WSIB issues ruling on SARS
Toronto, ON -- In light of the recent health alert in Ontario regarding SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), O...
Toronto, ON — In light of the recent health alert in Ontario regarding SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) has ruled that, “Workers with symptoms of SARS who were infected in the course of their employment may be entitled to the usual benefits and services available under the [Occupational Health & Safety] Act. As in all disease claims, their entitlement is decided on a case by case basis.
“The Act does not provide coverage for workers who are symptom free, even when quarantined or sent home on a precautionary basis. However, such workers may be entitled to benefits and services if they develop symptoms or an illness compatible with their occupational exposure.”
As reported on www.mro-esource.com earlier, the following hotline numbers and websites can help answer questions you may have:
Toronto Public Health: 416-338-7600.
If people are experiencing symptoms and are concerned that they should be seen, Toronto Public Health will talk to them to see what should be done and will direct them appropriately.
Telehealth Ontario: 1-866-797-0000.
People who have general queries regarding SARS can call this number and speak with a registered nurse to get information and advice.
Toronto Public Health: www.city.toronto.on.ca/health/pneumonia_report.htm (regarding who should and who not should be isolated and/or quarantined).
The Centre for Disease Control (CDC): www.cdc.gov/ncidod/sars in Atlanta Ga. (for background and FAQ sheet).
To view a summary of the latest news reports on SARS, visit the website of OHS Canada magazine at www.ohscanada.com/magazine/sars/default.asp.