Compensation of hand-arm vibration syndrome in Canada

Authors

  • Aaron Thompson St Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Alice Turcot Institut National de Santé Publique, Laval Université, Québec, QC, Canada
  • Sami Youakim University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Ron House St Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

Keywords:

Occupational diseases, Assessment procedure, Current compensation, Hand-arm vibration syndrome, Industrialized countries, Workers' compensation

Abstract

A summary of the current compensation experience for HAVS in Canada, is provided by reviewing and comparing workers' compensation board policies, adjudication procedures, and recent claims data for HAVS in Canada's ten provinces and three territories. The Compensation Boards in each province and territory were contacted to request the criteria used for the adjudication of HAVS claims in their jurisdiction. The initial entitlement criteria used for HAVS claims varies widely by province/territory. The study found the number of accepted HAVS claims in Canada to be low, compared to prevalence estimates in other comparable industrialized countries. Significant variation in the compensation experience for HAVS across the Canadian provinces and territories is reported, calling for refinement of the entitlement criteria, case definition and assessment procedures used for the adjudication of HAVS compensation claims in Canada.

Published

2011-06-01

How to Cite

1.
Thompson A, Turcot A, Youakim S, House R. Compensation of hand-arm vibration syndrome in Canada. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 2011Jun.1 [cited 2021May18];39(2):112-3. Available from: https://jcaa.caa-aca.ca/index.php/jcaa/article/view/2383

Issue

Section

Proceedings of the Acoustics Week in Canada