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Policies

Policy EN-06 - Hearing Loss

Effective Dates

July 1, 2017 and still in effect

Series

Entitlement

General Information

The Workers’ Compensation Act, S.Y. 2008, c.12 (the “Act”) states a worker who experiences a work-related injury is entitled to compensation. Hearing loss may be considered work-related if it arises out of and in the course of employment. 

Under section 6 of the Occupational Health Regulations (O.I.C. 1986/164D), established under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.Y. 2002, c. 159 (the OHS Act), employers must establish and maintain an audiometric test program for workers exposed to hazardous noise. This includes annual audiometric examinations, record keeping, and the requirement to provide the results of audiometric testing to Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board (YWCHSB). 

Purpose

This policy provides information to workers and employers, and guides YWCHSB decision-makers on adjudicating claims that may involve hearing loss.