Public consultation on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
June 1, 2017
Organizations and individuals are invited to comment on the Yukon Government’s plan to amend the Workers’ Compensation Act to include a presumption clause for emergency response workers who are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
“A presumption means that if an emergency response worker is diagnosed with PTSD, the injury would be presumed to be work-related unless it’s otherwise shown,” said Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board President/CEO, Kurt Dieckmann. “This could result in a faster decision on the claim.”
The planned amendment will provide PTSD presumption for emergency response workers and will apply to firefighters, paramedics and police officers. The consultation will collect information about other occupations Yukon organizations and individuals think should also be considered.
The consultation will also measure the public’s support for possible amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act that would allow for the development of regulations aimed at protecting the mental health of Yukoners in the workplace.
“While a PTSD presumption for emergency response workers is a good first step, preventing workplace mental health injuries is equally important,” said Board Chair Mark Pike.
The consultation will launch on Monday, June 5, at 9 am. All submissions must be received at offices of the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, June 30.
Consultation details are available at wcb.yk.ca/ptsd.
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