COIDA Covers Occupationally Acquired COVID-19

The Compensation Commissioner has issued a notice providing for any employee who falls ill through exposure at their workplace to be paid through the Compensation Fund or FEM. Employers should assist employees with such claims through their respective COIDA Insurers.
Occupationally acquired Covid-19 diagnosis relies on:
  • Occupational contact to a known source of the Covid-19 virus.
  • Applying the guidelines as per the World Health Organisation in diagnosing the Covid-19 virus.
  • An approved official trip and travel history to high risk countries and/or areas of Covid-19 during a work assignment.
  • A presumed high-risk work environment where the transmission of Covid-19 is widespread.
  • A chronological sequence between the work exposure and the development of symptoms
The payments contemplated to employees are subject to COIDA section 65 and 66, the notice, and/or calculations in terms of COIDA.
  • Who are temporarily unable to perform the work he or she was employed to do as a result of contracting Covid-19 in the course of their work, from the date of diagnosis, but for no more than 30 days.
  • Permanent disablement as a result of contracting Covid-19 in the course of work.
  • Medical aid in all accepted cases of Covid-19, medical aid shall be provided for a period of not more than 30 days from the date of diagnosis; and
  • Death benefits i.e. reasonable burial expenses, widow’s and dependent’s pensions shall be payable, where applicable, if an employee dies as a result of the complications of Covid-19.
The notice also sets out what documentation is required to submit a claim.
Online:
Manual:
For COIDA claims download relevant documentation below:
For submission of completed documentation, see details below:
The Office of the Compensation Commissioner shall consider and adjudicate upon the liability of all claims. The Medical Officers in the Compensation Commissioner’s office are responsible for medical assessment of the claim and for the confirmation of the acceptance or rejection of the claim.
Sources:
COIDA Notice
Department of Employment and Labour website
Federated Employers Mutual website
Master Builders Association KZN