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Proposed amendments to Schedule 2, Non-Traumatic Hearing Loss

Our Policy, Regulation and Research Department is releasing a discussion paper on proposed amendments to Schedule 2, Non-Traumatic Hearing Loss, to stakeholders for comment.

Schedule 2 of the Workers Compensation Act is used to determine compensation for workers who have developed hearing loss gradually over time as a result of exposure to occupational noise. The schedule, which was last updated over 40 years ago, is now considered outdated as it no longer reflects the current scientific and medical literature, and requires revision. As part of this review, amendments to policies that relate to updating outdated scientific information are also proposed. You’re invited to provide feedback on the draft policy amendments until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 19, 2022.

Proposed deletions of policy wording are identified with a strikethrough and additions are highlighted in bold.

The discussion paper, draft policy amendments, and information on how to provide feedback can be accessed through the following link:

Discussion paper

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

 

(a) Comment link:

Through the Comment link below, you can 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 the form again to make additional comments. Therefore, if you’d like to make detailed comments in the feedback section, you may want to draft your comments first and then cut and paste them into the submission form. You can also include up to three attachments with your submission.

Comment

Alternatively, submissions can be submitted as follows:

(b) Email: policy@worksafebc.com
(c) Mail: Alan Howarth
Senior Policy and Legal Advisor
Policy, Regulation and Research Department
WorkSafeBC
P.O. Box 5350, Stn. Terminal
Vancouver, B.C. V6B 5L5

The consultation period will end at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 19, 2022. WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors will consider stakeholder feedback before making a decision on the policy amendments.

Please note that all comments become part of the Policy, Regulation and Research Department’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.