Specified industrial diseases are listed in Schedule 3 of the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981.
If you believe you are suffering from a specified industrial disease, you should inform your employer and see a medical practitioner immediately.
Your employer’s obligations
It is the employer’s responsibility to notify WorkCover WA within seven days of discovering any worker is suffering from a specified industrial disease, under Schedule 3 of the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981.
What happens next?
You should make a claim for workers’ compensation. See the Making a claim section for more information.Asbestos diseases
- lung cancer
- diffuse pleural fibrosis.
Once a claim is lodged a worker suffering from any of these four diseases is required to be examined by the Industrial Diseases Medical Panel. Given the complex nature of asbestos related workers’ compensation claims it is recommended workers obtain legal representation or seek information from an organisation supporting asbestos disease sufferers.
- is, or was, the worker suffering from pneumoconiosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer or diffuse pleural fibrosis?
- if so, is, or was, the worker thereby less able to earn full wages?
- to what extent if any does, or did
- lung cancer
- diffuse pleural fibrosis adversely affect the worker’s ability to undertake physical effort?
- what other, if any, disease or physical condition is, or was, contributing to the worker’s being less able to earn full wages, or death and to what extent?
- is, or was, the worker fit for work? If so, at what level – light, moderate, or heavy?
- The worker is medically examined by the panel members.
- Work history, medical history, medical evidence and symptoms are discussed with the worker.
- The worker’s CT results and lung function tests are examined.
- The worker may have a medical practitioner who has examined or treated him/her make oral submission to the IDMP.
Determinations in absentia
Provided sufficient medical evidence has been supplied and the Industrial Diseases Medical Panel agrees, your determination may be made without an attendance. This applies only where a worker is unable to attend due to hospitalisation or distance.