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ACCIDENT AND OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES (NOTIFICATION) ACT
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SUMMARY

An act to provide for the notification of accidents and occupational diseases.

KEY DEFINITIONS

 

Occupational Diseases: Pneumoconioses caused by sclerogenic mineral dust (silicosis, anthracosilicosis, asbestosis) and silico-tuberculosis, if silicosis is an essential factor in causing the resultant incapacity or death.
Bronchopulmonary diseases caused by hardmetal dust.
Bronchopulmonary diseases caused by cotton dust (byssinosis) or flax, hemp or sisal dust.
Occupational asthma caused by sensitizing agents or irritants both recognized in this regard and inherent in the work process.
Extrinsic allergic alveolitistic  and its sequelae caused by the inhalation of organic dusts, as may be prescribed under any enactment.
Diseases caused by beryllium or its toxic compounds.
Diseases caused by cadmium or its toxic compounds.
Diseases caused by phosphorus or its toxic compounds.
Diseases caused by chromium or its toxic compounds.
Diseases caused by manganese or its toxic compounds.
Diseases caused by arsenic or its toxic compounds.
Diseases caused by mercury or its toxic compounds.
Diseases caused by lead or its toxic compounds.
Diseases caused by fluorine or its toxic compounds.
Diseases caused by carbon disulfide.
Diseases caused by the toxic halogen derivatives of aliphatic or aromatic hydro-carbons.
Diseases caused by benzene or its toxic homologues.
Diseases caused by toxic nitro- and amino-derivatives of benzene or its homologues.
Diseases caused by nitroglycerin or other nitric acid esters.
Diseases caused by alcohols, glycols or ketones.
Diseases caused by asphyxiants: carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide or its toxic derivatives, hydrogen sulfide.
Hearing impairment caused by noise.
Diseases caused by vibration (disorders of muscles, tendons, bones, joints, peripheral blood vessels or peripheral nerves).
Diseases caused by work in compressed air.
Diseases caused by ionizing radiations.
Skin diseases caused by physical, chemical or biological agents not included under other items.
Primary epitheliomatous cancer of the skin caused by tar, pitch, bitumen, mineral oil, anthracene, or the compounds, products or residues of these substances.
Lung cancer or mesotheliomas caused by asbestos.
Infectious or parasitic diseases contracted in an occupation where there is a particular risk of contamination.
Baggassosis.

 

MAIN FEATURES

  • Written notice of an accident at work must to be sent to the Chief Labour Officer in the prescribed form below if:
    • It causes loss of life or
    • Causes the worker to be away from work for more than 3 days.
    • Where the disablement subsequently results in death, notice in writing is sent to the Chief Labour Officer.
  • A book shall be kept by the employer for recording accidents.
  • Every medical practitioner attending a patient whom he believes to be suffering from any occupational disease contracted in the course of employment shall, forthwith send to the Chief Labour Officer a notification letter stating: 
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    • the name and address of both the  employer and the employee
    • the disease from which in the opinion of the medical practitioner the patient is suffering.
  • Any employer who has reasonable grounds for believing that a case of occupational disease has occurred among workers employed, shall forthwith send written notice of such case to the Chief Labour Officer in the prescribed form below.

             NOTICE OF ACCIDENT OR DANGEROUS OCCURRENCE FORM




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