USW District 6 Submission: WSIB Draft Chronic Stress Consultation

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Our recommendations are to provide the definition and examples of traumatic mental stress prior to any policy explanation or guidelines. We ask the WSIB to eliminate:

• the requirement for an event to be objectively traumatic;
• the requirement for direct contact with the traumatized worker;
• “a substantial work-related stressor” as a requirement for chronic mental stress claims;
• “a real or perceived power imbalance” and “a risk to health and safety” from the explanation of workplace bullying;
• the restriction regarding interpersonal conflicts;
• the phrase regarding confronting co-workers from the illustrative examples;
• DSM diagnosis requirement;
• any impact of pre-existing conditions for traumatic mental stress claims; and
• all limitations on entitlement for pre-existing conditions for chronic mental stress that are relating to previous work-related issues that would be allowed but for the fact it occurred prior to January 1, 2018.

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