-related.
Blisters and Calluses
Blisters are listed in Schedule 3 of the Act as an occupational disease caused by “Any process involving continuous friction.” If workers sustain blisters or calluses - from a work process - that require medical attention, their injuries are work-related. Whether workers wear or do not wear special clothing (e.g., safety boots or gloves) is not relevant.
Caisson disease "the bends"
Caisson disease (an occupational disease listed in Schedule 3 of the Act) occurs when workers are subjected to rapid reduction of air pressure following exposure to compressed air (e.g., while working in compressed air tunnels or while diving). Workers with a confirmed diagnosis of caisson disease are entitled to benefits. Decision-makers confirm
- that the worker was working in compressed air conditions
- the level of atmospheric pressure
- the time spent in compressed air
- the type and condition of the jobsite decompression chamber that was used, and
- any other claim-related information.
Workers’ Compensation Act, R.S.O. 1990
Sections 1, 134 and Schedule 3