Last updated September 7, 2022
Prepared by: Paul Sampara, BSc., DOHS, MEng,
ROH Occupational Hygienist, OHCOW
Occupational Medicine Review: Dr. Christine Oliver, MD, MHP, MSc, FACPM,
Medical Consultant, OHCOW
Occupational Hygiene Review: Kevin Hedges PhD, CIH,
Occupational Hygienist OHCOW
Review of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) Adjudicative Support Material Binder (ASMB) for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
At the present time, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) of Ontario does not have a specific policy on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); however, adjudicators use the outdated WSIB COPD Adjudicative Support Material Binder (ASMB) that consists of two documents: COPD: Scientific Review (SR) and Adjudicative Advice (AA) in the adjudication of COPD claims to guide their decisions on COPD claims.
The present review focused on the exposure considerations in the AA document and the epidemiological studies in the SR document (Section 4) that may apply to Ontario hard rock miners.