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Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, 1993 (Act No. 130 of 1993)

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Circular Instruction No. 175 - Compensation for Byssinosis

4. Benefits


The benefits payable according to the Act:


4.1) Temporary disablement

Payment for temporary total or partial disablement shall be made for as long as such. disablement continues but not for a period exceeding 24 months.


4.2) Permanent disablement

Payment for permanent disablement shall be made, where applicable, and when a final medical report is received.


4.3) Medical Aid

Medical aid shall be provided for a period of not more than 24 months from the date of diagnosis or longer, if in the opinion of the Director General, further medical aid will reduce the extent of the disablement.

Medical aid covers costs of diagnosis of byssinosis and any necessary treatment provided by any health care provider. The Compensation Commissioner shall decide on the need for, the nature and sufficiency of medical aid supplied.


4.4) Death benefits

Reasonable burial expenses, widow’s and dependant’s pensions may be payable, where applicable, if the employee dies as a result of byssinosis.