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Proposed Policy Amendments Regarding the Permanent Disability Evaluation Schedule ("PDES")

The PDES is a guide set out in policy to assist in the calculation of permanent disability awards granted under the loss of function method. At issue is a comprehensive review of the PDES to ensure that it remains current and effective in practice, and to consolidate and clarify guidance on assessing permanent disability awards under the loss of function method. Also at issue is whether to develop a formal process for ongoing review of the PDES.

At their meeting on November 28, 2012, WorkSafeBC’s governing body, the Board of Directors approved the release of a discussion paper and draft policies on the PDES for stakeholder review and comment.

Stakeholders are invited to review the discussion paper and draft policies, and to provide feedback by September 27, 2013.

Discussion paper (PDF 189kb)

Appendix A Current Permanent Disability Evaluation Schedule
Appendix B Additional Factors Outline
Appendix C Interjurisdictional Comparison Chart
Appendix D Explanatory Notes
Appendix E Examples PDES and AMA Guides 6th Edition
Appendix F Table of Concordance
Appendix G Strikethrough
Appendix H Clean Copy — New Format
Appendix I Conditions for the AFO to be in PDES
Appendix J New Conditions to Be Added
Appendix K Policies with Consequential Amendments

Link to complete discussion paper (including appendices) (5.1mb).

There are a number of ways for stakeholders to provide feedback on the options and draft policy amendments:

(a) Comment link:

Through the Comment link below, you will be able to provide immediate feedback by completing an online submission form.

Please note: Once you click the “submit” button at the bottom of the form you cannot access it again to make additional comments. Therefore, if you wish to make detailed comments in the feedback section, you may want to draft your comments using a word processing format and then cut and paste them into the submission form.

Comment

Alternatively, submissions can be submitted as follows:

(b)

Email:

policy@worksafebc.com

(c)

Mail:

Renee Ritchot
Senior Policy Analyst
Policy and Regulation Division
WorkSafeBC
PO Box 5350 Station Terminal
Vancouver, BC  V6B 5L5

(d)

Fax:

604 279-7599; or toll-free in B.C. 1 877-279-7599

An acknowledgement of receipt will be sent for each submission. Please be advised that stakeholders will not be contacted regarding the contents of their submissions unless clarification is needed.

WorkSafeBC’s governing body, the Board of Directors, will consider stakeholder feedback before it adopts any amendments to the current policies.

Please note that all comments become part of the Policy and Regulation Division’s database and may be published, including the identity of organizations and those participating on behalf of organizations. The identity of those who have participated on their own behalf will be kept confidential according to the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.