POA Decision – 1999/11/19-03 – Schedule B Item 12 Bursitis and Item 13 Tendinitis, Tenosynovitis
The Panel of Administrators approved revised language for Schedule B Items 12 and 13 as well as related policy changes. The revised policy items are #27.10, 27.11, 27.12, 27.20, and Appendix 2 of the Rehabilitation Services and Claims Manual. The changes are based on the findings of two comprehensive scientific reports that deal with work-related soft tissue disorders. The changes were discussed with members of the Occupational Disease Advisory Committee before they were presented to the Panel of Administrators. The changes are meant to: • better reflect current scientific knowledge by more precisely describing the anatomical structures and employment conditions typically associated with tendinitis/tenosynovitis and bursitis (with emphasis on the most relevant risk factors); • provide more information and guidance to adjudicators in assessing occupational versus non-occupational exposure to relevant risk factors; and • facilitate consistent decision-making based on current scientific knowledge. All changes became effective 30 days after the Schedule B amendments were published in the BC Gazette.