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

Circular Instructions

Circular Instruction No. 180 - Compensation of Work-related Upper Limb Disorders (WRULDs)

2. Diagnosis


The following criteria should be used to confirm the diagnosis:

A diagnosis of WRULD by the medical practitioner.
Medical history and clinical signs indicating - site and distribution, quality (type, character), severity (intensity, frequency, duration) and progression of the symptoms according to the type of disorder
Functional ability report by an occupational therapist an/d or physiotherapist, where necessary
Occupational exposure to known risk factors and a chronological relationship between the WRULD and the work environment.
The confirmatory tests/investigations (e.g. x-rays, strength testing, range of motion testing, nerve conduction tests), where appropriate.


The medical officers in the Compensation Office will determine whether the diagnosis of WRULD was made according to acceptable medical standards.