The WSIB provides chaperones for injured workers who are required to undress for exams by medical consultants. Chaperones must be WSIB employees or under contract with the WSIB.


Medical consultants inform workers of the WSIB's policy on chaperones. If a worker does not agree to a chaperone, the medical consultant decides whether to proceed with the exam.

If possible, the WSIB provides a chaperone of the same gender as the injured worker. When this is not possible, and the worker does not object, a person of the opposite gender may chaperone the exam.

In some cases a relative, friend, or representative of the injured worker may be present during an exam. The WSIB does not consider these individuals to be chaperones.

The WSIB-appointed chaperone must sign a statement confirming the exam was suitable.

Application date

This policy applies to all medical exams performed on or after July 1, 1999, for all accidents.

Document History

This document replaces 17-04-04 dated December 13, 1999.

This document was previously published as:
01-04-04 dated September 15, 1999.


Legislative Authority

Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997, as amended
Section 131(1)

Workers' Compensation Act, R.S.O. 1990, as amended
Section 72(1)


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