Graduates of the sixth and final core certification course offered within Prevention Link’s core curriculum, will gain unique skills enabling them to recognize and advocate for workers with occupational disease and their survivors.
This advanced course begins by exploring the impact of occupational disease on society and workplaces, the lessons that have been learned and current developments in occupational disease claims.
Participants will learn:
- The legal test and medical standards for causation;
- How the legal principles apply in an appeal; and
- The significance of apportionment.
The field of epidemiology is examined, include the different types of studies, how data is analyzed and what to look for when assessing a study.
The role of scientific evidence, exposure studies, expert opinions and witness testimony are explored, including how the information is gathered and what weight is put on them.
The adjudication process is explained with emphasis on gathering, deciphering and presenting evidence to decision makers in the most favourable light.
To further understand this complex subject, a number of occupational diseases are studied with respect to their risk factors, diagnostic testing and how to recognize causal links using the WSIA, policies and WSIAT decisions.