Specific Health Concerns

Workers compensation does not extend to all diseases, only those that are due to the employment. Please read the factsheet for basic information about workers' compensation for occupational diseases.

Occupational Diseases: An Introduction


Repetitive strain injuries

Activity related soft tissue disorder (ASTD) is a term used to describe a variety of medical conditions affecting muscles, tendons and/or ligaments, resulting from repetitive movements or exposure to mechanical vibrations. ASTDs are also known as repetitive strain injuries (RSIs), repetitive motion disorders, and accumulative trauma disorders. You can get workers' compensation for your ASTD if it was due to the nature of your employment.

Activity Related Soft Tissue Disorders (or Repetitive Strain Injuries)


Chronic pain

WorkSafeBC considers chronic pain to be when pain remains six months after an injury and beyond the usual recovery time for the injury. The type of chronic pain will determine the kind of benefits that will be provided.

Chronic Pain


Hearing disorders

WorkSafeBC accepts two kinds of hearing loss:

  • Traumatic injury
  • General exposure

The compensation from WorkSafeBC will vary depending on the severity.

Hearing Disorders


Psychological conditions and mental disorders

WorkSafeBC accepts claims for psychological conditions in two situations:

  • When a psychological condition arises from a work related injury
  • When a mental disorder arises from a traumatic event or work related stressor

Psychological Conditions and Mental Disorders


Compensable consequences of work related injuries and diseases

This is when the injury does not arrive on the day of the accident, but instead develops as a direct consequence of an initial injury.

Compensable Consequences of Work Related Injuries and Diseases