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Schedule B to the Workers Compensation Act

The definition of “occupational disease” under section 1 of the Workers Compensation Act (Act) includes a disease mentioned in Schedule B.

Schedule B

Any disease listed in the first column of Schedule B is by definition designated or recognized as an occupational disease. WorkSafeBC lists a disease in Schedule B in connection with a described process or industry wherever it is satisfied from the expert medical and scientific advice it receives that there is a substantially greater incidence of the particular disease in a particular employment than there is in the general population. Once included in Schedule B, it is presumed in individual cases that fit the disease and process/industry description that the cause was work-related. This is the highest level of designation or recognition.

Section 6(3) of the Workers Compensation Act

If the worker at or immediately before the date of the disablement was employed in a process or industry mentioned in the second column of Schedule B, and the disease contracted is the disease in the first column of the schedule set opposite to the description of the process, the disease is deemed to have been due to the nature of that employment unless the contrary is proved.