There is a fresh development regarding the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA) that South African employers must be aware of.

On 9 November 2018, the Compensation Commissioner, Vuyo Mafata, published the COID Act Regulation with regard to Injury on Duty (IOD) and Occupational Disease (OD) documents to be provided by employers to the Compensation Fund.

The regulation as published in Government Gazette No. 42021, informs all Employers and Employees of the primary documents needed for the registration, adjudication and processing of IOD/OD claims which will improve the turn-around time and finalisation of the claims.

It is extensive and detailed and covers several aspects including the registration of a claim process; the documents required for the reporting of the IOD/OD; the process of determining whether the IOD/OD is in fact work-related; the documentation needed to determine the liability of the claim; the management of benefits payable, such as banking details; the treatment of a patient by a medical service provider for up to 24 months; documentation required for the processing of Temporary Total Disablement (TTD) and Temporary Partial Disablement (TPD) benefits; and with regard to fatal claims, the document  required to consider payment of compensation to the dependants of the deceased.

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