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Discussion paper

Proposed review framework for the list of occupational diseases in the Accident Compensation Act 2001

Insurance Injury Occupational health and safety Employment New Zealand

Aotearoa New Zealand’s Accident Compensation Scheme provides cover for injuries caused by a gradual process, disease, or infection as a result of a work-related task or environment. These are commonly referred to as “gradual process” injuries. Schedule 2 in the AC Act provides one pathway to cover for these injuries, through a list of occupational diseases. An example in Schedule 2 is lung cancer or mesothelioma diagnosed as caused by exposure to asbestos.

Schedule 2 is based on the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) List of Occupational Diseases, which was created in 1934 and most recently updated in 2010. Currently, Schedule 2 does not have a formal process for review and has not been updated since 2008. The Government is proposing to introduce a regular review for Schedule 2 that will enable it to be kept up-to-date with modern science.


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