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Notification of Occupational Disease

The Occupational Safety and Health Act No.1 of 2004, as amended (the Act) requires that the Chief Medical Officer be notified of Occupational Disease by medical practitioners. This is required by Section 48 of the Act:The Occupational Safety and Health Act No. 1 of 2004, as amended (the Act) requires that the Chief Medical Officer be notified of Occupational Disease by medical practitioners. This is required by Section 48 of the Act:

Section 48.
  1. Where a medical practitioner who, having attended to a patient, forms the opinion that the patient is suffering from an occupational disease contracted in any industrial establishment or in the course of his employment, he shall within forty-eight hours of having formed that opinion send to the Chief Medical Officer a notice stating the disease from which the medical practitioner is of the opinion that the patient is suffering and the industrial establishment in which the patient is and was last employed.

  2. The Chief Medical Officer shall send forthwith to the Chief Inspector any notice that he receives under subsection (1).

  3. If an employer is advised by or on behalf of an employee that the employee suffers from a disease referred to in Schedule 1, he shall give notice in writing to the Chief Inspector within four days of being so advised.

  4. Where a notice is sent to the Chief Inspector under this section, he shall arrange, within two weeks of having received the notice, for a medical inspector to investigate and submit to him a report on the case of occupational disease referred to in the notice within two weeks.

  5. The Chief Inspector, upon receiving the report referred to in subsection (4) shall conduct the necessary enquiries.

  6. Every employer who contravenes subsection (3) commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of five thousand dollars and to imprisonment for three months.

  7. Every medical practitioner who contravenes subsection (1) commits an offence and is liable, on summary conviction, to a fine of five thousand dollars, and to imprisonment for three months if it is proven that he ought reasonably to have formed the opinion that the patient was suffering from an occupational disease contracted in an industrial establishment or in the course of his employment.

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